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See Inside: Conway Whole House Remodel
A remodel is underway. Take a look inside.
Follow along as we remodel this Conway area home’s first floor and upper level.
Rough-ins & Insulation
What are rough-ins?
When we talk about rough-ins, we’re actually talking about a construction phase where new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing lines are brought into a home. Further into construction, those lines will provide connections to newly selected fixtures, from kitchen appliances to pendant lights.
“There really isn’t anything inside the house that wasn’t touched: electrical, plumbing, all of it.” – Conway Area Homeowners
What kind of rough-ins are needed for this whole-house remodel?
Layout changes between the existing plans and those of the remodel mean that rough-ins will be necessary. It took about 3 weeks to finish rough-ins, with licensed electricians, an HVAC crew, and plumbers all providing connections for fixture installation later on. Another critical part of rough-ins involves inspections. As each crew completed their work, city inspectors reviewed the corresponding rough-ins for code compliances, yet another check that our clients are getting top-quality work. The bulk of rough-ins involved the kitchen, upper bathroom, and hallway closet.
- Kitchen: A new refrigerator, dishwasher, and sink needed water lines. We also needed 20-amp electrical throughout the kitchen, can lighting, outlets, and HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) connections for things like the heat register that will eventually be installed at the cabinet toe kicks. Rough-ins also prepared the kitchen for the new range and vent hood.
- In the Primary Bathroom: We’ve provided new plumbing lines and drains for the shower and toilet. The shower valve and diverter value is roughed-in as well.
- A New Laundry Closet: To get a washer and dryer upstairs, we added a standpipe, washer box, pea trap, and other connections that would be needed to properly connect the final appliances.
We had 5 inspections between finishing framing and drywall.
White Crane Project Manager
Insulation: One Last Step Before Drywall
We insulated with spray foam where exterior walls were opened, including areas where new windows and doors were installed. Spray foam can be an ideal choice for insulation because of its higher r-value- a material’s ability to keep temperatures from transferring from one surface to another. Improving a home’s insulation is another way you can start to regain efficiency through a remodel, as we’ve done here.