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.
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. Alternatively, you could consider a house and land package, which takes care of this site preparation issue for you.
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. Once you’ve selected your design, try to avoid post-contract changes and variations, which are likely to extend your 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. Regardless of where you build, you need to be aware that Mother Nature will occasionally spoil the party and cause building delays.