How Long Will It Take to Build Luxury Homes in Wake County, NC After COVID-19?

While we’re now more than three years removed from the start of COVID-19, the effects of the pandemic are still being felt in nearly every aspect how long it will take to build luxury homes. This includes the custom luxury homes industry, particularly here in Wake County. 

When we meet with clients to talk about their custom build or luxury home renovations, one of the top questions we get is about how long the process will take to complete. While the exact timeline for a project depends on the details, there are a few factors that play a part in how long it takes to complete your luxury home remodel or new build. 

Keep these factors in mind as you start planning your custom build or luxury remodeling project and don’t hesitate to contact us when you’re ready to get started.

Average Build Time for Custom Luxury Homes

As a general rule of thumb, you should expect your custom luxury home build to take around two years to complete, give or take a few months. In fact, the pre-construction process alone can take a year, before we ever break ground on your project. 

The pre-construction process includes:

Finding a lot

Choosing the right builder

Designing the home plans

Securing building permits

So, if you already have a lot and you’ve already decided to work with our team, then your project likely won’t take as long to complete compared to someone who still needs to complete those steps. 

Post-COVID Delay Issues

While building delays have improved since the height of the pandemic, there are still factors in play that you can expect to impact your building timeline. 


According to The News & Observer, there has been a surge in permit applications in recent months, as construction is back in full swing after COVID. Unfortunately, many government offices, including the Raleigh Planning and Development Department, are experiencing a labor shortage. This combination has led to permitting delays, hindering progress on construction. 

When you hire the Rufty Homes team for your luxury renovation or custom build, we’ll take care of all permitting for you, keeping you updated about delays every step of the way. 

Supply Delays

As we wrote about in 2021, supply chain issues and product delays have been the reality since the start of the pandemic. Unfortunately, there are still delays, which can impact your project’s timeline. 

As WRAL reported in February, the following items are in short supply throughout Wake County: 






Garage doors

The good news is that material inventory issues are expected to level out. If there are particular supplies that are delayed for your project, we’ll always keep you updated so you know what to expect. 

Other Factors That Will Impact How Long It Takes to Build Luxury Homes

Of course, there are other factors, not related to COVID, that will also affect how long it takes to complete your project. Keep these in mind when planning your project.

The Weather

Here in Wake County, we get our fair share of weather extremes. From intense summer rains to the occasional ice and snowstorm, the weather can delay your project anywhere from a day or two to a week or more. 

While this is out of our control, we’ll communicate with you about impending weather delays. 

The Size of Your Project

Not surprisingly, the larger your custom luxury build, the longer it will take to complete the construction. Thanks to our years of experience working with local Wake County homeowners, we are able to give fairly accurate estimates based on home size to help set your expectations from the beginning of your project. 

The Detail of the Design

One of our favorite parts of working with local homeowners is seeing their ideas come to life. Our job is to help your custom home perfectly reflect your family by building unique features that mean the most to you. 

In order to bring these detailed designs to life, it can take longer to complete your project. However, our clients agree that a completely custom home is worth the extra time it takes to build it. 

Rufty team ready to talk about How Long Will It Take to Build Luxury Homes in Wake County, NC

Start Planning Your Custom Luxury Home

As the top luxury builder in Wake County, the Rufty Homes team is here to help you bring all your project ideas to life. When you work with our team, we’ll be open and honest with you about the expected timeline for completion and we’ll communicate any delays as soon as they happen. If you want to learn more about the custom luxury homes we build and what we can do for you, please call us at 919-460-8550 or contact us online.

Ready to Start Your Luxury Build Experience with Rufty?

Experience a thoughtfully refined approach to custom home building with a friendly team devoted to achieving your dreams. With Rufty Homes, you’re assured of a gracious, tailored home building experience defined by distinctive beauty, timeless value and pure joy.

Learn More

See what our clients have to say...

  • “It truly is the home of our dreams. It’s where we spend time together, make memories with our kids and grandchildren, and fulfill our life’s passions. I can’t recommend the Rufty Homes team enough if you’re looking for your own forever home.”

    - Frank & Barbara

  • “Of course we’ll be working with Rufty again on all of our future projects, including a fourth home on the property for our youngest daughter, when she’s ready.”

    - Danny & Renate

  • “There was never a question that they were putting our needs first and they were always honest with us.”

    - Chad & Caroline

  • “After our first meeting with Rufty Homes, it was clear that they understood our goals and were on board some of the more unique aspects that were important to us.”

    - Bill & Donna

© 2023 Rufty Homes Inc. All rights reserved
© 2023 Rufty Homes Inc. All rights reserved