The Timeline of Any Renovation

The Timeline of Any Renovation


No matter which room or area you're working on, and no matter how much you're changing, the process and timeline of events remains basically the same. Take a look at this overview to get a sense of what you're in for.

1. Have a price and a plan.

You need a good understanding of what you want the remodel to accomplish. Updated look? Increased functionality? Take your ideas—and inspiration photos from magazines or the internet—to an architect, designer, or general contractor to turn your wants and needs into blueprints. And have a realistic budget in mind of how much you’re prepared to spend on the project.

2. Hire the right contractor.

A successful outcome starts with picking a qualified contractor. Talk to friends and neighbors to get recommendations, then hire one who's established, has a good reputation, specializes in the type of project you're undertaking, and you feel comfortable inviting into your home every day.

3. Sign a contract.

The document should cover all aspects of the job, including payment schedules, products being used, approximate start and finish dates, description of the project, and procedures for change orders. If you have specific rules you want followed, like work not starting before 8:00 AM or workers not using your bathroom, make sure it's in the contract.

4. Pull a permit and prep the site.

Most professional remodeling jobs require a building permit, which must be secured before the work starts. Lumber, materials, and a dumpster may show up in your driveway, which is a sure sign the work is about to start. This is your cue to get the room ready, like getting all the dishes, pots, and pans out of the kitchen for a kitchen upgrade.

5. Rip out the old.

The first step of the actual remodel is demolition. Anything being replaced is ripped out, like old countertops, cabinets, bathtubs, or even walls. For complete overhauls, the room is typically "stripped down to the studs," which means everything in the room, including the wall covering, is torn out. What remains is the framing, or studs, and what's inside the walls, like plumbing pipes and electrical cable.

6. Frame the new.

For a room addition or deck, trenches or holes are dug, then the footings or foundations are added by pouring concrete. Any new rooms, walls, or additions are framed. During this stage, you'll see big changes in your home as the remodel takes shape.

7. Run any new mechanicals.

This is when the plumbers come in to run new pipes for a sink, bath, or refrigerator, and install a gas line for the range or outdoor kitchen. Electricians run cable for new fixtures or outlets, and heating and air condition specialists install new vents and registers. At this point, you won't see much dramatic daily progress.

8. Cover the walls.

Once the mechanicals have passed inspection, and outer walls are properly insulated, the next step depends on the project. For bathrooms, say, the tub is installed next. For all other projects, the walls are covered with drywall or another material. Then cabinets and countertops are installed.

9. Fill out the room.

This is when the room comes together, with the flooring, trim, and any wall tile being installed. Once you see the flooring go in, you're close to the end.

10. Add the finishing touches.

Walls are painted or wallpapered, plumbing and electrical fixtures like faucets and light switch covers are installed, and register covers are put in place. Any debris is removed and the site is cleaned up.

If you are looking for the best home builders in the Hills District do not hesitate to contact New Age Building and Design today!


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