How Long Does It Take To Build A Custom Home?

At last, you’ve decided to let go of your existing home and want to begin building a brand-new luxury home as soon as possible. But in your new custom home endeavor, you are concerned about the construction timeline.

Without a doubt, it takes longer to build a custom luxury home than purchasing a home that is already built. On average when building a custom home, you may need to wait up to 16 months before moving in. Yes! That’s a long time, but it depends on a host of factors including the type of home, the complexity of plans, the location, and the environment in which the home is being built.

To answer “how long will it take to build a luxury home”; we need to dig deeper into understanding the process.

The construction time is an important aspect of your home buying decision. This is especially the case when you’ve decided to sell your current home or are relocating to a new area. But even if you have already bought an idyllic piece of land, you are interested to know how much time you need to construct your dream home from the ground up.

So, let’s discuss how your construction timeline will look for your luxury home.


Construction Timeline

This timeline assumes that everything would go according to the plan. The land is clear and ready to build on, and there are no construction delays due to weather conditions and change orders that are beyond the control of an experienced builder.

You can either purchase ready-made plans modified and checked by an architect to suit your style, or you can hire an architect to design custom plans and get them approved by the local building department. This process will take 2 to 3 months, depending on how timely you make decisions, and your availability to meet with your designer.

After you have the plans and you have secured the financing, the next stage is hiring a reputable builder. You have to do your due diligence in selecting a builder. This process of bidding, interviewing contractors, and negotiation can take almost 2 to 3 months.

After you have signed a contract, the construction work will begin.

Preparing the site normally takes about three to four weeks. It all depends on the environment; for some custom homes there is a need for extensive removal of trees, or land is on a slope and extensive leveling and erosion control works are required.

Rough structural framing works, roofing, installation of electrical wiring, plumbing, rough mechanicals, and insulation can take about 2-3 months depending on how complex the floor plans are, and how efficient craftsmanship is. Again, this also all depends on your timely decision making regarding the selection of materials and availability of products at the site.

Most custom luxury homes require sophisticated modern amenities including a custom staircase, an extensive outdoor decking area, a swimming pool, a wine cellar, etc. You must factor in all these amenities as they can also impact the building time.

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