Foundation

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