13 Jun Debunking the Timeline for Building A Home
How much time does it really take to build a new custom home or a take on a full-home renovation?
We get this question a lot. And our answer is not what clients want to hear….“It depends.”
Well, on decision-making timing of clients, on town regulations and responsiveness to permits, on weather, and most of all, on the scope and size of the project.
The Client – You!
An indecisive client can be the timeline’s biggest enemy. Changing architectural plans, material selections, or budgets mid-project all have serious timeline implications. We always recommend using Ellie Mroz Design Construction Consulting to give client’s an expert’s selections and guidance, taking out the stress and guesswork of decision-making.
Our Time Frame Estimates for New Home Building and Renovations
With all those caveats, if we were forced to commit to a time range, we’d say from 8 months to 1.5 years. That’s a significant variation, with the majority of the range attributed to the size/scope of the project. If we had to generalize, most large scale renovations/additions we take on take about 6-9 months in the construction phase. New custom home construction will likely take around 10-12 months in the construction phase.
Here’s a break down of each phase in the Michael Robert Construction design/build process and how long each takes:
PHASE 1 / Vision, Design and Estimate / Timing: 2-4 months
- Concept development
- Priority establishment
- Measurements + Drawings of Existing Conditions
- Zoning Analysis
- Feasibility Study
- Schematic Design + Line Drawings
- Construction Estimate
PHASE 2 / Plans, Construction Contract and Permit / Timing: 2-4 months
- Plan Detailing + Elevations
- Structural Engineering
- Electric/mechanical details
- Construction Agreement
- Elective Renderings
- Permit Drawings + Application Review
PHASE 3 / Construction / Timing: 10-12 months
- Site Work + Demolition
- Structure + Framing
- Exterior Finishes
- Interior Finishes
- Substantial Completion