Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio answers the million-dollar question of “when is the best time to plan and build my outdoor structure”

This stunning deck in Colerain Township, OH is the 2012 NARI award winner

Choosing a winter construction timeline for your outdoor living project will have you sitting pretty in time to enjoy the debut of the outdoor living season!

Here at Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio homeowners often ask us when is the best time to move forward in pursuing their outdoor living structure project. While there is never really a wrong time to begin your outdoor living space project, there are advantages to designing and even building during the winter months.

A smart reason to build your outdoor structure in winter months is there is less wait time to begin construction. Gaining approval through HOA’s and permitting will take less time because there is less backlog and this makes the wait-time minimal in most cases. Making the decision to build now will ensure being able to enjoy the benefits of your new structure sooner and in plenty of time for the arrival of the warm season ahead. Keep in mind, when dealing with a quality builder wait times can be longer, especially during the outdoor living season. Deciding on a fall/ winter project can reduce those wait times by half or more.

Wooden decks such as this PT deck in Centreville, OH have time to cure properly it built during the cooler months

Wooden decks such as this PT deck in Centreville, OH have time to cure properly it built during the cooler months

If you are considering a structure built from wood, a winter project will provide many benefits, here is why–Like the many positive attributes that go along with aging a bottle of fine wine, wood also requires a time period of acclimation. The laws of expansion and contraction all apply when it comes to working with wood. All wood is hygroscopic, meaning that when exposed to air, it will release or pick up moisture until it is level with the humidity and temperature of the air. Humid conditions, such as those typical to our summers, will cause more rapid expansion and contraction of wood that is not yet sealed for protection against the elements. A structure built from wood needs to cure for a period of time before the sealer or paint will properly adhere to the wood and promote beneficial protection qualities. By choosing to build during the least humid time of year, your wooden structure will have ample time to cure in preparation to accept the sealer or paint you choose.

A fall or winter project will ensure springtime fun for the whole family Archadeck of Central  and SW Ohio

Moving forward with your project during the winter will ensure springtime fun for the whole family!

Another key consideration when planning a project timeline for your outdoor structure that is often an afterthought with less-seasoned builders is how the project may affect your lifestyle and surrounding landscape. Choosing to build during the cooler months will impact your lawn and landscape less than if you chose to build during the spring and summer months. Wet turf damages more easily, as does turf that is under stress from temperatures and higher humidity. Building in the fall and winter will ensure you avoid both of these obstacles. It is also important to note that along with perennial grasses, most shrubs and plants are in their dormant stages during the fall and winter. During dormancy, these plantings are less likely to experience permanent damage from having to be trimmed, pruned or altered to accommodate the addition of a backyard space. Aside from the landscape, construction during the winter will cause less of an interruption in your life since most people use their yards less during these months. This means the noises and materials will be less of an annoyance than they would be when you are using the yard a lot during the spring and summer months. Like the old saying goes, “out of sight means out of mind”.

Curved Timber Tech composite deck with style! Located in Washington Twp outside Dayton Ohio

A stunning outdoor space among autumn’s splendor – Curved Timber Tech composite deck with in Washington Twp outside Dayton Ohio.


Large composite deck with pergolas and gazebo

Get more bang for your buck with deep discounts on furniture and accessories during a fall/winter project.

Deciding upon a  winter construction timeline can also mean you will have the opportunity to take advantage of decorator discounts when furnishing your new space!  Furnishings and accessories are an important part of creating the outdoor oasis feel within your new outdoor space. With the end of peak building season comes deep discounts. Many outdoor and patio furniture retailers slash prices more than half to make room for next year’s inventory. If you are building or in the planning phases of your outdoor structure during the winter, you will be able to take advantage of these deep discounts, get more for your money and be able to afford higher quality furniture at major reduced prices.

Last but certainly not least, choosing to have your outdoor structure designed, scheduled and constructed during the cooler months can save you money for many reasons. In some cases building your structure in the later quarters of the year can help you out when it comes tax time. In addition, if you intend to finance your new outdoor structure, the interest rates are still extremely low. The current standing in the economy can mean a lower payment each month on your new structure as well. Lower interest rates can save you a tremendous amount over the long haul. Another aspect of the savings you can incur is because material prices typically rise during the first part of a new year, especially when dealing with synthetic materials.Prices on synthetic/composite materials are predicted to increase by as much as 10% in 2014! By deciding to move ahead with your intended outdoor space and have it designed, planned  and scheduled before the new year arrives will ensure, you can lock into this year’s pricing for materials.

Fiberon composite deck with vinyl pergolas and vinyl gazebo located in Greene county outside Xenia Ohio

Can’t decide? We can build your backyard dream in phases as part of our staged building program.

Keep in mind that Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio designs and  builds year-round and because there are few freeze-line concerns, anytime can actually be the best time to build your project!  We can also design and build your dream backyard in stages as part of our staged building program. With this in mind, fall and winter is the perfect time to start the first stage of your desired outdoor living project. If you are considering a deck and patio combination for example, you can take advantage of our staged building option and build the deck this winter and then we can add the patio later into the spring, or as your lifestyle and budget sees fit. With our staged building program the choice is yours.

Tim Stephens owner of  Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you are on the fence about beginning your outdoor project, moving forward in designing and scheduling your project now will ensure proper timing, less wait time and it will put less strain on your wallet. Contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today to learn more (513) 897 – 2040, our consultation is free but the benefits are priceless!