Homeowners who are unfamiliar with the home construction process are often surprised to learn that a custom home or extensive renovation or addition project can be completed even during the coldest winter months. Towns such as Westport, Darien, Fairfield, and New Canaan can deliver harsh winters, but thanks to advanced construction materials and processes, homes in Fairfield County can be built year-round. You should know the facts, however, before building during the colder months. Here are a few things to consider.

Building in Winter

If you’ve purchased the land to build a new home, you’ll be eager to start the building process. Building through winter allows for continual progress without seasonal interruption. This means homeowners will not need to simultaneously carry land, construction, and existing home costs for longer than needed.

Typically, winter is a slower time for even the busiest contractors. Building a custom home or renovation in the cold months can yield benefits for homeowners on many levels. You may benefit from the fact that subcontractors are typically working on fewer jobs during the winter. This means it can be easier to line up and schedule workers, thus potentially accelerating the timeline. The slower months can also have a positive effect on the process. Pulling permits may move at a faster pace, as zoning boards have fewer demands on their time.

Typically any additional costs associated with building in the winter are negligible. Although some additional winter building materials, such as special concrete mix for foundations, may have a slightly higher cost, it is often offset by cheaper overall material costs during winter. Furthermore, putting a home construction project on hold for an entire season can mean carrying multiple property costs for a longer time.

When you’re building in cold weather, it’s critical to have a skilled homebuilder with experience in winter home construction. Winter conditions require different processes and materials that are best handled by professionals. For example, frozen soil must be treated and warmed to prevent settling after you lay the foundation. The home also needs to be sealed properly during construction to protect against snow and ice.

With modern construction technology and new techniques, a home built in the winter can lead to a cost-effective and high-quality finished product, while accelerating the build time.