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January 29,2024

Cold Weather: What Does it Mean for Your Home Build?

Have you ever tried to sip on a frozen smoothie too fast and been hit by that sudden brain freeze?

That can happen in an instant while sipping a drink. Now, imagine building in those kinds of cold. Like that fast, icy sip, cold conditions can bring a home build to a screeching halt if not handled right.

We’re no strangers to cold-weather construction. It’s not just another day at the office; it’s a challenge we dig! And why not? It keeps us on our toes, tests our skills, and allows us to transform frigid challenges into warm, beautiful homes.

So, when working on your home build and the colder months are on the horizon, listen up; it’s time to prepare so you can make it through the journey of cold weather building as smoothly and successfully as possible.

And this isn’t just valuable info – it’s vital.

So, settle in. We’ve got some winter construction tips to share and everything else you need to know, giving you the upper hand when selling a home in winter! 

Let’s get into it.


The Impact of Cold Weather on Material Performance

A gorgeous white home build out in the beautiful snow

First, let’s look at the building process, particularly the materials you’re working with. Everything you’re working with on your home build will react to cold temperatures in one way or another.

Battling the Cold: Mortar, Grout, and Adhesives

Take mortar, grout, and adhesives. 

They’re a bit like Goldilocks – they’re not happy unless the temperature is just right. Cold weather can reduce their ability to ‘stick.’ 

The result? 

Weak joints and connections are what you don’t want during your home build.

We’ve mastered the art of cold-weather construction. We switch to adhesives and mortars that work in cold temps and ensure a cozy environment for them to ‘cure’ or harden. 

This way, we ensure our foundations are as firm as our resolve!

Keeping Concrete Warm and Happy

Then, we have concrete. 

Building in cold weather means we’ve got to be extra careful about it. Cold can slow curing, potentially leading to cracks or structural weaknesses.

Using ICF helps insulate the concrete when temperatures are cold.  This allows the concrete to cure properly without freezing. As you can imagine, caring for your concrete is a top priority for successful winter home construction!

Navigating the Temperature Tides: 3rd Generation Homes Strategies

Now we have more of an idea of why it’s important to focus on being proactive with your home build during the colder months, especially since we get so many of them here in Canada.

We still need to cover the difference it can make to vehicles connected with your build, freezing conditions making it impossible to work on certain days and the mood and morale of the people working on site. 

Cold weather builds are something we see all the time here, and we have a ton of experience on how to get through it while delivering the best results.

Here are some of the strategies we use.

Taming The Elements: An Innovation Story

We roll with the punches temperature fluctuations throw our way, using some clever strategies, for example;

  • Insulation Innovation – By leveraging high-quality, sustainable insulation materials, they ensure no cozy warmth escapes during those cold, icy winters.
  • Smart Home Technology – Fit for the 21st century, their homes have tech that automatically adapts heating and cooling to external temperature changes.
  • Energy-efficient Construction – We design structures to stay cool under the harsh summer sun and warm in the chilly winter. This applies to your home, swimming pool, outhouses, and everything in between.
  • Air Tightness – We push to build an airtight home, by not allowing cold air in the winters and hot in the summers. This allows for the mechanical equipment to operate more efficiently than older “leaky” homes. 

The homes we build operate as a complete system with all components working together in unison. 

Weathering the Storm: Real-Life Stories

One of our favourite strategies, and one that’s commonly most overlooked, comes down to proper planning and switching gears when the cold weather strikes.

Think about it.

We’re building a home in Canada, a country and region famous for its cold weather climate and potential for extreme conditions. To not consider cold weather is simply an oversight beyond belief.

And how do we bring such a possibility into sight?

Again, planning.

When it comes to your build, plan your workflow in a way that allows for this. As the saying goes, hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

Lessons Learned and Handy Tips

Throughout our years of building, we and our homeowners have learned a valuable lesson:  always expect the unexpected during cold weather building!

So, here’s some wisdom we’d love to share with you:

  • Keep a Flexible Schedule: Allocate buffer time in your project timeline for those ‘special weather surprises.’
  • Plan for Indoor Work: When it gets too chilly outside, make the most of it by focusing on indoor tasks.
  • Keep Essentials Handy: From antifreeze additives for concrete to thermal blankets, be prepared for moody weather!

Remember, when selling a home in winter, a build without weather disruptions ensures a quality home, fetching you top dollar! Not only from a quality standpoint but a time-focused one too.

So take these winter construction tips to heart and watch your winter build go as smoothly as a fresh ice rink!

Once It’s Built: Navigating Old Man Winter

Lastly, always remember you need to protect your home after it’s built as well. The process doesn’t end there, especially if you finish your project during the cold spell.

Cold weather can show up uninvited years after construction, manifesting in cracked walls, moisture problems, or, heaven forbid, foundation issues.

But take heart: We design our houses to be winter warriors from the start! 

Tips from 3rd Generation Homes: Keep The Chill Out

If you’re living in one of our custom homes, here’s some friendly advice to keep it feeling like summer in the heart of winter:

  • Regular check-ups: Just like you go for your flu shots, your home requires periodic maintenance, too -Ward off chilly weather woes like freezing pipes or a worn-out heating system.
  • Insulation check: It’s your home’s fluffy winter coat. Keep an eye on signs of wear and tear, adding extra layers if needed.
  • Airflow: Keep airflow in your home especially when it’s colder.  Set your Furnace fan to run on a regular schedule or use your other bath fans. In colder weather, we tend to see condensation build up in a new home, the most common cause of this is the lack of air movement so it’s best to regularly circulate air. 

Remember, a well-cared-for home laughs in the face of a snowstorm! So, stay warm and keep that home toastier than a cup of hot cacao.


In the icy face of winter, 3rd Generation Homes stand strong, just like our builds. 

We’ve mastered the art of building in cold weather, turning arctic adversities into warm, homely blessings, and have helped countless homeowners and home builders do the same.

Whether you’re using our services or not, the best tip to remember is to be proactive in this process. Never look out the window, see it getting colder, and shrug your shoulders. 

Get in touch with your contractors, plan together, and prepare.

Ready to construct a winter-proof home without breaking into a cold sweat? 

Get in touch with 3rd Generation Homes. We don’t just brave the cold, we nail it!