Initial Remodeling: “Face-Lift” Construction
When a home is first constructed, generally it is built to satisfy basic needs. The house will have the necessary bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. that allow the occupants to live humbly. This construction will come at the expense of the finish materials, such as floor coverings.
Typically, the first remodeling process will consist of renewing the finish materials that were economically installed when the house was first built. This will involve replacing materials such vinyl flooring, laminate counter-tops, and fiberglass tub/shower surrounds. The upgrades will be to tile, granite, hardwood, etc. Amateur remodelers can do “Face-Lifts”, but they must have at least a few years experience in order to get it done properly.
Intermediate Remodeling: Secondary Materials
This remodeling process will happen further down the road when secondary materials get outdated or start to fail.
Generally, this will happen 10 years or more form the time of construction. Remodeling will include sub-floors, roofing, windows, etc. This construction process is more in-depth than the first and requires a contractor with more experience in the industry.
Extensive Remodeling: Structural Members
As a home increases in age, the amount of occupants will increase. Different owners will bring different spatial values to the house. Remodeling will get more extensive and consist of changing structural members, making additions, replacing walls, etc. This is the most difficult construction process and needs to be done by a professional only.
Even if you plan to do the improvements yourself, it is important to contact a construction professional in your area before attempting any remodeling. Many professionals will lend you free advice or estimates. This will give you knowledge about your individual project and help you plan the process.