If you’re considering building a home, there’s no reason to postpone your plans due to the season. While the winter may seem like an impractical time to build a home, oftentimes it can be more convenient. Generally, contractors have more scheduling availability in the winter. As such, you are more likely to have services performed during the time frame of your choosing. Additionally, since the season is slower, better pricing options may be available and civic offices that authorize permits will have less activity so the approval process may be smoother.
During a winter build, consumers will be more aware of features they may want to add to a home that will make winter activities more convenient. External heat, insulation, and protective barriers make it so that even with inclement weather, many construction activities can continue during a light snow. Often, the presence of snow insulates the ground from freezing. Heavy snow won’t necessarily halt winter construction, but crews may need to spend time digging out the construction site.
While it is possible to build a home in the winter that is just as durable and robust as a home built in summer, there are additional precautions that need to be taken. Preventing frozen ground and working with fewer daylight hours are considerations that experienced contractors will be aware of and take steps to accommodate. Materials and employees may be delayed by inclement weather. Extra heat and materials could be more expensive, but that additional price tag could be mitigated by seasonal decreases in labor costs. There are pros and cons to winter construction, but consumers should not be discouraged from winter construction if the timing is suitable.
If you’re considering a winter build and have questions about the process, give us a call at Redwood Construction & Consulting. We’re happy to answer your questions and help you plan and construct your a new home this winter. Click here for a consultation or call us at 203-470-2375.