Paul Cashin Architects Update: Construction over the winter period
Since October last year (2015) several of our projects have been under construction, and now
that January has already come and gone we thought an update would be a good idea. Winter
can be a trying time for the construction industry, with weather hampering progress and working
days reduced inline with shorter sunlight hours. Our Contractors have been working through this
period coping with flooding and cold starts very successfully.
For our large loft conversion project, the Contractor shielded the roof space and created a
weather-proof working environment inside a temporary space frame. This allowed work to
continue irrespective of the external conditions.
On another large house extension the Contractor has phased the building stages so to delay
breaking away the existing house for when better weather arrives. The foundations and walls
were created ahead of the works to the existing building.
Part of our role as Architects is to consider theses issues from the start; creating awareness for
the clients about the issues of timing, and inquiring about how they wish to end the project.
For some of our clients, settling into their new home in time for Christmas is the final part of a
successful project. For others, the aim is to have the property ready for the summer, when
family and friends can be introduced to the home as part of the summer holidays.
In either case deciding when to finish a project can be the last piece of a complex puzzle that,
if suitably delivered, can be a very rewarding end to the build.