House Rules, The Block, Buying Blind, Open Homes Australia: there’s no doubt that Australians love home building and house renovation reality TV shows. Professionals in the building industry tend to have mixed feelings about the recent surge of interest in these reality TV shows. On the one hand, we love seeing everyday Australians taking such an interest in the work we do day in, day out. On the other hand, reality TV tends to glorify some aspects of construction that, in real life, can be a bit more time-consuming or mundane.
When we have clients come to us asking, “How many weeks to build a house?”, we know we may have a reality TV aficionado on our hands. Why? Because house building is generally measured in months, not weeks (and certainly not days!).
It’s the million dollar question. How long does it take to build a house? Well, that depends on a number of factors. Contrary to how quickly homes get built on reality television, building in the “real world” takes a little longer. In this post, we highlight the factors which influence your build time, and provide you with an insight into our building processes at G.J. Gardner Homes.
Factors that affect how long it will take to build your house include:
If you’re wondering how long it takes to build a new house, read on to find out more.
In the excitement of choosing a house design, it’s easy to forget about site preparation. Prior to the slab being poured, your block of land will need to be flattened, levelled and stabilised. The time it takes to do this will depend on whether your block is situated on a slope, has highly-reactive soil, or needs rocks and trees removed.
When buying land, it’s always a good idea to get a builder’s opinion, as some blocks are more expensive to prepare than others. If you’ve already chosen or purchased your land, a quick site inspection by your builder will yield a much more accurate time estimate to prepare the land ready for construction.
Alternatively, you could consider a house and land package, which takes care of this site preparation issue for you. Ultimately it all comes down to whether you have your heart set on a particular block of land and are happy to potentially wait a little longer for the land to be prepared, or whether time is of the essence and you want to move the process along as quickly as possible.
Not surprisingly, larger or more complex homes can take longer to build. This is why many of our time-poor customers are attracted to our pre-designed range. These home designs take approximately 16 weeks to build from their construction start date. However, as a general guide, a single-storey home with a standard design takes around 4-6 months to complete – provided there are no unforeseen delays. A multi-storey or custom home usually takes a little longer.
If you’re in a hurry to build a home, you’re best off choosing a standard house design with minimal modifications. At G.J. Gardner Homes, we offer over 100 unique and beautiful off-the-plan designs to speed up the building process.
In some instances, the time to build a house gets blown out of the water because clients ask for unplanned changes during the building process.
If you’re looking to have your new home built as quickly as possible, try to avoid post-contract changes and variations once you’ve selected your design as these will almost always extend your build time.
On the other hand, if you’ve come up with a great idea and there’s an addition or variation you’d like to make to your home design, feel free to talk to us about it. At G.J. Gardner Homes, our aim is to build your dream home, and we’re always willing to work with our clients to make this a reality. Just be aware that adding new functionality or features to your home will most likely extend the original build time.
Heavy or incessant rain is the natural enemy of every home builder. In some locations and climates, such as Northern Australia in the wet season, the weather issue is very difficult to manage.
It’s not that builders are afraid of getting a little wet, it’s that many home-building tasks simply can’t be undertaken in the rain. For example, concrete foundations can’t be poured during heavy rain, nor can holes be dug in saturated ground without the walls caving in.
Regardless of where you build, you need to be aware that Mother Nature will occasionally spoil the party and cause building delays.
Looking to build a new home? Get in touch with the G.J. Gardner team to find out how we can help create your dream home.