Timelines & Milestones: What to Expect During Your Custom Home Build

Oct 31, 2023

Timelines & Milestones What to Expect During Your Custom Home Build

There’s so much to be excited about when you decide to have a custom home built. After all, you’ve likely spent years envisioning what you would do if you could ever create your dream home, and the custom home building process allows you to watch all of it come to life. Of course, there are also bound to be some stressful moments because you’ll want everything to be perfect and the process isn’t as simple as plan the home, build the home.

Perhaps that’s left you wondering, “What can I expect during a custom home building project?” And the good news is, we have the answers you’re looking for. Let the pros at Steamboat Home Specialist—with our years and years of custom home building experience—walk you through what to expect during your custom home build.

The Stages of Your Custom Home Building Project

When you’re having a custom home built, the first thing to remember is that there might be some hiccups, the process will take time, and in the end, it’ll all be worth it. With that in mind, the following steps are standard in any custom home building project:

Initial Consultation & Early Planning

The starting point of your custom home build is an initial consultation with the home builder you’ve chosen to work with. This first meeting is crucial, as it sets all of the big-picture ideas you have for your home into motion. This is when your home builder gets an idea of the vision you have in mind and the results you want to see out of your project. From there, the very early phases of the design process can begin. This is also when you may get your first taste of what the timeline for your project might look like.

The Design Phase

Designing your dream home can take some time, and this is the part that is bound to take the longest. You’ll be walked through this process in a way that makes it easy for you, as you’ll be given choices to make for what you want your custom home to look like and feature. All the little decisions are made here so that the rest of the project can follow an organized and detailed plan. A thorough and effective design phase can mean fewer hold-ups down the line.


Any permits and approvals that need to be obtained are taken care of during the pre-construction process. This will also allow you a chance to finalize your budget.

The Construction Begins

Once everything is in order, your home builder can get to work! All of the foundational work comes first, then you’ll start to see the frame of your home take shape. This can include the first aspects of your home’s exterior design, like your windows and doors. Overall, the early phases of construction are typically going to take several weeks.

All of the Underlying Work Comes Next

Once your framing is completed, things start to get done a little more quickly. Over the next few weeks, your home’s plumbing and electrical setup will occur. This is all of the underlying work that needs to be done to make sure everything runs smoothly once your house is built.

Interior & Exterior Finishes

The next few weeks will really allow you to see your custom home building project take shape. This is when the more detailed aspects of the home are taken care of, such as your flooring, countertops, and cabinetry on the interior and any railings, stonework, or gutter work on the outside.


After the long, rewarding project is complete, your home builder will complete the clean-up process to make sure your new custom home looks as beautiful as can be on the inside and out. This is also when you can take note of any final touches that need to be completed before you move in. And that’s where the fun continues: moving day!

Start the Custom Home Building Process Today!

If you’re ready to begin a custom home building project in the Steamboat Springs, Colorado, area, there’s no better team to call than Steamboat Home Specialists. We make things easy, breezy, and as stress-free as possible. Contact us today to get the process started!

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 In Steamboat Springs, Material is hard to get and most home companies are quite unreliable. These guys on the other hand were very good. Josh is a man of his word. His work is clean and solid. His experience shows in how he plans a project. We are very pleased. 
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