What to expect when building a new home

What are the stages of building a new home? Whether you’re a first home buyer or have owned a property before, we’ve put together a guide for what to expect once your house and land project has begun.

Once you have purchased your ideal block of land, completing the build of your dream home can sometimes feel like a distant reality. 

While it may sometimes feel this way, the building phase can also be one of the most rewarding and exciting parts of the home ownership journey.

Although all builders and new home projects vary and there may be times when things happen out of sync, our list includes the main steps involved in building a home, so you will know what to expect while you’re build is in progress. 

  1. Site preparation and plumbing. In this step the building site is checked and prepared. The main pipework for the plumbing that will sit underneath the house is carried out. 
  2. Site works. If you are building a home in a new masterplanned community, the siteworks are often minimal, however, your design may need a retaining wall to be built or earth to be moved to accommodate split levels.  
  3. Slab down. This exciting step will allow you to see what your house will look like on your land.  A concrete “slab” is poured which forms the shape of your home and forms the foundation for the brickwork to come. 
  4. Framing. Depending on how your house will be constructed you may or may not have a frame erected to form your interior walls (alternatively it may be built entirely of brickwork).  If you do, you will be able to see individual rooms taking shape. 
  5. Roof & lock up stage. This stage is where everything comes together, and you will start to recognise the medley of construction as a home.  Electrical cabling is run in the wall and ceiling cavities, brickwork is completed, windows are installed, and your roofing is fitted. You now have a weatherproof home. 
  6. Internal fit out. – The majority of the remaining work now happens inside the home.  The walls and ceilings are plastered, cabinets for the kitchens and bathrooms are built, and tiling completed. 
  7. Finishing works. – The final stage.  Depending on what you have opted for in your contract, any painting is done, floor coverings laid and appliances such as an oven is installed.

This part of the home ownership journey can be addictive and you might find yourself drawn to checking  progress on a weekly, even daily basis. It’s worth remembering that good quality takes time and you shouldn’t be disappointed when it appears that not much has changed. 

If you have any questions it is always a good idea to speak to your builder’s site supervisor or customer care team who will be able to provide you with advice.

At Lendlease Communities, we partner with quality builders who offer a broad range of homes to suit different lifestyles and budgets. To find out how to choose the best builder for you, try our builder checklist.