How Long Does It Take to Build a Custom Home?

Building your new home from scratch gives you the freedom to create the home of your dreams in a location of your choosing. Custom homes are an exciting and rewarding choice, so you’ll no doubt be dying to see the finished product.

So let’s answer the question that’s no doubt been playing on your mind: how long does it take to build a custom home? The short answer is, it depends. On average, custom homes in Melbourne can take between 6 and 12 months to be completed.

Here are some of the factors that can affect your custom home time frame.

Pre-construction Preparation

Before starting to build a custom home, there are a few different hoops that need jumping through first.

There are documents, planning permits, and approvals that you need to get before we can get started.

Once all the right documents and approvals have been completed, we’ll need to prepare the block of land you want to build on.

This stage of the build will take a little longer if you don’t yet have permits, or if there are complications with the land.

Pre-Construction Phase
Pre-Construction Phase

Sloping Blocks

If the block of land you’ve chosen for your home is on a slope this can also affect the custom home time frame.

Sloping blocks can offer some great advantages like good views, more design options, and more natural light. But building on a sloping block can be a little more complicated, which can add time to the build.

Sloping Home
House On A Slope

Quality of the Land

If your land lot has rubble, roots, rocks or even existing services such as pipes beneath the surface, it can take longer to prepare the lot for building. The land will need to be cleared and levelled.

Different soil conditions also require different earthworks to provide a solid and stable support for your home.

House Land
House Land Quality & Earthworks

Making Decisions

Throughout the planning stage you’ll need to make a lot of decisions. You’ll need to decide on materials, layout, style, etc.

This decision making process can be a quick one if you already know what you want. But if you’re not too sure, and you spend a lot of time hesitating, this is inevitably going to add time to the timeline.

If there are certain decisions that haven’t been made before the construction starts, this can cause delays. For example, if it gets to the final stages, and you haven’t decided which windows to go for, your custom home builders will wait for your decision before continuing.

To avoid delays like these it’s best to make all, or most decisions during the planning and design stage.

Make Decisions during the planning phase
Make Decisions during the planning phase

Weather Conditions

Weather can wreak havoc with building plans. Harsh rainfall and extreme temperatures (both hot and cold) can affect your team’s ability to work quickly and safely. While delays to the build time frame can be frustrating, sometimes they just can’t be avoided, especially if you’re building in the middle of winter or summer.

Complexity of Style

Simple home designs are going to take much less time to build than complex architectural styles.

Many items in a highly architectural custom home such as cantilevers, structural steel, rooftop decks, basement garages, swimming pools and elevators can potentially add many weeks to the time-frame of a custom home.

If you’re hoping for a quick build, there’s always the option of using a production home design (an existing home design).

But if you’ve got exuberant ideas for your home, and you want to make it truly unique, you might find the build takes a little longer.

Simple House
Luxurious House

Size of Build

Naturally, if you’re planning to have a large house, with many different bedrooms, this is going to take longer than a standard size family home.

The bigger the surface area of your home, the longer it’s going to take to build. But as well as surface area, it’s also about how many storeys you want your home to have.

It’s worth weighing up whether you want to build up or out. Building out will often take more time, because more foundation needs to be laid. But adding floors to your home can also take time as this will make the home’s structure more complex.

Size Of Build
Size Of The Build

What about a standard production home when compared to a custom home?

According to this article by the Daily Telegraph on variables when building a home,housing Industry Association (HIA) senior executive director of building, development and environment Kristin Brookfield says a typical contract for a single-storey home is between 18 and 26 weeks, depending on the size of the house, while typical two-storey home contracts are about 26 weeks.

Changes to the Plan

Before you start building, you’ll work out a plan with your custom home builders. But you might find that later down the line you change your mind about a few things. It’s perfectly natural – you want your home to be perfect.

If you change your mind about things early on in the planning stage, this won’t affect the time frame too much. But if you have a change of heart about the plan during the later stages of the build, this could set you back a while.

Planning Decisions
Planning Decisions


Availability of Materials

The type of materials you choose for your home can also impact on how long your custom build will take. If you choose generic materials that are widely available, you shouldn’t have to wait long at all for materials to be sourced and delivered.

But if you decide on more unusual materials, we may have to go further afield to find and deliver them. This can cause the build to take longer.

