House and Leisure Before and After - - RENOVATION #7 -

1. If you’re do­ing the ren­o­va­tion your­self, it’s im­por­tant that you have a good un­der­stand­ing of what’s re­quired at each stage of the process so as to en­sure a log­i­cal se­quence of events and avoid time de­lays. Bear in mind that you’ll have to com­plete cer­tain in­stal­la­tions (such as floor­ing) be­fore you can move onto oth­ers (like cab­i­netry). If you over­look a step, it could hold up ev­ery­thing else. 2. Con­sider in­stalling solid in­te­rior doors rather than hol­low core doors. They might be more ex­pen­sive, but they’re much more ef­fec­tive at noise con­trol. 3. Mea­sure care­fully and al­low for enough space to ac­com­mo­date el­e­ments that need to fit ex­actly or re­quire pre­ci­sion crafts­man­ship. Remember to take into ac­count de­tails such as skirting. 4. Em­ploy a good wa­ter­proof­ing con­trac­tor. There’s noth­ing worse than mov­ing into your newly ren­o­vated home and find­ing that you have to stand around with buck­ets after the first rain.

5. Get all of your con­trac­tors in­volved right from the be­gin­ning of your ren­o­va­tion, and make sure that ev­ery­one has a clear vi­sion of the in­te­rior look and feel you have in mind. This way, all team mem­bers will be work­ing towards the same goal, and all the dif­fer­ent com­po­nents of the project will align seam­lessly.

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