Are you interested in building a new home? Is it time to create something from scratch, tailor made for you and your family? Building a new home is very exciting, but first you’ve got to decide between the two options available to anyone who wants to build a new home.

Some builders will offer you a few different models from which you can choose; you decide what upgrades you’d like to include as well as the color scheme and the materials you want used.

The other option is to build a custom home where you work with a builder, contractors, and design teams to create everything about your home. Custom homes might be more costly and they’ll probably take longer build than modular homes, but you’ll have exactly what you want when it’s all said and done. You won’t have to compromise on your vision of your home.

Regardless of which option you choose, it will follow the same basic stages of new construction.



When you are building a new home, the design process comes first. You will sit down with your builder and pick out the floor plan. This includes the types of cabinets in the kitchen, whether you want hardwood floors or tile, and what colors or style you’d like, the kind of sinks in the bathrooms… the list goes on and on! If you are building a custom home, the design process is even more extensive.

Next, the builder will have to go through the permit process. This is much more extensive if it is a custom home on a plot of land not in a neighborhood. If you are building a modular home in a neighborhood, this process has been streamlined—it’s being done for many homes at once.

If you are building a custom home on a plot of land, your builder will have to take steps to set up a temporary power source set up to the site of the home. This will ensure that the workers have the ability to use their tools once the actual build starts.



In either kind of home, modular or custom, the site must be prepped. For starters, the land must be smoothed out and leveled. If there is a basement, the hole needs to be dug, underground hookups for utilities are set, and anything else that might be needed.

If there isn’t a basement in the plans, the foundation will be laid next. The pouring of concrete must be timed right and weather will have an impact on this process. If there is going to be rain, there may be delays here. The foundation might take a few weeks before it’s considered complete. Why? Well, before the builders can move on, there are inspections that must be done. If the inspectors find any problems, they will have to be rectified before any further work is completed.

Once the foundation has been laid and set, the process of framing the house starts. This part of the process takes a few weeks, too. All the home’s exteriors will be done during this time. The construction workers will build the wood frame on top of the foundation, they will put in the rough exterior before the siding or brick is put on. The roof will go on the house, and all the doors and windows will be installed.



Once the exterior of the house is completed to the point that the interior will be protected from the elements, interior construction can begin. The first part that the team will tackle is typically the rough mechanicals; this includes plumbing for your bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry. The electrical will be installed for any overhead lights, appliances, and plugs in the home.

At this time the HVAC will also be installed for your home’s heating and cooling. The time frame of these parts of the build depend largely on the complexity of the home’s layout and how big it is.

Insulation is put in during this stage, too. It must be completed before work can be started on the drywall. Once the drywall starts to go up, the home starts to look a lot more like an actual home instead of just the skeleton of one.

Painting comes next, along with interior trim and other finishing work. The flooring and cabinets and countertops all go in last. That way, your builders can ensure that there are no accidental dings or scratches from any other construction work going on concurrently.


Timelines for construction are different for almost every project. If you are building a modular home without many upgrades, your timeline for a build can be as little as three months. Large custom homes can take 16 months or more, depending on where they are built.

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What affects the timeline?

There are many things that can impact your build timeline, making it longer or shorter than expected. Remember there are things that are outside of the builders control and yours, especially the weather. Where you choose to build your home will determine the best time of year to start a build.

Here are a few of the factors that can modify your timeline:

  • Size and type of home
      • The larger the home, the longer the build time. A home with a basement and multiple levels is going to take longer to build than a ranch home with no basement.
  • Complexity of building plan
      • Building a custom home is very exciting, but will add to your timeline. For example, if your build plan include a wine cellar, extra special care will be taken to insulate and build exactly to your specifications, adding more time to your build.
  • Builder and subcontractors
      • Who you use to build your home matters a great deal. Make sure you have good information on not only your builder, but what subcontractors they may use in your home.
  • Weather
      • Rain is the obvious weather event that will impact construction, but summer in Southwest Florida can get too hot to do certain things, too. If there is a heat wave the week your roof is supposed to be done, it may be delayed due to concern for workers’ safety and the ability of the materials to set. If you are building a home in Florida during the hurricane season, this might also extend your timeline.
  • City or country build
      • Building in the city or suburbs is quicker than building a home in the country. In the country, your builders will have to make accommodations for things like power and the time it will take to get materials to the build site. In the city, the electrical, gas, and water grid is already set up and it is just a matter of hooking up into it. Plus, your builder will have easy access to any materials they’ll require.
  • Governmental departments
    • If you are building outside of a neighborhood, it may take a while to get all the right permits and permissions. Some places may even make you attend hearings to tell the people who oversee the land you are building on what you plan to do with it.

SC Homes is the premier custom home builder in Southwest Florida. We have the experience and range of skills you need to build your dream home. Call our team today to talk about your project and how we can help you!


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