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10 Steps to a Successful Bath Remodel

Bath-remodeling projects continue to be one of the most popular of all home renovations, and it’s easy to see why: Nothing is more warm or welcoming than an updated, smartly appointed, freshly remodeled bathroom.

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Plus, bath remodeling is a smart investment if you’re planning to sell your home within the next few years.

There’s no secret formula to creating the perfect bath, but you can greatly increase your chances of success by following the 10 steps outlined below.

1. Create a Realistic Budget

The very first step of any home improvement project is to create a realistic budget that addresses every expenditure. For a bath remodel, that means accounting for all labor and material costs, including new fittings, fixtures and surfaces.

Renovating a bathroom can be a complicated, expensive project that requires meticulous planning, a lengthy timetable and the careful coordination of several different trades, such as plumbers, carpenters, electricians and tile contractors.

The easiest way to establish a budget is to hire a professional designer or remodeling service who will design the new bathroom to fit within your budget, and then guide you through each step of the remodeling. Of course, the budget will have to include the cost of the designer, which varies widely depending on the size and scope of the project. To find an experienced, qualified bath designer, visit a local home improvement store or contact the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

If you decide to forego a professional designer and establish the budget yourself, use a computer spreadsheet or dedicated notebook to keep track of all expenditures, including separate listings for labor and materials. Get price quotes in writing from contractors and suppliers, and note that most quotes are only valid for a specific amount of time, usually about four weeks. Once you’ve totaled up all the costs, add on an extra 10 to 20 percent to cover any changes, upgrades or unforeseen repairs.

Now, you’re probably wondering how much it costs to create a dream bathroom. That’s hard to say because so much depends on the condition of the current bath and the fixtures and fittings selected, but on average it costs between $6,000 and $10,000 to totally remodel a small- to medium-size bathroom.

Also, be aware that most towns will require you to apply for—and receive—a building permit before work can commence. Ordinarily, the designer or general contractor will pull the permit, but if not, then you’ll be responsible for getting the building permit.

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2. Dealing with the Demolition

The first step of a bath renovation is to demolish the old bathroom, which goes surprisingly fast. Two people can clear out an average-size bathroom in a day or two. However, this is an extremely dirty, dusty, noisy job. If you decide to tackle the demo work yourself, be sure to wear the proper safety equipment, including work gloves, eye goggles, hearing protection and a dust mask or dual-cartridge respirator. Rent a small dumpster for the demolition debris—it’ll be worth the added expense.

Start by removing the old vanity and sink, disconnecting the toilet, taking up the floor and stripping off the wall tiles. Just be careful not to cut into any plumbing pipes, electrical cables or metal ducts. If you’re going to keep the existing tub or shower, protect it with plywood or a quilted moving pad.

3. Order Products Early

It’s a lot of fun shopping for new bath products, such as the vanity cabinet, sink, faucet, toilet, light fixtures, shower head and floor tile. But it’s important that you order these products as soon as possible. Nothing brings a remodeling project to a screeching halt quite like products that are missing or back-ordered. Once a plumber or electrician walks off the job because there’s nothing for them to install, there’s no guarantee they’ll be available when the products do finally arrive on site.

Worse still, an interruption or lag in the construction schedule has a domino effect, throwing off the work sequence of all other contractors. Before long, a four-week timetable can easily be stretched to eight or more weeks.
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4. Choose Bath-Appropriate Surfaces

When choosing surfacing materials for your new bath, be mindful that these materials must be suitable for installation in a bathroom. Bathroom floors, walls, showers and vanity tops are continuously exposed to hot, soapy water and intense steam. These conditions are tough on surfaces, but also create slippery, potentially dangerous conditions for people.

Porcelain tile is arguably the best material for any bath floor. It’s much harder than ceramic tile and comes in a wide array of sizes, shapes, colors and patterns, including porcelain planks that resemble wood flooring. However, when selecting tile for a bath floor, the most important characteristic is slip resistance. The same goes for tiles used in the shower area or toilet alcove. Don’t even consider any floor tile that doesn’t have a slip-resistant surface.

