How long does it take to build a house? It is such a loaded question. There are so many things to factor into the question. It will depend on the size of the house and if you have a lot and blueprints ready to go. Do you have the financing lined up? Is your contractor ready to start building?
An Overview Of Our Rebuild
Last fall, we were left with a hole in the ground. We had a house fire and the foundation was the only thing that could be saved. Ultimately, this is what we were left with after the demo. Scary, right?
We had further delays after this point and ended up not starting our build until this spring. I won’t go there. I like to pretend this time in my life was an ugly mark I don’t want to recall. So we’ll move right back to the question, how long does it take to build a house?
Our preparation phase is probably not typical considering we already had the lot, foundation blueprints and building permit ready to go when we first met with the contractor building our house. We still had several meetings that spanned over a couple months. We talked about everything in the blue prints and finishings we wanted in the house. Our contractor spent a huge amount of time getting us a breakdown of all the costs associated with building our house. This time was well spent because we had a very clear road map at the beginning and knew how much money we would need to come up with at each stage.
Once we all agreed we understood everything and the contract and blue prints were signed, the fun part could begin.
Early Stages Of Building
The first month was cleanup of our site, getting windows cut, plumbing in the floor, and footing poured.
We also needed a whole new foundation floor and garage floor poured.
One month in, the framing started. I think this was about the time I allowed myself to start getting excited. We had been through so much and been disappointed over and over at this point. I could see walls and that made me smile.
Two weeks into framing, it was starting to look like a house! The total framing time was just about a month. We had amazing people working on our house.
After two months into building, we had shingles on the roof.
By three and a half months in, we had the first day of drywall going up. A lot of activity was happening before this with interior framing finishing up, plumbers, electricians and insulation being put in.
It took about a month from the time the drywall was up and everything was ready for paint.
The painting took about two weeks total. Everything was first primed. Then the trim and closet interiors were painted white.
I chose to paint the whole house gray. I wanted to keep it very neutral this time. My plan is to fill the house with color by using accent pieces and decorations. The paint I chose was Sherwin Williams and the two shades of gray are Zircon and March Wind. The picture below is after one coat of March Wind.
That brings us to where we are today. We still have cabinets, flooring and siding. There will be plumbing and lights. I am really hoping we are about a month out from being able to move in, but we will see. In the end, I will have my answer to how long does it take to build a house.