When is the best time of year to build an extension? - Pride Road Architects

When is the best time of year to build an extension?

19/04/2019, by Catherine Traynor, in Design Hints and Tips | Liverpool Blog | Main Blog

Building a house extension can be a disruptive and long process for a home owner, especially if you’re living in the property during the build, so anything that can make the process quicker and easier is good! This can include building at certain times of the year when the weather is milder. In this article we’re going to explore what effect the time of year and the weather has on building your house extension and we’ll offer you some tips for dealing with the building work, no matter the time of year!


1. Cold Weather could slow things down.

Generally speaking, it’s possible to build a house extension any time of the year, however there are some situations that could halt the build. For example if the temperature falls below 5 degrees, then the builders will need to wait until it warms up to lay bricks and build up the walls as these low temperatures affect cement based products. Heavy rainfall can also slow things down too. Once the walls are built and the roof is on, however, it should be fairly plain sailing from that point onwards (as far as the weather’s concerned anyway!)


2. Consider the drawbacks of building during Summer.

Summer weather usually means builders have less disruption to the build and can work later into the evening because of the longer days, which is advantageous in terms of getting the extension finished more quickly. However if you have a family with children who love to play out in the garden, then having limited access to your outdoor space during the summer holidays can be restrictive and you’ll have to get creative with how to entertain the kids at home.


3. What are your priorities?

Think about what is most important to you in terms of building the extension. Do you want the extension built as soon as possible to move in before a certain deadline? Do you want the building work itself to be as quick with as little disruption as possible? Do you want to be able to get a certain occasion, like Christmas or Summer out of the way before you start to build?

Considering these questions and thinking about your preferences will help you to decide how you would like to build. Maybe you want to take the first available slot your builder has, or maybe you’re in a position to be choosy and wait till that big family occasion is out of the way. Whatever your preference, asking yourself some questions like this will help you decide what’s best for you and your family.


4. Expect setbacks and unexpected hiccups

Building an extension is stressful at the best of times, and of course this is normal, after all it’s our home! What can make it all the more stressful is expecting things to go perfectly. If we have a strong expectation in our mind, then the first thing that starts to veer away from this perfect vision will make us upset!

From the outset you need to prepare yourself for a disruptive, messy and challenging few months. Things will probably go wrong, there will be miscommunication, hiccups, items may arrive late, and some details may need to be resolved on site. However if we are prepared to encounter these types of situations then they are a lot more easy to deal with then if we expect perfection. And don’t forget, however stressful it is it’s only temporary!


If you’re thinking of extending your home and would like some design advice from a local architect, click here to book a free initial consultation with your Pride Road Liverpool architect.