Custom Home Building Timeframe

Custom Home Building Timeframe

Many people believe that if they want to build a custom home in Victoria, BC, they are going to have to wait a while for the home to be completed. This is one of the reasons that often deters people from looking further into this option, so we want to shed some light on it! There are a few different factors that need to be considered when determining a custom home building timeframe, and we’ve listed them below to help you get a better idea of how long it actually takes our Victoria BC custom home builders.


In the pre-construction stage, your custom home is designed and the proper permits are obtained. Your chosen lot will also be prepared in this phase through excavation and ground leveling. Depending on how long it takes to get permits and how many adjustments are made to the design, this can be the largest part of the custom home building timeframe. From start to finish, this usually takes 4-5 months. 

Changes to the Plan

When the client decides to change the custom home plan, or an unexpected factor causes the plan to change, this can add a significant amount of time to the building process. We recommend taking your time in the early stages of the planning and design process to minimize the chance of having to make changes later.

Final Finish Decisions

Since many products take 6-8 weeks to order and arrive, it’s very important to decide on your final finishes ahead of time to avoid delay. Even though things such as cabinets and lighting may be the last to be fitted, you will want to make sure they arrive before they are needed. Your experienced custom home builder should be able to let you know when you should need to make your final decisions and place orders.

Weather and Climate

Here in Victoria, permafrost is not a building obstacle, but that does not mean there aren’t environmental factors that can affect a custom home build. There are some parts of the process that cannot be performed in the rain or in certain temperatures, and if the weather does not cooperate it can hold up your building process. There is not much that can be done to avoid this setback except cross your fingers and hope for nice weather! Read our blog post on what the best season is to start building your custom home.

Taking all of the above into account, the average custom home in Victoria will only take around 8-12 months to build. In the long run, that’s not a long time to wait for your dream home! Contact us today to get started on your custom home.


Posted by Shane Hughes


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