Written on
September 26, 2016

5 Little Known Things to Expect During a Toronto Custom Home Build

So you've reached a stage in your life where you're ready to settle down and look into custom home building in Toronto. We're sure you have some questions. 

First, the rumors are true- custom home building truly is the best way to ensure that every last detail of your home feels special to you. Every shade of paint, every tile, and every cabinet will all be by your own design. 

Whether you're looking for a colonial style or something more contemporary, your imagination is the limit.

This isn't set in stone, but the whole custom home building process usually takes between 3 and a half to 4 months. If you don't know what to expect when breaking ground, the process can feel overwhelming.

Don't worry, we're here to guide you on custom home building in Toronto.

Read on to learn the five things to expect when building your home!

Before You Build

First thing's first: before you can break ground on your dream home, you will have to determine your budget.

The good news? Building your own home doesn't necessarily have to be more expensive than buying a pre-existing home.

You will have to create a detailed budget to make sure there are no surprises during the construction process. You should account for the typical material and labor cost, building permits and possible insurance.

An extra 10% of the total is recommended to make sure you have a little breathing room should anything come up.

Plan and design every detail of your home so you pay for what you want in your home. This is the fun part!

With your budget in hand, you can find a custom home builder that will be able to work with your budget.

It's important that you find someone you feel you will get along with, as you will be seeing a lot of each other. And you'll need to trust that they will do their best to craft your home exactly as you envision it.

Once you have your budget and your builder, you're ready to purchase the lot to build your home.

Determining a lot can be as time-consuming of a process as actually planning your home. Keep your needs (and possible future needs) such as schools, proximity to town, and resale value in mind while looking for a lot.

Take your time. You're building your dream home. It should be in a location you can see yourself in ten years from now.

Construction Begins

Have you budgeted for the home you want? Did you purchase the perfect lot? 

It's time to break ground, and when it comes to construction, go on and hand it over to the professionals. They're here to make your vision a reality. 

The first five weeks will consist of site preparation, foundation laying, and framing. The necessary equipment will be transported to your lot and work will begin on excavating, leveling and clearing the lot for your home.

Once the lot has been prepared, the outline of your home will be marked with stakes.

It's actually pretty cool - you'll have a visual representation of how your home will be situated on your lot. 

Next, comes the pouring of the "footers" and of the foundation.

The primary purpose of footers is to spread out the weight of the structure across a larger footprint than the foundation would if it was in direct contact with the earth.

You would be surprised how much a completed home weighs. A solid foundation and footers ensure your home is as stable as it is beautiful.

Once the foundation has been laid, the framing of the house begins. The walls, floor, and roof will be framed with wood. This is essentially the "skeleton" of your home.

Now keep in mind this stage requires major structural work. This is where most of your delays will come from if the weather is uncooperative, as can be the case in Toronto.

The Innards

If all goes well and according to plan you are now looking at the next three weeks of your project. This stage will consist of the "innards" of your home, everything that goes into a home to make it function.

During this stage, the necessary heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical system will be installed.

Once all lines and units have been put in place, your walls will now begin to fill in. Insulation will be coated in your walls and drywall will be installed and sanded down.

It is also during this stage that you can have any security options or environmentally friendly options installed (such as an energy-efficient door).

These options tend to need their own infrastructure, so make sure you talk with your builder to avoid delays!

At this point, the messy construction site that is supposed to be your future home will be cleaned up. This when you begin to recognize your home as you imagined it.

Paint and Flooring

By now we should be entering the third month of construction. If it feels like the past two months have taken a while, this is where things begin to pick up.

The next three weeks will consist of turning the construction site into your home. The myriad of concrete, wood, sawdust and wires that you will have become used to by then will make way for flooring and painting.

The flooring you chose at the beginning of this project will finally be put down, the paint applied and the cabinets hung up.

These next three weeks will be very exciting for you as the images of your future home you've seen will start to materialize.

Interior Decoration

We've finally arrived at the end stage, which should take about a couple of weeks. Your home will now be fitted with the "finishing touches" you've picked out. 

Everything from your countertops, faucets and light fixtures will be installed and your home will within these weeks become fully realized.

Landscaping will also take place during these final weeks to turn the dirt and mud mess created by heavy machinery into a pristine compliment to your home.

You will be given a final walk through of your home where you will be able to do your final inspection.

Building your own custom home can be a stressful process, but it doesn't have to be. With the right professionals to help you along the way, your custom house is within your grasp.

Why wait? Contact us today. We'll talk about making your dream home a reality. 

Article written by:
David Le Prevost