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What Happens Between Step 4 and Construction with Custom Built?

Preparing for construction of your remodel can take some time. Learn what happens during this time and what factors influence how long this period takes.


A common question we get asked after the design phase wraps up is, “When will construction begin for my remodel?”.

The short answer is that it will take several weeks before construction can begin. The time between your Step 4 meeting and construction varies from project to project based on a variety of factors. 

In this article, you will learn what Custom Built is doing to prepare for construction, how long you can expect to wait before it begins, and what factors influence your wait time.

Preparations for construction

While it may look like nothing is happening, there is a lot going on behind the scenes while we are preparing for construction.

Taking proper action before construction begins is crucial to having a well-organized and well-run construction project. Spending the time to prepare reduces the chances of mistakes happening.

The following activities are taking place in preparation for construction:

  • Ordering the product selections you made during the design phase
    • Cabinets, countertops, flooring, deck boards, fixtures, etc.
  • Tracking and updating delivery dates for the various products required for your remodeling project
    • Expected delivery dates are a major determinant of your construction start date.
  • Purchasing the building materials required to build your project
    • Structural lumber, trim, electrical wiring, insulation, etc.
  • Submitting final construction plans to obtain building permits
  • Scheduling with trade partners required to complete your project
    • Plumbers, electricians, HVAC specialists, drywall installers, flooring specialists, countertop installers, painters, etc.
  • Managing the financial resources of your project
    • Paying for materials, managing invoices, and placing work orders, purchase orders, lien waivers, and sworn statements for financed projects.

Factors that influence the time between Step 4 and construction

There are a variety of factors that influence the length of time between your Step 4 meeting and the beginning of construction.

Most impactful is awaiting the delivery of all the product selections (cabinets, countertops, fixtures, etc). We will not begin construction until all the product selections needed for your project are in our possession.

Beginning demolition on your home without materials ready to install leaves you with a home in mid-renovation while we wait for delivery. This is a major hardship that we work to avoid at all costs.

Another factor that influences how long you can expect to wait between your Step 4 meeting and the beginning of construction relates to the specific product selections you made during the design process. 

As a rule of thumb, the more customized the product selections are, the longer it takes to produce and deliver those components. Conversely, more standardized components require less time to produce and deliver.

If you want the period between your Step 4 meeting and construction to be reduced, you can make the Project Development Advisor aware of this. They will advise you on the selections that are more readily available.

Expected wait times for different types of remodeling projects

The typical wait time for a kitchen remodel ranges between 12 - 16 weeks.

The typical wait time for a deck ranges between 8 - 12 weeks.

The typical wait time for a bathroom remodel ranges between 12 - 16 weeks.

The typical wait time for a home addition ranges between 16 - 20 weeks.

Next steps once construction begins

Waiting for construction can be frustrating, especially if you’ve been waiting for weeks since your Step 4 meeting. Rest assured that your project is in good hands and this waiting period is an important and necessary part of the process. We want to have everything in place before construction begins.

Now that you’ve read this article, you understand what happens during this time and what factors influence how long you can expect to wait.

Your Project Development Advisor will set up a communication cadence with you to provide updates on preparations and when we foresee construction beginning. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Once these preparations are completed, construction of your remodel can begin! 

On the morning construction begins, we will have a pre-construction meeting at your home. Your Project Development Advisor and Managing Lead Carpenter will review your project plans so everyone is on the same page.

To learn more, read about the pre-construction meeting that will take place.

We have been designing, building, and managing successful construction projects in Mid-Michigan for over 15+ years. We will make sure you have the best experience possible while your project is built. 

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