The most popular—and most appropriate—surfaces for vanity countertops include granite, marble, quartz composite and solid-surfacing materials, such as Corian or Staron. All are extremely durable and hold up well in the wettest, steamiest baths. Just be sure to ask the fabricator to round off any sharp corners and edges, especially if you’ve got young children.

5. Plan for Unexpected Surprises

As mentioned earlier, bath remodels are complex projects, so it’s not unusual for an unexpected problem to pop up. Until you open up the walls, remove the vanity cabinet and tear up the old flooring, you cannot predict what you’re going to find.

However, you can reduce your risk: When contractors arrive to bid on the job, ask them to check for any hidden signs of trouble. Or, for a more thorough assessment, hire a home inspector or building engineer to check for damage or code violations. If the bathroom floor is accessible from below, remove the insulation to give the pros a clear, unobstructed view of the underside of the subfloor and plumbing pipes. Identifying any problems early on allows you to budget for them, thus avoiding cost overruns.

6. Avoid Change Orders

Nothing will bust your budget faster than change orders. This involves any change that’s made once the budget is set and after work has begun. During the remodel, you might experience a “while we’re at it” moment and ask for a change that veers away from the original design. Try to avoid this as much as possible.

One of the best ways to keep costs down and shorten the construction schedule is to avoid relocating plumbing pipes. Moving water supply lines, vent stacks and drainpipes is a time-consuming, costly job.

Now, there are times when changes are inevitable, such as when you discover that the subfloor is rotted or the wiring isn’t code-compliant and must be replaced. However, resist the temptation to make gratuitous changes, and you’ll save a significant amount of time and money.

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This cleverly designed grab bar also serves as a toilet paper holder.

7. Build a Safer Bath

Provide a greater level of safety by installing grab bars. Now, I know you’re probably thinking, “Grab bars are ugly. I don’t want them in my beautiful new bathroom.” There was a time not too long ago when that was true. Grab bars were purely practical and very industrial looking. Most were reminiscent of the type used in hospitals and nursing homes.

Today, however, there’s a whole new generation of designer grab bars that are stylish and very attractive. And they come in a wide variety of finishes to match any bath decor. Some grab bars even serve double duty as a towel rack or toilet paper holder, permitting them to unobtrusively blend into the bathroom design.

Consider putting two or three grab bars inside the shower stall and bathtub, and install one just outside the tub and shower. Mount one grab bar beside the toilet. If you’re installing the grab bars yourself, be certain to follow the installation instructions, and only use the recommended mounting hardware.

8. Address Storage Needs

Remodeling is the perfect time to add storage space to your new bath. Storage is especially important if the bathroom is being shared by two or more people.

If you’re removing walls to enlarge the overall size of the original bathroom, make room for a linen closet. It doesn’t need to be very big, even a 24-inch-deep x 32-inch-wide closet will provide plenty of space for towels, bath mats, toilet paper and cleaning supplies. Just be sure the swing of the closet door doesn’t interfere with the bathroom’s entry or shower door.

If space permits, consider replacing a one-sink vanity with a double-sink vanity. You’ll not only gain a second sink, but a much larger storage cabinet. Switch out a wall mirror with a mirrored bath cabinet and you’ll have a convenient place to store small items, such as makeup and medications.

For a quick, inexpensive way to increase bathroom storage, install wall-mounted shelves or purchase a freestanding bath cabinet or shelving unit. Securely fasten any freestanding cabinet or shelving unit to the wall to prevent it from toppling over.
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9. Improve the Lighting

Installing the proper lighting will make your new bathroom much more attractive, warm and welcoming. However, the most important reason to improve the lighting is to create a safer bathroom. Dimly lit, shadowy baths increase the chance of someone tripping and falling, especially the elderly, young children and those with limited mobility.

Every bath should have two types of lighting: ambient and task. Ambient lighting provides general overall illumination for the entire room. This is usually provided by ceiling lights, such as flush-mounted fixtures and/or recessed lights.

Task lighting, as its name implies, delivers precise illumination for specific tasks, such as applying makeup, shaving and personal grooming. Task lighting is often created by wall-mounted sconce lights, recessed fixtures or lights installed over or beside a mirrored bath cabinet.

For advice on bath lighting, visit a lighting showroom, hire a lighting designer, or visit the lighting department at your local home improvement store.

