Remodelling tips and advice: Have your house ready for every season, Building Design Tips, Online Advice
How to have your House Ready for Every Season
19 Aug 2021
When you’re remodelling, there are a lot of things to think about. You’re focused on space and aesthetic, construction time and allergens, longevity, and cost. You might not be thinking about weatherproofing and seasonal considerations, but you should be. The following will explore some of the more seasonal things you might want to keep in mind during renovations, as well as some broader remodeling tips.
It’s Going To Take Longer Than You Expect
No matter what you’re doing or how small of a project it is, it will take longer than you think it will. It’s a good idea to add 30% onto whatever time estimate you’re given to account for finding pipes where there shouldn’t be any or discovering an endangered snake that makes it illegal for you to continue digging until a team of snake experts comes and catches the thing and moves it to a sanctuary (this has happened, for real). If you add this time onto your calculations at the beginning, it’s going to be much less disheartening when things inevitably go overschedule.
It’s Going To Cost More Than You Expect
Just like you’re going to add 30% extra time onto your estimated date of completion, you should also add 30% to your estimated cost. Yes, contractors do their best to accurately estimate prices; yes, you’ve done your research and know you’re getting the best deal; and yes, you’ve decided against that one stunning addition to the laundry room because you don’t actually need it, and it’s way too expensive. This being said, renovations are full of surprises, and some of these surprises are going to cost you money. If you keep your expenses 30% below what you’ve budgeted to spend, you’ll be able to handle those costly expenses.
Spring: Animal Protection And Water Resistance
When you’re thinking about getting your home ready for all seasons, that spring flux of wildlife needs to be considered. This includes bugs, mice, squirrels, and even skunks. The best thing you can do to protect yourself in this regard is to make sure everything is sealed off properly, so there are no little entrances for tiny critters. You also want to be very cognizant of the possibility that an animal might get in during renovations if walls are coming down or doors are coming off. Yes, the noise might scare them away, but it might not.
Spring also tends to be a rainy season. If you’re in an area prone to flooding, get your basement sump pump figured out. Once water or even dampness gets into your home, it seeps into all sorts of materials and can contribute to the growth of toxic mold. Mold sickness can be quite serious and result in headaches, nausea, fatigue, stuffy or runny nose, irritated eyes that are sore, itchy or red, wheezing, breath shortness, irritated skin, and brain fog. Do yourself a favor and ensure that everything that touches the outside is waterproof.
Summer: Air Conditioning And Fans
If you live in a climate where it gets hot during the summer, you might want to look into including some mechanisms to keep things cool. Take some time to read about ductless mini split AC prices and selection, and figure out which rooms you want ceiling fans in. Keep in mind the idea of how air will move through your home and try to set things up to be conducive to a cross-breeze. No matter what style of lighting and decor you’re going with, there are going to be vent covers and fans that suit the look you’re aiming for.
Winter: Snow And Roof Slope
If you live somewhere where it snows in the winter, you’ve likely already taken care of your heating considerations (because otherwise, you’ll freeze), but you might not have thought about the shape of your roof in regards to handling the extra weight of snow. As a general rule, the greater the incline, the safer a roof is in the winter, as the snow will slide off once it gains a certain weight. If you’re unsure of whether or not your roofing plans meet winter standards, speak to a local roofing specialist to confirm what the standard snowfalls are like in your area and what alterations, if any, need to be made to accommodate this.
The above tips should help you get your remodel functioning in all seasons. You might have noticed there wasn’t an autumn-specific point, and that’s because autumn is pretty chill as long as you clean all those leaves out of your gutter and maintain your anti-animal spring fixes (as winter approaches, animals looks for places to hide and burrow).
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