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New Home Construction Schedule

How long does it take to build a house? Scroll down this page to see an example of a typical construction schedule for a large (6,000 sq. ft.) custom home. It includes most, but not all, of the activities involved in the process of building a new house in most parts of the country. Sample construction draws have been included for reference purposes, although individual lenders & mortgage companies will most likely have their own draw schedules.

Notice that because construction draws from the lender typically follow the completion of various phases, or milestones, the cash flow on a project can be very irregular. While the money flowing out of a construction company; for employee salaries, benefits, office space, vehicles, insurance, equipment and other company expenses, typically occurs on a regular calendar based timeline, the money used to pay these expenses follows an event driven schedule. Therefore, besides the "normal" unplanned events that can affect the progress of a home building project, it is not uncommon for home builders to rearrange construction schedules in order to gain access to draw money so that they are able to pay subcontractors and suppliers in a timely manner. By the way, this is generally a good thing (provided you have an honest builder) because subcontractors tend to follow the money and happy subs are almost always preferable to unhappy ones:-)

Will your house take this long to build?

Probably not; most home building projects will take less time, but some will take even more. For example, the timeline for a smaller house, with few options and less detailed finishes, which has been built many times before by professional builders, might be as short as 8 to 12 weeks. However, 6 to 9 months from start to finish is probably a more realistic average (average is not a good word for a typical homeowner). While a larger house, with more options, custom features, fancier finishes, and more owner involvement -- especially if the owner has little construction experience -- may very well take 1 1/2 to 2 years to complete. Then again, if you build your own house, and make the common mistake of moving in before every last detail is finished, well, you might be looking at decades instead of months or years --- I speak from experience, but it's just a little trim in the powder room, and a short piece of baseboard behind the master bath door, and a small piece of molding in the hallway linen closet, and....

The actual schedule of completion for your specific project will vary based upon many factors including, but not limited to, size and degree of difficulty of the structure, site and weather conditions, material and contractor availability, crew sizes, effective scheduling and communication, the knowledge and experience of those managing the project, and perhaps most significantly, the number, timeliness, and complexity of the changes you will inevitably make to the original contract after construction has already begun.


