Renovating your House

Here are the suggested whole house renovation timeline

  1. Make sure that you have financial support for your renovation. Prepare a simple list of DIY projects and projects you want professionals to do. Try to find contractors and subcontractors for those jobs you do not want to do yourself. And apply for permits.
  2. Make sure the house won’t collapse and it will remain dry to protect your future renovation work. You need to secure the foundation. Make a major structural repairs to areas. Repair or replace roof. Replace seriously damaged windows. If not, leave it for later in the process. And repair or replace the siding if it is so seriously damaged.
  3. Demolition might be the first step depending on the extent of your renovations and the condition of the house
    • Rent a large container for waste.
    • Carefully demolish all or some of the areas of the house that will be renovated.
    • Be careful when demolishing surfaces coated with lead-based paint.
  4. For structural carpentry projects such as:
    • Moving walls.
    • Constructing new walls.
    • Significantly enlarging window openings.
    • Adding beams to support a greater weight upstairs.
    • Punching in new doors (or removing existing doors).
    • Adding new construction windows.

    Call in the carpenters.

  5. With the walls and ceiling open, it’s time to install ductwork for central heating and air conditioning. Also with the walls accessible, run new electrical and plumbing systems.
  6. Install fiberglass batt insulation in the walls and attic.
  7. Install drywall
    • The electrical and perhaps plumbing inspectors will give you a go signal to close the walls after the second inspection.
    • Apply drywall compound, and let the compound dry. Sand it until smooth after drying. Repeat the procedure until you achieve a seamless surface.
  8. Set up the flooring after the renovation process to save your flooring surface from damage
  9. Install the replacement windows
  10. Install baseboards, molding, trim around windows and doors, built-in elements
  11. Interior painting, wallpaper, and other surface finishes should be the last items you do indoors.
  12. It is safe to put on siding, gutters with the house mostly finished.
  13. The last thing you should do in renovating your house is the supplementary building projects like:
    • Additions
    • Sunrooms
    • Swimming pools