Remodeling Tips

Remodeling tips understanding your home's structural shell is a good way to begin any home improvement project in­cluding bathroom remodeling.

Your house's framework prob­ably will conform to the pattern of the "typical house" shown in the il­lustration below. Starting at the base of the drawing, you'll notice the following framing members: a wooden sill resting on a foundation wall; a series of horizontal, evenly spaced floor joists; and a subfloor (usually plywood sheets) laid atop the joists. This platform supports the first-floor walls, both interior and ex­terior. The walls are formed by verti­cal, evenly spaced studs that run between a horizontal sole plate and parallel top plate. The primary wall coverings are fastened directly to the studs.

Depending on the design of the house, one of several types of con­struction may be used above the first-floor walls. If there's a second story, a layer of ceiling joists rests on the walls; these joists support both the floor above and the ceiling be.

STEPS IN REMODELING

You can use this chart to plan the general order of removal and instal­lation in remodeling your bathroom, though you may need to alter the suggested order, depending on the scale of your job and the materials you select. For more information, read the appropriate sections on the following pages. Manufacturers' in­structions will offer additional guidelines as you go along.

Removal sequence

1.     Accessories, decorative elements

2.     Furniture, if any

3.     Contents of cabinets, closets, shelves

4.     Fixtures, plumbing fittings

5.     Vanity countertops

6.     Vanity cabinets, recessed cabinets, shelves

7.     Flooring

8.     Light fixtures, as required

9.     Wall and ceiling coverings

Installation sequence

1.     Structural changes: walls, doors, windows, skylights

2.     Rough plumbing changes

3.     Electrical wiring

4.     Bathtub, shower

5.     Wall and ceiling coverings

6.     Light fixtures

7.     Vanity cabinets, countertops

8.     Toilets, bidets, sinks

9.     Wall cabinets, shelves

10. Flooring

11. Accessories, decorative elements

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