10. Upgrade the Ventilation System

No room in the house needs an effective ventilation system more than a bathroom. A ceiling-mounted vent fan or a combination vent fan/light fixture is the best way to exhaust steam, hot air and unpleasant odors. (Wall-mount vent fans are also available, but not nearly as popular.)

Proper ventilation can also prevent condensation from forming on floors, making them less slippery. It also helps towels to dry faster so they don’t get musty-smelling. And it deters the growth of mold and mildew. Fortunately, upgrading the ventilation system is a relatively easy to do during the remodeling process. Just be sure to consult with the electrician early on in the design process.

When shopping for a vent fan, check its airflow rating, which is measured in cubic feet of air exhausted per minute (CFM). A bath fan should have a rating equal to one CFM for each square foot of floor space. In other words, if your bathroom is 50 square feet or smaller in size, you need a 50-CFM fan. Keep in mind that very spacious baths will likely require more than one vent fan. Again, consult with the electrician for specific requirements.

If you’d like to put a vent fan in a shower stall or directly above a bathtub, be certain that it’s rated for such wet, steamy conditions. And, of course, bath vent fans must exhaust to the outdoors, never into an attic, basement or other enclosed area.

These 10 strategies can be applied to any bath project, regardless of its size or style, and they’ll ensure that the bath remodel goes smoothly, stays on budget and becomes a warm, welcoming oasis.

 

Joseph Truini is a home improvement expert and the author of the bestselling book Building a Shed who writes online for The Home Depot. He provides great “how to” advice on upgrade the different spaces in your house. For more bath remodel ideas and information, click here.

Critical Homebuyer’s Advice for Hiring the Right Home Inspector

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How to Avoid Buying a Money Pit

A guide from home improvement expert Don Vandervort on finding the right fixer-upper

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Is it or isn’t it a money pit? Though tired and worn, this house has great architectural style.

Though the movie is hilarious at times, the reality of getting in over your head is more tragedy than comedy.

Broadly speaking, a totally “together” house is more expensive than a fixer upper and offers less opportunity for growing its value—that’s why first-time homebuyers frequently opt for a fixer upper. A new coat of paint and other curb appeal improvements almost always jack-up the price for the buyer. Getting a great deal often means buying a house that needs TLC. The challenge is to find a house that is fundamentally sound but can be affordably improved in ways that increase its value, beauty and comfort.

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The Money Pit is a classic comedy about the perils of buying the wrong house. Buy The Money Pit on Amazon.

A house with major structural problems, substandard wiring, poor plumbing, ineffective heating, drainage issues or toxins such as asbestos or black mold could become your money pit.

Before buying any house, you should hire a qualified home inspector to scrutinize it and give you a thorough report. But before you make an offer and spend several hundred dollars for a home inspector, here are a few things you can check yourself to determine whether a fixer upper is worth the price of admission.

The House’s Structure

Most importantly, the house should stand on a sturdy foundation: a steel-reinforced concrete perimeter foundation wall and footing.

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Conventional Perimeter Foundation with Slab

The house’s structure should be straight, square and solid. When you view the house from a distance, it should stand straight, not lean or bulge in places. When you site down exterior walls, they should appear straight and plumb.

Floors should be flat, level and strong. Uneven or non-level floors—and doors that don’t swing right or fit properly in jambs—often indicate settling or other structural problems. When you gently jump up and down at the center of a large room, the floor shouldn’t feel springy. If it does, the floor joists may need additional support.

Cracks

Big cracks are red flags. Large, V-shaped cracks in the foundation are often serious signs of structural issues that may require expensive foundation work. Interior walls with diagonal or clean, jagged cracks can be signs of movement or settling caused by unstable soil or drainage issues, which can be difficult to solve.

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Unless the house is located in earthquake country, a jagged crack in a plaster wall may signal house settling.

Don’t worry about minor wall cracks at the corners above windows and doors and vertical cracks in line with wall studs —you can usually just fill and paint these.

Drainage

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Loose downspout connection means water has probably been pouring down on the foundation.

Gutters and downspouts should effectively carry water away from the house, and the lot should be graded to direct runoff away from the foundation. Otherwise, the house could have damage from poor drainage. If the house has had drainage problems in the past, it will probably have them in the future unless the underlying causes have been handled. If it has a basement or crawlspace, look for signs of flooding, such as moisture or water marks on the foundation walls.

