When you’re ready to turn that extra bedroom into part of a master suite, you can save time and money by organizing everything before you get started. While there will be plenty to do by clearing both bedrooms and organizing family members’ schedules around the construction project, here are four things to arrange before you officially get started.
Rent a dumpster like the roll-off kind that can be left at your home during the construction work. The dumpster should be large enough to handle debris from taking walls down or removing old structural materials as well as bits and pieces from the new materials that will be installed. Old wallpaper, baseboard, and molding that you plan to replace can be tossed in the dumpster to keep the work area neat and clean.
Order your building supplies in advance so they can be delivered when you need them. You may be able to arrange staggered deliveries so that you don’t have everything sitting around waiting to be used, but instead, arrive close to the building need or installation time. Beams, drywall, floorboards if needed, and other items can be organized on a construction list so that everything follows an established order of work to avoid confusion and crowding.
Tools and Equipment
If you are doing the job, inspect your tools that will be used to ensure they are in good working order. Clean them or have them toned or sharpened if necessary. If you are going to rent certain tools or types of equipment, place your order early enough to reserve those items so they can be delivered or picked up when they will be needed. Get all the essentials organized and ready for the day when the project will be launched. You don’t want to spend valuable time searching for the specific drill bit needed, which could bring the other work to a temporary halt.
Don’t forget to buy or rent safety gear. Hard hats, steel-tipped boots, color-coded vests, and other types of safety items can help to protect everyone who is working on the project. Keep a first aid kid on hand as well for minor injuries that can be treated onsite.
Combining two bedrooms into one may sound like a simple renovation. But like other building jobs, it requires thoughtful planning to have the job carried out effectively, on time, and within the allocated budget.