 ID Outline Number Name Duration Predecessors
1 1 Contracts 0.00d .
2 1.1 __Supply Lot Sale Agreement 0.00d .
3 1.2 __Supply Construction Agreement 0.00d .
4 1.3 __Supply Contract Plans 0.00d 3
5 1.4 __Supply Contract Specifications 0.00d 3
6 1.5 __Supply Contract Site Plan 0.00d 3
7 1.6 __Secure Financing 0.00d .
8 1.7 __Construction Loan Settlement 0.00d .
9 2 Document Review & Revision 25.00d .
10 2.1 __Review & Finalize Plans 15.00d 4
11 2.2 __Review & Finalize Specifications 20.00d 5
12 2.3 __Review & Finalize Site Plan 1.00d 6, 10
13 2.4 __Print Construction Drawings 5.00d 10, 11, 12
14 2.5 __Approve Revised Plans 0.00d 13
15 2.6 __Approve Revised Specifications 0.00d 13
16 2.7 __Approve Revised Site Plan 0.00d 13
17 3 Bids & Contracts 24.00d .
18 3.1 __Make Copies of Plans 3.00d 14
19 3.2 __Make Copies of Specifications 2.00d 15
20 3.3 __Distribute Plans & Specifications 1.00d 18,19
21 3.4 __Receive Bids 10.00d 20
22 3.5 __Review Bids 5.00d .
25 3.6 __Execute Subcontractor Agreements 5.00d 23
26 4 Grading & Building Permits 17.00d .
27 4.1 __Schedule lot stake-out 1.00d 13
28 4.2 __Stake lot 1.00d 27FS+3d
29 4.3 __File Grading Permit Application 1.00d 16
30 4.4 __File Building Permit Application 3.00d 14, 15, 16
31 4.5 __Post Lot Identification 1.00d 28, 29, 30
32 4.6 __Meet Sed. Control Insp. 1.00d 29FS+2d, 28, 31
33 4.7 __Walk Lot w/ Owner 1.00d 32
34 4.8 __Install Construction Entrance 1.00d 32, 33
35 4.9 __Install Sediment Controls 2.00d 32, 33
36 4.10 __Sediment Control Insp. 1.00d 34, 35
37 4.11 __Grading Permit Issued 1.00d 36
38 4.12 __Permit Process 10.00d 30
39 4.13 __Building Permit Approved 1.00d 38, 37
40 4.14 __Pay Permit Fees and Excise Taxes 1.00d 39FS+2d
41 4.15 __Building Permit Issued 0.00d 40
42 5 Site Work 7.00d .
43 5.1 __Clear Lot 3.00d 37
44 5.2 __Strip Topsoil & Stockpile 1.00d 43
45 5.3 __Stake Lot for Excavation 1.00d 43
46 5.4 __Rough grade lot 1.00d 43, 45
47 5.5 __Excavate for foundation 2.00d 39, 45, 43, 46
48 6 Foundation 24.00d .
49 6.1 __Layout footings 1.00d 47
50 6.2 __Dig Footings & Install Reinforcing 1.00d 49
51 6.3 __Footing Inspection 0.00d 50
52 6.4 __Pour footings 1.00d 51
53 6.5 __Pin Footings 1.00d 52
54 6.6 __Stock Block, Mortar, Sand 1.00d 53
55 6.7 __Build Block Foundation 15.00d 53, 54
56 6.8 __Foundation Certification 0.00d 55
57 6.9 __Draw #1 (Location Survey) 0.00d 56 
58 6.10 __Fill Block Cores w/ Concrete 1.00d 55
59 6.11 __Steel Delivery 1.00d 58
60 6.12 __Set Lintels, Bolts, Cap Block 2.00d 59
61 6.13 __Lumber Delivery 1.00d 58
62 6.14 __Waterproofing and Drain Tile 1.00d 61
63 7 Rough Carpentry 44.00d .
64 7.1 __Set Steel 1.00d 60
65 7.2 __1st Floor Deck Framing 4.00d 64
66 7.3 __1st Floor Wall Framing 4.00d 65
67 7.4 __Draw #2 (First Floor Deck) 0.00d 66
68 7.5 __2nd Floor Deck Framing 2.00d 67
69 7.6 __Draw #3 (Second Floor Deck) 0.00d 68
70 7.7 __2nd Floor Wall Framing 3.00d 69
71 7.8 __Set Roof Trusses 2.00d 70
72 7.9 __Frame Roof 7.00d 71
73 7.10 __Install Roof Plywood 5.00d 72
74 7.11 __Install Windows & Doors 2.00d 73, 111
75 7.12 __Frame Basement 2.00d 72, 81
76 7.13 __Frame Basement Bulkheads 2.00d 75, 87, 93
77 8 Concrete Slabs 8.00d .
78 8.1 __Basement Slab Preparation 2.00d 65, 91
79 8.2 __Termite Treatment Basement Slab 1.00d 78
80 8.3 __Slab Inspection 1.00d 79
81 8.4 __Pour Basement Slab 1.00d 80
82 8.5 __Prep Garage Slab 1.00d 81
83 8.6 __Termite Treatment Garage Slab 1.00d 82
84 8.7 __Pour Garage Slab 1.00d 83
85 9 H.V.A.C. 17.00d .
86 9.1 __HVAC Layout & Measure 1.00d 72
87 9.2 __HVAC Rough-in 5.00d 86, 111
88 9.3 __HVAC Set Indoor Units 2.00d 81, 87
89 9.4 __HVAC Temporary Heat 2.00d 88
90 10 Plumbing Rough-in 37.00d .
91 10.1 __Plumbing Sub-slab 2.00d 65
92 10.2 __Plumbing Layout 1.00d 91, 87
93 10.3 __Plumbing rough-in 5.00d 92
94 11 __Plumbing Sub-slab Inspection 0.00d 91
95 12 __Plumbing Rough-in Inspection 0.00d 93
96 13 Electric Rough-in 19.00d .
97 13.1 __Set Electric Boxes 2.00d 74
98 13.2 __Install Electric Service Panel 2.00d 97
99 13.3 __Electrical Walk-through 1.00d 98
