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Winter is coming, why aren't we building yet?

What are we waiting for? Permits...how long does that take?
Behind the scenes and the timing of a custom build.
It is important to know the timing you can expect when planning your Calgary custom home. Even after you have taken the time to design a home that will fit your needs, there will be some waiting. But what are you waiting for?
At the very minimum 6 months are required from the start of design to the start of the build. But in order for you to get out of the ground that quickly you would need your financing and connections with a designer and a builder that you trust, in place. A custom home takes into account the details of your specific lot and location. So, a more realistic time line for a custom design to the start of the build would take the better part of a year.
When I talk with clients about their upcoming custom homes I can hear their anticipation. What are we waiting for? Why can't we start? It takes time to get a design that works for them...but after they have the plans they are ready to go!
Then there is the permitting. In Calgary's defined inner city there are two permits required. First, the Development Permit which assesses your plan and how it fits into the neighbourhood, privacy issues, bylaws, etc. The DP usually takes a couple of months and then after the DP is issued a Building Permit is required. The Building Permit assesses the structure of the building to make sure your house will be built following the Alberta Building Code and includes the permits for the electrical, plumbing, HVAC and others as well. The BP takes a few weeks. You can track the progress of your applications through the Calgary planning department with their VISTA app.
After the permits are issued the building can begin!
Photo of construction
I will admit we are pushing the timing with our upcoming project...every day that goes by I know will be another day, out in the cold this winter getting the house closed in.
Contact us if you are thinking about building a house. We can get things moving so everything is ready when you are. At Durango Developments we work with you to get you the home you are hoping for.