House Materials
Deciding On House Materials To Use

Custom Homes In Melbourne – Choose a Winning Team

There’s no straight answer to how long it takes to build a custom home. But custom home builds usually take between 6 and 12 months. A standard home design, without architectural complexities or unusual materials will likely take 6 months or so. But more complex builds can take a lot longer.

One thing to note though, is that it’s not worth rushing the build. Custom homes can be an exciting project. It’s a chance for you to personalise your home, and make sure you have a house that’s everything you dreamed of.

Getting a custom home built in a reasonable timeline isn’t a simple task. So you want to be sure to choose a professional builder with a proven track record of success. Interline Constructions has been serving the people of Melbourne since 1989, and we would love to add you to our list of happy customers.

Get in touch today to learn about how we can help you get your custom home built right.

Custom Home Builders Deliver Tailored Lifestyle Solutions – Inside and Out

And that’s exactly what you get from a Custom Home Builder like Interline Constructions in Melbourne –  A home that fits YOUR purpose.

You may have visited all of the big builder display villages, loved and loathed some of the designs, done the maths, read over some of their contracts, and come away feeling completely bamboozled and disillusioned.  You liked one room in this one, another feature of that one, and subsequently tried to put all of the positives into one design that suits you.  You’ve then come up with a fabulous concept, but it doesn’t work on your block of land.  Does that sound at all familiar?

And then there’s the scenario where you’ve found the ‘almost’ perfect home design, but you’d like a few changes, but the display village sales team have set you back (again) by saying the changes you want will cost an extra arm and a leg, “and by the way, we can’t change the design that much because it’s outside our policy”.  The fact is, generic home builders can build your home but it’s generally got to be almost exactly as you see it displayed – and if you have a sloping block, or contentious issues with heritage features that need to be retained in a Knock Down Rebuild, then you’re already in trouble.  Don’t even go there if you have a home design in mind that needs to be elongated to fit on a non-conforming Narrow Block.  You’ll be quickly told, by the generic builder, “We can’t stretch any of our designs.  You get what you see – sorry no can do!”

That’s why Custom Home Builders have a definitive place in making you feel cared about.  They’ll listen to what you want, help you with a suitable design, draft in all of the features you desperately want to incorporate, and go ahead and create a unique home that no-one else is having.  It’s just for you –  and designed for your family and your lifestyle.

A custom designed home means that you’ll be able to play with your layout, swing things around to encapsulate views, put your master bedroom a long way away from the kids, and create a kitchen to die for.  You’ll also be able to keep control of your budget by getting all of the facts and pricing before you begin the build.

Variations are commonplace with the big builders, but, by engaging a Custom Home Builder, you’ll be able to negotiate a contract that specifies what’s included from the start, because you’ve set out your wishes, discussed at length how the big ticket items may push you over what you have to spend, and you’ll be able to rely on the expertise of your builder to advise you of other options to keep everything in check.

At Interline, we focus on the whole picture, not just what you see from the street.

Many of our recent clients have come to us with a notebook full of articles about what’s trending at the moment, particularly when it comes to interior design.  The first thing we do is look at their ideas, work out what style of home they’re wanting, and focus on their unique personality.  It’s a bit like profiling.  We have to understand what’s in their heads first, and then get to work on the bigger picture.  Understandably, the interior of any home is down to personal taste, colour palettes, whatever environmentally-friendly concepts are deemed important to them, and the nature of the block size and shape.

We’ve been in this business a long time, and we’ve seen some pretty eclectic ideas put forward.  We put the pieces together, because that’s what we’re here to do.

Whats Trending In Designer Homes for 2015?

Trending at the moment are smaller homes in the inner suburbs.  Blocks of land are being cut into bit-sized pieces to go with the urban sprawl, and this has had a big impact on the design side of our business.  Our clients still want big bedrooms and wide open living areas, and they’re not keen on areas with no natural light.  For example, we recently completed an award nominated home in Preston.  The block was extremely narrow, but with careful considerations made, our client could have views of the city fireworks, an office -come-guest-area upstairs, a whole  second storey for the children, and a front entrance way that looked all the way to the back fence.  They didn’t want ordinary.  They wanted a quality designer home, and energy efficient features, with room for a sustainable living veggie patch out the back.  As a Custom Builder we were able to make it all happen.

