Welcome to my Tips for Planning Ahead 

Thinking About Remodeling Your Kitchen, Bath, or Adding a Room?  Consider These Things First Before You Call Me or Anyone Else, Which You will Come to Appreciate.  You Will Then Have Some Answers and Know What You Want to do.  If Your Gutting a Whole House and Starting From Scratch, You Will Have Plenty to Think About. 


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Having a Plan of What You Wish to Accomplish is Best Whether it Be on Paper or in Your Computer.  List What You Want to Change and What You Don't.  List Everything From Electrical, Plumbing, Phone, Cable, Cabinets, Appliances, HVAC Venting & Condensers, Wall Openings or Restructuring, to Flooring Changes You Want to Change or Will Have to Change.

Just About Everything You Do in one Place Will Change What You Will Have to do or buy in Others Nearby.    

Everything You Don't See, Will Pretty Much be Provided by Anyone Who Does the Work Which He May Also Want $$ Up Front, as Materials are Expensive.  It is Understandable.  Everything You do See, is What You Should Pick Out and Purchase Ahead of Time or as You Go Along, as Everyone's Taste is Different.  Some Builders Will Include All of These Fixtures and So On, But Will be of Their Taste, Most likely of Low Quality & Problems which will Cost More to Run, Fix or Replace.

Unfortunately, These Days, Allot of Builders Care More About Getting Done Fast and Collecting your Money, Rather Than Quality or Over-Extending Themselves to do You a Favor.  So, Be Careful Who You Hire and How You Pay.  Paying as You go is Fine, So long as Things Are Getting Done and Moving Along Fine. 

Knowing Who You are Working With, or They are a Referral is One Thing. Paying all Up Front in Cash to Someone You Have Never Laid Eyes On, is Another.  Some Builders Will Take Your $ and Run.  Then There are Those Like Me Who You Can Always Count on and The Worst Won't Happen. 

Paying Out $$ Using a Credit Card is Always Best as The Banks Will Always Stand Beside Your Purchases and Charges.  In cases of fraud, they Usually Always Win.

Anyone With a PayPal Account Online Can be Paid Using the Internet or the Phone Like Myself, Any way You Choose to, and they Will Receive Their $$ and It's Safe to do so.

Below is a List of Things to Jot Down You Will Have to Address/Consider:

ELECTRICAL & PLUMBING

  • Buy Your Own Fixtures (Faucets & Lighting)
  • Inside Receptacles Should Be Every 10' and 12" Above the Floor
  • Outside Receptacle Should be 12" Above The Ground to Avoid Water
  • Outside Receptacle Should Also be GFCI Type or Protected by GFCI Breaker
  • Receptacles in Wet Locations Should be GFCI Outlet Protected or Breaker
  • Wet Locations Are: Basements, Baths, Kitchen Counters, Outside Receptacles
  • Know Where You Want Things Placed if Different From Present Location

HVAC

  • HVAC Venting Must be Matched Properly For Proper Flow in CFM's
  • Installing Wrong Size Ducts Will Lead to Unbalanced Temps Between Rooms
  • Supply Vents (Hot & Cool Air) Should be on Your Outside Walls
  • Return Vents (Air Being Pulled in) Should Be on Your Inside Walls
  • Install Thermostats at Least 2 Feet Away From an Outside Corner of a Wall
  • Thermostats are Very Sensitive to Very Little Heat or Cold Transfer and Should NOT be Located Near Drafts, Shinning Lights or Outside Walls
  • Thermostats Should also be Located Near a Return Air Vent
  • Standing In Front of Your Thermostat, You Will Notice the Temp Rise on it and will offset it.


