Why Does Prep Work Matter in a Renovation?
When the decision to undergo a remodeling project is in fruition, it’s not uncommon for most people to think solely of the project’s outcome and reach it as soon as possible. Wanting to avoid costs associated with a project’s extended duration and excitement for a project’s completion are two factors that may compel a homeowner to seek a quick remodeling job, but this isn’t the best method. Proper planning and preparation are key to a successful project.
What does proper planning look like? Planning varies depending on the size of the project, and both contractor and homeowner alike can take steps in preparation. For a homeowner, this can be taking time to look over multiple contractors before settling with one, putting together a budget, making a list of needs/wants, and so on. For a professional contractor, planning is more hands on, and can be dealing with micro or macro elements. When a home is remodeled, we like to utilize a holistic approach, so even if only the bathroom is remodeled, the house as a whole needs to be taken into account. Evaluating the house from top to bottom is a standard most professionals uphold, as well as taking time to produce layouts of the space,
and so on.
So, why is doing all this prep work important? Why should time and money be invested in doing preliminary work instead of jumping right in? When a room is undergoing a renovation, its current condition and the desired outcome have to be addressed. A remodel can’t be carried out successfully if only the end goal is in mind—the current layout of the space has to be taken into consideration. Planning and preparation are critical in ensuring not only can the current layout be changed into the desired one, but that it can happen without running into issues. For example, if a bathroom remodel occurs, factors such as the bathroom’s mechanics; electric lines, pipes, etc, have to be accounted for. Where these are placed is dependent on the layout of the bathroom. A GFI, or a ground fault circuit interrupter, will need to be placed at a certain height depending on the bathroom’s size in order to be functional. Controls also have to placed in a way that they won’t overlap with other mechanics. Outlets have to be accessible, doors have the be able to open, etc. This is a concept that can be attributed to any room in a house—framing has to be done correctly so that all the necessary pieces not only fit, but are functional. By doing prep work, the space is accurately evaluated through measurements and so on. This is to ensure a project isn’t halfway done only to come at a impasse that requires immense backtracking.
While jumping right into a project may seem desirable, steps such as planning are important to professionals, and should be important to homeowners as well. Making sure the work can be done and in a proper way is just as important as getting the actual work completed. Here at Fine Remodeling, we are your Delaware contractor devoted to delivering projects of only the highest quality. Get in touch with us about your next renovation project so you can be sure it's done right the first time. Visit our contact us page and see our calendar to select a day/time for a discussion about your project.
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