Another of our recent clients went in an entirely different direction – they wanted Heritage styling, a claw bath in the ensuite, a pizza oven in the alfresco, and a guest wing for the parents-in-law.  The thing is, a reputable builder will take on board any diversity you throw at them, blend it all together, and deliver a tailored lifestyle solution for your new home.

I always get asked what’s trending in interior design at the moment.  My usual answer is “Whatever you want and need to make your lifestyle match your dreams.  Trends are one thing, but anyone who wants a custom home built is usually looking for something unique.  Trends can be addressed with a coat of paint and sea grass wallpaper, high ceilings and spotted gum flooring, but the biggest trend we’re experiencing is a shift away from having a home built by a generic company, especially when there are already four homes in your street of the same design.

Some people buy the Variety block of chocolate for a reason.  They don’t just like one flavour.  With a custom-built home you can share the same principle.

The Interline Difference

We’ve built a team of professionals you can trust.

One of the real points of difference we have, as one of Melbourne’s Premier Custom Homes Builders, is that we’ve nurtured a select and talented group of tradespeople who are flexible and adaptable to any building style.  Whether your home calls for an avant-garde metal wall-clad feature finish, or a  verandah with fretwork, we can deliver the right look for your tailor-made home with a highly professional finish – inside and out.  We’ll even take care of the landscaping so you can move in, pop the champagne, and just relax – well maybe after you unpack a few boxes and find the champagne flutes
With us as your Custom Home Builder it’s simple.  YOU get to make all the right choices that suit you!

Adam Waugh, Managing Director, Interline Constructions

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At Interline Constructions every exquisite new home we build is a winner, and we look forward to making your new custom home in Melbourne our next award-winning project.

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Upgrade Your Home Sooner – With a Bit of DIY

After scanning the real estate market you’ve finally taken the plunge.  Your new home is in a fantastic position.  The price was a little higher than you wanted to pay – but it was doable.  And then comes the word ‘Potential’.  Yep, your new home has a lot of potential!  And there’s room for a future Custom Home Extension to boot!

Inspired by the reno shows on TV, you’ve looked at what is and your mind is wandering to what it could look like with a bit if TLC.  The Real Estate Agent kept plugging with more acronyms statements like “DIY, it’s the way to go.  It’s not like you’d need the budget of BHP.  There’s a great garage for your BMW too.  Have a chat, and if you need to ask anymore FAQs just call me tomorrow.  So do we have a deal?”

Well now you’ve signed the Contract of Sale, and the cooling off period has elapsed.  And you’ve now got your busy life as a CEO to attend to, and your significant other has begun ordering the new curtains and packing boxes ready for the big move in three months’ time.

Walking through your new home, after settlement, you notice the freshly painted walls and the cracks begin to show plaster underneath.  The floors creak a lot, and an investigation reveals the stumps are rotted and in need of replacement.  The kitchen taps leak like a sieve and the bathroom has fuzzy green stuff oozing from the grout around the base.  A sense of shock sets in when you realise that you should have followed your best mate’s advice and booked a Pre-Purchase Property Inspection.  But you didn’t!  So now all that’s left to do is work out the best way forward, and start taking DIY classes!

It’s true not everyone is handy with building tools and decorator ideas, but there are ways to improve your home that don’t have to cost a fortune, and that means you’ll have more money to spare when it comes time to invite your Custom Home Builder around for a quote to put on that extension you need for baby number three.

Here’s Our Best DIY Tips:

Get professional help where you need it – but get more than one quote.

There are thousands of tradespeople you can call in for the big stuff, but do shop around and get a series of quotes.  Look at the fine print, ask questions, and always remember your budget.  Building companies and individual tradies will price your job, but there are often a whole host of extras (or variations) that aren’t included in the price.  Once your chosen contractor or tradie starts, and problems arise, you may find yourself in the position of having to just say yes and pay the extra – but its likely going to hurt your back pocket – a LOT!  Choose a company (with a good reputation) that puts everything in writing.  Then you’ll know exactly where you stand.  By asking lots of questions, you’ll also likely find someone who will help you with suggestions on how you can keep the costs down.  By doing a bit of DIY pre-preparation, and taking care of the painting yourself (for example), you may be able to make the whole project more affordable. Maybe you can clear away shrubbery, lift the floorboards yourself, or organise and purchase your own new appliances.  The thinking, preparation and planning can save you in many ways if you can do it yourself.

