How long does it take to build a house?

Take a look at our rough guide for typical timeframes to build a house, listed by construction method.

By Hugh Metcalf | 21 February 2020

Considering building your own home, but not sure how long it could take? Here’s our approximate framework to use as a rough guide.

timber clad self build house on a hill - grand designs

Image: In series 17 of Grand Designs, Jon and Gill Flewers planned to have finished their build in 18 months, but found that it took 2 years. 

Building your own home can seem like a daunting prospect – the time and energy that will go into such an endeavour is not for the faint of heart, but with the potential of yielding life-changing results.

If you’re considering taking on your own project, we’ve outlined the time considerations for key forms of house-building below .

Of course, every project is different, so always consult an expert, but these timeframes are based on a typical home build of 200 square metres.

Brick and block

Brick modern contemporary self build home - grand designs

Image: House of the Year longlisted property Kenwood Lee House is vast at over 2,000 sqm, and took 2 years to complete. 

Allow two weeks for foundations (assuming standard trench fill). It will typically take between 12-16 weeks to construct the shell to wind- and water-tight stage. Allow 24 weeks for fitting out and finishing.