How long does it take to build a custom home?
Ultimate guide to calculate time to build custom homes
Who doesn’t love the feeling of owning a dream home? It’s a blessing to have the privilege of living in your own abode where everything matches your taste. Custom homes have always been your soft corner as you literally pick everything from the land to the paint that completes the home. Before constructing a home, everyone must have gone through this phase of wondering how long it would take to build a custom home.
Let’s understand approximately how long it takes to have your dream home stand tall in front of you –
The pre-construction phase
There are many formalities involved before you practically start the construction work on the plot you have purchased. You need to get permits to start construction work, sort out the finances by arranging for cash and loans, finalize your custom home plans. This certainly takes a considerable amount of time. Sometimes picking up the right loan and buying the plot can even take from few months to approximately a year. Make sure not to hurry, keep calm and choose the best possible plan which suits your requirements.
Preparing the plot for laying the foundation
Once the buying and land registration are over, and you have the permit to start construction on the land, the real work begins. You need to clear trees and debris if the plot has any of them; level the earth and excavate to lay the foundation. Then the foundation is poured into the excavated portion, the base of the house is set and it would take a month to complete this step. Once the foundation is laid, it is left for some time to set, so that there are no chances of depression in it in the future, which might affect the complete structure of the house or crack the walls. A strong house is built on a strong foundation.
Constructing the walls and roofing
Constructing or framing the walls takes time and involves the major chunk of time consumed for custom homes. It basically depends on the size and the number of floors you want in your house. The lesser number of rooms and floors, lesser the amount of time to construct it; but the structure needs to have some time to set before the next step is started. Weather plays a vital factor too, as rain could wash off things such as plastering. Once the roof is up, rain or other climatic conditions are not much of a concern. If it is a prefabricated house, then setting up the walls would take much lesser time comparatively, as they are pre-constructed and all you need is get them shipped to the site and get them installed within no time.
Wiring, sliding, and plumbing
Once the external work of the house is completed, the stage is all set to take on the plumbing, wiring and sliding activities done. Setting up the HVAC, electrical wiring, plumbing, and related work takes approximately a month.
Interior finishing work
It takes almost two to three months to design and do the interiors and that is when house begins to look like a house. With the walls dried and the carpentry done, the home is about to reach the finishing stage.
When everything comes together and the house is almost complete, the builders install doors and windows, do the painting and caulking, complete the electrical and plumbing work, fit the fixtures, and install cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms.
This is a vital step in house construction. Take a walk through the house and point out anything that you don’t like and get it fixed by the builder as soon as possible, before you move in.
Well practically, building a custom home takes time depending upon the size of the house, kind of technology used to build it, and various other factors. There is no formula to calculate the exact number of days or months for finishing a house building project. While a custom home built with traditional house building techniques would take as long as a year, a house built with modern technologies such as prefabrication would need only two to three months.