How Long Does it Take to Build a Custom Home?

How Long Does it Take to Build a Custom Home?

If you’re looking to build a custom home in Cincinnati but are wondering how long it takes to build something brand new, we can walk you through the process. The answer will vary depending on many factors for the homeowner. The amount of time it takes can also depend on weather, labor costs, and other things that may or may not be out of our control. Learn about the factors that play into building a custom home to see what goes into the process.


Getting Started

The average time to build a custom home is around 7.5 months, give or take. Some factors, such as complexity of the project, depend on the land which the home is built on and the area where the home is built. Custom homes can take longer to complete than production homes while manufactured homes may take a few months to complete. There are five most commonly cited factors which influence construction time.


Pre-Construction and Permits

Before a builder can begin a home, the lot must be prepared. This requires clearing trees, rocks and other items, rough grading and leveling for foundation. Depending on the work involved, there may be delays pre-production. Proper approvals and permits may also cause delays. Factors like building permit approval and inspections processes can vary across locations.



Depending on where the home is located, times to build will be impacted by region of the country. Homes in the Mid Atlantic Region average around 9.5 months start to finish while Mountain Region averages around six months. Metropolitan areas are quicker-seven months-compared to nine months in rural areas. Primary weather factors may prohibit things like pouring concrete for foundation and spring rains which saturate the ground so much holes cannot be dug without walls caving in.


Worker Availability

Summer months are usually the busiest time for home construction so a person may find the construction delayed depending on available specialists and labor. Subcontractors like electricians, plumbers and framers may have a long wait list to get them in the door.


Change of Plans

Any change order usually extends building time, especially if it occurs in the later part of the process. When buyers wait until the last minute to choose finishes, this may cause delays. Cabinets may take six to eight weeks to do and one to two weeks for installation. Open communication with the builder will help alleviate delays in the construction process.


Construction Style

The style of the home influences time to build. Custom-built homes average 10 to 16 months, while personalized production plans average four to six months. Floor plans may have been used many times before and include fewer delays. Adding variations can add time to the process.

Collaboration and communication are two key elements of a quicker, more efficient building process. Engage with construction managers and pre-plan to estimate the time and money it will take to build to avoid any delays or issues. Manage expectations to ensure the process is less stressful for everyone.


The custom home of your dreams is just a call away. Brookstone Homes specializes in meeting your needs from start to finish. We are ready to help you get started on the custom home you’ve always wanted.

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