Tackling a whole home renovation is not for the faint of heart. This is a project that for many people will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This typically means that most homeowners are in a position of “you don’t know what you don’t know.” In other words, you will have a general idea that there are a lot of details involved, but won’t have any idea just how many until you start your project.
Fortunately, we’ve worked with many central Ohio homeowners on their whole home renovation projects, and know just how many details go into getting a whole home renovation right. We love planning and designing and building out our clients’ dream renovations, and over the years have developed a general whole home renovation checklist to help our clients understand the process better.
So, what are the general whole home remodeling steps you should follow? And what sorts of things should be on your home remodel checklist? Here’s our best tips to help plan and organize your renovation.
Whole Home Remodeling Steps
While this is by no means an exhaustive checklist, the following is the general order of a whole home remodel. Some of these steps might happen concurrently, but for the most part, the next step on the list cannot be completed until the previous step is completely done.
As you look to begin your whole home remodel, here’s the general order of operations:
1. Planning and Design
This step includes laying out your budget, working with your designer and builder to communicate your vision, securing permits for the build and any other pre-planning steps. Your builder will also help you at this point to decide if or when you may need to relocate during your remodel.
You can’t build in the new without tearing out the old! Demolition can run a full range of intensity, from simply moving out old furniture and tearing down a few walls to a full gut which includes tearing out everything but key structural elements and your exterior walls.
The extent of this step is largely due to your plan. You may need to rebuild extensively, or this might only be framing in a few new walls.
This step includes all the “behind the scenes” elements and typically runs concurrently with rebuilding and framing. Basically, anything that needs to go inside floors, walls or ceilings will be completed in this step. It could include some minor adjustments to plumbing and electrical or could be a full rewiring or replumbing of your home.
Once everything has been reframed and rebuilt, all mechanicals are where they need to be and insulation is in place, drywall can go up. It will need to be taped and mudded, then the mud will then need to dry and be sanded. Once the walls are smooth, they’ll be ready for primer, paint or other finishes. Many contractors like to paint at this point so that drips or overspray are avoided on final finishes.
Not all contractors like to do this step in this order. Some contractors may want to wait until all paint is finished and dust is settled to do final floor installation. Your builder will discuss this step with you and make sure it is at the right stage in your whole home remodel.
Anything that needs to be “fixed” into your space will be installed at this time. Kitchen and bathroom cabinets and fixtures will start to go in and you’ll really start to see your space coming together at this stage.
Refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers and any other appliances and mechanicals are installed at this stage. Your home is likely fully functional at this point, though there are some final elements missing.
9. Final Touches/Furniture/Accessories
This is the stage where all the hard work starts to pay off visually. Backsplashes are installed, that perfect faucet you picked for the half bath goes in, wallpaper is put up, and accessories, art and furniture are moved in.
Your Whole Home Remodel Checklist
Each step above will have its own set of “to dos.” Hiring the right design-build remodeling firm can take many of these items off your home remodel checklist (e.g. applying for and submitting permits) and help ease your mind. Work with someone who knows the market, and understands the details of overseeing the steps of a whole home remodel in your city or town. Many statutes and requirements change from city to city, so it’s important to work with someone who knows these requirements inside and out.
You should also partner with someone who truly understands the upheaval that a whole home remodel causes to your daily life. These types of businesses will make sure they create a plan for you and your family that makes sense and gets you back into your home and living comfortably as soon as possible.
Finally, work with a reputable builder that wants to make sure that your whole home remodel is truly delivering you your dream home. They won’t skimp on finishes and will make sure that every detail is executed perfectly. Ask your neighbors who they recommend, read reviews and sit down for consultations until you find the right firm. This project could potentially one of the biggest and best investments of your life, so make sure it’s perfect.
Home Renovations and Whole House Remodeling in Columbus, Ohio
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