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Moving Out During a Home Remodel

In our over 40 years assisting both commercial and residential clients with their remodeling and building needs, we at Red Rock Construction have received one question as frequently as any other: Do I need to move out of my home or vacate my office building during the remodeling process?

There’s no set answer here – it will depend on the details of your remodel and your exact situation. Using the basic home remodeling process as our example, let’s go over a few basics on why moving might be sensible for you, plus some tips for preparing for this move if you decide it’s the prudent choice.

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Why Moving Makes Sense

In general, we recommend moving out of your home during any significant remodel process so long as you can afford to do so. We know that this isn’t possible for everyone, and there are certainly certain remodeling projects that aren’t as invasive and won’t require a move-out.

For any larger projects, though, here are some reasons why you might consider vacating the property during the work:

  • Dust: Most remodeling projects tend to create a sizable amount of dust, even despite the precautions we take to help keep it contained. For anyone in the home who has respiratory issues like asthma or allergies in particular, this can be a big hassle to deal with.
  • Access: Depending on the area of the remodel being done, you might be blocked from basic access to areas like the bathroom or food storage. In some cases, living in the space will be nearly impossible for these reasons.
  • Disruptions: Beyond these practical reasons, larger remodeling projects can be a major disruption to your basic routine and daily life – to the point where it’s often worth it for many people to relocate for a few days instead.

Preparing for the Move

If you’ve decided to leave the house during your remodeling project, here are some basic preparation tips we can offer:

  • Find a replacement living situation: Where you look here will depend on the type and length of your remodel. If it’s a smaller project that will only take a few days, look to a hotel or AirBNB. If it will be several weeks or months, consider extended-stay hotels or even a short-term lease.
  • Other basics: Ensure any pets in the home have a place to go as well, plus set up any protections for plants or other home items that need it. If you have regular home services like a cleaner, be sure to inform them of the length of your absence.
  • Protection: Box any breakables in at-risk areas, and cover any furniture you’re concerned about.
  • Security: Give your contractor a secondary code for the security system – and then change it for good after they leave for security.
  • Check in: Stop by every now and then just to make sure everything is going well – we’ll be happy to have you! Don’t be concerned by the dust levels or any mess, which we’ll fully clean and remove for you before you return.

For more on preparing for vacating your home during a remodel, or to learn about any of our general contractor services, speak to the pros at Red Rock Construction today.

Planning Tips for Bathroom Remodels

When it comes to home remodeling, the two most common individual areas chosen by homeowners are kitchens and bathrooms. These are both areas where home occupants tend to spend a lot of time, and both also have a direct connection to home value if you’re considering selling in the near future.

At Red Rock Construction, our general contractors can assist you with every element of a bathroom remodel for your home. We’re proud to work with you during your vital planning stages – some people think these are as simple as picking out some tile from the local home improvement store, grabbing a few tools and smashing away, but this simply isn’t the case. Let’s go over some of the central planning elements you should consider when preparing for a bathroom remodel.

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Color Schemes and Lighting

The first thing you or anyone else will see when they enter the bathroom is the overall color scheme, which sets the tone for the entire room. We generally recommend warm colors on the walls, with bright accents in tile and other areas. This is due to the way these warm colors will interact with the sleeker, cooler look of bathroom fixtures, offering a great complementary tone.

Another major concern here is lighting, which affects the climate of the bathroom. You need adequate lighting for safety purposes, of course, but consider subtler tones to keep things relaxed and calm for all those who enter the bathroom.

Tile Details

Color is also important for your tile selection, but it’s not the only element to consider here. You also want to think about shape, which is important for your overall theme, and texture, which will define how the tile feels. Our pros can suggest some good options here depending on your exact needs and desires in the bathroom.

Sink Options

There are a huge variety of sink options out there for you to choose from, from conventional white ceramic choices to clay-based, granite and even glass sink selections. There’s no right or wrong answer here – we listed this one later in this blog because the sink is the type of bathroom element that can blend really well with a variety of previous designs.

Your primary mission here should just be figuring out which design complements the rest of the bathroom, plus fits the practical needs you have. If space is a concern, consider a pedestal style sink that takes up less room. You can also find sinks with matching countertops.

Tub Choices

Another area with tons of options is the tub. Soaking tubs, whirlpool options, or even just traditional bathtubs are all on the table here. First make sure your home can handle the water and drainage needs from a given tub type, but then consider both your space and your bathing needs when making this choice.

Toilets and Fixtures

Toilets come in any variety of color you might desire to match the rest of the bathroom, and they have several features you might desire – automatic bidets, inherent fans and low-flow options, for instance. While you’re considering these areas, also think about other fixtures like showerheads, sink knobs, and even additional areas such as cabinetry and countertop space.

For more on the important elements of designing a great bathroom remodel, or to learn about any of our general contractor or home remodeling services, speak to the staff at Red Rock Construction today.