How Long Does It Take To Build a House

Date Monday, 20 November 2017 12:00 AM

It’s the million dollar question. How long does it take to build a house? Well, that depends on a number of factors. Contrary to how quickly homes get built on reality television, building in the “real world” takes a little longer. In this post, we highlight the factors which influence your build time, and provide you with an insight into our building processes at G.J. Gardner Homes.



In the excitement of choosing a house design, it’s easy to forget about site preparation. Prior to the slab being poured, your block of land will need to be flattened, levelled and stabilised. The time it takes to do this will depend on whether your block is situated on a slope, has highly-reactive soil, or needs rocks and trees removed.

When buying land, it’s always a good idea to get a builder’s opinion, as some blocks are more expensive to prepare than others. Alternatively, you could consider a house and land package, which takes care of this site preparation issue for you.

House design

Not surprisingly, larger or more complex homes can take longer to build. This is why many of our time-poor customers are attracted to our pre-designed range. These home designs take approximately 16 weeks to build from their construction start date. However, as a general guide, a single-storey home with a standard design takes around 4-6 months to complete – provided there are no unforeseen delays. A multi-storey or custom home usually takes a little longer.

If you’re in a hurry to build a home, you’re best off choosing a standard house design with minimal modifications. At G.J. Gardner Homes, we offer over 100 unique and beautiful off-the-plan designs to speed up the building process. Once you’ve selected your design, try to avoid post-contract changes and variations, which are likely to extend your build time.



Heavy or incessant rain is the natural enemy of every home builder. In some locations and climates, such as Northern Australia in the wet season, the weather issue is very difficult to manage. Regardless of where you build, you need to be aware that Mother Nature will occasionally spoil the party and cause building delays.

The key to dealing with bad weather is to factor it into your building schedule from the outset. Most experienced builders will understand the weather patterns in your area, and factor some form of contingency into the building schedule. However, predicting the weather is rarely an exact science. For further information on the weather patterns in your area, please feel free to contact us directly.

Building approach

If you’re serious about building a home on time, it’s important to choose an experienced builder with proven processes and a reputation for reliability. If your builder isn’t process-oriented or highly organised, you’re more likely to experience building delays. Besides being inconvenient, building delays are expensive if you’ve got a bridging loan.

Prior to the contract sign-off phase, it’s important to research your builder’s reputation and understand how they operate. A good builder will outline the steps and timeframes involved in building your home, and answer any questions you might have. An exceptional builder will also provide a transparent fixed-price contract and regular progress reports - like our easy-to-use project tracker.  

The Bottom Line

If you’re building a new home, it’s important to find a reputable builder who can guide you through the process. At G.J. Gardner Homes, we take the stress, hassle and uncertainty out of home building. Our quality workmanship, fixed-price contracts and weekly progress reports have made us Australia's number 1 rated new home builder. If you’re looking for value, choice and peace-of-mind, call us for a friendly, no-obligation chat.

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