Renovating Your Home in the Winter: Good Idea?

Knowing the best time to renovate your outdoor space is about working with the elements and plans. As such, it’s generally best to do it in the winter.

We at PMG Custom Building are experts in outdoor renovation, so here’s why we believe it’s best done in the winter.

Why Renovate in the Winter?

There are numerous reasons why winter is best for both commercial and residential landscaping. Here are the most important.


As a rule, the ground is easier to work on in the winter because it’ll be looser. Granted, this isn’t always the case, particularly if it’s frozen, but the cold ground is more workable than the dry, packed ground.

If you plan to install a patio or decking, it’s best to do so when the ground is easiest to work with. The same is true for any kind of ground remodelling you’re planning, whether it’s installing a water feature or digging in new flowerbeds.

Winter weather

It’s no secret that plants don’t grow in the winter. From a landscaping perspective, this makes winter a good time to cut them down and plant new ones. You generally want to tackle gardening work like this in the plants’ dormant period so they’re not as damaged.

Similarly, colder weather is often a better time to be working outdoors. After all, the hot summer sun beating down on your back when you’re trying to install a patio isn’t the nicest feeling!

Planning ahead

Perhaps the most obvious reason why winter is the best time for outdoor construction is that the process takes time. Depending on your plan, a garden renovation could take anywhere from a week or two to several months. As such, it means you’ve got plenty of time to plan and execute the project before summer comes around.

Winter is also a time when a lot of outdoor contractors don’t have as much work. As such, you’ll usually have a bit more freedom with dates and availability because most clients want their work done in the summer.

Less disturbance

Redesigning your outdoor space in the winter means less disturbance for you and your family. After all, you’ll likely be using it in the summer, so the last thing you want is for your backyard to be inaccessible while it’s being renovated.

Renovating your outdoor space in the winter is also better for wildlife. There aren’t as many animals running around in the winter and, as a general rule, they likely won’t be hibernating in your backyard. In the summer, however, you risk disturbing everything from birds to pollinators by landscaping.  

Final Thoughts on Winter Outdoor Renovations

In short, remodeling your outdoor space in winter is just more practical than doing it in summer. After all, summer is when you want to be enjoying it!

So, if you’re gearing up for an outdoor renovation, get in touch with PMG Custom Builds. We can take care of both commercial and residential remodels in summer or winter! Request a consultation with us today to discuss your project in more detail.

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