One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is about living through a remodel. In most cases, the answer is yes, you can live in your home during a remodel! There is no doubt that the remodeling process will cause some disruption to your life, but at Better Builders we do everything we can to minimize our disturbance to your routine.
Our team of experienced and knowledgeable crew will implement a variety or guidelines and tools to help you carry on life as usual as much as possible throughout your remodel. Livable remodeling is about more than keeping the job site tidy. It’s about doing what we can, both tangibly and through enhanced communication, to keep you comfortably in your home throughout the remodel process. Through a combination of tried and true techniques, as well as the thoughtful technology, we provide the ultimate safe and comfortable remodeling experience.
How Does Living Through a Remodel Work?
While it is possible to live in your home through many remodel scenarios, that doesn’t mean its easy. For instance, say you’re pursuing a full kitchen remodel. Better Builders will help you setup a temporary kitchen. But, this won’t replace all of the functionality of a true kitchen space. The goal is that we can help mediate any difficulties of living in your home during a remodel, and the remaining challenges will be worth it in the end when you see your gorgeous new space.
Here are some of the tactics we regularly implement to ease your remodeling experience.
Plastic Zipper Walls
One of the most unavoidable parts of construction is the dust. Not only can dust make your home feel dirty and unkept, but it can also be a health hazard for some people. In an effort to isolate the dust to the area under construction, Better Builders uses plastic zipper walls to seal off the construction area from the rest of your home. Since there are no fasteners, the chance of damage is minimal to nonexistent, and the barriers can easily be moved to other areas as work progresses.
While we try to contain the dust to the zipper wall isolated area, we take things one step further. As dust and other airborne particulates float around, they eventually come to settle on every horizontal surface. At Better Builders we use air scrubbers with HEPA air filters. These air scrubbers filter 99% of airborne particles down to 0.1 microns in size.
The typical HVAC system circulates the air throughout your entire home. To prevent the air inside the work area from becoming part of this cycle, we either seal off all vents in the project zone or cover them with an additional pre-filter.
Job Site Expectations
We hold the Better Builders staff and any trade partner that enters your project to the same standards of care. This includes cleaning up the work area at the end of each day. The area is expected to be swept, tidy and have tools and materials stored in an organized and un-inhibiting fashion. We also do our best to work with your schedule to minimize disruption when possible.
Each Better Builders job has a dedicated Project Manager to keep you informed every step of the way. Using a cloud-based software, BuilderTrend, we are able to keep clients in the loop easier than ever before. Your Project Managers write and maintain a detailed daily schedule that you can view at any time. Allowing us to look ahead to inform you of any events that may be particularly disruptive. Project Managers and crew members post daily logs with photos documenting everything that happened on site that day. And, Project Managers have a standing weekly meeting with clients to update you on progress, discuss any bumps in the road, and address any questions or concerns.