Types of home
While home renovations often refers to building
projects that alter the structure of an existing home, it can also
include improvements to lawns, gardens, and outdoor structures; such
as gazebos and garages. Home improvement projects generally have one
or more of the following goals:
- Upgrading heating,
and air conditioning
- Increasing the capacity of plumbing
rooms, especially bedrooms and baths.
Maintenance projects can include:
tear-off and replacement.
repairs to the foundation
- Repairing plumbing
Additional living space may be added by:
- Turning marginal areas into livable
spaces such as turning basements into recrooms,
or home offices
- Extending one's house with rooms added
to the side of one's home or, sometimes, extra levels to the
Homeowners may reduce
and geothermal exchange heat pumps
(see autonomous building)
Bathroom remodeling either fills you with thoughts of clean,
gleaming white surfaces or of a half-assembled disaster. Maybe both
images are true. Let's follow the steps of a bathroom remodeling
1. How Far Do You Want to Go?
At the easy end of the scale, you may like the general layout
and size of the bathroom and the structure supporting the
bathroom (joists, walls, etc.) are sound. The mantra of the
surface-level bathroom remodeler is "cover, not replace." There
is no shame at all in wanting to do a surface-level bathroom
More difficult: the structural elements are still fine and you
want to make surface alterations, but you also want to change
the layout around.
Now we're at the end of the difficult scale. You want to do all
of the above, but 50 years of accumulated moisture has rotted
joists and wall studs, and the window
is falling out.
At this point, too, consider the
general timetable for bathroom remodeling
and decide if this is something you think you want to go through.
2. Finance Your Bathroom Remodel
Bathroom remodeling is expensive.
Bathroom remodeling costs typically range from
$1,000 to $18,000 depending on the improvements.
Even though most bathrooms are small, the cost comes from the
intensive amount of sub-contracting you may have to do (i.e.,
plumbers, electricians) and the expensive elements involved
(fixtures, cabinetry, etc.). Of the many methods of funding your
bathroom renovation, perhaps the most common way is with a home
equity loan. While looking at financing, you may wish to also think
about ways to save on your bathroom remodeling costs.
3. Remodel Bathroom Yourself or Hire a Contractor?
At this point, you need to talk a good hard look at the project and
decide if you want to do it yourself or hire a pro. Safe to say, if
you are motivated and are merely performing surface alterations, you
should be able to remodel the bathroom yourself. Not all tasks are
created equal. Installing a new toilet is simple; building a new
tiled shower should be left to the pros. Assess which projects to do
yourself and which to leave to the professionals.
4. Changing the Layout of Your Bathroom
If you're remodeling a bedroom and wish to change the layout, it's
not so bad. You move a closet here, push back a wall there. But with
bathrooms, you're not just dealing with the visible elements, you're
dealing with the underlying structure of plumbing and electrical
system. Layout changes, such as switching toilet and shower, drive
up the cost of bathroom remodeling in a big hurry, so consider this
5. New Bathroom Walls, Joists, and Other Structural Elements
Since bathrooms collect moisture, there is a good chance you may
have to replace drywall. In the case of bathrooms, you'll be using
special moisture-resistent drywall commonly called "green board" and
in the very wet areas like showers and baths you'll be using
moisture-proof backer board. Hopefully, you don't need to replace
anything beyond the wallboard. But if you do--that is, if the wall
stud and joists are bad--they may need to be
sistered or completely replaced.
6. Shower and Tub Repair, Refinishing, or Replacement
The shower, tub, or shower/tub combination is the heart of the
bathroom. For many people, this may be the entire reason for the
If the worst thing is a few cracks, it is possible to self-repair
your acrylic or fiberglass shower/tub for very little money. For
many homeowners, though, the surface might be stained and
discolored, so tub refinishing would be in order.
Got problems that go beyond repair and refinishing? It is possible
to install a bathtub liner - sort of like an "overcoat" for your
icky tub. Should those methods prove ineffective, you will need to
go all the way and
build a tiled shower. Alternatively and
with a bit less fuss, you can install a pre-fabricated acrylic or
fiberglass shower/tub. Pre-fab shower/tubs need no on-site building,
because they have been fabricated in the factory - though make sure
that you do not buy any unit too big to fit through your doorways.
7. Bathroom Flooring
Moisture is the culprit in bathrooms, so you can't just choose any
kind of flooring. Carefully weigh all of your bathroom flooring
options. A perennial favorite is ceramic tile or natural stones.
A new kitchen (followed by the
bathroom) is often the 2nd most expensive purchase after the house
itself and, in many cases, it is the most frequently used room in the
home. Adding space to your home or improving existing living
conditions can be a traumatic time. However, if you plan properly, it
doesn't have to be. This is why the Planning Phase of a
remodel is so important. It is the crucial step to the
success of any remodeling adventure—it sets the stage for the entire
Step 1: Starting The Process
- We will setup a FREE
in-house consultation at your home.
- We will spend as much time as needed
at your home going over your ideas for your new project.
Step 2: The Design Process
- During the in-house consultation we
will do exact measurements and take pictures of your existing area.
- We will set up an appointment with
you to present the design. If the design is approved,
we will carefully check every aspect of your project, sign a detailed
contract (at this time a deposit is required).
- You will be provided with a set of
plans and a list of the appliance sizes you will need in your new
kitchen. Because your project is our priority, we can meet
with you at the appliance stores to help select the ideal appliances.
- Within a couple of days your
designer and our in-house draftsman will visit your home to do the
- We will finalize the plans at this
time, adding any changes you have.
- The draftsman and your designer will
finish putting the final touches on your project, and the
office will call you with a start date and a completion date.
Step 3: The Installation Process
- A week before the start date
your personal project manager will come to your home, walk you through
the process and make sure nothing was overlooked. He will
provide you with his personal contact information so that you can
reach him at anytime. Please inform him of any special instructions
you have (portable toilets needed, garage space available, special
access to the project, etc.)
NOTE: Leave your refrigerator full; we will move it to a temporary
location until we install your new refrigerator. You can then unload
the old refrigerator and we will remove it or move it to a new
- Day one: demo crew
arrives, first 2 to 3 hours is dedicated to floor protection,
we will place plastic over any items needed and will remove all debris
after demolition is complete.
- Day two: the
installers assigned to your project arrive to go through the project
with you and your project manager, and then the fun begins.
The following four days will be based around all electrical, plumbing
and framing that needs to be done.
- The next two to three weeks
installation will be in progress, your designer will consistently
check in on the status to make sure all plans are being followed and
that you are happy with the process. If you have any concerns
at any time during the process please notify your installer or project
manager, we will take care of it right away.
- By the end of the last week, once
your project is competed we will do a walk through with you. The site
will be cleaned, if needed we will bring in a cleaning service
at no additional charge.