Homeowners have higher expectations than in the past, in regards to comfort and interior design. Renovations are an opportunity to address some of these expectations. We also want our homes to be pleasant, comfortable and attractive.
Some of the reasons people decide to renovate are to:
• Upgrade or improve outdated or deteriorated systems—replacing an out-of-date furnace or windows are common upgrades.
• Maintain and repair various elements of their house—reshingling a roof or fixing foundation cracks are standard renovations.
• Address lifestyle needs—converting unused attic space to living quarters, adding a sun room or building a home office.
• Address Occupant health—creating a healthy, clean and hazard free environment with improved air quality (minimize chemical & biological contaminates, provide healthy humidity levels and good ventilation).
• Energy efficiency—effective air barriers and insulation, energy efficient windows and doors, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.
• Environmental responsibility—efficient heating systems, water conservation, reduced sewage, proper handling and disposal of construction waste.
• Affordability—energy and water efficient equipment and fixtures to reduce future repairs and replacement expenses.
House as a system
A house is much more than four walls and a roof—it’s an interactive system consisting of a variety of components including the basic structure, heating, ventilating and air-conditioning equipment, the external environment and the occupants. A renovation provides an opportunity to improve how your house performs. As you assess your renovation project, ask yourself how changing particular components will affect the performance of the whole house. For example, as a part of a bathroom renovation you many want to add a hot tub that will generate large amounts of humidity during operation. Your existing ventilation may be inadequate to handle the increased moisture levels. It will be important to provide proper ventilation to avoid mold growth, indoor air quality problems and damage to structure or finishes.
A systematic and thorough professional home inspection will help you know and understand the condition of your home. Having a qualified home inspector can help you assess your building and help you develop a plan.
A pre-renovation inspection highlights those areas of the home that will allow you to consider your options for your renovation projects. This includes:
• Basement ceiling and main floor structures
• Mechanical and electrical systems
• General living areas, floors and stairs
• Kitchens and bathrooms
• Walls and ceilings
• Exterior walls
By planning carefully, you can renovate your home to make it look better, be more efficient, last longer and be more comfortable. By renovating, it’s important to assess the condition of your home with a professional home inspector to determine if there are significant underlying problems that must be addressed before or during your planned renovation project. This is where Meredith Inspections can help.