7 key stages to plan the construction of your house


7 key stages to plan the construction of your house

Knowing these 7 stages to build your house will help you plan and have a global vision of the whole process involved in building a house.

Planning the construction of a house is something important in anyone’s life, probably very similar to planning to have a son or daughter:

  • It was something that until a few years ago, honestly, was not part of your plans.
  • There were other priorities in your life … maybe later you said, we’ll see …
  • Doing it alone did not make any sense, but today you are no longer alone and you think about the future.

The truth is that at some point in our lives, all people are faced with a very practical and fundamental question: Is it that I will continue paying a rent for the rest of my life?

Maybe most of us respond with a categorical and instinctive NO.

The second question, as logical as it is inevitable, is: Do I buy a house or do I build one?

And if you are reading this post it is because you are determined to build your house or are thinking seriously about doing it. I’m wrong?

Just like before our first son or daughter was born, it would be very smart to give us at least 9 months (weeks plus weeks less) to go “preparing” everything necessary for this new and unknown experience.

Prepare for the construction of a house

Building a house means above all planning, that is, having a plan that allows you to achieve the proposed objective.

The construction of a house is a process where you will have to go through a series of stages, execute certain actions and make decisions all the time.

Now, the best way to start is to know what are the stages of building a house and starting with an overview of the entire process that comes before you.

Pretending to have a detailed vision of all the stages will be very difficult (but not impossible) if you are not a person with experience in the world of design and construction.

Your greatest efforts should be to be a good administrator of the construction process of your house. Your main task will be to properly manage the budget that you have.

Nobody better than you will take care of and know how to manage the money you have. I assure.

Today I want to share with you a vision “as the crow flies” of the whole process that you are going to go through if you decide to carry out the construction of your house.

Knowing these 7 stages to build a house will help you see the global landscape and be able to better plan all the work that comes your way.

7 stages of building a house

In the following infographic, you will be able to see graphically which are the 7 stages that you need to know to plan the construction of your house.

Remember that depending on the country and region where you live there may step in each of these stages that you should know and consider.

# 1 The idea of building your house arises

This is the beginning of everything, the genesis. Sure you are excited and full of questions. Nothing happens like that are the beginnings …

And you came to this point because you have made a very important decision: you decided to build your house instead of buying it. And that speaks very well of you.

You are a brave person, who decides to walk and build (literally) your dreams. Understand that it is different to have to buy and that (you know it or not) you are going to save a lot of money if you do things right.

Building a house will save you about 30% of the money bought by buying a house with the same characteristics. It is not a minor argument to choose to make a house instead of buying it, do not you think?

This stage is very enthusiastic and exciting and I advise you to be prudent. Being prudent implies taking the time necessary to assimilate everything that comes.

Prudent means not running or making hasty decisions, it means evaluating alternatives, seeing options and letting them rest before deciding.

And in order to make good decisions, you must train, you must learn. And to carry out the construction of your house you must learn many things.

The fact that you are reading this post is a good sign. You could be doing anything else, but you decide to be here, learning about this.

There is something (advice, warning, I do not know …) that has helped me a lot in my whole process of setting up my online platform and that I would like to share with you.

A good idea is only the beginning, but the most important thing is how to implement that idea.

I do not doubt that in this stage you are full or full of good ideas, but do not forget that the most important thing is how you are going to specify and implement those good ideas.

It is easy to get lost and the emotion sometimes plays against us.

My great advice is that you form, learn and advance step by step (without overtaking or skipping these stages). Try to do or things right from the beginning.

Do not hurry…


# 2 You need a piece of land

You can find yourself in one of these two situations: you already have the land or you must look for one.

The most relevant issues to consider and that is directly related to the design, the value of your property and the construction costs are:

  • Know what the soil type of your land is. This information is obtained by carrying out a soil or geotechnical study.
  • Know the legal status of the property, ie if it has some type of pending load or everything is in order.
  • Consider the types of roads and the topography of the place.
  • Find out about access to basic services such as drinking water, electricity and sewage.
  • The municipal ordinances that regulate the construction of your home.

The classification of Land Use, that is, what it is allowed to build or not on your property. You can request this information in the corresponding Municipality.

