Say you’ve got the perfect location for a home, but you want your home to be updated a little bit. You may want to consider remodeling one, or multiple rooms. Below are some steps to take when remodeling:
A demolition can be a surprise. You never know whats behind the drywall you’re about to rip out, or the floor you’re about to remove. You need to be ready for everything. Before you even consider ripping out any existing material in your home, you need to take the proper precautions.
If you’re living in an older home built before 1978, there’s a chance that some sort of asbestos material has been used. Check to make sure the company you have doing your work is licensed to work with such material. If they’re not, it’s recommended that you hire a specialist in this field of work.
If there is no asbestos material in the vicinity that’s being torn down, then the next step is to enclose the area. Dust will make it’s way through the crack of your doors, and all vents in the area. Before you know it, you’re eating dinner with a side of particle dust. Once all air seems are enclosed, it’s time to get to work.
When ripping out any type of drywall, tile, cabinets, hardwood flooring, electrical, plumbing, etc. it is important that the proper safety equipment is being used by all workers. As mentioned above, you never know whats behind that wall covering, or under the ceramic tile floor. So the best approach is to take it slow, and to section the desired tear of area off into pieces. This will minimize the chances of damaging a hidden pipe, or hidden wires. Not to mention it’s easier to clean up, and keep the dust to a minimum.
Once you’re down to the studs, and the sub-floor (or maybe even the floor joists), it’s time to get the “rough” material down. If there are any electrical plugs that need to be added or removed, now is the time for this. If there’s any plumbing that needs to be adjusted, added, or removed…now is the time.
If you’re doing any sort of electrical, plumbing, or HVAC work check local building department for required permits that may need to be pulled BEFORE you start work!
Once all necessary permits have been pulled, it’s time to start working. If you’re down to the studs but the sub-floor still remains, then you would start with installing your drywall. (Assuming all plumbing, electrical, or HVAC has been done) Once the drywall is taped, the joints have been filled with compound material, and then sanded – it’s time to move on.
Once all of the rough material is finalized, it’s time for the finish material. This is your tile, your hardwood floor, or carpet. This is your paint, your doorknobs, your plumbing fixtures, and your lighting fixtures. This is your cabinets, toilets, & sinks. There may be more or less, contingent upon what type of remodel job is being done.
Schedule management is key. There’s always surprises, but doesn’t mean the project cannot be completed in a timely fashion. Working with the right professionals, technology, and equipment is what separates Empyreal Homes from it’s competition. Hopefully this article has helped you understand and ease your mind of any questions or concerns regarding remodel and demolition work.
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