Anchorage Remodeling Process
Are bored with the look of your house from the many years spent in it? It might be time for you to remodel your home and breathe a new live into it. What more, you will also increase its market value!
Remodeling a home is a major project that needs a lot of work and can be quite expensive depending on the the kind of materials you intend to use and the amount of work you will need done. There also other factors that you should consider when remodeling your house such is the outdoor landscaping of a garden or a patio and indoor aspects like appliances, painting and textures. Regardless of the level of remodeling you need to do on different areas of your home, there are various steps that should be taken all through the process. Here are the steps that will make your work easier and stress free when remodeling your home for both you and the contractors.
Preparing for your house remodel is actually the most extensive step in remodeling your home. You will first decide on the kind of contractors you will use and the projects you would like to work on your own. Write down a simple yes/no list of the things you would like professionally done and the do-it-yourself projects. You can save some money by working on minor projects such as restructuring your patio furniture or installation of lights and let the professionals work on the major projects. Look for the right contractors and subcontractors to work on those parts you are not able to work on. You will also have to consider the costs that you are likely going to incur in each part of the renovation project and establish whether these costs will meet your estimated budget. Check with Anchorage authorities and apply for the necessary permits.
It is important to have a professional designer or architect come in when working on the design of your remodel to assist in proper planning on the extensive amount of work of needed . They have a wide knowledge about the all the necessities for each project and the amount of time each project will take. They will also prepare you for the period of time you will not be able to live in your home or the period of time your home will be unavailable for you and your friends to visit.
Foundation, siding, windows and roof
Make sure you protect your future renovations by ensuring that the house does not collapse on you, and that it will always stay dry ( windows, roof and siding). Firmly secure your foundation. If there are areas that need major structural repairs, such as carrying beams and weakened walls, do it then to avoid future disappointments. Repair or replace the roof if necessary. Heavily damaged windows should also be replaced to avoid any injuries during the remodeling process. Work on the siding if it is seriously damaged, otherwise leave it for later in the remodeling project.
This is a process that can really mess your house. It is important to move your belongings from the areas that are being demolished so that they are not damaged. All the areas to be renovated should be carefully demolished while at the same time exercising caution when demolishing services that are coated with lead based paint. Rent a big container for disposing waste.
This is the time to engage the carpenters for the major carpentry projects. Such things include
· Moving walls
· Building new walls
· Removing doors and adding new doors
· Putting up construction windows
HVAC ductwork, plumbing, and electrical
Since the ceiling and the walls are open, a HVAC company should install ductwork for heating and air conditioning. It is also the best time to put up new plumbing and electrical systems.
This is the last activity to be done on the open walls. Installation of fiberglass batt insulation in the attic and the walls.
After inspection from the plumbing and electrical inspector, you can then close your walls up. A drywaller will hang sheets of drywall, apply drywall compound and allow the compound to dry. After it has dried, it will be sand smoothed.
It is best to install the floor later in the renovation process to save the floor surface from any kind of damage.
Replace windows or install new ones
Interior painting and other finishes
Here you introduce fine carpentry for installing bookcases, baseboards and any other features you need installed. Painting interior walls, putting up wallpaper and all the detailed surface finishings should be the last activities you carry out indoors.
This is the last project so that you do not finish all your money on projects that are not directly related
to the home remodeling. Such major auxiliary projects may be swimming pools and sunrooms.
When planning a home remodel in Anchorage, also consider putting up grab bars and a universal accessible design. This may not be for yourselves, but for older people who may visit. A home that is accessible is also highly valuable when reselling.