Timeframes & Constraints.

--- Harris Kwong

--- Harris Kwong

Have you considered the amount of time required for your project?

It is not uncommon to have your project take longer than your predetermined schedules, so what may be items to look out for to maintain the initially anticipated time frame?

Here is a loose breakdown of time-consuming elements throughout the process.

Decision Making

Some times making decisions whether it may be during design stages, or finalising materials & finishes can be time-consuming. We have many clients that may be indecisive during these elements or have a change of mind, which usually reset the clock in some aspects.

In planning a change or mind or an amendment to a design may trigger an additional submission into the council, extending the allocated time frame for planning.


Consultants & Specialists

If your site/development requires specialists, this is almost always certainly an extension to a straight forward timeframe.


Development typologies

It may seem obvious to you, but the typology of development, scale, and level all finish all factor into how long a building takes to be developed (both in planning & construction.) a single storey single dwelling will be much more efficient in theory than a multiple townhouse development.


Site Constraints

As I have touched upon in my article in the previous month, site constraints should always be considered especially when trying to be time and budget efficient for your development.

Note: If you are anticipating to build your home as fast as possible, you should ensure that the land you have purchased is ready to be built on straight away.


Council & Planning

This is one of the big variances for development. All council planning departments have different structures and the time frames for accessing your planning applications vary. They can also vary drastically between planners within the same council.

Doing all your due diligence before submitting to council will be in your favour. It is also very beneficial to work closely with council to have a unified resolve for a development.



Based on some of the points discussed above, can all affect construction times. For a standard development, the general time frame is to allow between six to twelve months (once planning and all other elements have been finalised) However, this can vary drastically between house to house.

Some considerations include;

  • Type of development,
  • Number of storeys,
  • Weather Behaviour
  • Site context,
  • Existing trees and landscaping
  • Level of finishes.