Exterior of three season room in Southington CT by Archadeck of Central CTWhile there is never really a wrong time to begin your outdoor living space project since we build structures year-round,  there are advantages to begin the process during the fall and winter months.

Out of all the questions homeowners ask us in regards to planning and building an anticipated outdoor living space addition, the most frequently asked is “WHEN is the best time to build?” Many factors can fall into play when answering this question, but in reality if you are  ready to pursue your outdoor living space addition then there is no time like the present to get started!

  • Logistics & Permitting : An advantage to starting your outdoor structure in the late fall and winter months is there may be less wait time to begin construction. Gaining approval through HOA’s and permitting will take less time because there is less backlog and this can often make the wait-time minimal in most cases. Making the decision to build now will ensure being able to enjoy the benefits of your new structure sooner and in plenty of time for the arrival of the outdoor living season in the months ahead. Keep in mind, when dealing with a quality builder wait times can be longer, especially during the warm season. Deciding on a fall/ winter project can greatly reduce those wait times.

Convenient access on Berlin CT deck by Archadeck of Central CT

  •  Less Impact on Your Landscape : Your lawn and landscape will incur less stress by choosing to build during the cooler months of the year — this is because most turf grasses, trees and shrubs are in their dormant period during the late fall and winter. When dormant they are less likely to incur permanent damage from having to be trimmed or pruned to accommodate the addition of a backyard space. Aside from the landscape, construction during the winter will cause less of an interruption to your family’s day-to-day activities and lifestyle as most people use their yards less during these months. This means the noises and materials will be less of an annoyance than they would be when you are using the yard a lot during the warmer months — out of sight means out of mind!
Windsor CT Brazilian hardwood porch Ipe Archadeck

Windsor CT Ipe porch by Archadeck of Central CT

  • Materials & Value : Choosing to begin your project now will save you money in the long-run. Material prices typically rise during the first part of a new year, especially when dealing with synthetic materials such as composite used for decking.  Along with saving money on materials in some cases building your structure in the later quarters of the year can also help you out when it comes tax time. In addition, if you intend to finance your new outdoor structure, the interest rates are still extremely low which can save you a tremendous amount over the long haul. Even if our project timeline exceeds the calendar year, deciding on your intended design and getting the contract signed and your project on our schedule will ensure you are locked into this year’s pricing modules. For many homeowners, these savings  are reason enough to move ahead with getting all the planning and paperwork in place now, instead of waiting until later.
Ipe Brazilian hardwood deck Windsor CT

Ipe Brazilian hardwood deck Windsor CT.

  • Considerations for Wooden Outdoor Structures : If you are considering a structure built from wood, such as pressure treated pine, a cooler month project timeline will provide many benefits. Wood requires a time period of acclimation and curing. The laws of expansion and contraction always apply when it comes to working with wood. All wood is hygroscopic, meaning that when exposed to air, it will release or pick up moisture until it is level with the humidity and temperature of the air. Humid conditions, such as those in summer, will cause more rapid expansion and contraction of wood that is not yet sealed for protection against the elements. A structure built from wood needs to cure for a period of time before the sealer or paint will properly adhere to the wood and promote beneficial protection qualities. By choosing to build during the fall & winter the least humid times of year, your new wooden deck or other outdoor structure will have ample time to cure in order to properly accept the sealer or paint you choose giving you a season-ready space to enjoy with no wait times to complete the “fine tuned” details.
Large octagonal glass sunroom Devonwood CT beamed ceiling

Large octagonal glass sunroom Devonwood, CT.

Archadeck of Central Connecticut Outdoor LivingWith all the advantage to moving ahead now with the outdoor living space you have in mind, why wait? Contact Archadeck of Central Connecticut today to get the ball rolling. In addition to all the numerous benefits, keep in mind an outdoor living space addition also makes the perfect holiday gift for the whole family too — as it will continue to bring enjoyment year after year! Call us today at (203) 793-7142 or via email at centralct@archadeck.net.