How long does it take to build a custom built home? It is really difficult to give a definite answer because it depends on many different factors. On average, it could take anywhere from 9 to 14 months for the actual construction. However, there are things that need to be completed even before the building begins. Read on to get a better idea about what can affect the building time.

Custom homes are actually more affordable than you think and are not only for the “ultra-rich.” If you would like to know more about building a custom home in the Kawartha Lakes area, contact Conlin Premier Construction​ today.

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It can take anywhere from 9 to 14 months or more to build a custom home

How Long Does It Take to Build a Custom Built Home?

A custom built home will generally take longer to build than production homes​​ because of the higher level of quality and commitment to seeing your dream home become a reality. It will, however, be well worth the extra time, when the final result is the home you want and has been designed specifically for you. Even though the actual construction time will take between 9 to 14 months, there are things that need to be completed before construction begins that will add to this time.

Before You Begin Building

Purchasing Your Lot - 1 Day to 1 Year

Before you can begin to build, you need to have a plot of land to put it on. If you already have your lot purchased, then you don't need to add this to your timeline, unless your land needs to be cleared or leveled. If you don't already have a lot, keep in mind that purchasing one can take anywhere from a day to a over a year to find the spot that you want and close the sale.

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Your lot may need to be leveled before construction begins

Designing Your Custom Built Home - 4 to 8 Weeks

Designing your custom built home is probably one of the most important stages in the entire process, and it is also one of the hardest to set a timeline for. This is because the length of time that it take to design your home will depend upon how quickly you and your builder can agree upon the final plans. It will help to have a list of all of your "must-have" items and wants thought through ahead of time.

Usually during this stage you will go through several versions of your plans, revising and making adjustments to suit your tastes and your ​budget​ until you get a final version that you are happy with. It's better not to rush this process though; you don't want to build a home that you aren't completely satisfied with.

Take your time to get the design right

Obtaining Permits - 2 to 3 Weeks

You may not realize how much paperwork is actually involved when building a home. Thankfully, your ​custom home builder​ will have the knowledge required and will be able to obtain all of the ​building permits and paperwork​ that you will need from the appropriate local officials. But this process also takes time and it can vary depending on how big your home is, the area in which you are building and how busy the local officials are. It is a good idea to use this time to make some choices that don't require city approvals such as the types of materials that you want to use to finish your home such as flooring, cabinets, tiles, paint, etc.

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A larger more complicated design will take longer to complete

Constructing Your Custom Built Home

Building Your Home - 9 to 14 Months

Once you have your lot ready, the designs completed, and all the building permits in place, you can begin construction. The time that this phase will take depends on the complexity of the architectural design and how detailed it is as well as how large the home is. A smaller, less complicated home will take less time to construct than a larger more detailed one.

Even though your ​builder​ may try their best to stay within a timeline and make up any lost time whenever possible, there are still a number of unpredictable and unexpected events that may occur that will add to the total building time. These include but are not limited to:

  • Inclement weather: once the structure is fully enclosed, this will play a lesser role.
  • Delays in materials not being delivered:​​ choosing materials that are in stock and not on backorder can help with this issue, however, if you are getting certain items ​custom-made such as cabinets​, then delays can occur.
  • Availability of subcontractors: ​​You may experience delays during especially busy building seasons such as the summertime when there is a high demand for specialists like electricians, plumbers, and framers. Hiring a builder that handles as much of their own work themselves will help alleviate this issue.
  • Changing your plans:If you decide that you need to make changes to the design plan this will also add on extra time, especially if it is later on in the building stage.
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There are many steps in the actual construction process

To give you a better idea about what is involved in the building process here is a list of the basic steps carried out in building a new home:

  • Building the foundation
  • Doing the rough carpentry
  • Pouring the concrete slabs
  • Installing your HVAC system
  • Roughing in your plumbing and electric
  • Putting on your roof and exterior finishes such as siding
  • Doing the insulation
  • Installing drywall
  • Finishing your flooring
  • Painting and finishing all the trimming
  • Installing hardware and fixtures
  • Cleaning

For a detailed breakdown of the entire building process and a rough timeline for each step, check out this ​Sample Residential Construction Schedule​.

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Make sure you take the time to do a final walk through before moving in

Before You Move In

Final Walk Through and Make Repairs - 1 to 2 Weeks

Don't be in too big of a hurry to move into your home as soon as it is finished. Take the time to do a thorough walk through to ensure that everything has been completed to your standards and specifications. If you find something that you are not satisfied with, let your builder know and they can fix or adjust it before you move in. Most ​builders​ will come back three to six months after the building is completed to fix anything that may have come up in that time.

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Conlin Premier Construction: A Builder You Can Trust

Conlin Premier Construction is a builder you can trust to construct your perfect custom dream home in a timely fashion. If you are looking for a custom home, built exactly to your liking and with the high quality you deserve, contact ​Conlin Premier Construction​. You can rely on Conlin to help you build a house that is the right fit for you and your family

At Conlin, we do all of the work ourselves and we have our own sub-contractors who do the mechanical work. This means that we can be in charge of the quality control on every part of your home's construction, from start to finish. And we make sure that you are with us all through the process. Your complete satisfaction is our ultimate goal and that is why we prioritize excellent communication.

The following video will further explain why Conlin is the best for custom homes in Kawartha Lakes.

At Conlin Premier Construction we have over 30 years of experience building custom homes, custom cottages, additions, and unique outbuildings with the highest standard of workmanship and all of our homes are backed by the Tarion New Home warranty​. ​If you are looking for a premier builder in the Kawartha Lakes region that you can trust, talk to the professionals at Conlin and then ​contact us​ today for a no obligation quote.