Typically it takes about two years to build a home, from finding the site to moving in. In most cases just over half this time is spent securing planning and other building permissions and lining up suitable contractors. Then about 6-9 months is spent onsite constructing the house.
With Custom Build, the plot search, some part of the planning process and services are taken care of, so this has the potential to reduce timelines significantly.
Timber frames and structural insulated panel systems are praised for erecting a weatherproof shell faster than brick and block, but they generally take longer to arrive on site, with lead times that need to be factored in. Timber frame suppliers normally require a substantial deposit in advance.
A simple house on a flat site with a good crew, an accurate budget and reasonable weather, can be completed within 6 months. As you add in complexities such as a steep site or bad weather then timescales lengthen.
These other reference areas offer more free advice and information:
- ‘How to Plan and Schedule More Complex Projects’
- A typical Self Build Schedule by Homebuilding & Renovating magazine
- Self Build Planner by Build It magazine
- Programme of Works: Setting Timescales for your Self-build by Allan Corfield Architects
- Project Control: Keeping your Project on Track by The Self Build Guide