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Old 2008-11-09, 09:06 PM
Jenny1975 Jenny1975 is offline
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Default Winter Construction Process?

Hi all,

The closing date on my home (townhouse) and the other two rows of towns on my street is August '09. According to my sales agreement, construction is expected to commence this Thursday. I was in the area today and there isn't much action happening although there are some materials on the lot.

Since 9 months seems like a long time, was just wondering if there might be some special considerations used for winter builds in the Ottawa area? Would they pour a bunch of foundations and do some exterior work, then let the properties sit for a while and work on other units until spring?

Another possibility is that the construction period for townhomes might be longer since the entire row is done at the same time (at least the exterior)?

Just curious and wouldn't mind hearing from those who have some knowledge on this.

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Old 2008-11-09, 09:13 PM
Mudz Mudz is offline
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Construction continues over winter as well..

(Just hope that there is not much snow storms like last year.. )
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Old 2008-11-10, 08:16 AM
karrietg karrietg is offline
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It's quite possible that they will pour your foundation now and then begin framing later. Or, they may frame, finish up the outside and then leave the inside until the spring/summer. You never know. 9 months is plenty of time to build a house so if nothing happens for a little while, I wouldn't be too concerned.
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Old 2008-11-10, 08:53 AM
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They will probably dig out and pour a bunch of foundations in advance of winter. Tract builders dig a huge trench along the street, and then get their sub to form and pour the foundations all at once. Excavation and pouring concrete take up an enormous amount of space, and really clog up the streets--meaning other trades can't get to/from the units in that area readily, nor can supplies, etc.

It makes sense for the major builders to get a section of foundations poured and ready for the framers as they move along the street. They would rather have too many foundations to work from than not enough, so framing may or may not go up over the winter on some units depending on how the framers progress.

The row of towns will be built as one unit, as far as the framing is concerned. Inside finishing will depend on closing dates and material and trade availability.
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