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PM Quality Construction is versed in both remodel and renovations, get us involved early so that we can help you overcome and find solution to any complex needs or issues with your project and we can let you know if you are going to require more specialized expertise for any part of your project.

What’s the difference between remodeling and renovation? Aren’t they essentially the same thing? Both remodeling and renovating mean to make improvements on an existing building or home. However, they refer to two slightly different types of construction.
While the terms remodel and renovation are used interchangeably all the time, they are actually very different. The key difference is how deep the changes go. A renovation means you’re updating an existing structure with cosmetic changes, whereas a remodel involves changing the structure through demolition and construction.

So, a renovation of a bathroom, for example, might involve refreshing the tile and paint, possibly even removing and replacing the existing sink, toilet, and shower, but keeping the plumbing and electrical systems in their original locations. By contrast, the same project would qualify as a remodel if you, say, moved the pipes to make room for a washer/dryer combo.
If your house feels a little dated, a renovation can add a fresh look. But a remodel is better if you need to update your home's functionality by, say, knocking down a wall to create more space in the kitchen or putting up a wall to create a nursery.
In addition to the general contractor, you should may need access to an architect or building engineer to ensure that the project is structurally sound depending on the scale of your project. 




Where to Start

Determine Your Scope of Work and Timeline

The very first thing you’ll want to do is assess the scope of your remodel. What projects are you going to tackle? Is this a kitchen renovation or a complete house makeover? Estimate the size of the renovation and then do a walkthrough of each space. As you walk, write down everything that needs to be done in each room from drywall repairs and painting to updating electrical wiring, fixtures, and lighting.

Start with your dream list — everything you could possibly consider remodeling. It’s much easier to start with that larger list and downsize than to plan for a smaller renovation and add more later. Even with a perfectly crafted dream renovation list, you’re bound to find new things to add as time goes on.

After you know all of the areas you want to address in your home renovation contact us, we can construct a rough timeline for each project.

Now is a good time to think about which tasks must be done before others. For example, if you’re doing a complete renovation, you’ll learn that A/C duct work gets done first, then plumbing, and last electrical, based on the size of the materials being fit behind the walls.

General Time Line

1. Planning and Design
This step includes laying out your budget, working with a designer if needed and communicating your vision, securing permits for the build and any other pre-planning steps. We will also help you at this point to decide if or when you may need to relocate during your remodel.

2. Permits & Demolition
Do you need any permits for the work you are caring out? Demolition can run a full range of intensity, from simply moving out old furniture and tearing down a few walls to a full gut which includes tearing out everything but key structural elements and your exterior walls.

3. Rebuilding/Framing
The extent of this step is largely due to your plan. You may need to rebuild extensively, or this might only be framing in a few new walls.

4. Mechanicals/Plumbing/HVAC/Electrical
This step includes all the “behind the scenes” elements and typically runs concurrently with rebuilding and framing. Basically, anything that needs to go inside floors, walls or ceilings will be completed in this step. It could include some minor adjustments to plumbing and electrical or could be a full rewiring or replumbing of your home.

5. Walls
Once everything has been reframed and rebuilt, all mechanicals are where they need to be and insulation is in place, drywall can go up. It will need to be taped and mudded, then the mud will then need to dry and be sanded. Once the walls are smooth, they’ll be ready for primer, paint or other finishes.

6. Flooring
This step in this order may vary in the order. We will discuss this step with you and make sure it is at the right stage in your whole home remodel.

7. Cabinets & Appliances
Anything that needs to be “fixed” into your space will be installed at this time. Kitchen and bathroom cabinets and fixtures will start to go in and you’ll really start to see your space coming together at this stage. Refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers and any other appliances and mechanicals are installed at this stage.

9. Final Touches/Furniture/Accessories
This is the stage where all the hard work starts to pay off visually. Backsplashes are installed, that perfect faucet you picked for the half bath goes in or wallpaper is put up.

Use The Best Tools

Renovation and Remodel is always a messy process both physically and planning wise. No matter how well you plan you will always find something unexpected. PM Quality Contractors can help you find and address issues and so they do not affect your time line and budget of you project.

What is on your to do list?

Roof, Foundation, Water Issues
Siding, Windows, Gutters
Structural and Carpentry Work 
HVAC Ductwork, Electrical, and Plumbing
Finishing Carpentry
Interior Painting, Wallpaper, and Other Surface Finishes
Flooring, Tile, Hardwood, Carpet 
Popcorn Removal and Ceiling refinishing