A custom home build is not for the faint of heart. Unlike a production home build, the process can be more complicated, and therefore, require more time. Here’s what you need to know about the timeline for a custom home build!

Production Homes Vs. Custom Home Builds

A custom home build often requires a longer timeline than a production home. Why? Well, a custom home is designed and built from scratch. In most cases, the custom home has never been built before. With production homes, there are various floor plans available to choose from, and the same set of plans are built over-and-over. When you consider the personalization of a custom home, it’s easy to see why the timeline might be longer.

How Long Does a Custom Home Build Take?

A custom home build does not have a set timeline. In fact, the total build time can vary quite a bit. There are many favors that contribute to the build time, including:

  • Size
  • Complexity
  • Material availability
  • Weather (hello, Houston rain)

Given the different variables, here are some timelines to keep in mind when building your custom home:

Design– Before any building can take place, house plans must be completed first. Developing a new set of plans, with the help of your builder and/or architect, usually accounts of 5 to 8 months.

Financing– After design, financing (if needed) and permitting can require 1 to 2 months.

Construction– This is where things get complicated. Construction time begins when the slab is poured and ends at the completion of the build. For smaller homes, under 4,000 square feet, this timeframe is typically 10-12 months. For larger homes, over 4,000 square feet, the timeline is often closer to 12 to 16 months. Again, these are solely estimates. Size, complexity, material availability, and weather all impact this timeline.

The name of the game when it comes to a custom home build is: patience. Unfortunately, things can become delayed due to unseen circumstances. However, if you’re working with a trusted builder, like Morning Star, you can be confident that your team is doing everything they can to complete the build in a timely manner.