The decision to have a brand new home constructed for yourself and your family may be one of the most important—and best—decisions you will ever make in your life. You will get your home! Not move into an older structure that may already have pre-existing problems, and been used by generations of other people. You’ll be moving into a home made explicitly for you, your family, and the needs of everyone in it.
Obviously, this is a fantastic—and not very cheap—investment to make, but it is far from fast or easy. The construction of a brand new home, from the literal ground up, is a sizable undertaking that takes time and planning. So exactly how much is required? Let’s look at the factors that shape the timeline.
The Planning Phase
This is one that you want to get right. If your home builder plans your home badly, everything that follows will also turn out badly, and ultimately, you may not be happy with the final result. Planning a home takes anywhere from one month to three. Much of this depends on the scale of the home being built, and just what you want to get out of the structure and surrounding property.
If you want to build a house that is a small, retirement bungalow with a rock garden, for example, designing this can be a very fast process. On the other hand, a larger “compound” with a swimming pool and elaborately landscaped garden areas will take much longer to plan and layout properly.
The Paperwork & Organization
Once you’re happy with the plans for your new home, more time is required to get the legal documents, like permits, sorted out. You need to ensure that all appropriate municipal government groups know and approve of your intention to build a house.
This is also the time when the home builder and other professionals who will actually be doing the work have to be contacted and organized. At this point, a project manager is crucial for ensuring that varied disciplines such as plumbing, roofing, electrical, and foundation specialists are all contracted and fully briefed on how to work together and what they will be working on. This can take half a month, or a full month, depending on where you live and what human resources are required and available.
A vital aspect of the construction time that few people outside the profession realize is that the time of year can make a huge difference to how quickly a project can be completed. Construction typically begins with excavating the basement to lay the foundation and build up from there. This is not so much of an issue during optimal weather conditions such as summer. But starting in the winter—or having a construction schedule that continues into the winter—slows things down considerably.
Depending on the scope of the project and the time of year, the construction itself can be completed in as little as four months, or it can take a year or more.
Plan & Build With Confidence
To make sure the house you have in your head is the one you end up moving into, don’t take chances with the home builder. Get an experienced professional team like Parker Built Homes that knows how to get the results you want at the budget you’ve planned. Contact us to find out how we can make your dream home a reality!