Where signs of moisture exist, mold can grow. Some types of mold are harmless and easily removed, while others may require expensive abatement. Professional inspection is needed for mold.

Plumbing

Explore whether the house is plumbed completely with copper water supply pipes. Old steel pipes become constricted with deposits, decreasing water pressure and flow.

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New copper piping is a major plus.

If you can’t see new copper pipes under the floors or in the attic, you can run a test in the bathroom furthest from the water heater. Turn on the bathtub spout full-force, and then turn on the bathroom sink faucets and flush the toilet. If the bathtub spout’s flow slows considerably, the house may need to be re-piped.

Electrical System

Determine whether the house has an old, undersized main electrical service panel. Updating to a new service panel that can handle modern electrical needs typically costs $3000 or more.

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Check the main electricial panel’s age and capacity.

If the main electrical circuit breaker or fuse box panel has a capacity of less than 100 amps, it is undersized for a typical family. Also, the house should have 220-volt service. If there are three main wires going from the utility company’s pole to the electrical “mast” on the house that serves the electrical panel, the house probably has 220-volt service. Only two wires entering the mast indicate a 110-volt service. You can also look for 220-volt electrical receptacles meant for large appliances such as an electric oven or clothes dryer.

Heating & Cooling

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Replacing an old furnace is a major expense.

Check out the age and type of the heating system and whether all of the rooms are heated. If the heating system is severely out of date, replacing it will cost several thousand dollars. If you plan to install AC, it would be best to do this when you replace the furnace.

measuring insulation in attic©Don Vandervort, HomeTips

You can use a ruler to measure depth of existing insulation in the attic.

Check the attic and walls for insulation. Installing more insulation in an attic isn’t normally a big job, but insulating existing walls can be pricey. To see whether exterior walls are insulated, you can remove an electrical outlet cover and look next to the electrical box (be careful not to touch any bare wires or the outlet’s electrical terminals.)

The Roof

You can often tell if a roof leaks by checking the ceiling and the attic for water stains. Most roof repairs are inexpensive, but replacing a roof can be costly. So try to discern whether the roof will last for several years. If necessary, you can use a pair of binoculars to inspect the roof from the ground.

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Asphalt roofing shingles requiring repair are marked on this roof. You can extend the life of a roof like this with basic repairs, but it ultimately will need to be replaced.

Asphalt fiberglass (composition) roofing is by far the most common type. When it becomes brittle and the shingles lose their mineral crystals from the surface, the roofing needs to be replaced.

Wood shingles and shakes are over-the-hill when they’re badly cupped or missing altogether. In fire-prone areas, most wood roofing is not fire safe.

Other materials, such as tile, concrete tile, slate and fiber-cement last a long time. If the roof is covered with one of these, it’s probably okay.

The Architecture

Last but not least, it really helps if the house has “good bones”—in other words, a general layout and architectural appearance that make sense. If it has elements of a recognizable style—such as Craftsman or Cottage—that’s even better. Symmetry, balance and other elements of design can be the building blocks for creating a home that is really special.

 

This article, written by HomeTips’ Don Vandervort, was originally published by USNews.com

9 Quick Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

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You know curb appeal when you see it. A house with curb appeal looks loved and nurtured, designed with integrity and accented with creative details. It has healthy, beautiful landscaping, attention to color and a welcoming approach. When people see a house with curb appeal, they often think, “Wow, I could live there.”

At its best, giving your home curb appeal means creating the characteristics that elicit strong emotional appeal for you, your family, neighbors—and potential buyers when the time comes to sell.

Whether you want to punch-up your house for a quick sale or inspire family and neighborhood pride, here are 9 things you can do to get your home’s exterior looking great:

1: Lose the junk

Get rid of anything that is an eyesore, including old vehicles, lawn furniture, swing sets, empty planters, unruly garden hoses, dead bushes…you get the idea. If it isn’t attractive or necessary to your lifestyle, give it away, sell it, recycle it or toss it. While you’re at it, find an out-of-sight place to hide garbage and recycling cans. The idea here is to cut loose the clutter. Our articles on Garage Storage and How to Build a Lean-to Shed may help.

