Renovations can often take a number of weeks or even months. This can mean that you will experience days that feel like they will never end associated with different subcontractors that are in and out of your property, major dust and noisy tools. So well before you begin a Boston home improvement project it may be wise to know what may be in store.
Below are some of the most common projects that require a professional remodeling company or contractor. Included is a “disruption scale” that begins at 1 and ends at 10. The lowest number is associated with the least disruptive, while the highest associated with the most disruptive. If a project you are planning on is considered to reach 10 you may want to plan for alternative accommodation.
An Attic Bedroom Conversion
These projects are associated with a median national cost of around $65 000 and usually take about 8 to 10 weeks to complete. These projects typically involve converting attic space that is unconditioned into another bedroom. It should include a minimum of a single closet and egress windows. In most cases you will probably choose to extend electrical wiring, HVAC ducts and plumbing to this area. As well as flooring, drywall and insulation. This type of job is rated as a level 3 on the disruption scale as it is fortunate that the majority of this work will not involve the main living areas in your home.
Refinishing Hardwood Floors
The median costs nationally for this type of Boston home improvement project is on average $7 for a square foot. This project will typically take one to two weeks to complete. The work involved will include sealing, staining and sanding wood floors. The disruption scale is surprisingly high at a level of 9. This is due to that you will have to move all your furniture out of the rooms and then cover all surfaces from wood dust. This is one of those jobs that will definitely disrupt your happy flow of life in your home.
The median costs involved for this project is around $26 000 and usually takes two to three weeks. The work involved can include updating your plumbing fixtures, the installation of ceramic tiles for your floors, replacing old toilets with an updated comfort-height and low-flow model and perhaps solid-surface based vanity counters. The disruption levels on these jobs will be between 7 and 10. This is because it will cause a definite disruption to personal hygiene routines and you will have to hope your neighbors will allow you to use their facilities in the meantime.