Project Schedules: What to Expect

One of the first questions clients ask is, "How long is this going to take?" This table outlines typical schedules for three types of project: new construction, a large remodel, and a small remodel. Please remember that every project is unique and actual timelines may vary from these rules of thumb, depending on specific conditions.


Project Phases




Confirm site conditions:
  survey, soils analysis,
  utilities verification,
  and code analysis
Establish project profile
3-4 weeks 2-4 weeks 1-3 weeks
Schematic Design
Concept sketches
“Process of Discovery”
Presentation drawings
Contractor selection
Cost analysis
4-6 weeks 2-4 weeks 2-3 weeks
Design Development
Computer drawings
Interior elevations
Outline specification
Structural analysis
Cost analysis
3-4 weeks 2-3 weeks 2-3 weeks
Construction Documents
Permit drawings
Permit submission
Final specifications
Finish details
Interior drawings
Construction contract analysis
8-18 weeks 6–12 weeks 4-8 weeks
Construction Supervision
Weekly site supervision
8-20 months 4-8 months 2-4 months