It takes about 24 minutes to renovate a home, according to HGTV and DIY Network. This is not true. However, this fast-paced remodeling style presided over by glib hosts removes the essence of home renovation as complex and difficult.
Table of content
- 1 What you’ll need
- 2 Instructions
- 2.1 Begin with Design and Planning
- 2.2 Take a look at the bigger projects
- 2.3 Plan for Demolition
- 2.4 Warn!
- 2.5 Structural Carpentry: What to Consider?
- 2.6 Plan for HVAC, Plumbing, and Electrical Jobs
- 2.7 Tip
- 2.8 Take a look at Windows
- 2.9 Drywall and Insulation:
- 2.10 Tip
- 2.11 Learn fine carpentry skills
- 2.12 Next, we will be discussing Interior Painting, Wallpaper, or other Finishing Work.
- 2.13 Install flooring
- 2.14 Move to the Exterior
When you decide to renovate your entire home, it is important to know what you are getting into. This will help you plan effectively and give you an idea of the components of a major renovation.
What you’ll need
- Graph paper
Begin with Design and Planning
It is possible to sketch on a cocktail napkin or create full-blown architectural plans. Or just have a few thoughts about how the remodel should proceed. Correcting mistakes before the remodel is completed will save you time and make it easier. It is important to ensure that you have sufficient funding for your renovation.
Make a list of projects that you can do yourself and those that professionals should do. For jobs that you don’t want to do, find subcontractors and contractors.
If necessary, apply for permits to perform the job you wish. Contractors will most likely handle permits for you if you hire them.
Take a look at the bigger projects
Roof replacement, repair or foundation work, water infiltration and windows or siding installation are some of the most important projects that you could take on. Because of the impact they have on other projects, large projects should be completed first.
You can protect your future renovations by making sure the house doesn’t collapse. This means fixing any structural issues and securing the foundation. Make major foundation repairs, such as strengthening walls, carrying beams, or joists.
Next, consider keeping it dry. This includes the roof, siding and windows. Replace or repair the roof. Repair or replace any windows that are damaged and could pose a threat to future remodeling. If the windows are not damaged in any way, you can leave them for replacement or repair later.
Siding is the same. Repair or replace siding if it is damaged enough to allow water infiltration. Leave it alone if the siding is not damaged.
Plan for Demolition
You will need to demolish or dispose of certain sections of your house in order to make way for future projects. This is a major undertaking that homeowners often overlook until the actual project starts. Then they scramble to make up lost time.
A large dumpster for your waste will be required to be rented. You will need to carefully demolish any or all of the parts of the house that are being renovated. If you are not going to be living there, demolish as much of the house as possible.
Be careful when removing lead-based paint from surfaces. Asbestos is a dangerous health hazard that is common in older homes. To help with asbestos and lead-based paint, it is a good idea to contact a professional.
Structural Carpentry: What to Consider?
Structural carpentry is carpentry that supports other work. This could include moving walls, building new walls, adding beams to support more weight upstairs, punching new doors (or removing old doors), framing windows for new construction, or significantly expanding window openings.
While many of these projects are possible to do yourself, some, like enlarging windows, may require the expertise of a contractor.
Plan for HVAC, Plumbing, and Electrical Jobs
These services are essential and must be installed when the ceiling and walls are open. It is easier for HVAC companies to install central heating and air conditioning ductwork and for plumbers and electricians to run new plumbing and electrical systems.
Most places require that the work be done by licensed professionals. Check the regulations in your area.
Take a look at Windows
A home remodel project almost always includes window installation. Many homeowners can install new-construction windows or replacement windows. However, it is possible to damage the manufacturer’s warranty if you do it yourself. If you have any questions, make sure to check the specifications and get a professional. This warranty can save you a lot of headaches later.
Drywall and Insulation:
Before the drywall can be put up, insulation must be installed. Consider the different insulation options and decide which type you will use for each area of your house. It will be needed in the walls and attic. You might even be able do it all yourself.
You will need to have the walls closed up by an electrical inspector and possibly a plumbing inspector before closing them down. You will be allowed to close the walls after they have completed their inspection.
The drywall will be used to close the walls. This includes mudding, hanging, and sanding. Drywallers attach sheets of drywall to the walls, then apply drywall compound. They sand the surface smooth after it has dried. They may repeat the process until they have a smooth surface. You might be able do this yourself with some patience and practice.
Learn fine carpentry skills
Next, there is the non-supportive carpentry: baseboards and molding, trim around windows, doors and other built-in elements like bookcases and breakfast nooks. A house with fine carpentry will have a finished look.
Next, we will be discussing Interior Painting, Wallpaper, or other Finishing Work.
Most homeowners are capable of handling interior wall painting, wallpaper hanging, painting molding and trim, staining and sealing trim, and painting interior walls. These fine-tuned surface finishes should not be done indoors as they can cause damage to other areas. So, for example, should you paint your flooring before installing it or after sanding it? It is a debateable question. Paint can get on flooring if it is laid first. The floor sander could scratch your walls if you paint first.
The final floor covering you choose will depend on the room. You might use laminate, solid hardwood or engineered wood for living areas, and vinyl, tile or marble for kitchens and bathrooms. It doesn’t matter what flooring you choose, it is important to have the flooring installed as soon as possible during the renovation. This will protect your flooring from major damage.
Move to the Exterior
The exterior of your house can be completed once the interior is complete. It is now safe to install the siding and gutters once the house has been completed. This should not be done earlier than necessary as doors and windows could get damaged, which can ruin the exterior job.
You can now consider exterior renovations that may be connected to your house, such adding a sunroom or front porch. This is the right time to consider the separate parts of the house such as detached garages and swimming pools.