The steps involved in a typical residential construction project.


An outline of the typical construction process and its major milestones. The following information is published by the Canadian Home Builders' Association.


Most homebuyers have a lot of questions about the construction of their home: How long will it take to build? What happens when? What does each step involve? When can we visit the site and see our home in progress? When do we have to make final decisions about cabinets, fixtures, flooring, and so on? When do building inspections take place? Will we have a chance to inspect it ourselves before we take possession?


Below is an outline of the typical construction process. The process and schedule will also be affected by the size and style of the house; the lot; the construction techniques used; the amount of customization required; the number of municipal inspections; and many other factors.

  • Before any construction begins, plans for your home are developed, finalized and submitted to the municipal building permit office for review.

  • Permits are required for the following work: building, electrical, plumbing, and sewer connection.

  • Environmental tests will be conducted to examine the water table, the soil and the bearing capacity of the ground. With this information, final engineering adjustments may be made to the plans.


  • The home is staked out by the surveyor.

  • Excavation is complete.

  • The footings (concrete slabs to support the foundation walls) are formed and poured.

  • Water, electricity, telephone, and cable services are brought in at this time.

  • The foundation walls are erected.

  • The foundation is damp-proofed.

  • Sump pail and weeping tiles are installed to drain ground moisture away from the house.

  • The municipality will perform a foundation inspection prior to the outside perimeter of the home being backfilled.

  • Exterior walls, interior partitions, and the roof are assembled.

  • Once the house is fully framed, windows and doors are installed and sealed. We strive to "lock-up" the home as quickly as possible to protect the structure from the elements.

  • Roof shingles are installed

  • The basement floor is poured. 

  • Electrical and plumbing services are roughed in, followed by ducting for heating, cooling and ventilation systems of the home.

  • The municipality will perform structural, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical inspections.

For the next several weeks, a great deal of work will occur inside and out, much of it at the same time. 



  • The exterior walls and ceiling to attic space are insulated.

  • The vapour barrier is applied.

  • The municipality will perform an insulation inspection before the drywall is installed. 

  • Heating and cooling systems are installed, including fireplaces.

  • Drywall is installed, taped, and sanded.

  • Walls and ceilings are primed with the first coat of paint.

  • Kitchen and bathroom cabinets/ countertops are installed.

  • Plumbing and electrical fixtures are installed.

  • All flooring is installed.

  • Trim is installed and interior doors are hung.

  • All doors, trims, and walls are painted.

  • The municipality will perform a final plumbing, electrical, and mechanical inspection.

  • Once the interior of the home is complete the municipality will perform an occupancy inspection to ensure the home is safe to live in. 



  • Siding and eavestroughs are installed.  

  • Deck and exterior railings are installed.

  • Driveway and walkways are poured.

  • Lot rough grading is completed.

  • The municipality will perform a grading inspection to ensure proper water drainage. 

  • Final grade and landscaping to be completed by the homeowner, unless specifically written in the purchase contract.  

  • At this point, our team is busy completing the final touches and cleaning up.

  • A pre-possession walkthrough is scheduled to demonstrate how everything operates in the home and to identify any outstanding items that need to be addressed.

  • On the possession date, once all documents and finances have been transferred, you will be notified

  • Congratulations, you are the proud owner of your new home!


Signing a contract for a brand new home is exciting! You have found the home you want and made the commitment to go ahead with the purchase. Before you decide to make changes, please consider the following:


  • Small changes can impact multiple aspects of the build, having a significant impact on cost or schedule, particularly if construction is already underway. 

  • Changes can result in delays. We work with a tight construction schedule and our sub-trades are committed to their timelines. Changes may be possible but just be aware that timelines will fluctuate and delays are a real possibility.  

  • All changes or additions are documented, written as a change order, and signed by both parties. This eliminates misunderstandings and ensures that everyone, from the sales team to the site crews know what has been agreed to. 

  • Change orders are considered extras to the contract. Adjustments will be made to the outstanding balance due on the closing date. Not to worry, everything will be explained when you sit down with our sales team.

Canadian Home Builder Association