Do get a Pre-Purchase Property Inspection preferably ‘before’ you purchase your home. 

An older home may have some hidden issues that could be a potential recipe for disaster, and make that future wish to have a Custom Home extension much more expensive than you expected.  A Pre-Purchase inspection, by a qualified person, will give you peace of mind about some things, and point out other hazards – like old copper electrical wiring, rising damp, faulty engineering or workmanship in your subfloor, dodgy plumbing, broken roof tiles, termite damage, and heating ducts that may have slipped off (or never been properly connected).  A good inspector will give you an unbiased report and take photographic evidence of all those limited access areas and the issues therein.  This will then help you negotiate with any tradies you go on and engage to fix the problems.  Your inspector will also let you know what renovation and repair jobs require urgent or future attention, and what’s a simple DIY fix.  It’s well worth the investment.

Painting isn’t rocket science, but taking the time to get the right colour and great finishes takes patience and a degree of skill
Inside or outside painting jobs rely on good, solid preparation.  Choose your colours carefully, buy sample pots first, do a patch test in the room or on the exterior surface itself and, if you need to colour-match, take a sample of the colour with you to your supplier.  Do patch up any cracks with filler, although spend a little extra time, first, investigating if there is a sinister reason behind the cracking.  It could be that your stumps are giving way.  On the outside, don’t just paint over those borer holes and splits.  Again, you can replace those weatherboards yourself, but take your time.  It’s like any DIY project – if you do it properly the first time, you’ll only have to do it once.  And do keep a record of the colours you’ve used so that you can easily re-purchase the right tones to blend with any extension plans you have for the future.

Clean and clear your gutters and storm water drains regularly – if you can.

It’s a simple job, albeit generally up a ladder or on a high rooftop, but it can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.  Blocked gutters lead to blocked stormwater drains, which can result in rusted roof areas, rotten roof bearers, and leaking ceilings.  These issues are usually hidden from view, and they can become real money drainers when you start to plan your new Extension Renovation.  By protecting your asset and maintaining the DIY jobs with due diligence, you’ll be in a much better position to afford a Custom Built Extension that will flow on more easily from your existing home, without the need for major roof and plumbing surgery.  Prevention hurts a whole less more than finding the subliminal cure.

Before you start planning your new Extension Renovation, check with your Local Council first.

As highly sought after Custom Home Builders, at Interline Constructions, we’re called in to give a quote for Extension Renovations regularly.  Unfortunately, many property owners haven’t done any investigations with their Local Council first.  This can result in disappointment.  There are restrictions in all areas of Melbourne (even on acreage sites).  Where you can and can’t build, set-backs from fence lines (even for a garden shed or pergola), height restrictions along boundaries, and the percentage of your land that can be built on are all major considerations.  Talk to us and we’ll happily give you some sound advice based on where you live.  We have years of knowledge and a reputation for honesty.  We’ll help you plan your Customised Extension in all the right ways.

Start Saving NOW so you can expand your horizons with less long-term financial stress.

Doing DIY renovations on a credit card is not the best idea either – particularly if you can’t pay the balance at month’s end.  Just as it’s always best to think first, measure three times, and then start cutting the timber, the same applies to anything DIY.  By all means look at the big picture and dream of what you want your home ‘with a lot of potential’ to eventually look like – but do your homework, get the best possible advice from registered and qualified building companies, complete whatever projects you can yourself, and THEN call in the experts (such as Interline Constructions in Melbourne).  You may have to suffer a little bit of delayed gratification, but it will all be worth it in the end when your new Custom Home Extension finally begins.
With us as your Custom Home Extension Builder it’s simple.  You’ll get the right advice, a budget to suit what you want to do, and a top quality experience – and all based on what suits you!

Adam Waugh, Managing Director, Interline Constructions

Contact us at Interline Constructions today

At Interline Constructions every exquisite new home we build is a winner, and we look forward to making your new custom home extension in Melbourne our next award-winning project.