SAN PEDRO, CA: Silva Construction, (https://www.silvaconstruction.com) a residential and commercial remodeling company serving the south bay area of Los Angeles, is answering more common questions on home remodeling.
With several parts to the remodeling process, David Clarke of Silva Construction decided to answer more common questions that would help homeowners have a successful house remodel.
Where will you stay and for how long?
Your house, and actually your whole life, is torn asunder during a remodel. So you might want to consider staying somewhere else. Hotels can be expensive, and staying with family can be difficult, especially if your remodel takes longer than expected. If you’re undertaking a major renovation that will last 9-12 months or more, rent a place to stay in. If it’s a shorter project and you can’t stay with friends or family, you can buy a used RV or trailer with a kitchenette. It’s like having a portable one-bedroom apartment. At the end, just sell it.
Where will you cook and do dishes?
Set up your fridge in the laundry room or garage. If you have an electric range, set it up in your garage (away from anything flammable). You can get a lot of mileage out of a microwave, toaster oven and hot plate for most meals. An outdoor grill can also be very helpful. Do the dishes in a bathroom sink.
Where will everyone go to the bathroom?
In most houses, if you’re remodeling one bathroom, you’ll have a second bathroom to use. But sharing a bathroom with your family members over a long period can be difficult. Also, your contractor and workers will need a place to go as well. Get a portable bathroom for workers. A portable toilet costs about $100 a month, and there are higher-end versions you can rent if you’re doing a remodel of all your bathrooms.
How long will your materials take to arrive?
So you really want that special tile from Italy? Or that cool new refrigerator that’s exported only from Germany? No problem! Just sit tight for three months. The best solution is to make sure all your fixtures and special-order items have arrived before the contractor starts work.
Where will the contractor store the materials?
Your contractor will need a staging area, and the best place is your garage or driveway. You can also rent a temporary storage container that is delivered to your property and secured.
David Clarke and Brenda Silva are owners of Silva Construction, Inc., located in San Pedro, CA. The company has over 40 years of experience in remodeling construction, and serves Southern California’s South Bay area, including Westchester, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, San Pedro, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Harbor City, Lomita, Torrance, and other select areas. Their blog can be seen at https://www.silvaconstruction.com/blog3/ and their website can be seen at https://www.silvaconstruction.com. They can be reached at 310-831-6310.