The usual construction timeframe is 16 to 26 weeks, depending on the type of property being built and this will be specified in your building contract, along with your Payment Schedule.

Importantly, DPN negotiates fixed-period building guarantees to protect you from lengthy delays, wherein the builder will pay you compensation if they overrun the building guarantee period. 

Note: A Rainy Day Form is submitted when work is stopped due to inclement weather.

Your building time frame starts from the laying of the slab.

Building stages


Deposit | weeks 1 - 4
Builder starts pre-site work on receipt of deposit


Slab | weeks 5 - 8
Land prepared and base/slab laid


Frame | weeks 9–12
Structure established


Enclosed | weeks 13 - 16
Plumbing, electricals, set entry points and external wall cladding


Fixing | weeks 16 - 19
Painting, internal fixtures and landscaping


Completion | weeks 16–26
Removal of building materials, cleaning and minor fixing


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