Despite what you see on popular home-makeover programs, it takes more than an episode to pull off a home remodel. Taking on a home remodel is a time- and cost-intensive process that, when done right, adds value to your home. It’s important to understand what a remodel entails and what you need to consider before swinging the first hammer.
Remodel vs. Renovation
A home renovation is a process of changing the look and feel of a space or structure without changing its purpose. This means that you make updates to rooms like the kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom and the space will still maintain the same function. There are instances when a remodel requires structural rebuilding, such as replacing a wall, subfloor, or roof. A home remodel is the process of altering the design and functionality of a space. A remodel entails tearing out walls to expand square feet, reconfiguring room layouts, and adding an addition to the home. It’s not necessary to make major structural changes.
Design and Plan
It’s a good idea to sketch out your ideas for a home remodel so you have a point of reference to start with. It’s easier to catch and correct mistakes before work begins. One of the biggest challenges of a remodel is having enough funding available to complete the design plans. The best way to save money on labor costs is to determine which projects are DIY and which require a general contractor. This is also the time to learn if you will need any permits and apply for them.
Plan for Demolition
Living in your home while undergoing a remodel isn’t impossible; however, if there will be demolition, you need to plan for it. Many homeowners don’t realize how much time, cost, or mess goes into demolition. Before any demo begins, you’ll need to rent a large waste container. It’s also a good idea to rent a storage container that you can put your personal belongings in to keep them clean and secure.
Updating your existing floor with new flooring is a simple and affordable way to give your home a new look and feel. You can save on installation time by hiring a professional floor installation team with a proven track record of quality workmanship. The professional installers at Carpet Outlets have years of experience providing expert flooring installation. They offer the best carpeting, hardwood, tile flooring, laminate flooring, and luxury vinyl flooring for every room in your home. No matter what type of floor you want, whether it’s linoleum, natural stone, or durable tile, a professional installer will ensure your new flooring is flawlessly installed.
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Structural carpentry involves moving walls, building new walls, adding support beams, creating or removing doors, framing new windows, and enlarging existing windows. Any HVAC, electrical, and plumbing work need to be addressed when the walls and ceiling are open. This makes it easier to install ductwork and run new electrical and plumbing systems. New construction or replacement windows need to be installed before insulation and drywall go up.
Your home’s roof works hard against weather conditions to keep you dry and comfortable. Over time, shingles become loose and damaged, allowing the penetration of leaks and moisture into your home. Depending on the age and condition of your existing roof, it might be more cost-efficient to install a new roof. Single-ply roofing offers excellent resistance against weather conditions for low-slope and flat roofs. The professional installers at McDonald & Wetle use single-ply membrane roofing made of flexible synthetic rubber or polymers. Unlike traditional materials, single-ply thermoset or thermoplastic membranes are installed in long sheets with minimal seams to provide excellent resistance to rain, snow, hail, and other storm debris.
Work Inside Out
Projects like new paint, hanging wallpaper, and painting or staining molding and trim are all detail-oriented tasks that should be completed last. All messy indoor projects, such as sanding or installing new flooring, should be done first to ensure paint and stains aren’t ruined. Once all interior remodeling is completed, you can move to the exterior of your home. Again, things like installing new doors and windows could ruin any work done to the exterior.
With these tips to keep in mind, we’re sure your home remodel will look great!