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You’ve made the exciting decision to build a custom home on the Mornington Peninsula and now you can’t wait to move in – but how long will it take? While it’s understandable that you’ll want things to progress quickly, it’s important to remember that a good build takes time.

As custom home builders on the Mornington Peninsula, we know from experience that the average build takes around 10 to 12 months.

Of course, it’s important to remember that each home is different. One of the greatest benefits of choosing a custom build is that you won’t end up with a cookie-cutter home – however, that also means it’s harder to gauge how long your project will take to plan, gain approvals and construct.

Here are some factors that play a part in the timeline of your home building project.

Design

While some houses are relatively straightforward, others require far more time and consideration. The size of your house will make a difference, as a multi-storey property understandably takes longer than a small, single-storey bungalow. 

If you’ve opted for an off-the-plan design, your builders will be able to launch right in, knowing which materials and skills are required. However, if you’ve decided to get creative with complex architectural designs, your builder may need to allow time for procuring specialist materials and making complex modifications.

Weather

Thanks to its bayside location (and Victoria’s famously unpredictable climate), the Mornington Peninsula can have some extreme weather to contend with. As builders on the Mornington Peninsula, we are well aware of this and will always take weather into consideration when discussing timelines. Our expertise and experience in the area means we are prepared for most conditions and weather generally won’t affect the length of your build.

Land

If you’re purchasing a block of land in a new development, allow around three to four weeks for land titling, the process of handing land from the previous owner to the next. If you’re demolishing a current building, you may need to take into account time for council approval, heritage restrictions and access issues caused by asbestos and debris. Another thing to take into consideration is whether the land slopes, as you may need to allow for levelling off and stabilising. 

Changes

While some things are out of your control, there are certain ways you can influence the length of the build. Every design change you make after the build has started can cause delays and could make your dream home more expensive. Find out more about that in our previous contract variations blog.

To avoid this, take your time to talk things through with your designer and don’t launch into the project before you’re certain you’ve ticked all the boxes. Of course, some changes may arise out of unforeseen complications along the way. A good builder will always keep you in the loop and work efficiently to minimise disruption to the timeline.

As experienced, knowledgeable home builders on the Mornington Peninsula we are perfectly placed for providing you with an accurate timeline for your dream home. To begin the conversation, get in touch with the team at Glenco Building Group today.