Building a house in Vancouver typically takes a total of a year or two, from designing to moving in. Note, however, that many factors affect the timeline of home-building. Besides the actual construction process, you have to consider the pre-construction permits, the style and specifications of your home, and the potential delays along the way. Let’s take a look at these house-building factors and how long they might take.
Designing Your Vancouver House
Typical duration: 4 weeks to a few months
Designing involves more than just looks and personalisation. It also includes the site survey, floor plan, practical requirements, governmental prerequisites, and of course, budget adjustments for the house. It’s best to work with a professional Vancouver building designer to ensure your planned home is not just beautiful and livable, but fully compliant with regulations. If your collaboration goes smoothly, you can have a complete design in as little as four weeks.
Obtaining House-Building Permits
Typical duration: 2 to 6 months
Before your house construction can begin, you must have approvals from the City of Vancouver and the Province of British Columbia. There’s quite a long list of permits to obtain involving zoning rules, property attributes, plumbing, electricals, and many more. When you work with us at Building Space Custom Homes, we can handle all the permitting for you, ensuring your paperwork is complete and accurate, and your project is 100 percent compliant.
Construction of Your Custom Home
Typical duration: 9 to 14 months
The time frame of construction depends on your home’s size and style, your personal preferences, and even the weather. To give you an idea, a standard bungalow can take as little as six months to construct in good weather, while an estate-style manor with customized features can take over a year.
For a smooth and efficient construction process, we at Building Space Custom Homes have developed a proprietary handbook containing thorough checklists for our team. This ensures our home-building methodology is organized and sensible, and we can avoid missteps that could cost you time and money.
Potential Delays in Home-Building
Some of the most common snags in Vancouver home-building are during the permitting stage, when permit applications can get denied or have to start over due to incomplete paperwork. During the construction phase, the weather is one of the most unpredictable factors that could hold up the project. In addition, the homeowners themselves may want to make changes to the plan while construction is already underway.
These delays are expected, and it takes a seasoned home-builder team to address these swiftly. Our local professional builders at Building Space are deeply familiar with Vancouver BC permit requirements, completing applications in the shortest time possible. Our project managers are also equipped with knowledge and experience to handle contingencies such as schedule changes and plan modifications. We know how to stay as close to your timeline as possible!
Consult with Building Space Custom Homes
It’s possible to build your custom home with less stress and more efficiency. For this, residents in the Lower Mainland trust the professional home builders at Building Space Custom Homes, Ltd. We provide comprehensive home-building services, taking care of the entire process from conception to completion. We’re proud of our track record of stress-free home builds!
Ready to take the first step towards your new home? Start by consulting with us. Call Building Space at (604) 726-5839 today.