home renovation project

This website is for viewers to see my home renovations and inspire ideas for future projects. I also review the tools used during my home renovation project.

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    Review current situation and Wanted outcome
    Look over the area you want to do your home renovation project, inspect the structure, electrical plumbing, and dangerous outcomes due to renovation
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    Design a plan
    Sit down, draw out a plan for the renovation, check with any sources you have who would be knowledgeable about the task or tasks. This is important step, only so much can be learned online and by watching home shows.
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    Order material
    Make a material list, research home improvement stores and suppliers for the best possible price. Remember renovation are very expensive, before you start you need to make sure you can remain in a set budget.
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    Carryout renovation
    This is the exciting part, once all the above steps are complete, you can start the renovation. just remember if it you or it contracted out that its not rushed and done correctly. This is a investment to your property, so if done correctly can add a lot of value to your home.
Why and when to hire a professional
Lets face it, the thought of being a do it yourselfer is always the main focus when doing a home renovation. For some its the thrill and excitement of being able to accomplish a renovation without the professional training of being in the trades. The one major factor is to know your limits and know when to bring in a professional. Most major renovations include carpentry, electrical, plumbing, concrete work, drywall installation, mudding and taping and painting. These are alot of factors to consider when starting your project, it can make a huge difference hiring professionals to complete these tasks. People trained in these areas learn them from scratch, are trained from a experienced journeyman and offer specialized ways to complete the task properly. When doing finishing work even the smallest task such as painting can make you feel like anyone can do it, like common its just painting right? thats exactly what i used to think but since working in the trades and seeing it first hand i can tell you professionals know how to do it right! im not saying not to do your home renovations, like me i find them frusterating and exciting at the same time! The main point i want to get across is just know your limits!     
Safety concerns when doing renovations
So you've decided to tackled a renovation yourself or atleast part of it, let the fun begin! Now one thing you must consider in every part of the project is safety, safety for yourself and for others around you. Now you might be saying at this point i have my PPE (personal protective equipment - safety glasses, safety glasses or goggles, and steel toed boots). These are definitly a must to have especially when doing demo, but you need to consider the types of material your demoing, depending what year your house was constructed some of the material could contain asbestos.
Asbestos is a mineral that is mined, containing very fine fibers, only visible by microscope. because of the strength it can provide and the heat resistance, it was used in insulation, cement, plaster and used for tiles. This was used until studies showed that exposure to this material causes the fibers to get stuck in the lung lining and is cancer causing. This is a very serious concern with any renovation and if it is suspected, it should be tested. If its postive for asbestos then it has to be removed by a qualified team trained to remove it. This can eat up a good portion of your renovation budget if its severe.
Recently due to training at my job i have discovered that cement can play a huge health risk when dealing with it, due to the dust that is created, prolonged exposure to the dust can lead to silicosis which has been proven to be worse than asbestos, so a proper respirator should be worn to prevent exposure. This included, breaking concete, drilling, chipping, cutting and even sweeping. when handiling or mixing concrete PPE should be worn at all times and exposure to skin should be prevented due to chemical burns.  
Home Renovation vs Home Remodelling
Ok, so many people ask what is the difference between home renovations and home remodeling, both of these seem to be used in place of eachother, confusing what each one actually means. Now the major difference between the two is the actual scale of the project, a home renovation is a much bigger task than a home remodeling And can sometimes be a huge price difference. When you talk about a home renovation, it usually involves skilled trades or a contractor, These projects include the modification of structure, plumbing, electrical, and require the use of a permit from the area you live in.  A home remodeling is definitly more in the area of a diy project this includes items that dont require a permit for your area. Home remodeling can include new kitchen cabinets or countertops, new flooring or carpet, a refresh of bathrooms and new drywall. There are lots of different categorys that fall under home renovations but the main thing is to remember if it doesnt require a permit its a home remodel and not a home renovation.  
What is a permit and why is it required?
A building permit or contractors permit is issued by the city or by the authority having jurisdiction over the area. This permit is used when when doing structural or major home renovations to a property, they are required in residental, commercial and industrial construction. These permits have to be submitted with a blueprint or plan, than upon approval by the authoritys involved, the construction can begin and at any point an inspector can show up to check the work being done. If the work fails to meet the inspection because of not following the plan submitted there can be a "stop work order" issued, until the problems are corrected the renovation cannot continue. Once the project is completed a final inspection must be done to sign off on the work, this is done as a record that the project meets all the requirements and for insurance reasons everything is passed. So remebr before you start any major home renovation, you must submit a application for a permit and follow it to get the project passed in all stages of the construction.
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Which drywall compound do I prefer
My furnace room is my first experience drywalling and using drywall compound. So im definitely not a expert in drywalling or using drywall compound, but ive been very impressed with the drywall compound i bought. When i first started i knew from working on jobsites that drywall compound creates a massive amount of dust, in the air and everywhere else! So i did my research, searched out a couple prooducts and settled on synko dust control compound ready mixed. I was very impressed by this product, it was easy to apply smoothly, sand when dry, and created very little dust.The dust actually fell straight down from the point of sanding making cleanup very easy, even though i knew the dust would fall straight to the ground i still didnt want the cleanup afterwards, so i used the wet dry vac to catch the dust as it fell, eliminating any clean up afterwards!   
Are home renovations worth the investment?
This is a question that everyone has to ask before starting a home renovation, since home renovations can get very expensive depending on the work involved and the finishes you plan on. The main questions to ask yourself are:
- Are you planning to do renovations to flip the property and make a quick sell? If this is so, than you'll want make sure you spend the majority of the money on the construction making it right and less on the finishes. You can do alot of nice finishes on a budget to get the best bang for your buck
- Are you planning on making this your final home and are in it for the long haul? If this is what your planning, than you basically can do whatever your budget will allow, its better to spend more money to get exactly what you want and be happy with it over a long period of time.
- You also have to research how much your property is worth and how much propertys are selling around you. You'll want to figure out how much money you can put into the house before it'll go over its selling price so you dont end up taking a loss on the property. If you dont plan on selling right away, than you'll have to estimate what your selling value will be at the point of selling.
The best thing about renovations is that some of the smallest renovations can give you the best bang for the buck. Things like upgrading appliances, updating finishes like baseboards, trims, flooring, and painting can add appeal to the house increasing how much people actually want to pay for a house.
Now take my house for example: When i bought it, there was a faint smoke smell when viewing but it wasnt until later when i took possession that i witnessed all the cans of stain and odor blocker paint and i mean a dozen cans of it. This is when i realized in order to sell it they had to mask the smoke smell that had seeped into every crack of the house. I didnt notice how bad it was until i started to renovate my basement, I started to take down drywall and a literally thought someone was smoking right behind me the smell was so strong. I also noticed the tar staining that was halfway through the drywall, this would of been evident upon viewing the house, but by painting it they were able to hide it and get a sale.