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Does Time of the Year Matter?

Can We Build Or Renovate In The Winter?

We are getting started on a new project this week.

It's cold out, snowing, freezing temperatures and many homeowners think this time of the year is not well suited to starting a new project. This, however, is not necessarily the case.

The project is a large basement underpinning project – a full gut of the basement, updates to the old hot water heating system, a brand new modern boiler and in-floor heating, new drain system, major upgrades to the electrical and other systems in the house.

Winter weather is not a big issue for us in this project – we have created a fully weather proof access point on the side of the house where all materials will be transported into and out of the basement, without disrupting the homeowners that are living in the house for the duration of the renovation. Work will progress with efficiency and the homeowners will be comfortable at the same time.

We are currently in the process of starting and working on 4 other indoor "winter projects". Things are busy all around. So while this winter is a cold one, work on all projects is moving along as planned with very few lost or down days.

A basic rule of thumb

We generally want to have any out of ground work completed prior to beginning of December. This allows enough time to get the framing in place and foundations backfilled. If the timing does not work out, we will generally hold off on any large additions or new home until early to mid March.

Written by: Bruce Borden, Walden Homes

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