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Are you thinking about building a house in Nashville, Franklin, Brentwood, or any were else in Middle Tennessee? Then you might be curious about how long it’ll take to finish your dream home. Building a house is a complex yet rewarding process. In this article, we will look at how long it typically takes to complete a home building project, factors that can speed it up or slow it down, and tips to ensure a smooth process.

General Time Frame For a Custom Home Build

Did you know that building a house in the U.S. takes about 8 months on average? That’s what the U.S. Census Bureau says for 2022. But of course, it depends on a lot of things, like where you live, how big your house is, what style you want, and what kind of house you’re building.

In Middle Tennessee, which includes Nashville, we’ve seen construction times from 8-12 months long for custom houses.

You also will need to factor in the time it takes your architect to design your custom home. This can range from 2-6+ months depending on how complex your house design will be.

Things That Can Make the Project Longer

Building a house can take longer than you expect. Sometimes it’s because of things you can’t control, and sometimes it’s because of things you can. Here’s a list of a few things that can make your project take longer:


Bad weather can alter the construction schedule and cause delays. For example, rain can delay the schedule. Snow, though not a severe in Tennessee, can also affect the schedule.

Supply Chain

The materials needed to build your house can at times be hard to get due to unforeseen circumstances. This can happen because of things like natural disasters, trade wars, pandemics, or market demand.


The rules and regulations for building a house can be different depending on where you live. The permitting process can take anywhere from a few weeks to longer depending on the size of your project and how busy the permitting office is.

Design Changes

Last minute design changes to your home can extend you’re custom home project timeline. Examples of this are adding or removing a room, moving a wall, or changing the flooring or fixtures once construction has begun. You may also need to get new permits depending on how extensive the changes are.

Things That Can Make the Process Go Smoothly: Tips and Tricks to Speed Up the Building Process

There are also many things that you can do to make the building process go as smoothly as possible. Here are some tips:

Plan Ahead

Planning ahead can save you time and money in the long run. One way of doing this is by creating a realistic timeline and budget for your project and then working with your architect to verify if your assumptions are correct. Your Architect can also help you with the other important pre-design activities.

Hire Professionals

Hiring qualified and experienced professionals will make a huge difference in the quality and efficiency of your project. Choosing a high-quality architect will remove the guesswork from your project. Your architect can also help you identify local builders for your custom home.

Be Involved

Lastly, being involved in your project can help you avoid misunderstandings and mistakes. Don’t hesitate to ask your architect questions during the building process. You, your architect, and builder are a team, and clear communication will help your custom home project become a success.

Are you Ready to Start Your Custom Home Project in Nashville?

If you are ready to start your custom home project in Nashville, Middle Tennessee or throughout the USA, TKZ Architecture LLC is here to help you. Get in touch with us for a free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.