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What You Should Know About Remodels and Renovations

Planning a renovation or remodel this year? Make sure to do your research! While a handful of projects can be done independently, some may present more challenges or need more hands on deck. Even the most experienced DIY'ers run into issues they may not anticipate when tackling home improvement, which will end up costing them both time and money in the long run.


Once your initial plans are made, it’s important to map out your next steps. Put together your budget, secure any permits you may need, and work with a designer or building material specialist (hint, hint) if your vision needs an outside perspective. Many people don’t realize how many layers there are to this process until they dive right in. So, keep reading to learn more!

What should be on my home remodel/renovation checklist?


After your design is firmed up, it’s time to start building. But before you begin, it’s important to note that most remodels and renovations require demolition. Out with the old, and in with the new! This could mean tearing down a few walls, an entire structure, or simply removing old flooring. With proper equipment and safety precautions, demolition can be done without professionals, but again, do your research and seek any additional guidance you may need!


Once demolition is complete, it's time to move on to framing. Rebuilding and framing can range from simple to extensive work according to your building design plan. In some cases, you may be framing a room, an entire structure (such as an ADU), or putting in a new wall. Whatever it may be, this is a very important step in the renovation process and design plans should be followed in great detail.


Electrical, plumbing, and HVAC come next as they operate behind the scenes to make your home live-able and comfortable for you and your family. All of these things rest within the walls of your build, making this the next step when carrying out your project.


Once both of these steps are complete, it’s time to rebuild your walls. Make sure insulation is in place and ready for drywall installation. You'll want to make sure the walls have been sanded down so that they are smooth and you're ready to paint your new walls!


Flooring usually comes last before the final touches like appliances or decorative touches are added. This allows for the dust to settle and the paint to dry before diving into another layer of your project.


Now that you know what’s ahead of you, it’s time to let the fun begin! Home renovations and remodels can seem overwhelming at first, but the sooner you begin planning, the easier it will be to envision the end result.


How do I get started on my home remodel/renovation?


Prepare: Break your project down into steps, plan your budget, figure out what materials you’ll need, and who you’ll need to help you navigate your project. In order to complete your remodel, you’ll need to be committed to the project as a whole and the preparation it takes to carry it out.

Set a Timeline: Your timeline will depend on the size and scope of your project. Some bigger projects can take up to almost nine months to complete. If you’re wanting to enjoy your new space during a specific time of year, make sure to consult with the professionals regarding a reasonable timeline to avoid impatience or disappointment. Discussing your timeline with the experts will bring expectations to light and keep you all on the same page!


Set Goals: Explore the reasons behind your desire to improve your home. Do you want to increase value? Add more space? Or, are you simply ready to update an outdated design? Think about the benefits of changing up your space and start envisioning the finished product, even when challenges arise!


Begin the Shopping Process: Create a list of the materials you’ll need, research specific brands, and create a system to stay within your budget. This is where we come in! Central Oregon’s most respected home builders and contractors choose us for top-quality building materials and top-shelf customer service. From foundation and framing to windows and doors, Building Solutions partners with you to deliver the knowledge, experience, and materials required for your next construction project. We specialize in lumber and trusses, decking and siding, windows and doors, hardware and tools, and just about anything else you might need for your commercial or residential building project.


Once the details of your renovation or remodel are squared away, it’s time for your project to set sail. If you’re choosing to take things on as a DIY'er, it’s important to explore common myths surrounding these sorts of projects before moving forward.

Myths About Home Remodeling and Renovation


Remodeling and Renovating are Easy: While some projects can be done in a breeze (TV shows don’t help this expectation), most home remodels and renovations require research, experience, outside help, and plenty of time to complete.


Choosing DIY Projects Always Saves You Money: False. Quality materials can vary in price range. Additionally, it’s crucial that you always plan for the unexpected during DIY projects. As we previously mentioned, sometimes, problems or mistakes may occur. Set aside a chunk of change for redos or changes in plans.


Your Home’s Value Will Increase: If done correctly and well, most home renovations or remodels will benefit your home but not they don’t always increase its overall value. This is where working with a professional can benefit you. If increasing value is your goal, professionals in the industry can help you decide which projects are worth it and which you can hold off on.


You Don’t Need a Building Permit: In most cases, you will indeed need some sort of building permit. Especially here in the Bend area. Make sure to do your research on city rules and regulations, obtaining the appropriate permits before construction.


You Can Always DIY: Not all steps to a construction project can be done alone. If you’re uncomfortable or don’t possess the knowledge to carry out the entire project, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Your future home will thank you!


You Can Make Things Up As You Go: We know you’re eager to get your project done but rushing the process will most likely result in a letdown. We’ve been clear about the importance of setting aside enough time and properly planning your budget. These steps matter more than making stuff up on the fly.


You Don’t Need to Research Your Building Materials: Finding the proper materials for your space, climate, and expectations is key. Even the types of tools you use can impact the outcome of your remodel or renovation. Make sure to do your research and visit us to ask questions about the types of materials you’re choosing.

It’s time to get going on this year's remodels and renovations! Visit us at our design center to experience brand selection and knowledgeable customer service. We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have regarding your projects and can steer you in the right direction if you need additional support.


Why were we voted Central Oregon's Material Supplier of the Year? Selection and service. Let us show you the Building Solutions difference!


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