Planning and building a unique custom home that fits your family’s needs takes time because so many variables exist, from the size and finishing details of the house to the weather. As a result, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact construction time at the beginning of a project.

We are always eager to complete a project in a timely fashion, but we never take shortcuts to complete work more quickly than it should take if done properly.

To illustrate the many variables that affect the length of a new home construction process, in Central Indiana or elsewhere, the timeline below outlines the stages and steps involved, and the basic order in which they occur.

  1. Home site selection
  2. House plans development / design
  3. Develop house specifications
  4. Estimate costs and set price of home
  5. Survey-developed site plan / plot plan
  6. Home building contract
  1. Secure financing
  2. Acquire permits to build
  3. Developer / homeowner association approval (if required)
Home Building – Foundation & Frame
  1. Staking for foundation work
  2. Tree clearing (if necessary)
  3. Excavation / setting grade (yard levels)
  4. Foundation / backfill dirt
  5. Frame, windows, exterior doors, exterior trim, and siding
Home Building – Exterior
  1. Exterior painting
  2. Roofing
  3. Utilities: electric main trenching, gas main trenching, water main and sewer installation, septic field and well water system (if applicable)
  4. Brick and stone masonry exterior
  5. Gutters and brick flashing
  6. Exterior concrete (drives, walks, patios)
  7. Grading of yard
Home Building – Interior
  1. Heating and cooling rough-in
  2. Plumbing rough-in
  3. Electrical rough-in / alarm / stereo audio system / home network connectivity
  4. Central vacuuming rough-in (if applicable)
  5. Insulation
  6. Inspections
  7. Drywall
  8. Cabinets, interior trim and countertops
  9. Painting
  10. Flooring
  11. Mechanical finishes
  12. Fixtures and finishes
  13. Appliances
Construction Project Completion
  1. Cleaning
  2. Final builder and municipal inspections / home presentation / walk-through
  3. Closing
  4. Move in
Other Steps in Process

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