When it comes to building a new home, many don’t give a lot of thought to the season. But the time of year can have a significant impact on the building process and how quickly your home is constructed.
In warmer, temperate climates, year-round home building is commonplace. But in regions that see greater seasonal fluctuation, such as the northeastern United States, the time of year can have a more significant impact on the building process.
During the warmer months, certain aspects of the building process are a lot easier. Digging, for instance, can be challenging or even impossible if the ground is frozen solid (although the depth of the freeze greatly varies according to the point in the season and the location.) So in many areas, digging the home’s foundation may need to be performed before or after the winter freeze.
The same rule may apply to pouring the foundation (and any other areas that require concrete), as the overall integrity of the concrete and the speed at which it cures is greatly impacted by temperature. So again, when building in a region with cold winters, it’s generally customary to pour concrete during more temperate times of year.
But digging and pouring a foundation are just two of the many steps in the building process. Once these steps are completed, there are many other parts of the project, such as framing and interior work, which can be completed at virtually any time of year.
Once the frame is erected, the construction crews can use sheeting to enclose the structure until the walls have been put into place. And once the exterior walls are erected, heaters can be used to warm the interior, allowing for work to proceed in a manner that’s relatively unaffected by the climate. For many luxury homes, which require a significant amount of interior work, this means that much of the construction process can progress throughout the winter.
Conversely, intense heat can also cause problems. Just like cold, extreme heat can also impact various building materials and the manner in which they set up or cure. So in some areas, such as the south, mid-summer may be a challenging time for certain aspects of a build.
Opting to build a home during an off-peak time of year (such as winter in a cold climate) can bring many benefits, especially as it relates to the duration of the build. During the off-season, contractors, tradesmen and craftsmen see less business, which means the build will often progress at a much more rapid pace. This is another area where luxury home builders enjoy a benefit, as these homes often require work from many different craftsmen and in cases where one craftsman must complete his work before another can begin, scheduling can result in major delays. Therefore, leveraging the off-season can be very advantageous.
Ultimately, the location where you’re building and the precise nature of the building project will determine if there are any prohibitions as it relates to when you can build. But generally speaking, construction is a year-round industry.
If you’re unsure of when to start the building process for your new property, it’s best to consult with your contractor or an experienced construction consultant like “Scott Binsack.”
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