Is there an order to follow for a home remodel? What needs to happen first, second, third and so on. It can feel overwhelming thinking about everything that needs to get done in a remodel. But luckily, there is a standard order of operations to follow to help guide you through your remodel process. So keep reading, or listen above to find out what order to follow for your home update.
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The First Step in the Remodel Process
Before starting any home remodel project you need to make a plan. This is step one in the design process. It sounds so simple, but it’s a common mistake that’s made when starting a new project.
I always say that you wouldn’t go on a roadtrip without a plan or a map, right? You want to know where you’re going, how long it will take, where to stop for snacks and bathroom breaks (it’s all about the snacks, right?).
But so often we don’t do this when it comes to our homes. We forget to make a plan with our own home remodels and then we get frustrated because things don’t turn out as we hoped.
Phase One of the Remodel Process
Phase one of the home remodel/construction process is the messy one. And while it’s super important, it isn’t the most exciting.
Step 2: Demo and Declutter
Depending on your home update this may or may not be necessary. But, before you bring in anything new, you need to get rid of the old. Please don’t skip this step!
Step 3: Framing
Note: This is only needed if you’re moving doors, or adding, moving, or removing windows, doors, or walls.
Depending on the level or your design this may not be necessary. This is all the “behind the scenes” things that go behind or inside walls, ceilings, and floors. Like I said, it isn’t that exciting, but it is really important to take the time and get it right.
MEP stands for Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing
- Mechanical-HVAC/heating systems
- Electrical-prewiring, light switches and outlets, appliance changes
- Plumbing-water lines and gas
Phase Two of the Remodel Process
In this next phase things start to get fun and look like real progress.
Step 5: Wall and drywall repair
Once all the MEPs are done, you can patch any walls or ceilings and get your home put together again. It’s like Humpty Dumpty;)
Install all flooring. If your floors are floating (meaning not glued down and attached to your home) then flooring is installed after cabinet install.
Install anything that is attached to your home like built-ins, baseboards, crown, molding, etc. Cabinetry can go on top of flooring unless your floor is a floating floor, which means it’s not glued down. Some LVP floors are glued. Some are floating.
It’s time to paint walls, cabinets, and moldings. As noted, some contractors prefer to paint walls before flooring is installed. Others prefer to paint last.
Step 9-Furniture and Accessories
All your hard work pays off when everything comes together in this final step. With my 1:1 clients we’ve already ordered and picked everything out so their space is ready as soon as possible.
Now that you know the steps and order to follow, how do you feel about taking on a remodel? If you still aren’t sure and have doubts about it, reach out to me to schedule a design consultation or to book a service and I’ll take care of things for you. Go to https://nestorations.com/contact to schedule a discovery call with me to talk about your project and see if we’re a good fit to work together.