Before the first tile is laid, or the first nail is struck, there is a time of preparation. Before actual construction can begin it may be necessary to gather permits and engineer detailed plans. Then, Ability will order materials, line up trade contractors, and you will prepare for the work that will be done in your home. The preparation stage may last anywhere from a couple of weeks to a few months. In general: the larger the project, the more preparations Ability will need to make.
Sometime before beginning actual construction Ability will schedule a preconstruction meeting with you. During the meeting you will receive the project agenda, meet the superintendent or lead carpenter, review the scope of work (one more time), schedule weekly project meetings, discuss dumpster and port-o-pot placement, determine working hours and analyze the payment schedule. You will also have a chance to ask any final questions before demolition begins.
Right before any demolition or construction begins, Ability will mask and protect your home. During this process we cover the surrounding areas to protect them from dust and damage. Once protection is in place demolition will begin. Demolition is often the dirtiest and most dangerous phase of the project. Superior contractors like Ability will not rush through this portion of the job, and will take preventative measures to keep from damaging items or hurting anyone.
After demolition, if there are new walls, floors or ceilings going in, the framing process will begin. Once it is framed, all the rough mechanicals (plumbing, electrical, HVAC, etc.) can be installed. Ability will not schedule all these sub-trades to work at the same time. Usually, the plumbing and HVAC will be installed before the electrical. We will work with all three of these sub-trades to make sure the overall scope of the project is maintained, and no compromises are ever made.
Once all the rough mechanicals are completed and inspected, the drywall can be installed. This is often a very messy process; after all, dust happens! First, the drywall is hung and textured. Then, it has to be sanded. The sanding process is what creates most of the dust. No matter how much mask and protect is done, some dust will penetrate into your living spaces. Plan for it and be prepared by having a cleaning crew scheduled ahead of time.
After the drywall comes the fun and exciting part of the job! Ability will work on getting finishes installed, including cabinets, flooring, wall finishes, countertops, plumbing and electrical fixtures, and paint. These details are what make your home unique.
Towards the end of the project, we will perform a thorough walkthrough to complete a pre-completion punch list. This will keep everyone on task and make sure things are going smoothly with your project. We will schedule another walkthrough for when the project is completed or scheduled to be complete?this is when we will create the final punch list. Ideally, this final walkthrough should result in zero punch items. At this time, you will pay the final draw.
If there are still miscellaneous punch items left, because we are waiting for specialty materials or for some other reason out of Ability?s control, we may still ask for the final draw. Ability will allow you to hold back two to three times the value of labor and materials required to complete the final punch list. Once all work is complete, Ability will create a final report stating everything is done, and that the last payment was paid.
Even though your project is complete this will not be the last you hear from Ability. Your project will now enter into the warranty period. For the next two years Ability will stay in touch with you making sure your remodeling project is still as awesome as when we left it.