As we are all perfectly aware of, Oregon weather doesn’t allow proper building projects all year round. The summer allows for the perfect time to build or add any construction project to your home. Aside from the weather, there are several reasons why you should consider the summer for your construction projects. Often times, you’ll find contractors are more willing to work during the summer. Labor is less expensive and you’ll be able to afford more. Finally, a lot of people schedule renovations in the fall before the winter weather and holidays hit, making it an incredibly busy time to build.
You’re probably asking yourself, “What projects would be the greatest use of my resources and time in the summer?” Here are several ideas:
1. Driveway Paving:
Asphalt is easier to work with in the higher temperatures of summer. Colder temperatures often cause asphalt to harden prematurely, which means less time for a contractor to spread the asphalt to form a smooth surface.
If you plan to do a complete kitchen remodel, it is often difficult to find an alternative place to cook meals. Cooking outdoors is an option during the summer and moving your refrigerator to your garage is a good temporary fix.
3. Home Addition
Whenever you add a room to your home, opening it up to the outside world is temporarily inevitable. Exposure will be the easiest on the room during the summer period.
The summer is absolutely the best time for this home project. Planning can be made in the spring, but execution during the summer is key for good results. The health of plants, shrubs and trees is typically the best during the summer and any unforeseen problems are typically the easiest to correct in good weather.
5. In-ground pool and deck
To place an underground pool in your yard, you must dig. Digging when temperatures are cooler is much more difficult than digging in the summer. It is also easier to install materials for the pool in the summer. It is also typically cheaper to hire a contractor to install a pool in the summer as it makes his job easier and faster.
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