The Modular Advantage | January 9th, 2014

Should you Consider Building in the Winter?

Clients often ask us if it is possible to build in the winter, and the answer is ABSOLUTELY!
There are some significant benefits to having your home built in the winter:

• The slower building season makes it easier to find qualified tradespeople, a significant advantage in the prairie provinces, where we face a tight labour market
• The slower building season might also make it possible to get better pricing – factories and trades people are often willing to negotiate during the slower months
• The permitting process is almost always faster in the winter months
• If you’ve financed or mortgaged the land you are putting the home onto, you will have less carrying costs by starting the work earlier, rather than later
• By starting now and having your home arrive in the winter, you can get started on your landscaping early in the spring and enjoy the summer months in your new yard
• You will be in your new home faster


Jandel’s modular homes are built entirely indoors. Our clients have peace of mind that their homes are constructed in a climate controlled environment and the materials that go into them are never exposed to the elements. In regards to winter installation of the foundation and completion of the site work, we’ve attached some reference material for you below.

Concrete Basements | Pilings
You CAN pour concrete basement foundations and concrete pilings in the winter months, but special measures will need to be taken to prevent the concrete from freezing. Extra measures might include the use of windbreaks, insulated form work and heaters. These extra measures can increase costs.
What Precautions Should You Take When Pouring Concrete in the Winter
Concrete Basics: Tips to Pour Concrete in Cold Weather
Pouring a Foundation in the Winter

Insulated Concrete Form [ICF] Basements
ICF basements offer the ability to pour concrete into your walls at temperatures colder than that of conventional concrete forms due to ICF’s high insulating properties. In very cold weather conditions, minimal precautions may be required, especially at wall penetrations and edges.
Watch – YouTube Video of winter installation of ICF basement

Steel Auger Pilings
Steel auger pilings have great load bearing capacity, tremendous lateral strength, cause minimal disturbance to the site and are easily installed in the winter.
• Helical Foundations, What an Engineer Needs to Know – Structural Magazine Article


Septic Systems
It is ideal to install septic systems in the warmer months but our sub-contractors install them year round. Proper equipment handling will mediate the challenges of cold weather installation.
• How to Install a Septic System in the Winter

Natural Gas Lines
Natural gas lines can be installed year round, although the service provider may add a surcharge. Many of our clients who build in the winter opt to use propane until the weather is warmer. ATCO Gas has a deadline of September 30th to avoid the surcharges.
Installing a New Natural Gas Line [ATCO Gas]

Ultimately, the decision of when to build is a personal one, but winter building is a great option for many of our home buyers. They are living in their new home much faster than clients who opt to wait for the spring rush. Please call us toll free 855.463.0084 [Edmonton] or 877.504.5005 [Grande Prairie] for more information.

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