livebuildQ: When is the best time of year to start your build?

 A:Great question! Being in the UK, weather is something you can't really guarantee, and you also need to take a full view of your building programme in order to judge the best time of year to start and finish.

If your project is going to take two years (many of them do), in some ways it doesn't make a huge difference when you start, as you're going to experience all of the seasons a couple of times. That said, when I'm doing my own self-builds from scratch I always try to start the project – digging foundations and doing the groundworks – in late spring or early summer. This means you aren't trying to do any major groundworks in winter, when the ground is hard, and you aren't laying bricks or blocks in the cold and wet when winter merges into spring. Ideally, you want to get the walls up, the roof on and be windproof and watertight before the clocks go back, the dark nights kick in and the weather starts to turn.

You can then continue to work inside the house, (hopefully) warm and protected. Coincidentally, you can also benefit from the January sales when you need to buy all of your interior fixtures and fittings. Depending on the scale and size of the project, the build should then be drawing to a full completion around early summer, which gives you the warm and sunny weather to kick back, enjoy your new home and start the final part of the project – the garden and landscaping.


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