So you have made the big decision that you are ready to build your new home and have purchased the land – CONGRATULATIONS!
The following points are a guideline of the design timeline:
Obtain a land survey – 2 weeks,
Once the survey is received work on concept plans – 2 weeks,
Re-work plans if needed - time varies according to changes,
Produce initial design with elevations and sections – 2/3 weeks,
Re-work plans if needed – time varies according to changes,
Submit the initial design (though reasonably final would be preferable at this point) to the Estate – the Estate’s all meet at difference times of the month, though generally they meet once a month,
Prepare council drawings with necessary tweaks for the next Estate submission,
Produce the SANS calculations and electrical layout. Adapt the design as required – 1 week,
Once the Estate has approved the final plans, Engineer quotes will be obtained,
Plans are now submitted to the Municipality (this takes about 12–16 weeks for full approval),
While plans are at council, the specifications are prepared – 1 week,
The project is now ready for tender
Overall, it takes approximately 6 months before construction can commence.