Whole House Renovations

The process of renovation can be mind-bending. Our job at J&J Construction is to make it painless for you.  The more involved and complex your project is, the more apparent J&J Construction’s advantage becomes. True, we’re great at remodeling kitchens and bathrooms, but we’re even better at “complete renovations.” Usually the kitchens and bathrooms are part of the scope, but in a “complete renovation” there are many more components involved. Below is a suggested timeline for your renovation project.

1. Design and Planning

Whether it’s a sketch on a cocktail napkin or full-blown architectural plans, some type of planning and design always comes first.

  • Draw up a simple “yes/no” list of projects you want done.
  • We’ll apply for permits for you.

2. Roof, Foundation, Siding, Windows

We will protect your future renovation work by making certain the house won’t collapse and that everything will remain dry.

  • Secure the foundation.
  • Make major structural repairs to areas such as weakened walls, joists, and carrying beams.
  • Repair or replace roof, as needed.
  • Replace seriously damaged windows that may threaten future remodeling work.
  • Repair or replace any seriously damaged siding.

3. Demolition

Depending on the scale of your renovations and the condition of the house, demolition might be the first step.

  • J&J will carefully demolish all or some of the areas of the house that will be renovated.
  • Exercise caution when demolishing surfaces coated with lead-based paint.

4. Structural Carpentry

At this time, we will take care of major carpentry projects, such as:

  • Moving walls.
  • Constructing new walls.
  • Significantly enlarging window openings.
  • Adding beams to support a greater weight upstairs.
  • Punching in new doors (or removing existing doors).
  • Adding new construction windows.

5. HVAC Ductwork, Electrical, and Plumbing

With the walls and ceiling open, it’s time for to install ductwork for central heating and air conditioning. Also with the walls accessible, we will run new electrical and plumbing systems.

6. Insulation

Last thing to do with the walls open: install fiberglass batt insulation in the walls and attic.

7. Drywall

We’ll hang sheets of drywall, apply drywall compound, and let the compound dry. After drying, they sand it smooth. Sometimes, we’ll repeat the process until we achieve a seamless surface.

8. Flooring

Installing the flooring later in the renovation process saves your flooring surface from significant damage.

9. Windows

Install new-construction or replacement windows.

10. Fine Carpentry

Here’s where you introduce carpentry that doesn’t involve structural issues. Install baseboards, molding, trim around windows and doors, built-in elements (bookcases, breakfast nooks, etc.).

11. Interior Painting, Wallpaper, and Other Surface Finishes

Painting interior walls, hanging wallpaper, painting molding and trim, staining and sealing trim: all of these detail-oriented surface finishes should be the last items you do indoors.

12. Siding, Gutters

With the house mostly finished, it’s safe to put on siding. You don’t want to do this earlier (unless absolutely necessary) because doors and windows may get punched out, ruining the siding.

13. Major Auxiliary Building

Last, do major auxiliary building projects like:

  • Additions
  • Sunrooms
  • Swimming pools

For questions about your renovation, please contact us.

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