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Remodeling Success Tips, Issue #010 -- Construction Sequencing
July 09, 2010

Construction Sequencing

Welcome to this months edition of Remodeling Success Tips. In this edition we will be looking at proper construction sequencing.

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Issue #010 - July 8, 2010

Construction Sequencing

Construction Sequencing

In this issue of Remodeling Success Tips, we will look at the general sequencing of a construction project. There are some instances, where sequencing in this fashion will not work such as in a very fast track project. In those cases, sequencing is done by floor or area to help overlap some of the work but in general, this is the order of business.

In this issue, we will look at the importance of proper sequencing in the construction process. If done properly, the project will move along at its best pace and without having to go back and redo something that was done out of sequence.

The first phase is the design phase. Getting all the information on paper in a timely fashion will allow the construction to move forward. In addition, the more planning done up front the less scrambling will occur as the project progresses.

Next up is the permitting process. This is VERY important. You need to be sure you (or your contractor) have pulled all the proper permits to avoid fines and possible de-construction. Additionally, all subsequent subcontractors must also have their permits in place as well.

Then next phase will depend on whether you have a new construction or a remodeling project. If new construction, site clearing and excavation will be in order. If remodeling, you will start the demolition phase. This might be complete or selective demolition.

For new construction, once the site work and excavation is complete, the concrete formwork and rough carpentry work will follow. For a remodeling contract, framing of new areas will commence.

Once the rough carpentry is complete (or well under way depending upon the project) the mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-ins will occur. At this point, the building should also be weather tight which will include exterior doors and windows and a roof that is at least water tight.

Note that at each phase of the MEP (Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing) process, there is usually an inspection stage.

Once all the rough-ins are in place and inspected then the outside walls (and some inside if you choose) can be insulated. Walls can then be closed up.

Finally the finishes can begin.

Finishes will vary depending upon the project’s design but will include but is not limited to finish wood trim, plumbing & electrical fixtures, paint, wall covering, tile, flooring, cabinetry and hardware.

Exterior finishes and landscaping if required can proceed weather permitting.

As the job reaches its punch list stage where final corrections and adjustments are made, final inspections can be scheduled and once complete a certificate of occupancy can be obtained from the local building official.

In our next newsletter, we will take a look at Securing and Dissecting Construction Bids.

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