Timelines when building your home

When will my new house be ready?

Building a new home should be one of the most exciting times of your life.  It can also be one of the most nerve-wracking. New home construction can easily involve over 50 subcontractors and suppliers, 200 people and more than 10,000 pieces of material.  Although complex, the home building process is a carefully designed and managed process to ensure that you get the house of your dreams on time and on budget.

There are a number of factors that can influence a construction timeline such as weather, number of workers, special requests and the complexity of the design, but most new home constructions follow similar stages and time frames.

Here’s a basic timeframe to help you understand what typically happens and when.

STAGE 1: Site preparation

– Obtain municipal and provincial permits
– Begin site work and excavation
– Pour foundation or slab
– Frame floors
– Rough-in electrical and plumbing under floors
– Install first subfloor
Timeframe: 1-3 months

STAGE 2: Framing

– Frame interior and exterior walls including door and window openings, roof and ceilings
– Rough-in remaining electrical and plumbing lines throughout the structure
– Apply exterior wall and roof sheathing
– Install reaming subfloors
Timeframe: 2-3 months

STAGE 3: Exterior Finish and Inspection

– Inspect mechanical rough-in and exposed structural work
– Apply roof flashing and shingles
– Windows and exterior doors are installed
– Apply exterior trim
– Apply exterior wall finish material
Timeframe: 2 months

STAGE 4: Interior Finish

– Cabinets and countertops are installed
– Install ceramic tile in baths and other flooring throughout
– Complete plumbing and electrical work
– Complete sheetrock, paint and wallpaper
Timeframe: 2 months

STAGE 5: Finishing touches

– Install hardware and appliances
– Complete any landscaping
– Touch-up for final inspections by homeowner, contractor and building inspector
– Final payment to contractor
– Move in
Timeframe: 2 months

There are 3 comments for this article
  1. Lewisville Plumbing at 19 h 10 min

    I love the simple layout of house to remodel a house. This will be very useful when I start my first flip.


  2. Andrew at 5 h 41 min

    I run a small As an experienced Birmingham landscaping company. Make sure you plan the landscaping into your home building plans. Landscaping can add value to your home in multiple ways. Proper landscaping can also save you plenty of grief as a good landscaper will make sure water is drained away from your foundation to avoid cracking and leaking in to your basement or crawl space!

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