June 6, 2022 ourclients

How Long Does a Custom Home Usually Take to Build?

A custom home might take anything from 10 months to two years to build on average. Assuming that the build will take at least 10 months, a semi-custom home project might be completed in 6-8 months (with a strong team and good luck).

The length of time it takes to build a house depends on its size and complexity. A 5,000-square-foot cottage will require a different amount of time to finish than a 30,000-square-foot mansion. Grand plans with numerous intricate elements demand additional time and resources, but a skilled builder may increase the crew to keep a larger project moving along smoothly. In the end, it’s critical to remember that taking the time to do things correctly the first time around will always save you time and money in the long run. It’s never a good idea to take shortcuts in the sake of efficiency.


Construction of a home can take anything from 10 months to two years, so keep that in mind. Before building can begin, the architectural design and pre-construction phases typically last 3 to 9 months. The size and complexity of your home design, as well as the architect’s current workload, your city’s permission process, and your chosen builder’s efficiency and skill, all influence these time estimates.

What are some of the things that can make moving in take longer?

A wide range of variables might cause a project’s progress to be delayed. Smart project management and an adaptive, reliable team can reduce or eliminate some of these risks. When you’re dealing with an act of God, the people on the project can make a tremendous difference in how long a delay lasts and how quickly you can get your project back on schedule.



On a construction site, there are many variables that we can influence, but the weather is not one of them. It’s common knowledge for seasoned builders to include some wiggle room in their schedules for weather delays, but Mother Nature can throw a wrench in the works when she throws a wrench in the works.

When it comes to rain, sleet, or snow, a project’s initial building phase might be severely impacted by the presence of precipitation. Precipitation levels that are too high can delay site construction (bulldozing projects can be ruined by too much mud) and the foundation pour (adding extra water to concrete is a no-go). They may even postpone framing for a little time. Once your home is dry, precipitation should have little effect on the time it takes to complete your project. The task requires some time spent outside in the rain.

Being unable to obtain the necessary licenses:

In each building project, bureaucracy is an inevitable part of the process. The paperwork is endless, with boxes to be checked and signatures to be obtained (sometimes in duplicate!). A project can be halted or delayed by a missing permission or a long-delayed inspection. This may be avoided with ease if your builder is well-organized and has robust internal systems and processes in place to deal with all of the documentation associated with a custom home build.

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Stone Creek Building is a locally owned, trusted, and licensed general contractor specializing in custom home construction services and superior craftsmanship. Our team collectively has over 100 years of construction related experience.