Historic Home Renovation – A Solid Plan To Work On

House restoration and renovation may look like achieving the biggest dream of your life. With a step-by-step approach, this dream can become reality. Before you initiate the renovation process, you need to know what you hope to accomplish. Are there any problems that you want to resolve with the renovation? Do you want to improve the functionality of your home or accommodate more families? You need to be very specific to make sure that the renovation meets your goals. At the same time, you need to find out a simple, feasible and cost-efficient way to accomplish renovation. Some renovations are extensive while others are not. There are clever ways to get what you want with the least expense, difficulty and discomfort. Good budget planning is equally important. It will tell you where your money goes instead of putting you in a tight spot thinking about where it went. Prepare your budget and also add a timeline.

You may be wondering where to start. Well, restoring or renovating your home may look like an overwhelming feast. But when it is done in pieces, it is quite a streamlined, hassle-free and enjoyable process. Here is the process which you can work through with each step at a time. If you come across a step that you do not need to follow because that area of your home is in a good condition, you can simply check it and move on to the next step.

Exterior Renovation

The Roof

It is advisable to begin with this part of your home. You should make sure big leaks are stopped first so as to protect the rest of the house. A leaky proof can cause serious damage to different parts of the house. It can destroy framing, plaster and foundation. Roof framing, roof decking, fascia, roof insulation, roof covering, etc. must be taken care of during the initial phase of renovation itself.


The Foundation

Apart from this, major foundation issues should be fixed immediately after the roof of your home is in good shape. This foundation part may include stem walls, masonry piers, floor joists, support beams, etc. Crumbling mortar joints shall be repaired, masonry piers which provide support under the house must be taken care of and support beams that support the floor system of your home must be repaired if required.


The Walls

After several years, walls of the home tend to be out of plumb. They experience severe termite damage or they are compromised in other ways. It is very important to fix them on time to obtain a proper, solid structure to attach your sidings. This will allow you to execute trim repairs more precisely.


The Exterior Claddings

After you have got a completely secure structure of the house, it is important to seal the elements out of your walls. This step may require you to remove a part of the siding and blowing insulation, make a water-tight structure to keep the interior free from leaks, ensure windows and doors remain properly flashed, repair cracks or damaged parts of mortar joints, and take other necessary steps.


The Doors & Windows

Windows and doors are parts of the home that take you to a place of comfort and peace. They need attention too. It is advisable to make sure windows and doors are replaced if they are worn out. They should be able to open and close appropriately. After you are done with repair work, it is essential to add weather stripping for improved efficiency.


The Porch and Deck

These parts are absolutely relevant to protecting the exterior building envelope. They are associated with the safety issue. It is advisable to repair these items before you begin painting the exterior. Painting the exterior of the house in the right way will help you to protect all the renovation hard work displayed by the team of licensed home renovation services.


Interior Restoration

The interior of the house is subject to damage. After you are done repairing the exterior part, you have peace of mind that the interior of the house will not undergo further damage. Here are some important things that need to be done in the right order.

  • Demolition
  • Framing
  • Door and Window Installation
  • Mechanicals Rough-in (Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC)
  • Flooring
  • Wall Coverings
  • Baseboards
  • Mechanical Finish
  • Paint
  • Carpet

You can begin the task with floors renovation followed by plaster. If you want to repair damage to your plaster walls, it is better to complete this task before you begin painting the interior. The reason is obvious. You can then go on to repair kitchen cabinets. It might be possible to install the flooring without cutting cabinets or their parts. However, kitchen cabinets may also need improved flooring. It could be advisable to install upper cabinets before you begin with lower cabinets to make installation less complicated. Well, you may be surprised to learn that there is an order to painting a room too. Often, professional painters begin by pain the ceiling, and then walls. They slowly work their way through the entire house.

Home renovation is complex. It is important to understand what you get into before you finalize your home renovation map. At the same time, adhering to the step-by-step approach to home renovation and restoration will give you a sense of what you have accomplished and what you need to look forward to. An effectively planned and smartly executed historic home renovation project is an investment.

M & T Construction and Painting provides the best home improvement services involving residential interior and exterior painting, commercial painting, color consulting, remodeling, etc. Approach us to map out the perfect historic home renovation strategy.