The first step toward undertaking a whole home remodeling project is, of course, adequate planning. Even during the planning phase, though, it can be helpful for homeowners to understand what to expect during the remodel itself. Read on to find out about the main steps of remodeling a whole home to get started.
The Demolition Phase
Demolition may involve anything from pulling up the carpet to tearing down walls or even cutting holes in the roof depending on the extent of the remodeling project. This phase can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Homeowners and their families should plan to find temporary lodgings in advance to facilitate the project.
The Rebuilding Process
Once all of the old building materials have been removed, new ones will be brought in. The materials required will depend on whether the remodeling project will involve room additions and moving walls or simply require replacing aging materials with newer ones. Contractors may need to construct new walls, roofs, and subfloors among other features.
After the general rebuilding steps described above have been completed, utilities may have to be repositioned to accommodate changes in appliance and fixture locations. This could involve electrical rewiring and updates, installing or moving gas and water lines, or installing new ductwork.
Walls and Flooring
Any new walls that have been installed or moved will have to be insulated and enclosed. Drywall and new flooring will also need to be installed and finished, preparing the room for all of the finishing touches that will complete the remodel.
Cabinets, Fixtures, and Appliances
A good deal of the homeowner’s personal style will finally begin to shine through during this phase, making it one of the most interesting. Replacing or adding cabinets, plumbing fixtures, and electrical appliances can really brighten up spaces and make them feel new. Just be sure to balance fashion with function, and choose fixtures that will fit the space and the family’s needs.
Personal touches such as new light fixtures, customized backsplashes, and new wallpaper can all be installed during this phase along with trim, shelving, and hardware. It helps to work with an interior designer to place the final touches on a newly remodeled home. Once this step is complete, all that needs to be done is some basic cleaning to make the home ready for its residents to move back in.