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How To Start a Wilmington NC Renovation And What To Expect Part 2

Updated: May 18

Where to Begin

If you want to see the beginning stages of the process, be sure to check out part one here. However, if you’re planning on a full house renovation in Wilmington, NC there is so much to think about! We’re not trying to get you worried, it’s just good to know about everything you might need to know. Last week we focused more on the design phases and how to even approach the process. Today, we’ll focus on some more of the technical aspects.

Think About Structural Carpentry

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Carpentry that is in support of other work is known as structural carpentry. This can include moving walls, constructing new walls, adding beams to support a greater weight upstairs, punching in new doors (or removing existing doors), adding framing for new construction windows, or significantly enlarging the window openings.

Again, this is where having a good contractor comes in handy. At Avocet Additions, we use our authentic design to not only make your house look better but stronger.

Plan Out HVAC, Electrical, and Plumbing Jobs

These are vital services that need to be installed when the walls and ceiling are open. Open walls and ceilings make it easier for the HVAC company to install ductwork for central heating and air conditioning and for electricians and plumbers to run new electrical and plumbing systems. If you’re doing a big job, it’s also a perfect time to look at something like the HVAC that is in the walls.

Consider the Windows

Window installation, whether whole-house or partial, almost always plays into a home remodel project. Installing new construction or replacement windows is one of the best ways to increase home value. Our accomplished project management can time the windows perfectly so you have the best insulation possible and take advantage of the best views!

Fine Carpentry Skills Needed

Next comes the carpentry that is not supportive: baseboards, molding, trim around windows and doors, and built-in elements, such as bookcases or breakfast nooks. Fine carpentry gives your house that finished touch. These elements will be the focus later on in the project as molding and baseboards are subject to damage from moving objects or knocking materials into them. Be wary if the right hallways are needed to transit materials from one place in the renovation to another. Consider holding off on the final touches of these high-traffic areas until most of the additional work is completed.

Move to the Exterior

Once the inside is done (or if you need it done fast everything can happen at once), or close to it, it’s time to work on the exterior of the house. With the house mostly finished, it is safe to start working on decks, sunrooms, or even an outdoor kitchen.

Now is also the time to think about the parts that are entirely separate from the house, such as detached garages or swimming pools. Also, consider adding additional living space with modular ADUs. For the best perspective on full home renovations consider communicating with one of our additions professionals. They can answer your questions from A to Z and get you started with a free initial consultation for your home project! Let Avocet Additions take your home from idea to the finished product!

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