While there’s never a bad time to start building a custom home, there are certain times of the year that are more ideal. In Canada, spring tends to be the best time to start building a custom home for several reasons. The winter weather has passed, the temperatures are ideal, the timing is right, and so much more. We’ve put together a list of all the reasons why spring is the best time to start building a custom home and explained the rationale behind each to help you see the construction potential we see in the spring season!
Weather is a big factor when it comes to choosing the best time to start building your custom home. Temperature won’t directly affect the building process in any way, but it can determine the type of weather (rain, snow, wind, etc.) you experience, and it also impacts the comfort of the team working on your custom home. Ottawa residents understand firsthand just how difficult it can be to do anything outdoors during the harsh winters.
While it is by no means impossible to build a home during the winter, it can make certain steps like pouring a foundation or shingling a roof difficult due to the ice, snow, and moisture that accompany the cold temperatures. By comparison, the summers are a much better time to build because they tend to be dry and warm, but extreme heat can limit working hours in some cases. When you break it down, you can see that spring is the ideal time to build because it falls in that goldilocks zone, it’s not too hot or too cold, and even though it rains occasionally, there’s no ice or snow to deal with. Plus, the days start to get longer during the spring, which will give your construction team more time to work on building your custom home.
After reading the facts above, you might be thinking that summer is the ideal time to build, but the problem is that everyone else feels that way too, which creates a building rush every year. Even if you plan far in advance with your contractor to schedule your build for the summer, you could face some delays. Every construction company has a full schedule in the summer, which can make sourcing materials and equipment difficult because they are in high demand. By choosing to start building your custom home in the spring, even if your project rolls into the summer, your home will be much further along than most, and you’ll have an easier time getting materials and equipment.
Most contractors will do everything in their power to stay on schedule, but sometimes events occur that are out of their control. That’s another reason we always suggest that soon-to-be homeowners start building their custom home in the spring. By starting early you ensure that even if you encounter unexpected delays, your project will be finished before winter arrives. Even if your project finishes on schedule, it’s much better to be safe than sorry when it comes to scheduling and building a custom home. Also, if you are planning to build a large or elaborate home, you may need spring, summer, and fall to complete the project, so it’s best to start in the spring rather than have to roll over some stages of the custom home building process into the next year.
Although it’s become a cliché, timing is everything, and when it comes to building a custom home, timing can be the key to it being a stress-free process. Spring is an excellent time to start building a custom home because of the factors listed above, but also because it suits most prospective owners’ personal lives as well. One of the main reasons is that children are still in school during the spring, which means they aren’t at the house all day like they are in the summer and over the winter break. Although you won’t be living in your custom home yet, many people stay in rentals, hotels, or with family during the process, which can make it hard to have your children out of school. By starting the process in the spring, there is a chance that by the time your children finish school, your home will be ready to accommodate all of their summer activities.
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Custom Home Building Process
At Omega, it’s important to us that our clients know what to expect when we start the process of building their custom home. We’re there for you every step of the way from finding the perfect lot, to picking out the final intricate details that will turn your custom build into your dream home. Once your home is complete, we will be available to you for any warranty concerns and all necessary aftercare.
Before we start any build, we take the time to sit down with clients and discuss exactly what they want. Involving our clients in the design process ensures that they get a home unique to their taste that they will love for years to come. We openly discuss budgets with every client and break down the costs associated with building a custom home so that our clients are never left in the dark.
We don’t just build you a house, we build you a home. We assemble the top architects, designers, and trades personnel to work in conjunction with our experienced and licensed staff, in order to make your dream home a reality. As a Tarion Custom Home Design-Builder, we feel it is our responsibility to be adaptable to each client’s individual needs. There’s no job we can’t handle and we will do whatever it takes to meet your requests with high-quality results. Our architects and designers are always looking for new and exciting challenges, so the only limit is your imagination.