I recommend this article if you want to deepen the steps to follow to make the purchase of a piece of land.


# 3 Design and Draft

Perhaps the most attractive and fun part of the whole process of building your house. This is where your ideas begin to fall to the ground and are translated into technical blueprints.

The traditional way to access the design of a house has been working with a local architect.

But you should know that there are other alternatives to access a design for your home, always with the work of an architect behind.

From Abouthaus we recognize and promote 3 modalities to access the design of a house:

  • Work with a local architect.
  • Buy some house plans on the internet.
  • Open a Call to Contest (an innovative, very convenient and interesting method)

Remember that for more than the design stage is a creative work and a lot of imagination, all your ideas must follow and respect a series of regulations and regulations.

There are 4 basic regulations that you must know and respect:

  • The coefficient of an occupation of soil.
  • Constructibility coefficient.
  • Distances.
  • Useful surface and constructed surface.

In this post, you will be able to deepen about these 4 regulations to build your house.

Some examples of conditions and recommendations to follow can be:

Perform a geotechnical study. This study is key to know what is the soil type of your land and design and calculate the foundations of your house.

  • Choose the right materials and the construction system with technical and aesthetic criteria.
  • Clarity about the budget you have. This should be a key element that guides the design process.
  • Know all the regulations that govern your property.
  • The final result of this stage is a set of technical plans that comply with all local regulations and a technical report detailing the work’s items and an estimate of material costs.

At the beginning of this stage, it is necessary to clearly define the size of your house, that is, the square meters that you are going to build.

Never forget this equation: More square meters = more money in the construction of your house.

It is good and recommended that you know good examples of house designs, of different sizes and materials.

For this, I have prepared a book of 100 HOUSES. 100 very good examples that save you a lot of search time and help you to move faster.

There are 100 designs grouped, precisely, by the square meters built. You will see in this book that it is possible to have good designs of a house independent of its size.

100 Houses Guide


Simple, beautiful, sophisticated, modern constructions that help us to be able to choose other types of construction, design, materials, and ideas for our home …



# 4 Elaboration and Drafting of the Project

It is a stage where all the legal documentation required to obtain the necessary permits, visas, and licenses required by the Municipal Regulations is prepared.

If you choose to access a design online or through a call for competition, you must develop the Drafting and Drafting stage of the Project with an authorized local professional, usually an architect.

In the Elaboration and Drafting stage of the Project we can distinguish 2 sub-stages:

  1. Basic Project.

It is a project where the general characteristics of the dwelling are defined in a precise way.

Through the Basic project, it is possible to access the first Municipal permits, although the execution of the works can not yet be accessed.

  1. Project Execution

The executive project supposes a more detailed work in terms of the definition of the project itself, its structural details and all the technical plans necessary for the construction of the work.

We refer to structural type plans, construction details, foundations, electrical system plans, water supply and sanitation, construction memory, etc.

The execution project is where all the studies required by the regulations must be annexed.

The project of execution, once approved by the corresponding entity, is the one that allows the granting of the necessary permits to be able to start the construction of the works.

Keep in mind that in many cases a single document called “Basic and Execution Project” is usually written.

Okay. After this stage you have the corresponding permits, everything is in order and you can start the construction of your house.

An exciting moment Now you start to build all those ideas that until now are in a paper …

# 5 Prepare the construction

A key stage to minimize problems in the construction stage.

And I say minimize because it will be impossible for you not to have problems in the construction stage of your house. You will have them …

You have to think very well about the working modality for the construction stage. You must be strategic and choose very well the technicians and the construction company with which you are going to work.

In this article you will learn how to choose the best budget to build your house >>>

If you have time and will, you can participate directly in the construction and avoid some costs associated with certain tasks that you can do yourself.

But if you do not have time the best thing will be to delegate the work of incompetent technicians and companies.

Now, let’s see the 2 possible ways to have worked before reaching this stage:

  1. You started working with an architect from the beginning.

He worked on the design of your house.

He prepared the “Basic and Execution Project” and you have already obtained the necessary permits to start the construction.

Probably the architect (or someone from your team) will be the “construction manager” and together they have selected the construction company to carry out the works.

