renovation stages

Discussion in 'General Home Improvement Discussion' started by d15eliz, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. Jul 5, 2013 #1

    d15eliz

    d15eliz

    d15eliz

    Member

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2013
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    1
    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.
     
  2. Jul 5, 2013 #2

    oldognewtrick

    oldognewtrick

    oldognewtrick

    Administrator Staff Member Admin Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2009
    Messages:
    10,818
    Likes Received:
    1,435
    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?
     
  3. Jul 5, 2013 #3

    CallMeVilla

    CallMeVilla

    CallMeVilla

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2010
    Messages:
    1,651
    Likes Received:
    594
    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
     
  4. Jul 5, 2013 #4

    nealtw

    nealtw

    nealtw

    Contractor retired

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2010
    Messages:
    23,897
    Likes Received:
    3,117
    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.
     
  5. Jul 5, 2013 #5

    CallMeVilla

    CallMeVilla

    CallMeVilla

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2010
    Messages:
    1,651
    Likes Received:
    594
    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
     
    nealtw likes this.

Share This Page