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Carpenter and builder Rob Robillard from offers advice on bathroom remodeling. This video is part 5 of a several part video series being filmed as we remodel a bathroom. This episode deals with all of the coordination needed on a bathroom remodel.
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Plan, Plan, Plan!
Having a plan doesn’t not mean picking out tile and paint colors and then smashing out the walls it means thinking the whole process through, writing it down and trying to anticipate problems, time sinks and construction road blocks.
Prior to starting the project, take the time and effort to thoroughly inspect the home and come up with a plan of approach. Hire an architect or general contractor to inspect and work up a scope of work or drawing. Plan for and try to think in a way that allows you to always plan for that “next step.”
Many people assume that the contractor will make logical decisions in scheduling and planning the project. The fact of the matter is that a bathroom project involves numerous different contractors and each and every one of them has their own schedule and agenda. Getting these folks to physically see the site, submit a proposal and commit to a schedule can be a task but is imperative to do.
You’re bathroom and part of you’re home is about to become a construction area. Discuss and establish ground rules with your contractor where workers can drop lumber, store materials, cleaning up after themselves, dump trash, use the toilet, and park their vehicles. This also the time to discuss and plan for debris removal and dust containment.
Remember, a clean job eliminates safety hazards and helps to keep the clients at ease, it also presents a more professional appearance for the contractor.
Getting Started: Coordination
Coordination is commonly the job of a general contractor or architect, without a schedule and proper coordination the individual trade people are segregated, disjointed and will not communicate.
For example: Adding a simple whirlpool tub to a bathroom remodel also means that you need to install a 20 amp circuit. This involves installing a wire from the main electrical service to that tub. A step that can be easily overlooked by a homeowner or contractor if coordination and communication does not occur between the plumber and electrician. Everyone needs to work together.
Part of this coordination is to bring your sub-contractors in early to look at the space as well as look at your fixture selection schematics and installation requirements.