2: Mow and nurture the lawn

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Rolling out a sod lawn is a way to instantly transform the yard.

Because lawns are usually a major part of the front yard, the condition of your lawn can dramatically impact curb appeal. If your home has a lawn, mow, rake, edge and manicure it. Pull or kill the weeds. Then keep it well watered and fertilized. If you live in a region where drought is an issue, consider drought-tolerant landscaping, but be advised that it can take a long time and considerable expense to bring this type of landscaping to maturity.

3: Spruce-up the approach

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Power wash pathways and driveways to clean and brighten them.

First impressions happen as people approach your house. With this in mind, get the walkway, steps, porch and front door in top shape. Pull weeds from the walkway and repair any cracks. Consider edging a plain concrete walkway with bricks or stones.

Lighting is important, too. Outdoor lighting makes a house beautiful at night and adds safety and security. Think about installing low-voltage landscape lighting to accent trees, walkways and landscaping.

4: Focus on the front door

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Grand 8-foot-tall door provides a welcoming entrance to this Craftsman-style house.

Because every visitor sees your front door, make sure it looks great. Wash or, if necessary, refinish or paint it. If that doesn’t do the trick, consider replacing it with a new one. See Front & Entry Doors Buying Guide.

The door’s hardware makes a difference, too. Remove tarnished hardware and polish it with metal polish. If it’s in shoddy shape, replace it entirely. A shiny new metal kick plate at the door’s base can add a touch of elegance and hide scuffs and animal scratches.

While you’re dealing with the front door, don’t forget to welcome guests with a friendly doormat.

5: Prune bushes and trees

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Prune flowers and shrubs to get them under control.

Trees and bushes can bring a sense of fullness, maturity and majesty to a property. But these wonderful additions to a landscape can become rangy and overgrown, detracting from a property’s beauty. They can overshadow gardens that need sun and block views that you want to accent. If your trees and bushes are out of control, prune them or have them professionally trimmed.

6: Plant flowers and shrubs

Plant shrubs for year-round garden greenery, and add seasonal flowers for accent color.

A house’s foundation is one of its least attractive elements. If your home’s foundation is visible, camouflage it with flowering hydrangeas, azaleas, rhododendrons, knockout roses or large-leafed, flowering plants that have a generous, leafy spread. The best choices for this purpose grow 3 to 4 feet in height and offer a touch of color. Plant them at lease 2 feet from the house. Ask your nursery person for recommendations that will thrive in your region.

If you don’t have room for gardens, consider filling pots and containers with colorful flowers. A container garden can add beauty to the entire front area of the house.

7: Add interesting details

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Lighted outdoor fountain offers visual interest and a welcoming sound.

You can add a touch of elegance with shiny new house numbers, a stylish front porch light and a brilliant doorknocker. In the garden, consider a water feature, birdbath or garden sculpture.

8: Wash the house

Sweep away dirt and cobwebs, working from the top down. Then use a garden hose or pressure washer to wash the walls. If you don’t have a pressure washer, scrub dirty walls with a long-handled soft-bristle brush and a soapy solution of non-phosphate detergent and water, and then rinse from the top down.

A pressure washer makes washing dirty or mildewed siding an easier job, but be sure you know how to use it if you decide to go this route—the strong spray can peel paint or erode siding. For a two-story house, invest in a telescoping wand so you can work from the ground. Use a low-pressure nozzle to spray-on siding cleaner according to label directions, working from the bottom up. Then, use a high-pressure 20- to 40-degree nozzle to rinse with clear water from the top down. Keep moving and hold the nozzle at least 12 inches from the surface so that the powerful spray doesn’t damage the siding. Don’t spray electrical wires, light fixtures, outlets or windows, and be careful not to drive water up under the siding. For more, see How to Clean Siding.

If washing doesn’t do the job, the house may need a new paint job. For more about painting your house, see 10 House Painting Rules You Should Never Break.

9: Don’t forget the garage door

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Carriage-style wood garage doors are a beautiful complement to this home.

