Finally the day comes when your remodeling project starts – congratulations on being patient through the planning and design phases. The next few weeks or months will be more stressful than you think, as remodeling projects bring noise, dust, people coming and going and other unexpected things. You’ll give up your privacy if you’re planning to live at home. As everyone gets used to the routine, things get easier and many homeowners feel like we’re part of the family before we leave.You’ll enjoy seeing the daily progress but don’t get frustrated on days when it’s not clear what happened, i.e. not everyone can see a room once the walls are framed. The sequence of tasks in construction is like assembling a cake – you buy the ingredients, mix the batter, bake the cake layers, assemble the cake and frost it. It doesn’t look like a cake until it’s done.
Managing a Remodeling Project
Managing a remodeling project is like conducting an orchestra where each day involves different instruments (materials) and instrumentalists (sub-contractors). Your project will have a lead carpenter on the job at all (almost) times, coordinating the delivery of materials and giving direction to the sub-contractors contributing to the overall project.
Greg Greene, owner of Green Construction visits the job site frequently to insure everyone is delivering on his commitment to quality in every aspect of the project down to a daily cleanup routine. Greg believes frequent customer communication keeps everything flowing smoothly, which is the best way to complete your remodeling project on time and budget.
Major Steps in a Remodeling Project
- Obtaining and posting required building permits.
- Site preparation including removing homeowner belongings from the work site and deciding where tools & materials get stored, dumpster, etc.
- Most projects involve some type of demolition work which might be as simple as removing kitchen cabinets or bathroom fixtures to taking everything down to the framing.
- Additions will require excavation in order to build a foundation for the new footprint.
- Structural work involves framing everything from the foundation up to the roof trusses. Smaller remodeling projects might only involve adding or enlarging some windows or moving a wall.
- Home systemsget added or expanded to support project requirements. These will include one/more of the following:
- Heating, cooling and/or ventilation for space being added to your home.
- Plumbing for water fixtures being added and/or moved.
- Electrical for new spaces or often, when reworking a kitchen layout that involves moving appliances.
- Finish work is what everyone waits to see, and it always takes a lot longer than you expect. Working from top to bottom, it includes:
- Painting ceilings and walls.
- Installing cabinets, appliances and bathroom fixtures.
- Installing light fixtures and ceiling fans.
- Installing the flooring.
- Finishing trim work around doors, baseboards, etc.
- There’s a final homeowner walkthough to review everything, and …