It probably helped and oriented you in the choice of land (if you did not have one)

  1. You started alone.

You got the design of your house online (buying them or opening a call to contest).

To elaborate on the “Basic and Execution Project” you could have chosen between two options:

  1. a) You went directly to the construction company who is in charge of this stage and also of the construction of your house.
  2. b) You hired a local architect for this stage, who will also be the “construction manager”, and mediate between you and the construction company.

The construction companies have, in general, a team of professionals and technicians from different areas, who can support you from stage 4 and even finish the construction of your house.

If you choose to hire a construction company, your construction manager will be a professional in the company.

The disadvantage of this option is that, in case of any problem or difference with the company, the project manager will always defend the interests of the company over yours.

I advise you that the director of works is someone you trust and independent of the construction company.

What you need is someone who is on your side and who takes care of your interests before any problem with the construction company.

Define the type of contract with the construction company.

This is where the big part of your home budget goes.

Fundamentally in 2 items: the cost of materials and labor for the execution of the works.

It is always advisable to make a contract at “closed price”, that is, you pay for a certain service that must be stipulated and detailed in the contract.

The payments, in general, are made once the progress of the work that has been agreed upon has been made.

You will have 2 options in relation to the costs of the materials:

  1. The construction company takes care of everything: materials and labor.
  • Most companies prefer to work in this way. They have control over everything and work with the prices they get with their suppliers.
  • Your earnings are much higher compared to the option to only charge for labor.
  1. You buy the materials and the construction company only charges for labor.
  • Not all construction companies are willing to work with this modality.
  • You should contact small companies that are just starting or cooperatives open to this type of work.
  • You will be able to save money by having absolute control of the costs of the materials.

If you have no experience in construction and you choose this option, yes or yes you should have a construction manager who is by your side and supports you in this task as well.

You will have more work in the construction stage, but you will be able to save money. If you have time and you have will you can do it well!

You have already defined the strategy to start, finally, to build your house. Let’s move forward …

# 6 Construction

Perhaps the most complex stage of all and where you will have more than one headache. Let me be honest …

This stage is marked by constant decision making and problem-solving. Although a good planning in the previous stages will help you to have fewer problems.

Be flexible, the execution of the works is usually delayed, some things will change with respect to the original design (no fundamental issues) and the budget may be affected by some unforeseen events.

That’s why you should always consider a margin of your budget for “unforeseen”.

You will be the administrator


# 7 End of the works

The last stage, aimed at corroborating that everything has been carried out as planned and obtaining the legal permits to be able to make use of the home.

There are several steps you should follow at this stage, such as:

Final Work Certificate

In order to complete the construction of the work, the responsible professionals sign a document stating that the work has been carried out according to the Execution Project and they are legally responsible for it.

At this point, the last payments are usually made to the construction company as well as to the competent authority for tax concepts and certifications.

The act of Reception of Works

Document in which the construction company officially delivers the finished work to the owner and is accepted by it. The competent authority is also part of this Act.

This act can be rejected by the owner if it considers that the works are not finished according to the agreement. In this case, the term must be extended, with all the parties involved agree.

Work Book

This book has been prepared by the works director and is where all the modifications, repairs and contingencies that arose in the construction of the work have been recorded.

Here is all the information for the legalization of the work: initial project, plans for the final project if there were modifications and instructions for use and maintenance of the house, its facilities, and equipment.

New Construction Declaration

A document that, in general, must be written by a notary where it is declared what has been built.

Registration in the Cadastral System.

The new work must be registered in the corresponding Cadastral System.

Remember that the procedures, as well as the taxes associated with these, will vary depending on the national and local regulations to which your property is subject.

Ok, finally you can enjoy your house. Congratulations!

Well, these are the 7 stages that you must know and “experiment” to plan the construction of your house.

It is essential that you have to check off everything that is going to happen. And above all, you should know that you must prepare, train and advise you by experienced people.

This is the key: train, learn and plan very well the construction of your house. You do not forget: you are the idea planner, not the constructor or the designer of your house.

Now tell me, in the comments box below: At what stage of the construction process of your house do you find yourself? What is the problem that most concerns you at this time?

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