CABINETS, COUNTER TOPS & FLOORING

  • Know What Type of Cabinets, Counter Tops and Flooring You Wish to Install
  • If Walls Need to be Moved/Opened, Know Where You Want Them
  • When Doing Floors, Lay new Flooring All the Way to Back Wall Where Appliances are Placed

APPLIANCES

  • When choosing appliances, going for the stainless look is cool, But your paying for the look, Not the quality. Performance & Quality may Not always be at its best. For instance, choosing a $199 dishwasher is Not to your advantage.  You know that old saying "You don't always get what you pay for".  A good example of good versus bad is a Bosch dishwasher. Though Bosch may be expensive, don't let that fool you. Believe me, it's Not the cream of the crop! Kitchen Aid is actually a better choice if not going for the gusto. The gusto would normally be Maytag.
  • No rinsing necessary on any of those since the 1990's and mostly all as of 2007, except cheaper models, $199 or lower.  Those are not manufactured of quality or washing quality
  • Through Testing and Experience of my Own and Others, the Maytag "Jet Clean" Was the Best Dishwasher on the Market.  The Maytag "Jet Clean" Will Clean Up Baked-On Foods Right From the Oven.  The Maytag Cost will Also be About 50% - 70% Less than High End Models.  The Performa Series Replaced The MAYTAG Models, but not the Quality Maytag Had. 

  • Unfortunately as of the First of 2006 It May be Hard to Find a True Maytag as They Went Bankrupt, So Something Else Good May or May not Have Replaced it Yet According to My Good Standards.  You May Have to Inquire.  But the "Performa" is Not a Good Replacement for Great Quality.  Thinking it Was since it is Made by Maytag, I Bought One, But the Quality is Not There.   But it's ok.

  • Through Personal Experience of My Own Using a Bosch Dishwasher on a Monthly Basis in the Mountains for Three Years and Through Other Clients Testimonies, My old Kenmore at Home Cleaned Better than the Bosch Does. You Pay for the Name and the Look, Not for the Quality or the Performance You Might Expect in Bosch.


BUILDING AND FINISHING TOUCHES

Things are done in phases and there are reasons for it.  Below is a general Table of Phases to follow to do things the best way without coming into problems of Should a.... Could a..... Would a...... The List is as Follows:

• PHASE 1 - Gut or Tear Out
• PHASE 2 - Move/Add Walls or Windows etc, Change Structure if Need be
• PHASE 3 - Install HVAC & Venting
• PHASE 4 - Plumbing (Stubbing out Only), Install Shower Faucets ONLY
• PHASE 5 - Electrical (Pre-Wiring Only), Phone and Cable
• PHASE 6 - Sheet rocking and Any Pre Wall board Materials Before Any Tiling
• PHASE 7 - Install all Wood Moldings/Baseboards, Leaving 1/2" Space Below
• PHASE 8 - Caulk all Cracks in Wood/Where Walls Meet Wood Moldings
• PHASE 9 - Prime, then Paint or Stain (From Ceilings to Floors)
• PHASE 10 - Install New flooring Underneath Appliances, NOT Up to Them
• PHASE 11 - Tiling of Showers and Bath Floors
• PHASE 12 - Carpeting or any Other Flooring Other than Kitchen
• PHASE 13 - Paint Moldings after Flooring, Touch Up, etc.
• PHASE 14 - Install All Kitchen Cabinets
• PHASE 15 - Install Counter Tops and Back Splashes
• PHASE 16 - Tiling of Kitchen Walls or Rooms with Cabinets
• PHASE 17 - Finish the Electrical Process by Installing Outlets/GFCI's, Switches
• PHASE 18 - Install Switch and Outlet Plates and Any Other Electrical Devices
• PHASE 19 - Install Any or All Appliances
• PHASE 20 - Plumbing/Electrical of Sinks, Disposer, Ice M, Dishwasher, etc.
• PHASE 21 - Install Plumbing and Lighting Fixtures
• PHASE 22 - Your Done. Sit Back, Admire all the Work and Have a Drink!

*This is a general list. Some things may be omitted or there may be variations in work, or things don't go quite the way you wanted as far as time and procedures so things can't be done in this order, or done in a different order for a particular reason by the builder.  This is only a rough guide line.  It's Best to go in Order as to Keep things Free of Later setbacks for Many reasons. There is a reason for Everything. 

If you have any questions, or question why things are done in these phases, desire help in accomplishing any of the tips & services listed above, or help in deciding & planning your renovation, please CONTACT me for further assistance.  E-mail is best suited for that so you can copy and follow directions.  

 

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