100 13.4 __Electrical Rough-wire 14.00d 99
101 14 Specialty Rough-ins 5.00d .
102 14.1 __Central Vacuum Rough-in 5.00d 100
103 14.2 __Alarm System Rough-in 5.00d 100
104 14.3 __Telephone System Rough-in 5.00d 100
105 14.4 __Television System Rough-in 5.00d 100
106 14.5 __Audio Visual Rough-in 5.00d 100
107 15 __ Electrical inspection 0.00d 96, 101
108 16 Draw #5 (Rough-ins complete) 0.00d 95, 107
109 17 Framing Inspection 0.00d 95FS+1d, 107FS+1d
110 18 Roofing 68.00d .
111 18.1 __Roofing Paper Installed 3.00d 73
112 18.2 __Draw #4 (Roof, windows, doors) 0.00d 74, 111
113 18.3 __Stock Roof Shingles 1.00d 112
114 18.4 __Install Roof Shingles 7.00d 113, 119
115 19 Exterior Finishes 56.00d .
116 19.1 __Siding 3.00d 74
117 19.2 __Exterior Trim 7.00d 116
118 19.3 __Brick Arch Forms 1.00d 117
119 19.4 __Brick Veneer 45.00d 118
120 20 Insulation 5.00d .
121 20.1 __Caulk & Air Seal 1.00d 109
122 20.2 __Draft & Fire Stop 1.00d 121
123 20.3 __Batt Insulation 3.00d 121, 122
124 21 Insulation Inspection 0.00d 123, 120
125 22 BGE Energy Wise Inspection 0.00d 124
126 23 Drywall 26.00d .
127 23.1 __Stock Drywall 1.00d 124
128 23.2 __Hang Drywall 5.00d 127
129 23.3 __Remove Scrap Drywall 1.00d 128
130 23.4 __Tape and Finish Drywall 15.00d 128, 129
131 23.5 __Sand Drywall 1.00d 130
132 23.6 __Drywall Point-up 3.00d 131
133 24 Draw #6 (Insulation & drywall applied) 0.00d 128, 126
134 25 Floor Finishes 76.00d .
135 25.1 __Ceramic Tile 15.00d 142
136 25.2 __Install Hardwood Floor 4.00d 146
137 25.3 __Sand, Stain, Seal Hardwood 5.00d 196
138 25.4 __Install Carpet 4.00d 137
139 25.5 __Final Coat Hardwood 2.00d 196
140 26 Paint 59.00d .
141 26.1 __Prep Drywall for Prime Coat 2.00d 131
142 26.2 __Prime Paint Drywall 2.00d 141
143 26.3 __Prep Trim for Prime Coat 2.00d 142, 152
144 26.4 __Prime Trim 2.00d 143
145 26.5 __Finish Coat Trim 10.00d 144, 156
146 26.6 __Finish Coat Drywall 14.00d 145, 132
147 26.7 __Caulk Exterior Windows & Doors 1.00d 146, 117
148 26.8 __Finish Coat Exterior Trim & Siding 1.00d 147
149 27 Draw #7 (Roofing, masonry, siding) 0.00d 114, 157
150 28 Interior Trim 29.00d .
151 28.1 __Interior Trim Delivery 1.00d 142
152 28.2 __Install Interior Doors 5.00d 151
153 28.3 __Install Interior Trim 15.00d 152
154 28.4 __Install Cabinetry 5.00d 153
155 28.5 __Install Appliances 1.00d 154
156 28.6 __1st Punch-out Interior Trim 2.00d 155, 144
157 29 H.V.A.C. Trim 1.00d 140
158 29.1 __Install Grills & Registers for Paint 1.00d 131
159 29.2 __Set Outdoor Units 1.00d 165
160 30 Plumbing Trim 5.00d .
161 30.1 __Set Fixtures 4.00d 135, 136, 146, 154
162 30.2 __Connect Appliances 1.00d 161
163 31 __Final Plumbing Inspection 0.00d 160
164 32 Exterior Landscaping 32.00d .
165 32.1 __Rough Final Grade 1.00d 119
166 32.2 __Patios 7.00 165, 119
167 32.3 __Porches 5.00d 166, 119
168 32.4 __Sidewalks 7.00d 167, 119
169 32.5 __Decks 7.00d 168, 119
170 32.6 __Driveways 2.00d 165, 169
171 32.7 __Final Grade and Seed 3.00d 170, 166, 167, 168
172 33 Electrical Final Trim 160.00d .
173 33.1 __Switch & Plug 2.00d 142, 100
174 33.2 __Install Fixtures 1.00d .
175 33.3 __Connect Appliances 1.00d .
176 34 Hardware 12.00d .
177 34.1 __Door Hardware 2.00d 145, 146
178 34.2 __Bath Hardware 2.00d 145, 146
179 34.3 __Mirrors 5.00d 178
180 34.4 __Shower Doors 10.00d 178
181 35 Draw #8 (Prime paint, cabinets, doors) 0.00d 142, 152, 154
182 36 Draw #9 (Trim, furnace, hrdwd, tile, rails) 0.00d 153, 181
183 37 Draw #10 (Plumbing & elec. trim, final paint) 0.00d 146, 182
184 38 Final Building Inspection 0.00d 183
185 39 Use & Occupancy Certificate 0.00d 184FS+3d
186 40 First Walk-thru 0.00d 185
187 41 Draw #11 (Final payment per contract) 0.00d 186
188 42 Final Punch-out 9.00d .
189 42.1 __Punch Out Walk-thru List 4.00d 186
190 42.2 __Trim and Adjust Doors 2.00d 184, 189
191 42.3 __Paint Touch-up 3.00d 190
192 43 Cleaning 14.00d .
193 43.1 __Windows 3.00d 145, 146
194 43.2 __Rough Clean 3.00d 193
195 43.3 __Final Clean 2.00d 176, 188
196 44 Final Walk-through 0.00d 187, 188, 192
197 45 Move-in 0.00d 196FS+1d