Parent Category: Blog
Category: Home improvement
Created: 18 January 2011
Before commencing any full or partial home refurbishment in London it is essential to plan ahead, divide and do the project in stages. This way work will be carried out quicker and smoother, avoiding any unforeseen jobs and misunderstandings or even damages to already finished parts of the project. After you have taken care isolating the work place from other premises (not affected by the project), stripped out or demolished what has to be taken down, rubbish removed and made work place tidy, the property renovation project begins.
Here we talk about interior property refurbishment - usually main jobs and project stages in sequence are:
- plumbing jobs: repositioning or adding additional water supply or waste outlets, adjusting central heating by installing additional points for radiators, etc. – leaving installation of plumbing equipment for later project stages.
- carpentry jobs (first fix): constructing a frame of new stud partition walls, suspended ceilings – leaving frameworks open for easy access to electrical installations;
- electrical jobs: complete electrical circuit rewiring, wiring of security system, installation of internet, tv, phone line cables, adding additional sockets, switches. First only the electrical mounting boxes, security system with main important motion sensors, door and window magnets other are installed (programming and testing of security system as well) - leaving sockets, switches, rest of motion sensors, magnets and all other electrical equipment, fixtures installation for later project stages;
Very often burglars get into properties during renovation – they know there is nobody in the property at night and they have plenty of time to get all the expensive building tools and materials they want. This is why it’s essential to make sure the building site is secured as early in the project as possible.
- fixing plasterboards onto the partition wall frame, suspended ceiling frame;
- installation of door frames, windows, window sills;
- plastering or dry lining – if necessary;
- stripping off any wallpapers, washing walls, ceilings;
- repairing any cracks, skimming (and filling, sanding down) walls, ceilings;
- tiling bathroom, kitchen walls, floor (floor tiles should be grouted in the end, cover floor tiles with lining paper);
- getting the project site tidy and clean;
- at this stage floorboards restoration may be carried out – sanding the floorboards, filling any holes and gaps, sanding the filler, hoovering the floor, varnishing or oiling and finally covering the floor to protect it;
- fixing skirting boards, door architraves, any picture and dado rails;
- wallpapering, painting walls, ceilings, woodwork;
- installation of radiators, all other plumbing equipment (including sanitary units, fittings); installation of electrical, tv, phone line sockets, light switches, all security sensors, magnets;
- installation of kitchen cabinets, worktops, appliances;
- floor fitting, carpeting;
- remove rubbish, left over building materials, cleaning.
This is the recommended work sequence of any interior renovation project, although it may differ slightly depending on project specification. If work takes place in more than one floor, the dirtiest jobs are carried out from top to bottom floors – dust sets down and it would take double the effort to clean and tidy out the other way. Following a project plan greatly reduces stress, gives you a clear picture not only of the whole project, but also helps you control the costs.