Major remodels and overhauls are complex renovation projects that can involve a lot of disruption to your normal daily routines. Contractor and design professionals stress the importance of discussing these impacts and planning for how best to deal with them before the work begins.
Knowing what to expect and having a plan for coping with the inevitable but temporary inconveniences that renovation involves can make a real difference to your renovation experience.
Some renovations and additions, such as converting a bungalow to a two-storey home, will require you to move out of your home during much of the construction. There is simply no way to get the work done efficiently if you are living there.
Other projects, such as an addition above an attached garage or a refurbished kitchen, may allow you to live with the building project, but there will be inconvenience and disruption that you’ll have to plan for. A professional contractor will be able to tell you what to expect and when, so that you can work together to minimize the disruption.
Be realistic about the time a project will take to get started and complete. Consider its full costs, including at least a 10 per cent contingency fund for changes and unexpected conditions, as well as the impact the project will have on the daily operation of your household and family activities.
If your project is likely to last more than a few weeks, it’s wise to discuss your project with neighbours. In addition to unavoidable noise and dirt, there will be vehicles parked on the street, disposal bins in the driveway and truck deliveries. Most neighbours will be understanding and accommodating, especially if notified first.
Include a requirement for daily clean-up in your contract so that your home, street and nearby lawns don’t end up resembling a construction site.
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