Completed gutted home want to start renovation, but not sure if its best to get outside completed and sound first or get inside going. Would like to move in sooner than later.
How complete is completely when you say you gutted the house?
Did you do any demo to the outside?
Have you set a budget so you have a game plan of what you are going to do?
Are you doing the work yourself or hiring it out or a combination of the two?
Have you checked to see if permitts are required?
You need a game plan (as OldDog says). Sealing the house from the weather is a good start. However, if you are moving vent stacks or reflashing a fireplace you want that done before applying a new roof.
Renovation is done in stages from structural to finishes. If you have gutted the building, you can redesign rooms, install or remove headers, run new electrical and plumbing. However, you can also install new windows and outside doors.
Pictures would help and so would your wish list. :D
You want to treat it like new construction as Villa said the roof, windows re-sealed, re- installed or replaced, exterior doors re-sealed, re-installed or replaced. Electric outlets and vents to the outside should be updated. If the siding is to be replaced, I would remove it and repair the outside of structure and install housewrap to make the house water tight.
Close inspection of perimeter drain a foundation waterproofing for a dry basement or crawl space.
Close inspection of the wood floor from below, joists condition and sized to your new needs? sill plate condition.
Working inside and out is common for the rough work like plumbing and wiring and of coarse framing.
The house wants to be watertight before installing insulation and any other finishing inside.
You should be working with permits, that should require inspections on the framing, the plumbing, the wiring, before the insulation and vapour barrier if required and then you are cleared for drywall.
Regarding permits ... If there is ever a problem (fire, flood, ??) caused by your unpermitted work, it could invalidate your house insurance. This is a critical factor many people fail to consider.
Also, permits help prevent you from making newbie mistakes which could compromise your house later.
Better to get the job done right. :D
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