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How Long Does it Take to Build a House?

04.08.20 - Getting Started

If you’re considering building a new home, chances are the question of “how long does it take to build a house?” will be on your mind almost instantly.

According to professionals in the industry, the average time to build a house in Australia is between 4 and 12 months – but of course, there are many variables that can affect construction time, from the size and complexity of a home’s design to planning and building permits and even the weather.

Here’s what you can expect when building your very first home from the ground up.

The Stages Of Construction

Once your land has been purchased and your home design chosen, there are certain steps you can expect in your home’s construction. We’ve included a rough guide to how long each step will take, with approximately 2-3 weeks dedicated to each stage.

Step 1: Site Preparation

What happens at this first stage will depend on the nature of the land you have purchased. A surveyor should assess the site where there may be soil testing, site levelling, and clearing of bushes or trees before actual construction can take place.

Step 2: Laying The Base

Also known as the slab or base stage, this step in the building a house timeline involves laying the foundation for your home. It includes measuring out the site, pouring the base, under-slab drainage and a moisture barrier. A special mesh is also laid out to ensure protection from termites, although additional treatment and inspections for pests will be required later on.

Step 3: The Frame

This is when all of the external support structures and the bones of your home are constructed. Walls are added, conduits are put in place for running electricity and plumbing, gutters and insulation are installed, and it’s all topped off with a roof frame and its cladding.

Step 4: Lock-up Stage

The fourth stage involves the installation of windows, doors and remaining walls, hence the name – you can finally lock up your house. This is also where plumbers and electricians will “rough in” the necessary piping and cabling so they can complete their work in the next stage.

Step 5: Fit-Out

The fit-out or fixing stage signals that it’s ready to start installing some much-needed amenities to your home. At this point, tradesmen are able to begin fitting out the property by adding electrical cabling, plumbing, and cabinetry throughout the house. Other details from your chosen design, such as tiles, shelving units and architraves, can all be added in at this stage.

Step 6: Completion Stage

This is where it all comes together! Painting, detailing and installations of appliances can be completed now, with the result being a house that’s practically ready to move into.

There are additional works that will need to be completed before your home is considered complete and move-in ready, such as your driveway, landscaping and swimming pool.

What About Single Versus Double Storey Homes?

Wondering how long does it take to build a two-storey house? While a single-storey home will take up to 16 weeks to complete, a double-storey home can take additional time – typically between 20 and 24 weeks.

Weather, unplanned changes, and other factors can cause these timeframes to widely differ.

If you’ve decided to build rather than buy, check out Domaine Home’s huge range of home designs – there’s one to suit every block of land out there.

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