DesignThe design phase is the most important, even if it begins with nothing more than a sketch on a napkin from your favorite coffee shop. Make sure that you have enough of a financial allowance for the project; obtain at least a few quotes for the job from local professionals. If you’re comfortable and experienced, you can perform some of the DIY projects yourself and have contractors do the rest. This design phase should also include you obtaining the necessary permits for construction on your property. Check local, county, and state requirements.
Foundation & Large ProjectsThe lead contractor should ensure that large projects are done first, because the smaller ones will be impacted by them. Any foundation repairs to weakened walls, carrying beams, and joists should be the primary focus, followed by the roof and seriously damaged windows, if any. Another large project would be any that would inhibit water filtration – if you have any water that seeps into your home via a crawl space, basement, walls, or the roof, repair these areas first.
DemolitionIf there will be a need for any demolition of parts of the house that will be replaced/not needed, be sure that you rent a large enough container for waste. Whether you are doing the demolition or contractors are, caution should be used any time surfaces coated with lead-based paint or those with asbestos are being worked with.
Structural CarpentryAs for carpentry, structural carpentry should be done in the beginning stages of any Bay Area home renovation project. This would include moving walls, constructing new walls, enlarging window openings significantly, adding weight-bearing beams, removing existing doors or punching in new ones, and the like.
HVAC, Plumbing, & ElectricalWhile the ceiling and walls are open, electrical, HVAC, and plumbing should be worked on. This is when inspectors in these professions will visit, as well.
Insulation, Drywall, and Fine CarpentryInstallation of fiberglass insulation in the ceiling and walls will take place now, and it goes quickly; your drywall company should be ready to go shortly thereafter. The drywallers may have a second inspection for electrical and possibly plumbing at this time, before they close up the walls with drywall. Other carpentry that is not structurally supportive will take place now, including doors and windows, bookcases, and more.
Interior Wallpapering, Painting, and FlooringThese items need to be the last items that are completed indoors. There is debate, however, on whether you should paint or install/sand a floor first. Laying flooring first runs the risk of having paint dripped on it; painting first means that floor sanders might scuff the walls. Talk to your contractor, if you have one, and decide together the best course of action. Usually, installing floor covering as late as possible in the renovation process will save it from damage.
The Great Outdoors: Siding, Gutters and Auxiliary BuildingsDon’t install siding until the renovation is mostly finished; otherwise, if doors and windows are punched out, it will damage the siding. Once everything on the main house is finished, renovation on any additions, swimming pools, hot tubs, sunrooms, and the like can be done.
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