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KITCHEN & BATHROOM REMODELING PROCESS

The remodeling of a kitchen or bathroom involves four main steps: 1) the selection and installation of the cabinetry; 2) the selection and installation of the countertops; 3) the selection and installation of the appliances, as applicable, and 4) the construction process in general.  There is also, of course, the management team necessary to coordinate all this.

The way we like the construction process to go when we renovate kitchens and bathrooms involves taking down all of the plaster or drywall in the ceiling and walls.  This is not always the case, but usually it is the appropriate way to go.  The benefits to this approach are many.  First, they include exposing all wall cavities to allow inspection and improvement on any existing electrical and/or plumbing that may be substandard behind the ceiling or walls.  Second, being able to shop-vac out all the wall cavities to be certain there is no food source for any wood-destroying creatures or other pests.  Third, applying pest-control products inside the wall cavities.  Fourth, allowing us to true up any walls that may not be perfectly flat.  Fifth, allowing us to more easily locate and use all electrical and telephone or cable wires in accordance with the renovation drawings approved by the client.  And finally, having the ability to install lighting and/or plumbing fixtures in the arrangement that exactly matches the renovation desired by the client.

The way this process works best is for the client to select, with our assistance or the assistance of their decorator, the various components consisting of flooring, appliances, cabinetry, countertop material, sink and plumbing fixtures, molding choices, paint choices, lighting fixtures, recessed lighting fixtures, etc.  We have a good working relationship with a number of suppliers for these items, which we are happy to recommend.  We also will welcome any new manufacturers that you may already have a relationship with or wish to work with.  Some of these items we can and do handle ourselves as well.

The following is a generic renovation scope of work.  It is very basic and does not reflect the many details associated with our approach, but will give you an idea of what is involved.  For a more detailed list of what we do on a renovation of any type, please contact our office.

 

PRE-CONSTRUCTION PLANNING

  • Sign contract
  • Create drawings
  • Give selection list to client
  • Create thorough job schedule
  • Apply for permits
  • Schedule pre-construction meeting with client

 

PROTECTION AND DEMOLITION

  • Protect all living areas
  • Protect any exterior areas
  • Determine all electrical and plumbing connections that are active in the work area and turn off
  • Protect path to debris removal container
  • Remove all fixtures and other material associated with demo
  • Saw-cut floor to allow for the relocation of power/plumbing, if applicable

 

ROUGH-IN ALL TRADES

  • Frame all new areas
  • Walk through with client, designer, and electrician to determine locations for all fixtures, switches, and outlets
  • Get framing inspection
  • Rough-in electrical and plumbing
  • Have plumbers re-rough-in as necessary
  • Get electrical and plumbing rough-in inspections
  • Install new A/C and exhaust vents as necessary
  • Get HVAC inspection
  • Spray foam insulation around any electrical outlets
  • Get insulation inspection

 

INSTALLATION OF FINISHES

  • Hang drywall and Durock as necessary
  • Finish and texture drywall, if desired
  • Prime all walls
  • Install shower tiles and flooring
  • Install room flooring
  • Grout and seal all tile
  • Install cabinets
  • Install countertops and sinks
  • Install toilet and tub
  • Install doors, baseboards, and trim
  • Get final electrical and plumbing inspections
  • Complete walk-through and create punch list

 

POST-CONSTRUCTION ITEMS

  • Provide all warranty information to client