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What to expect when building a custom home

One of life’s greatest accomplishments is to build yourself a home to call your very own, built exactly to bring comfort and efficiency to how you like to live your life. Some people consider it a life goal, especially if you have kids. In Canada, building a home is a simple undertaking, it can take anywhere between 6-24 months to build a new home. We will get into the specifics. The major hold-up is some red tape, approvals, and whether or not you’ve asked for something special, like soundproofing, or special materials, etc. built into your home. Here’s what to expect when building a custom home.

What you need to do

There is a laundry list of things you need to do yourself before you can hire someone to take over this task.

Select Lot and Model

For pre-built housing schemes, you have a choice of homes you can construct as well as the lot in which your home will be erect.
The lot will require you to pick a community in which you want to live. That means identifying a dot on the map that will be considered your home. Then you need to pick out the size of your home, its layout, and style. Most housing development projects come with some pre-designed homes; you just need to pick which ones appeal to you most. So, if you want to build a house in Mississauga, then you just need to map out some communities and do some research relating to those communities. Most communities have model homes that you can walk into and experience first-hand.

Now, there is an option available to you that allows you to design a new home from scratch. While some communities prefer that you stick to their prebuilt design, others are more open-minded. In this situation, you might end up paying more and the construction time might well take a year (even 2 depending on the size) and it might cost a bit more, but you get something as unique as your fingerprints.

Depending on where you end up, you can move on to the next step.

Purchase Contract and First Deposit

Once you have selected your home, you need to show the intent of purchase. To do this, you sign on the dotted line and submit an initial deposit, which makes that piece of land the grounds for your new home.

Mortgage Approval

At some point during the home-buying process, you will need to meet with a bank, or mortgage broker to plan out the entire house’s payment. Some people prefer to tour homes first, then consult with a bank, while others prefer it the other way around. This qualifies as a personal choice, but it will need to be done at some point.

Review and Sign Off

Once you have selected your design and have made any customizations you want to the design, you can engage a professional to take care of the execution for you.

Architectural Approval

Once your design has been reviewed by an architect, they will make sure that any modifications you’ve suggested (if any) are structurally possible, and if not, they can recommend how it can be made possible.


While all homes should be built on a strong foundation, some communities put it down as a requirement. They even prescribe the kind of foundation each house should have. Deciding on this is an important part of picking a new house.

Starting construction

Once that has been taken care of, it is time to get started with the work.

Framing, Roofs, Doors, and Windows

Once the construction crew begins work on your home and has built a frame and roof, it is time to go shopping for doors and windows. Anyone who has spent some time in a new house knows just how much of the design is dictated by the doors and windows. You can choose your furniture, linen, and rugs to complement those choices. At this point, the skeletal structure of your house will have been complete with walls, stairs, roofs, and everything structurally pertinent to the house.

Heating, Plumbing, Electrical, Rough ins, etc.

Here you decide what kind of light fixtures you want, what kind of showerhead, faucets, connections, etc. you’ll need and where. Once the rough-ins have been finalized and decided upon, we can even carry out the insulation process as well (as/when needed).

City inspectors

City inspectors will stop by from time to time to ensure that everyone is compliant and up to code.


Now comes the part where the home starts becoming your very own. Your HVAC is installed, your wiring is sorted out, and everything’s coming together. The paint, wallpapers, tiling, even the exterior, which includes sidings, shingles, and everything else in between will be the deciding factor on what your house will end up looking like and we have just one more stage left after this. After this stage, we can start moving on to making the house habitable.

Flooring, Stage 2 Trim Work and Countertops

What kind of floor do you want? What kind of a kitchen are you interested in? Do both of those choices complement each other in some way? How do the visuals of the house flow? When these questions are answered and the solutions installed, your home is nearing completion.

Clean-up & final paint

All the people working on your home will, at this point, wrap up their work, and start cleaning up after themselves. This means removing any scaffolding, frames, tools, tiny nails, or bolts littered around the house, any leftovers from installation, etc. When all that is done, there might be some scuffs and marks left here and there, especially after the electrical
installation, and you will need a final coat of paint.

Final Inspection and Orientation

Now that everything is done, it is time for you to finally move into your lovely new home and start living your life. The city inspector will have signed off on your house as being “up to code”, your architect, builders, and most importantly you are all satisfied with how everything turned out and you are ready to move in.

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