When it comes to building jobs, especially work which is done outside, people often assume that the only time to get it done is in the Spring or Summer when the weather is at its best.
But, given the unpredictability of the UK weather, even that isn’t always a given.
As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, you may be forgiven for thinking work grinds to a halt for Loughborough builders. But, in reality, this isn’t the case.
Just because the clocks have gone back and the days are shorter, there’s no reason to delay any plans for improving your home. And building work can still be great, indoors, or outdoors, whatever the season.
Yes, there’s every chance of the conditions being less amenable, given the colder weather, risk of heavy frost (which can affect the brickwork and cement) and the fact that it gets dark quickly . That’s why we find people often place more of a focus on internal alterations during this time.
As Autumn moves into Winter, many customers are looking for Christmas kitchen ideas and extensions that will help get their home ready for when the family come round.
Nothing beats a warm and welcoming home when the festive season rolls around and having it look absolutely perfect is something which every proud homeowner would like to achieve. In addition, what better way to start the New Year, than with a brand new, attractive and much improved home to enjoy?
However, this in no way cuts out the possibility of getting work done to the exterior of your property. Ways to counteract some of the negatives include monitoring the forecast, good scheduling, having the right equipment, such as strong tarpaulin and the proper processes in place to help alleviate some of the issues too.
Then, of course, when the work is done in the winter months, you’ll have the benefit of the job being completed in time for the Spring and Summer – the most perfect seasons to spend outdoors with the family having fun. Just imagine all that extra space in which to enjoy a party or two….
If you’re wondering, is it a good idea to get building work done during winter, then the overriding answer would be yes, for many of the reasons stated above.
So, what kind of building work is done over the winter months, do we hear you ask? Well, for an idea of the sort of work we’ve got coming up, take a look at the examples below:
Our Indoor Winter Projects
We carry out a wide range of internal alterations in winter, here’s a more detailed look at what we do.
Often clients look at revamping their home’s living space in winter. They tend to think about extending their dining room into their kitchen to achieve a more open plan feel, which is ‘oh so fashionable’ these days.
Gone are the times of hiding yourself away when cooking up a culinary masterpiece to present to your guests as though you magicked it up from thin air. Now, thanks to the rise of programmes such as The Great British Bake Off, it’s part and parcel of the whole home life experience and everyone can get involved.
As well as being able to carry out the work needed, we can also help with the ins and outs of any planning permission needed and give you an idea from the start of exactly what design possibilities there are. Then, after the building work is done, we can help with a whole range of fixtures and fittings, thanks to our various trade contacts – seeing the job through to the very final stages.
As the cornerstone and heart of any home, a newly refurbished kitchen can add tremendous value to your property, not to mention making it a wonderful place for friends and family to get together, whatever time of year it is.
So, make sure you contact us with any plans, because we can help you see them become a reality.
Our specialist team will work closely with you to get that kitchen you’ve always dreamed of and, if you would like us to, we can project manage the whole thing from start to finish, even down to liaising with any relevant authorities and tradespeople, such as plumbers, electricians and tilers.
Your kitchen may be sorted but what about installing that en-suite you’ve always wanted? Perhaps, one of your bathrooms is in dire need of an upgrade.
In the same way as we can project manage a brand new kitchen installation or home extension from start to finish, our professional team has all the expertise required to produce the perfect bathroom. From luxury suites, to specialist units fitted around available space, no project is too big or too small.
Planning Permission for Internal Walls
If you’re wondering whether you need planning permission for internal alterations, the simple answer is that you don’t need to when you’re building or removing an internal wall – apart from if you live in a listed building. This again is something which our team of experts can advise you on, should the need arise.
Outdoors work can also be carried out without a problem, when the right plans are put in place. Floodlighting and heating can, for example, combat the shorter daylight hours and colder weather. Risks to worker safety can increase during the colder months, but again, this can be combated by carrying out a proper site risk assessment and ensuring correct management of safety on site if the weather gets worse.
Contact us with your plans!
If you’re keen to get started on some internal or external alterations this winter in Loughborough or Leicestershire, contact us with your plans!
Our team would love to begin working closely with you to make your chosen project a reality.
You can get in contact by calling 01509 269 407 or using our online referral form. Our friendly, professional team are always on hand to answer any queries you may have!