New Construction: Building a New Home

Everyone loves the idea of new home construction; designing and building their own unique dream home. But you know that it takes time. New home construction for a standard San Diego house with a garage can take anywhere from four to 12 months depending on the size and permit process. It’s important to understand the new home building process and what it involves before breaking ground.

Design Phase

Expect the new construction design process can take between 1 to 3 months, depending on what the overall scope of the project is and how quickly we can turn the client’s design ideas into actual building plans. We start with your concept then refine it into what’s best for everyone. The client first, government permits second, and the environment third.

Contract and Permits

Once the final design is just right we get to work on the costs and put together a client proposal. Estimating the cost of the new construction can take 2 to 4 weeks. Once you approve the contract then the building permit process begins, which can take another 2 to 4 weeks.


Typically we assign a project manager to oversee new construction of each new home. The project manager will then start the process of setting the construction schedule and contracting with the various tradesmen and other specialty contractors to complete the construction within the timeline.

While the project manager is setting up the tradesmen, our interior designer is working directly with the homeowner on selecting the various finishes which we will incorporate into the overall design. This step usually takes 1 to 2 months. The interior designer and project manager work together to make sure the selected materials are available for delivery to the project worksite when needed.

New Home Construction Begins

  • Once the permits are approved, the actual construction begins. The total length of time can range anywhere from 4 months to a year or more. New construction usually starts with grading the land. Then we frame and pour the concrete slab.
  • From there, it’s framing the internal structure (floors, walls and roof) of the new house, and then installing windows.
  • Once we have a weather tight building, we  install the electric, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, etc. Then we work on finishing the exterior.
  • Once the outside is complete our contractors finish the interior. Such as trim, cabinetry, paint, lighting, and plumbing fixtures.

The last steps of construction include a final grading and back-filling around the foundation, installing exterior lighting fixtures, sidewalks and driveway surfaces and seeding the lawn to complete the project.

Getting Started on Your New Home Construction

New Construction Building a New Home

Are you ready to build your dream home? We make the entire process as easy as possible for you. You can stay involved as little or as much as you want. After all it’s your new home! Call us to get the ball rolling on an estimate.

Home buyers considering new construction should act now. According to new data, new homes have dropped to their lowest point in 12 months, decreasing nearly 7 percent since March. Consider the country’s housing stock is getting older. With 51 percent of houses more than 40 years old this leads to more home repairs or remodels.

So building a new home can sometimes be the best option for you. But how do you know for sure? There’s where we can help. Call us for a free consultation and price comparison of repairing your home vs. remodeling vs. building a brand new home.

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Build New Home vs. Renovate Old Home

Sometimes building a new home is the best option for you. Other times remodeling your current home to suit your needs is best. But how do you know for sure? There’s where we can help. Call us for a free consultation and price comparison of repairing your home vs. remodeling vs. building a brand new home.

If your house is in really rough condition with lots of major problems then building a new home may be cheaper, faster, and easier than renovating. Large, expensive, and difficult problems such as:

  • Sewer and other underground/under slab plumbing problems
  • Severe structural damage (earthquake, tree falling, vehicle accident, etc)
  • Extreme age of home
  • Fire damage over 70% of home

Another consideration is whether or not your home has the necessary footing, layout, support, and internal construction requirements for renovating it the way you want. There is a chance that you home might not be able to support the changes you want without the cost being way higher than just building it new.

Home Renovation Remodeling

Barring any of the above major problems, then home renovation may be a cheaper option over building a new home. However this depends on the scale of your renovation. If you just want to upgrade by adding a room or two, replace some flooring, move a wall, or build a loft into a vaulted ceiling, then definitely consider renovating your current home. How about adding a new laundry room?

But, if your house has some problems with its foundation, sewer, electrical, load bearing structural, roof, or plumbing, then those costs can add up quickly. When you add those repairs in with the upgrades then the economic scale might tilt in favor of building a new home; but also, maybe not.

Also factor in the cost of your landscaping, patios, and walkways. Disturbing or removing the concrete and landscape immediately surrounding the home will most likely happen during new home construction. It might also happen during a renovation depending on size and scope. In most cases, when the layout of the new home differs much from the old one, then you can expect major changes in landscape design.

How long does it take?

Again, the answer to this question depends on the scope of your project. In many cases, building a new home takes about the same amount of time as doing a large scale open concept renovation of a home. It could be anywhere from 1-6 months.

One perk of renovating over building is that you may be able to live in a section of your home during the renovation process. If building a new home, then you will have to find off-site temporary accommodations.

In contrast, minor to medium renovations are faster than building a new home.

Free Consultation and Price Quote

Hopefully this short article gave you some food for thought. Maybe you already know which direction you want to go. If not, the best way to decide is with professional information and advice. So that’s why we give free in home renovation inspections, consultations, and price quotes. This way you’ll have all the facts, information, and pricing you need in order to make a smart decision.

Call, text, or email us to set up a special time for you. We’ll come over, chat a while about your wants and needs, then inspect your home accordingly. At that point we can give you a professional opinion and your best options.

Then next, after your decision, we’ll go back to our office and work up a custom price quote just for you. This may take a few days to maybe a week or two depending on the scope of the project. Then we’ll meet again to go over the quote and set a timeline for moving forward.

Sound good? Great! Start by contacting us. By the way, there are no obligations with the free consult and quote. You can choose to say “no”, owe us nothing, and continue on with your search. But we’re hoping you’re thrilled with our advice and service and SAY YES to us today!


Phone:  858-748-6580
Owner: Marc Gieselmann, Owner
Company: HK Construction, Inc.
Location: Poway, CA 92064

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Our Services Areas

HK Construction proudly serves the fine people of Poway, CA including surrounding areas such as Carmel Valley, Scripps Ranch, Carmel Mountain, and Del Mar. Also serving all San Diego County and North County areas as well.

Please contact HK Construction for answers to your new home construction questions. Or check back on this page later as we will soon be adding more New Home Construction articles. We’re a service-oriented custom construction contractor so our home remodeling service reps are happy to answer any questions you might have. Give us a call and schedule a free vaulted ceiling loft conversion / home remodeling consultation. We handle any job, big or small.