How Long Does It Take To Build A Custom Home?

How Long Does It Take To Build A Custom Home?

September 04, 20233 min read

The Complexity of Building a Custom Home

Hey everyone, it's TJ here. When diving into the adventure of creating your dream space, the time it takes to build a custom home can vary. Let's dive into the factors that determine how long it will take.

Initial Considerations

  • The Type of House: From shipping containers that could be set up over a weekend to grand mansions that take years, the variety is vast.

  • Utilities: Whether the house is on septic or City Water and Sewer makes a difference.

  • Pre-construction Work: A lot of work, such as design meetings, architectural planning, and engineering considerations, happens before the actual construction begins.

The Pre-Build Process

The journey from having a mere idea to finally digging the foundation involves numerous steps:

Design Phase: 

This could range from as quick as 30 days to six months, or even longer with some builders taking over a year.


Once the design is ready, you'll need to sort out the financing. This means setting up the money at the title company, and if you're not paying cash, this could add another 30 days or more to the timeline.


Depending on your location, obtaining permits could either be a breeze or a lengthy hurdle. For instance, cities like Madison might take longer due to more stringent documentation requirements.

The Actual Build

This is where the rubber meets the road. The time taken here varies based on:

  • House Details: Is it a simple design or a complex one with multiple fireplaces, special windows, and intricate details? The latter will invariably take longer.

  • External Factors: Unexpected events like supply chain disruptions (remember the COVID-19-related delays?) can significantly push timelines.

  • Traditional Builds: Typically, most houses will be completed in about five to six months from the day of breaking ground. However, complications could extend this.

  • Your Decisiveness: How promptly can you make decisions regarding your build? This is crucial. Any delays in choices can push the timeline further.

Why the Pre-Build Matters

All the time spent on design, planning, and decision-making ensures that the end product is exactly what you dreamed of. We want to avoid those "I wish we had thought of that" moments. Whether it's an electrical outlet in a specific place, water fixtures for convenience, or tech integrations, the goal is to get it right the first time.

Some Advice from TJ

Work with a builder who's knowledgeable and can guide you. For instance, do they understand the four control layers? Did you check out our video on this topic?

Moreover, always check the references of your builder. I find it surprising that many don't. You can learn a lot from past clients and their experiences.

Remember, building a home is a significant decision. It's crucial to be informed, ask questions, and ensure your builder is aligned with your vision. And as always, strive to elevate your standards.

Engage With Us Further

Loved this article? We have a wealth of information on our Blessed to Build blog. If you're considering a build, explore our main website, Sanctified Construction, and dive deeper into what we offer. Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more insights, and as always, raise your standard. We look forward to assisting you on your home-building journey.

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TJ Vitense

Founder of Sanctified Homes and Construction & the Blessed to Build Foundation, TJ believes in raising the industry standards. With his company Strategic Real Estate Experts, he helped hundreds of families buy and sell homes. And, now manages new home construction as one of Wisconsin's best home builders.

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