What to Expect When Building a New Home: A Timeline.

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Building a house is an exciting journey filled with anticipation and creativity. It is also a process that requires careful planning, coordination, and patience. Understanding the timeline of building a new home can help manage expectations and ensure a smoother experience. We’re here to walk you through the typical stages of constructing a custom home, from conception to completion. 

Planning Phase: Laying the Foundation for Success 

Initial Consultation  

Building your dream home begins with an initial consultation with your home builder. During this phase, you’ll discuss your vision, preferences, budget, and any specific requirements. This is the time to articulate your ideas, share inspiration, and establish a clear understanding of your expectations.  

Design Concept 

Following the consultation, the design concept phase commences. Collaborating with our designers, you’ll review and finalize your floor plan tailored to your needs and lifestyle. You will choose all your interior and exterior selections that range from flooring, fixtures, finishes, tile, paint, and appliances. This phase is crucial for refining your vision and ensuring that the design of your home aligns with your aesthetic preferences and functional requirements. 

Permitting and Approvals 

Once the design concept is finalized, the next step involves obtaining necessary permits and approvals from local authorities. This process may vary depending on the location and regulations governing construction in your area. It typically involves submitting architectural plans, engineering documents, and other relevant paperwork for review and approval. 

Securing permits can take several weeks or even months, so it’s essential to factor in this timeframe when planning your project. Working with experienced professionals who are familiar with local regulations can help streamline the permitting process and avoid delays. 

Construction Phase: Bringing Your Vision to Life 

Site Preparation  

With permits in hand, construction can officially commence. The first step is site preparation, which involves clearing the land, grading, and preparing the foundation. Depending on the site conditions and complexity of the project, this phase may take several weeks to complete. 


Once the site is ready, the foundation is laid—a critical element that provides stability and support for your new home. This phase typically involves excavation, pouring concrete footings, and constructing foundation walls. It’s essential to ensure that the foundation is built to code and meets structural requirements to ensure the integrity of your home. 

Framing and Exterior Finishes 

Following the completion of the foundation, the framing stage begins. This is where the basic structure of your home takes shape, as walls, floors, and roof systems are constructed. Skilled carpenters work meticulously to frame the skeleton of your home, ensuring precision and structural integrity. 

Once the framing is in place, exterior finishes are applied to protect your home from the elements and enhance its curb appeal. This includes installing roofing, siding, windows, and doors. Choosing high-quality materials and finishes is key to ensuring durability, energy efficiency, and aesthetic appeal. 

Interior Construction 

With the exterior of your home taking shape, attention turns to the interior construction and finishing touches. This phase encompasses a wide range of tasks, including plumbing, electrical wiring, insulation, drywall installation, and interior trim work. 

Finishing Touches 

As the interior spaces are crafted, you’ll have the opportunity to see the personalization of your home come to life with features such as cabinetry, countertops, flooring, and fixtures installed. Collaborating closely with your builder and design team, you’ll ensure every design element successfully reflects your style and preferences, creating a truly custom living environment. 

Turning Dreams into Reality 

As construction nears completion, excitement builds as your vision transforms into reality. During this phase, final inspections are conducted to ensure that your home meets building codes and quality standards. Any remaining tasks, such as landscaping, driveway installation, and finishing touches, are completed to bring your project to fruition. 

Upon successful completion of inspections and final walkthroughs, you’ll receive the keys to your new home—a momentous occasion that marks the culmination of your journey. From concept to completion, building a new home is a rewarding experience that offers the opportunity to create a space that reflects your lifestyle, preferences, and aspirations. 

At McNeill Burbank, we’re committed to guiding you through every step of the building process, from initial consultation to final walkthrough. We believe a home is sustainable when thoughtfully designed with timeless appeal. After over three decades of building, we are continuously committed to bringing your vision to life. Contact us today to begin your journey toward building the home of your dreams. 

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