The Timeline of Building a Custom Home

July 15, 2022 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Having your own custom home built is an exciting adventure. Most prospective new homeowners will feel some level of impatience during this long process. It can help when you are aware of the average timeline for a new home build. This quick guide will introduce you to the different elements of new home construction and give you an idea of how long each step might take when working with a custom home builder.

Remember there can be a lot of factors that will affect the actual timeline for each build, so there are no hard fast rules. It is important to keep an open mind.


The design phase of your home can really vary. Some people start planning their new home years before they are actually able to start building it. This phase of the project includes everything from contracting with a builder, creating a custom home design, doing land surveys, and nailing down a construction budget.

This phase could take 1-6 months depending on how much time you spend on each detail.


The pre-construction phase can include the activities you will need to complete so that you can start moving dirt.

  • Acquiring permits
  • Prepping site
  • Installing temporary utilities
  • Creating erosion control methods

This phase can take a week or less.

Site Excavation

This is one of the most exciting parts of the custom home building process. All of your planning is now becoming a reality. During the excavation, a crew will come in to dig and prep your home’s foundation.

Excavation can take a couple of days to a couple of weeks depending on the scope of the project.


Once the excavation is done, your team can start to fill in that hole with your new foundation. This will include framing the foundation, pouring foundation footers, and building foundation walls.

This phase should take 1-2 weeks.


Framing is also a really exciting step because now you will start to see your home really becoming a reality as the shape of your home comes to life.

Framing is a time-intensive part of the construction and may take up to six weeks to complete. This could be longer if the home is going to be large or complex. This can also be slowed down by weather delays. Septic tanks and wells are also sometimes installed during this part of the project.

Mechanical Rough Ins

During this phase, your electricity, plumbing, and HVAC will be roughed in. The amount of time this will take will vary greatly because you will be dealing with many different subcontractors during this phase.


Insulation can now be installed. Insulation usually takes only a week or two.


Drywall can now go up, making your house feel more like a home. When the paint goes on, you will really be able to see what your new home will feel like.

Interior Finishes

Interior finishes are often completed quickly as most things can be installed in a day.

Exterior Finishes

By the time you get to the exterior finishes, your home is almost done. You can breathe a sigh of relief that you made it through your custom home build.

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