I shared with you here the first phase of our remodel process.
Now we move on to Phase 2, which we are just about to wrap up here within the week!
After you secure your contractor bids, sign your contracts with each trade, and construction begins!
First up (after demo of course) is framing.
It’s been fun to see the new walls, and new structures that we’ve arranged.
We tore down so many walls, raised floors (thank you groovy 70’s sunken flooring), added a guest bedroom downstairs along with a 3/4 bath, to come up with a true open concept home.
We also chose to vault the ceilings in the kitchen and dining area which has completely changed the space.
Imagine white planks, two additional skylights, and gorgeous pendants. Vaulted ceiling will be a farmhouse win!
We’re also adding a couple of skylights to increase our natural light because I feel like I can never have enough light in this all-too-frequent dreary state of ours.
Once framing is complete (ours took a solid week…although they’ve had to come back a few times to adjust and fix a couple of things :/), then it is on to all of your rough-in stuff.
You’ve got plumbing rough in, electrical rough in, and mechanical rough in.
Again, this is by no means the sexy part of the process, but alas, if you want water, electricity and central air (!!!), then you must endure. All in, this stage has taken about 3.5 weeks to complete – a solid week for each of those separate contractors (plumber, electrician, and HVAC).
During this phase, you must decide where each light switch goes, each can light, what about surround sound (this is your custom house after all), where you will hide all of your air ducts (which is trickier in an open concept home!), and how many of your spigots do you want to have hot water (all of them – including outside!).
These were all of the decisions that made me want to poke my eyes out.
At one point, an hour deep of walking the house and making decisions with our electrician, I looked at him and said, “Can’t you just give me a ‘surprise’ package of what you think will work best?” He looked at me like I had a third eye, and said, “Umm…this is YOUR custom house.”
Oh. Right. Okay.
During this phase too, all of our windows were replaced and framed in.
Finally, when you feel like you’ve stared at all of these 2×4’s for long enough (and you’ve passed all of the corresponding inspections for each trade assuming your remodel required a permit like ours), you get to insulation. And after insulation comes dry wall. And after dry wall comes….FINISHES.
That’s the host of heaven’s angels singing praises that we’ve finally made it to the exciting part.
So in short, Phase 2 consists of all your construction pieces:
-roughly a week
2. Rough In (plumbing, electrical, mechanical)
-one week per trade
3. Windows & Exterior Doors
4. Trade inspections
-as each trade is finished scheduled through your city
-a few days
-about 10 days including taping, mudding and dry time
Guys, tile starts getting laid tomorrow and thus starts the whole process of getting all the things that I have designed actually INSTALLED!
Stay tuned for more updates, or feel free to shoot me an email with any questions!
*It’s also important for me to note, that once framing was finished, our contractor was onsite full time and began managing the process as a true GC. Up until that point, we were managing the process ourselves…which is A LOT of work. 🙂