The garage door, usually one of the largest surfaces at the front of a house, can be a visual asset or liability, depending upon its condition. If it isn’t in good shape, refinish or paint the garage door or—if necessary—replace it. A new garage door can really add a sense of style to a home, and there are many handsome new options, from modern translucent doors to traditional carriage-house beauties. See Garage Doors Buying Guide.

If you decide to install a new garage door, opt for an automatic door operator—this will help ensure that the door stays closed.

This article, written by Don Vandervort of HomeTips, first appeared on USNews.com

House Framing & Construction

From roof to foundation, this free in-depth mini-book, including drawings, explains house framing, building materials, and much more.

The “bones” of a house—how it is constructed and the materials are used to build it—determine how much integrity the structure will have in the years to come. Whether you are building from scratch, remodeling, or buying, it’s important to understand the basics of how a house is built.

Typical house framing is like the skeleton of a home, giving the building its structure.

Typical house framing is like the skeleton of a home, giving the building its structure. Photo: Don Vandervort

In this section of HomeTips, we take you from roof to foundation, offering in-depth discussion and diagrams of framing as well as buying guides for various building materials.

Building Materials

Houses have always been built from a variety of materials. Historically, these materials were derived locally from the area where the homes were built. Logs, adobe, thatch—whatever was available was used.

Today, thanks to mass transportation and the industrialization of building products, there is far more standardization. Lumber, steel, composites such as fiberglass, masonry such as concrete, and similar materials dominate home construction in North America and much of the world. The Building Materials Buying Guide will help you sort out conventional construction materials and help you make smart buying decisions. Hardware & Fasteners will inform you about the proper application of screws, bolts, and nails.[GARD align=”left”]

How House Framing Works

Arguably the most important element of a sound structure is a good foundation. Without a good foundation, it doesn’t matter how good the framing and materials are. If a foundation is not properly installed, it can lead to a raft of headaches down the road— from moisture damage and termite infestation to your house literally coming down around your ears! In House Foundation Types, you will learn about the relative merits of the various house foundations and why it is so important a foundation be properly installed.

House Framing Methods

If you are considering any remodeling project, knowing how your house is framed is a crucial consideration, as you will need to know which walls are load-bearing and which are not. Knowing how your roof and floors are framed is equally important if you plan on changing the materials for either. In House Framing Diagrams & Methods, we offer an illustrated discussion of the two types of house framing, as well as information about roof and wall framing.

 

House Framing & Construction

From roof to foundation, this free in-depth mini-book, including drawings, explains house framing, building materials, and much more.

The “bones” of a house—how it is constructed and the materials are used to build it—determine how much integrity the structure will have in the years to come. Whether you are building from scratch, remodeling, or buying, it’s important to understand the basics of how a house is built.

Typical house framing is like the skeleton of a home, giving the building its structure.

Typical house framing is like the skeleton of a home, giving the building its structure. Photo: Don Vandervort

In this section of HomeTips, we take you from roof to foundation, offering in-depth discussion and diagrams of framing as well as buying guides for various building materials.

Building Materials

Houses have always been built from a variety of materials. Historically, these materials were derived locally from the area where the homes were built. Logs, adobe, thatch—whatever was available was used.

Today, thanks to mass transportation and the industrialization of building products, there is far more standardization. Lumber, steel, composites such as fiberglass, masonry such as concrete, and similar materials dominate home construction in North America and much of the world. The Building Materials Buying Guide will help you sort out conventional construction materials and help you make smart buying decisions. Hardware & Fasteners will inform you about the proper application of screws, bolts, and nails.[GARD align=”left”]

How House Framing Works

Arguably the most important element of a sound structure is a good foundation. Without a good foundation, it doesn’t matter how good the framing and materials are. If a foundation is not properly installed, it can lead to a raft of headaches down the road— from moisture damage and termite infestation to your house literally coming down around your ears! In House Foundation Types, you will learn about the relative merits of the various house foundations and why it is so important a foundation be properly installed.

House Framing Methods

If you are considering any remodeling project, knowing how your house is framed is a crucial consideration, as you will need to know which walls are load-bearing and which are not. Knowing how your roof and floors are framed is equally important if you plan on changing the materials for either. In House Framing Diagrams & Methods, we offer an illustrated discussion of the two types of house framing, as well as information about roof and wall framing.