Custom Home Build Timeline: What You Need to Know
Depending on a number of factors, the construction process of custom homes can take anywhere between 6 to 12+ months, basement projects allow 18 months and more. To keep track of progress, it’s important to understand the construction timeline for a new home. From site preparation to settlement, we’ve listed the different stages of home construction you need to know about.
1. Preparing The Site
Before the build begins, the site needs to be prepared. If you’re opting for a rebuild, this will involve demolishing the structures of the existing site. Your custom home builder will either arrange this for you or recommend a reputable demolition company to go with.
Once demolition is complete, debris has been removed, and the builders have levelled the site, the soil will need to be tested and a feature survey completed. Ensure you receive an asbestos clearance certificate. Then, your land will be excavated for laying the foundations of your custom home build.
2. Laying The Foundations
With the site preparation finished, the builders will pour the base concrete slab, which will generally take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks. Keep in mind that at this stage, and at all stages in the construction timeline for a new home, your home will need to be properly inspected and progress payments made. This is a good time to double-check the contract with your custom home builder, just to make sure you understand the ins and outs of your payment schedule. If you are on strip footings, allow an extra few weeks.
3. The Framework
At this stage, your home is starting to take shape. Builders construct the skeleton of your home, completing the walls, floor, and roof structure. The timeline for this stage will depend on the size and design of the build, but your custom home builder should give you a solid time estimate. Just remember it’s much easier to move walls at this point that when plaster and paint is on. Make sure you are happy with your custom home layout at this stage.
4. The Internals and Externals
With the framework up, it’s now time to fit your home with a roof and walls. This involves installing the fascia, guttering and roof covering, followed by brickwork, windows, doors, and external cladding. During this stage of the custom home build, electricians and plumbers will also install important mechanicals such as plumbing pipes, cabling and fittings.
5. Fixing Everything In Place
Now you’ll start to see the interior of your home coming together. Plasterboard is installed to the walls and ceilings, and all the cabinets, shelves, skirting boards, baths, basins, sinks and other features are fitted. For custom homes with two storeys, staircases will be added too.
If you’ve designed your home to include a home security system, solar panels or other special infrastructure, these will also be installed.
6. The Finishing Touches
With everything fitted, the last phase is about making your custom home ready for you to move in. The painting and tiling are completed, electrical and plumbing fit-offs are installed, and all the bench tops, shower screens and mirrors are put in. External details will also be taken care of, such as the paving, garden plants and fixtures, the letterbox and more.
Once this is all done and dusted, your custom home builder will arrange a “walk through” inspection of your new home. They’ll acquaint you with all the features and the operation of your home’s systems. This is also your chance to point out details that need to be corrected or adjusted, so make sure you’re extra attentive and observant.
7. Handing Over The Keys
This is the stage you’ve been waiting for. Final payments have been made and all the property inspections completed. The keys are now handed over and you can move into your brand new custom home.
Before the build begins, it’s important that you understand the construction timeline for a new home. While exact dates are never set in stone, knowing what’s involved at each stage will make the experience of building your dream home easier and more enjoyable.
At Mazzei Homes, we’re upfront about the entire process, working closely with our clients to make sure they fully understand the stages of home construction. If you’re looking for a custom home builder in Melbourne you can trust, contact us today.