Building a home in the winter
Everything is finalized from the finances to the homestead plans you picked out! Now, it's time to build, but winter is quickly approaching. Do you wait until the Spring or Summer? It might be best to just start now?! If you decide to start now, you need to know a couple of things as the general contractor of your build.
There are several advantages to building a home during the winter months from more availability with subcontractors off-season to discounts on land. These are the top items to keep in mind while building this winter.
It’s important to have a subcontractor that blankets the land you’re building your home on. If this isn’t done, it might be almost impossible to start the process. This will help minimize frost and allow for subcontractors to start their work on schedule. The ground can freeze up to a foot which means even heavy machinery could have issues digging through the frozen ground!
This is different for all homestead plans, but most of the time you’ll want to get concrete poured before the winter season approaches. This is because when the ground freezes and then thaws out in spring; it will affect your already poured concrete. How is that possible? The land underneath the concrete will shrink or move, in turn, the concrete will move and shift concrete which can cause cracks and bind walls and windows.
A solution to this problem is to rent a ground thaw machine, lay down heated concrete blankets and add anti-freezing components to the concrete mix before it’s poured.
Your contractors will want to get the framing done on the house as soon as the concrete is poured! This is because structural framing can shift with the concrete which could mean issues in the structure of the homestead plan once Springtime comes.
This all depends on where in Nebraska, Iowa, Colorado and the Dakotas you are located, but snow removal is something to remember! Without removing snow, there could be little access for trucks and heavy machinery to get onto your plot of land and get the job started or finished. If the area isn’t cleared, your subcontractor might find it too challenging to make it up to the site that day.
Storage on site
You want to make sure there is a storage area or place on site that will hold all of your building materials and equipment needed to build your home. Another benefit to building your home with Homestead Homes, we offer you on-site storage! We provide you a trailor to keep all of your building materials inside.
These are the top items and building process to remember when it comes to building your home in the winter months! It can be cold and snowy, but you could get the job done faster with contractors being in the off-season and working faster on a smaller timeline! No matter the season, it’s always a great time to come talk to us at Homestead Homes to start the process.
Homestead Homes has been helping people design and build their dream home since 1995. We are currently building in the following states: Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa! Contact us for information. We offer the following home plan designs from ranch styles to two-story beautiful homes.