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How long does it take to build your home?

04.08.21 - Builders Guide

Building yourself a new home can be one life's most exciting experiences and with that comes a lot of impatience and anticipation. The question everyone always wants to know is how long it takes to build your dream home? Perhaps you need to move in by a certain date or perhaps you're looking forward to getting your interior decorating on!  

The average time to build a house takes around six months. To get a rough idea, single-storey homes reasonably cost less time to build than a two-storey home, typically taking up to 16 weeks to complete. Alternatively, double-storey homes range between 20-24 weeks. 
There are a large range of factors to consider that will determine the build time including weather conditions, post contract variations, council permits, financial delays and so much more. We have included our six stages of construction to give you a simple guide about what to expect during your building process and how long each stage should take. 

Stage 1: Testing the Site

This initial step assesses the land you have chosen and prepares the site for building. A surveyor will assess the site and following procedures will be taken to commence the next step. These procedures include soil testing, site levelling, land clearing and the builders will flag the area as their construction site.

Stage 2: Laying Down the Slab

Taking approximately 2 weeks, this involves laying the base for your home. During this process, the site is measured out, the base is poured, and the pipework is approved for plumbing. This stage ensures that the foundation of your home is waterproof, pest free and moisture damage isn't apparent. 

Stage 3: Forming the Frame 

Once the base for your home is laid down horizontally, it's time to start building vertically. This next step includes framing and take about 4 weeks to complete. During this step, hybrid steel frames are installed to lay out the tracks for the floor, roof, doors and windows. Walls are then added, along with pipes for plumbing and conduits for electrical wiring. The frame of the roof is then installed, along with the fascia, gutters and insulation.

Stage 4:  Presenting the Exterior

Now that the foundation of your home has been completed, the next step involves completing the exterior siding to form its shape. Taking up to 4 weeks to complete, this includes installing your bricks, remaining walls, windows, doors and tiling wherever needed. It basically finalises the exterior of the house so that the following steps attend to the inside. 

Stage 5: Fitting the Interior

This next step attends to the inside of your home by installing amenities to your home. In conjunction with stage 4, this involves implementing plumbing and electrical wiring for the inside of the home. Other details from your chosen design include implementing tiles, shelving units and architraves, which can all be added in at this stage. All in all, this stage takes approximately 4 weeks to complete. 

Stage 6: Completion

Lastly, finalising the house comes together in this stage where all the touch ups and details are added to complete the build. These touch ups include painting, fencing, turf and irrigation as well as installing the floor coverings, glass, doors, screens and additional fittings. All the rubbish from the build is disposed to make the final product liveable for you. This stage takes approximately 4 weeks to complete until handover can take place. 

Additionally, any extra work that needs to be completed is done with more time granted after the construction timeline. This additional work includes swimming pools, driveways, landscaping and any security systems that need to be implemented. Domaine Homes prides themselves on our fast and efficient building process. Contact us today to get more information about your potential building journey!

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