how to have a life during home renovation

remodeling 101 part 5 - how to survive a home renovation
Hope your new year is off to a great start.

In our previous post, we explained the 3 main paths through which design will transition to construction:
1. design-build done in-house by the same firm
2. architect-contractor by negotiated bid
3. architect-contractor by competitive bid

Let's say you are convinced that full service design-build is the way to go and you are happy working with the design-builder you selected (we hope that would be us) through the design, permitting, and construction document phases. Then, what you need to focus on is preparing your family and neighbors so as to minimize inconveniences.
time for a garage sale?
Well, as you might have heard from friends and neighbors, having your house remodeled would likely result in pretty significant disruptions in your daily life. For those of you who are willing and able, moving to a temporary apartment, an airstream parked on your driveway, your villa in Napa, or grandma's, all represent sensible escapes from the dust and chaos. So, in this issue, we try to address homeowners who choose to stay in the house during construction.
1. Have a plan: a good builder will work with you regarding
  • setting up temporary facilities (such as kitchen) 
  • crew work hours, any special considerations
  • sealing the work areas from other quarters
  • containing dust and protecting floors
  • noxious flumes or odors alert
  • mitigating noise if you work at home
  • designating a separate entrance for the crew
  • storage of tools and parking
  • house keys and pets
  • daily and special cleanup plans
  • waste hauling plans to maximize recycling and minimize waste streams
  • portable toilet or bathroom access
rearrange rooms for everyday living
move the kitchen
seal the work areas
2. Rally your whole family
  • perfect time to declutter your home
  • hold a garage sale, donate, recycle
  • rearrange rooms for everyday living
  • cover and/or relocate sensitive and valuable things such as electronics and fine furniture and even plants
  • make sure all family members understand the process; elect one as the chief communicator to the contractor
3. Be extra nice to your neighbors
  • inform your neighbors regarding work schedules
  • apologize for the noise, dust, and general inconveniences
  • figure out parking do's and don'ts
  • alert them when there are periods of more intense activities or noise levels
  • bring them a pie
4. Expect the unexpected
  • allow for contingency in your budget
  • allow for schedule adjustments with change orders
  • be patient with final details: these are the touches that will make your project shine
  • be thorough with the punch list 
when it is over, you will only remember the good things...
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