The Remodeling Process in Atlanta

Due to the wide variety of trades required, bathroom and kitchen remodeling projects are more complex per square foot than nearly any other home-renovation project. Rather than contract with several trade-specific contractors, many homeowners prefer to hire one company to handle all aspects of the project from start to finish. The state of the current structure and the renovation project’s requirements will dictate which construction steps are taken and in what order.

Some common steps include:

Demolition. Tearing out tile in a bathroom or kitchen, especially in an older home, can be a large project by itself. Older tiling methods affixed the tile to a wall via a metal mesh attached to the wall studs. Builders would spread cement on the mesh to make the wall even with the plaster above and then attach the tiles to the concrete. Because of this style of construction, the demolition process not only removes the tiles but also the concrete and metal mesh holding them to the wall.

Structural carpentry work. If tile or old cabinets have been removed from a wall, the carpenter will build out the wall so that the finished wall is even with the existing plaster above. Additionally, any damaged floor joists are repaired, and the floor is built up, if necessary.

Roughing out utilities. While the studs in the walls are exposed and easily accessible, water feed lines, drains, electrical outlets and switches, and heating and air conditioning system ductwork are installed or updated. For bathrooms, any one-piece pre-manufactured bathtubs, shower stalls, or shower pans may be installed at this stage. For kitchens, any necessary plumbing, gas lines, or electrical alterations for new appliances are installed.

Installing sheetrock. Mildew-resistant sheetrock or green board should be installed on the dry walls of a bathroom. The contractor will also install 100 percent-waterproof backer board on the soon-to-be-tiled wet walls of the shower stall or bathtub. In the kitchen, similar steps are taken for wall areas near sinks and other wet areas.

Installing cabinets, vanities, fixtures, and countertops. The next step is to install and connect all the cabinets, countertops, toilets, sinks, faucets, etc. Carpenters, plumbers, and sometimes electricians complete this step.

Tile work. Depending on taste and budget, tile may be used to cover a bathroom floor, bathtub walls, shower stall walls, and shower pan. In the kitchen, tile can be applied to the kitchen walls and floor as well as the backsplash behind sinks and stovetops.

Painting. To avoid marks from the installation of other components, painting is typically one of the last steps in the process.