Look outside your window, and you might see a gentle snowfall covering the landscape. If you’re a fan of wintry weather, a home built in a cold climate is perfect for your needs. That dream home can be yours with some simple attention to detail. A property that’s often affected by sub-freezing temperatures needs to have specialized construction and materials in order to create a comfortable interior.

Building Your Dream Home

Consider Winter-Construction Factors

Your dream home may not be built yet, and it’s the middle of the winter. It’s not necessary to wait until spring’s thaw to start construction. Experienced contractors can work in freezing or snowy conditions, but the work will take slightly longer to complete. The winter is usually the slow period for contractors anyway so you might receive a good discount on labor to start the project right away. The ground can be dug into for construction purposes as long as the freeze isn’t too deep for the machines.

Layer and Ventilate the Rooftop

With your dream home coming together, pay careful attention to the rooftop. You don’t want frustrating ice dams creating leaks into your attic or upper floors. Your rooftop should have overlapping layers of underlayment and shingles along with clear ventilation around these materials. With airflow constantly keeping the roof at a uniform temperature, the structure won’t have a chance of forming those damaging ice dams.

Look up Regional Insulation Values

When you’re in the home-construction industry, you’re aware of certain material specifications that aren’t common knowledge among the public. The insulation hidden inside of a structure’s walls has various thicknesses and associated values. A home built in a colder climate will have insulation that matches the coldest, recorded temperature for that area. Verify your region’s optimal insulation value, and spread that material across the home’s walls. You’ll save on energy costs throughout the life of the residence as a result.

Add Generous Railways Around the Property

You might have several stairwells that serve the property outdoors, especially when you have a hilly yard. Although they’ll cost an extra amount, add railways to each stairwell. In fact, be sure to add the rails to both sides of the stairs so that any visitors have a safe journey. Slips and falls on stairs can result in serious injuries. You want your wintry property to have safe pathways across every area of the yard.

Locate Windows on the South-Facing Walls

Your home might be in sub-freezing temperatures for most of the winter months, but you can still enjoy the sunshine. Consider extra windows along the south side of the property. In winter, the sun’s angle is very low on the horizon. The south side of your home will be flooded with this light, and it warms the structure as a result. Placing windows in this position brightens the interior and warms the spirit too.

Covered Outdoor Areas are Crucial

Don’t forget to protect your visitors from the elements at your wintry home. Make sure to add overhangs and patio covers to your home’s entry points, including the front and side doors. These overhangs keep people out of the rain or snow while offering a small space to relax on those warmer days. You may enjoy the cold weather, but struggling with groceries on a snowy, front stoop is no fun for anyone.

Ideally, work with a contractor who’s familiar with the region at your property site. They’ll have a good idea of the type of temperatures and weather that your area will receive each year. With this information, your dream home can be formed with all of the right details in place.


This guest post was provided by Guardian Homes, the Idaho Falls home builder that can help you to create the perfect home in beautiful South East Idaho.

Building Your Dream Home in Colder Climates
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