Home Renovation

home renovation

Home renovation or home remodeling is the process of improving a broken, damaged, or outdated structure. Renovations can typically be either residential or commercial. Additionally, renovation can refer to making something new, as well as bringing something back to life and can apply in social contexts.

Renovation Process

You can start your renovation process by sketching a design about how the remodel should progress. Then check whether your roof needs any replacement, installation, or repair and if your windows demand any repair. Once you have thoroughly checked, you can go for renovation. Whether it is about your roof, bathroom, or kitchen remodeling, the Army of Builders always place earthquake protection and seismic performance as a priority with new construction, soft-story retrofit, and renovation projects. AOB team of engineers ensures that your structure is safe from damage and collapse.
Many people renovate homes to create a new appearance for their home, or so another person can live in the residence. Builders often renovate homes because it is a stable source of income. The renovation process can usually be broken down into several processes:

  • Planning

  • Engineering

  • Structural repair

  • Rebuilding

  • Finishes

However, now technology has had a meaningful impact on the renovation process, increasing the significance and strength of the planning stage. The availability of free online design tools has improved visualization of the changes, at a fraction of the cost of hiring a professional interior designer. The decision regarding changes is also influenced by the purpose of renovation. In case of a fix and flip objective, an ROI can result from changes to fix a structural issue or design flow yield or to use light and color to make rooms appear more spacious.

Renovation Planning

Planning a home renovation can be overwhelming, especially if you have not completed one before. Whatever the renovation planning of your home will involve so many details that can easily become daunting.
Read ahead to know how to plan a remodel in a few steps.

Build a Detailed Home Improvement Project Plan

The first step in a remodeling project is to develop a plan that clearly states the goal for your renovation and includes designing inspiration and an outline of the work that needs to be completed.

Your project plan should also include:

  • Blueprints or sketches of your finished project.

  • A list of needs and wants for your project.

  • Project steps divided into DIY steps and steps that will require a professional.

At this point in planning a home renovation, investigate local zoning regulations and permits. Make sure your neighborhood is zoned for your remodel and find out if you’ll need a permit. If you are completing a project that will change the structure of your home or the use of a room, you will most likely need a permit. Wait to apply for permits until you’ve hired a team and built a project timeline.

Set a Project Budget

When planning a home renovation is to determine your budget and financing. Your budget should include the costs for permits and building materials, labor costs, and the cost of decorations or cosmetic touches.

To build your budget:

  • Decide how much you want to spend and finalize financing. Set aside at least 10% of your budget for unexpected costs.

  • Request cost estimates from professionals.

  • Price out all required materials.

If your cost estimates do not fit in your budget, use your home improvement project plan from step one to eliminate project elements that are a lower priority. Request cost estimates from multiple contractors to find the best option for your budget.

Hire Contractors

In your home project planning, you’ll need to hire your team. Never choose your contractors on cost estimates alone. When interviewing and selecting your contractors, also consider:

  • Years of experience: A contractor who’s been doing business for a long time makes them a safer bet than one who is new to the business.

  • Contracting license: Make sure your contractor has gone through all the steps needed to obtain any required certifications specific to their line of work.

  • Certificate of insurance: Contractors should have workers’ compensation and liability insurance for the type of work they perform.

  • References: Request and call references. This is a great way to make sure your contractor is not just good on paper.

  • Payment schedule: A reputable contractor won’t ask you to pay the full price upfront, and the Better Business Bureau advises not to. However, it’s important to discuss payment terms before construction begins. In some cases, it’s better to spend a little extra to get someone you are comfortable working with.
    For more information read another article about LA soft-story contractors and Army of Builders.

Independent Contractors

While choosing contractors, consider the version of hiring independent contractors, as long as businesses and also any kind of projects can benefit significantly by treating a worker as an independent contractor rather than as an employee.
Many businesses routinely use the services of nonemployees, whether those nonemployees are called consultants, independent contractors (also IC), vendors, or nothing at all.   

Types of Renovation

While "home renovation" often refers to building projects that alter the structure of an existing home, it can also include improvements to lawns, gardens, and outdoor structures, such as gazebos and garages. It also encompasses the maintenance, repair, and general servicing tasks. Home improvement projects generally have one or more of the following goals:

  • Comfort

  • Maintenance and repair

  • Additional space

  • Energy saving

  • Safety and preparedness

In its turn, comfort includes several points to meet people’s demands on the level of comfort, such as - upgrading heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Upgrading rooms with luxuries, for example adding gourmet features to a kitchen or a hot tub spa to a bathroom, increasing the capacity of plumbing and electrical systems, Waterproofing basements, as well as soundproofing rooms, especially baths and bedrooms.
Maintenance projects can include roof tear-off and replacement, replacement, or new construction windows, concrete and masonry repairs to the foundation and chimney, repainting rooms, walls or fences, and also plumbing and electrical systems, and so on.home remodeling

Additional living space may be added by turning marginal areas into livable spaces such as turning basements into rec rooms, home theaters, or home offices and attics into spare bedrooms and extending one's house with rooms added to the side of one's home or, sometimes, extra levels to the original roof.

While saving energy homeowners can reduce utility costs with energy-efficient thermal insulation, replacement windows, and lighting. And also with renewable energy with biomass pellet stoves, wood-burning stoves, solar panels, wind turbines, programmable thermostats, and geothermal exchange heat pumps.

Home Renovation Industry

Home or residential renovation is an almost $300 billion industry in the United States and a $48 billion industry in Canada. The average cost per project is $3,000 in the United States and $11,000–15,000 in Canada.

Professional home improvement is ancient and goes back to the beginning of recorded civilization. One example is Sergius Orata, who in the 1st century B.C. is said by the writer Vitruvius to have invented the hypocaust. The hypocaust is an underfloor heating system that was used throughout the Roman empire in villas of the wealthy. He is said to have become wealthy himself by buying villas at a low price, adding spas and his newly invented hypocaust, and reselling them at higher prices.