Home additions, whether you are adding a whole new room or an extension of an existing space, can be exciting prospects. They can also take longer than originally expected. If winter is creeping up and your home addition is not quite complete, here are a few tips to help you weather the colder months of the project.

The first thing you can do to make winter construction go more smoothly is to choose a contractor whom you trust. Shop around for the contractor who is best for your project. Make sure to get references and read online reviews. A trustworthy contractor and crew can help put your mind at ease even when plans do not happen as quickly as you would like.

It is a good idea to know your region’s typical weather patterns. If you live in a milder climate, you have a little more flexibility as far as time goes. If, however, you live in a place where the first hard freeze shows up in late October or early November, it is important to plan home additions so that at least the foundation can bel poured before the ground freezes.

Your family’s safety and comfort are of utmost importance. Living with areas of your home exposed to the elements during months when the weather is pleasant may not be that big of a deal, but once that frosty air starts blowing, you will need to have a plan to keep your home and your family warm. If you can block the cold air and still stay reasonably warm and secure in the rest of the house, that is ideal. If not, however, it might be more reasonable to arrange to stay elsewhere until the construction on your home is complete.

Winter home additions come with their own challenges, but they are not impossible feats. If you trust your contractor and understand what is needed to keep your family comfortable and safe, there is no reason to fret when your project extends into colder months.