How Long Does it Take To Build a Home?
My typical response to this question has always been "about 6 months depending on the weather". I now realize this was a bit optimistic for fine custom homes.
I ran into Danny White, the building superintendent for Tim Jackson Custom Homes. He is finishing up a new custom home for Tim at 1151 Stone Creek Drive, in Fairview. This home is due for completion in a couple of weeks and has already been sold. They are doing the final detail work on the interior. I asked Danny how long it had taken to get the home to that point and he replied they had poured the foundation 7 months and one week ago.
Danny told me they had been lucky and had lost almost no time in building the home to weather because it was already under roof during the wet months of late Fall and Winter. I asked if this was a typical time-frame for one of Tim's homes, and he said they were right on track. He said if they had started the home in late Fall of last year, they could have easily lost a month or so to inclement weather.
Danny went on to tell me building a home in Frisco with 15-16 required inspections will take longer than building a home in Fairview with 5-6 required inspections. That can really delay a home because often times progress will just stop until an inspection is completed. Danny said Tim Jackson tells buyers of their new custom homes in Fairview to be prepared for an 8 to 9 month completion time after the foundation is poured and assuming there will be no extended weather delays.
And finally, Danny reminded me he is only talking about building a "spec" home. A "spec" home is built on a speculative basis ... that is, without a buyer already in place. Builders can move much faster on a "spec" home because they are making all the decisions as questions arise rather than having to wait on approvals from a buyer. These are called "change orders", and will really slow down progress on any home.
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