Project timelines and what to expect when your home undergoes a building project.

May 2023 | Blog

Home renovations, an extension or conversion is a major project that demands a lot of time, effort, and resources. In this article, we’ll be discussing what project timelines are and what DK Building does to ensure that your project is completed within the allocated time.

A well-planned and executed timeline can make all the difference between a successful project and a stressful, chaotic mess.


What is a Project Timeline?

A project timeline is essentially a roadmap – a visual representation of a project’s schedule. It outlines all the tasks and milestones required to complete a project. The project timeline helps you keep track of progress, identify potential issues before they become problems, and ensure that everyone involved such as the designer, architect, builders, contractors and client are on the same page. Effective communication between all parties and a regularly updated project timeline are very important to ensure a project runs smoothly going forward.

Understanding project timelines is crucial for ensuring that your project is completed within time. Without a clear understanding of the project timeline, there is a risk of delays, which can lead to frustration and stress.

When it comes to home transformation projects, the project timeline can be broken down into several stages:


  • The first stage is the design phase, where you work with an architect to create the plans for your project. This phase can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months, depending on the complexity of the project and the availability of the architect.
  • The next stage is the pre-construction phase. During this phase, you’ll need to obtain the necessary approvals from your local council or building authority.
  • The next stage is where the builders finally arrive and the magic happens. When the work begins on site, a well executed timeline will show each part of the project, along with dates when each phase should be complete

Staying on Schedule- From Chaos to Casa

Staying on schedule is essential for ensuring that your home building project is completed on time. Hiring a reputable contractor, staying organised, and being flexible will all help you stay on schedule.

DK Building has years of experience managing home transformation projects and past experience has shown the amazing benefits of keeping a timeline for each of their projects.

Staying organised is very important for staying on schedule. This means keeping track of deadlines, maintaining a clear project timeline, and communicating regularly with your contractor and team members.

Finally, it’s important to be flexible. Home building projects can be unpredictable, and there may be unexpected delays or changes to the project timeline. Being willing and able to adapt to changes can help to ensure that the project stays on track and is completed within time and budget.

Making your timeline visible on site

Below you will see an example of what DK Building uses on each site – it clearly shows the current status of the project. It helps to know what will be happening in each phase and the benefits of this are evident. Materials can be ordered beforehand or arrangements of upcoming works can be made ahead of time. Planning is key!

The timeline spreadsheet DK uses helps in identifying predecessors. Predecessors are essentially an activity that precedes another activity – not in the chronological sense but according to their dependency on each other. By using a basic visual graph it makes it easier to plan ahead and avoid potential mistakes. For example, the builders might almost be done laying a screed floor and a quick peek on the chart will reveal what they can expect to do next. So arrangements for the next phase can be made saving everyone a lot of time.

Best practices for project timeline communication

Communication is an essential aspect of any project. Effective communication helps to ensure that everyone is on the same page and working towards a common goal. Some best practices for project timeline communication include:

  • Regularly updating the project timeline. DK Building keeps a close eye on the chart and will update the timeline according to each phase.
  • Communicating changes to the project timeline proactively. If need be, DK Building will communicate directly with the client to let them know of any delays or changes either through a phone call or email.
  • Holding regular project team meetings. DK team members have regular bi-monthly meetings. This helps to clarify any concerns or changes taking place, and it’s a great opportunity to catch up and strengthen friendships. A good team works well together when they keep in touch!


In conclusion, to ensure that your project is completed on time, it’s important that your builder understands project timelines and makes it a priority to keep the project on schedule.

At DK Building, we specialise in keeping to project timelines. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you with your home transformation project.


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