Build Your Own House

Building a House Step by Step

Steps to Building a House

Summary: What are the steps in building a house and how long will each take? From construction loan, construction insurance, foundation contractors, siding contractors, to flooring contractors and home mortgage loan, here is how to build a house step by step.

During the planning stage (Getting Started), you will have prepared a budget, found a building lot (land), house plans, estimated the cost to build your new home, and have arranged your construction loan and home mortgage loan.

You have located most of your subcontractors and have contracts with them. You’ve visited various building supply companies for lumber, windows, concrete, bricks, etc., and have opened lines of credit with them.

You’ve also completed the paperwork and obtained the cost for obtaining any necessary permits and you have a good quote on construction insurance (builders risk insurance).

Congratulations! You’ve reached the day you thought might never come. You’re ready to start building your new home.

What is the sequence of steps in building a new home, and how long will each take? Here is a list of how to build a new home step by step.

  1. Staking the lot and house: 1-3 hours

  2. Clearing and excavation: 1-3 days

  3. Ordering utilities, temporary electric service, and a portable toilet: 1 hour

  4. Footings (steps 3 and 4 can be reversed). First inspection must be made before pouring: 1 day

  5. Foundation and soil treatment, then foundation survey: 1 week

  6. Rough-ins for plumbing, if on a slab, and inspection: 2-4 days

  7. Slabs, basement, and garage: 1-2 days

  8. Framing and drying-in: 1-3 weeks

  9. Exterior siding, trim, veneers: 1-3 weeks

  10. Chimneys and roofing: 2 days-1 week

  11. Rough-ins can be done while steps 9 and 10 are in progress: 1-2 weeks

  12. Insulation: 3 days

  13. Hardwood flooring and underlayment: 3 days-1 week

  14. Drywall: 2 weeks

  15. Priming walls and “pointing up”: 2 days

  16. Interior trim and cabinets: 1-2 weeks

  17. Painting: 2-3 weeks

  18. Other trims, such as Formica, ceramic tile, vinyl floors: 1 day-1 week

  19. Trimming out and finishing plumbing, mechanical, and electrical and hooking up utilities: 1-2 weeks

  20. Cleanup: 2-3 days

  21. Carpet and/or hardwood floor finish: 3 days-1 week

  22. Driveway (if concrete, can be poured anytime after step 14): 1-3 days

  23. Landscaping: 1-3 days

  24. Final inspections, surveys, and mortgage loan refinance or modification of the construction loan: 1-3 days

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