The Best Time of the Year to Build a New Home
What Time of the Year Should You Get Started on a New Home Build?
Have you been thinking about a luxurious new home for yourself or your family? If so, it’s important to understand what the best time of year for a new house build is – something that many new construction homebuyers don’t always take into consideration…but definitely should!
When it comes to something as exhaustive as designing, planning, and executing a complete residential construction project from scratch, everything from the availability of the building materials to the inclement weather conditions may impact the project time frame.
Here, we’ll go over everything you need to know regarding the best time of year to start building a new house, as well as the various factors that impact total costs and time frames.
When is the Best Time of Year to Start Building?
The best time is any period of warmer weather with minimal rain and snow. Our best Building Better zone is the sweet spot starting at the middle/end of March and continuing through November 15th – or until the first snowfalls of winter.
Of course, this is a rough estimate, and not at all a one-size-fits-all solution for every single new home-building project. While we wish the answer could be answered with a simple one-size-fits-all timeframe, it’s unfortunately not quite as simple as that. After all, weather conditions can greatly impede the construction phase timeline and the total general conditions costs of a new construction project.
For example, it’s a great idea to time your project so that most (if not all) of the exterior work can be completed before the cold New England weather conditions become an issue.
Then, once it becomes too frigid outside, the inside work can begin, allowing for a completely year-round home build if that much time is indeed required.
Factors That Impact Total Costs & Construction Time Frames
Next, we’d like to discuss some of the primary factors that impact the general home-construction process, particularly the overall amount of time it takes and the total construction costs.
The Complexity, Size, and Aesthetic of the Home
Naturally, the size and intricacy of your future abode will greatly impact how long it takes for your home builders to complete the job, as well as the total pricing of the project.
Everything from the level of detail for each room’s floor plan to the total number of rooms you want – plus a host of other considerations – will factor into the building process, as well as how many subcontractors such as electricians and plumbers will have to get involved (and to what extent).
Fortunately, when you choose to work with a trusted team of general contractors, most of these nuances – from dealing with subcontractors to ensuring that there’s plenty of time to complete the project – will be handled for you.
The Availability, Cost, and Performance of Different Building Materials At Different Times
Every single building material that goes into your new home will have a different level of availability depending on what time of year it is. For example, think of your kitchen countertops; whether you’re looking for natural stone, granite, marble, stainless steel, or any number of other materials, availability (and, as a direct result, pricing) will vary.
Of course, this is just one example of the potentially infinite building materials that will change in cost and availability depending on the time of the year. However, there’s also performance to keep in mind; for example, if you’re working during the winter, then a steel foundation will be much more conducive to the cold than a wooden foundation. This could also increase costs because you’d have to keep the work area heated at all times, even when there aren’t any workers physically on-site.
The Ability to Adhere to Time Frames & Hold Subcontractors Accountable
Again, this is closely tied to working pragmatically, cutting down costs, and making sure you work with general contractors who have the experience and know-how to ensure your project stays as on-time as possible. This will help to ensure the outside work gets done in the warmer seasons, while the inside work can take place before the colder months that would likely increase overall construction costs and make it harder to complete tasks for subcontractors and other parties.
When it comes to building a custom home, working with a company that can ensure your project stays on time and on scope is a major asset. Furthermore, by fully managing relationships with trusted Boston subcontractors on a day-to-day basis, you can rest assured that everyone is on the same page as far as keeping the original time frame in mind.
Work With Industry-Leading New Home Builders You Can Count On
With nearly three decades of experience building high-end, luxurious homes for discerning clientele throughout the Greater Boston Area, our team would be more than happy to provide you with the guidance needed to build a new home – no matter what time of year.
From knowing what questions to ask at the start of a residential construction project to using our unique, client-first design-build approach to make the process as easy-to-follow as possible, we’re always here to help.
Contact us today to get started on the path toward building your dream home.