You can’t just redesign your home without considering a few important factors. You’ll want to make sure that the design’s construction is appropriate for the climate of your region, how it will be used, and more. We’ll explore some of these considerations in detail so you know what to keep in mind before starting this exciting journey!
Let’s start from the back. Your garage is a space that’s just as important as the rest of your home, and there are a few things you’ll want to know before redesigning it. First, you’ll want to keep track of how water flows on your land. You need to find out where rainwater from neighboring properties will flow when it rains, so whereas some people may choose to build tall to leave room for runoff, you’ll want to make sure your structure is safe from this water. You’ll also want to consider a snow mat for the garage floor for your car. Another thing that’s important to keep in mind is where you’ll need electricity. You’ll want to decide what appliances will go into the garage (for example, a power drill may be vital for various construction projects), and plan accordingly.
Your roof is an important part of your home, and it’s one of the most expensive things to get fixed. Some leaks may be hidden behind the walls or under carpeting that requires extensive repairs. You’ll want to make sure there are no mold problems that will come into play if you don’t take care of leaks immediately (for example, if you don’t notice the leak immediately, the mold will eat away at your walls and make them unstable). You may also want to choose roof tiles that are more resistant to hail damage. Hail is an unlikely weather occurrence, but it’s good to be prepared for all kinds of weather conditions. When rebuilding after a tornado or other hot-weather storms that can do serious structural damage, you’ll want to consider using tile with extra supports, so your home doesn’t collapse during bad weather.
Humidity can be another problem if you’re redesigning the bathroom or kitchen. If you don’t keep things dry enough in these spaces, moisture can cause rusting and mildew problems with pipes and woodwork until they fall apart. This damage is hard to detect at first, but you should always check under your sinks and along your walls for moisture, so you don’t have a serious problem on your hands down the road. Pests include all kinds of insects, so if you have pest control problems in your home, you’ll also want to consider making some changes during the redesign process. You’ll want to replace wood doors with glass doors that are more water-resistant or cover them with screen wire mesh to keep bugs out. If you have a stone exterior on your house, consider using industrial strength bug repellent spray around the reed foundation walls to get rid of ants and termites before they ruin your home.
Underlying Foundation Issues
When redesigning your home, you’ll want to consider the quality of the foundation. Houses with cracked foundations can fall on their own, so it’s important to repair any problems early on before water and weather damage the integrity of your property. If you notice cracks or large holes in brick or stone exteriors, safely cover these with cement mortars and masonry sealants around the area to prevent water from seeping into them and further weakening your walls. Once these issues are fixed, use a cleaning solution that will remove dirt buildup on hardwood floors. This buildup can add extra weight onto floorboards and cause sagging or warping over time. You may also want to add an extra layer of plywood on top of weak floorboards to reinforce them. For example, to reinforce your foundation, you can use cement mortar and metal mesh. This helps the foundation support itself during earthquakes or storms that can affect your home’s structure. You may also want to consider adding steel beams under your house if you live in an area where you’re prone to flooding.
Minimizing Leaks Through Interior Design
When water damage occurs, mold is likely to develop behind walls and underneath floors and carpets too. Mold spores are dangerous to inhale, so it’s important to repair leaks as soon as possible before parts of your house become unusable due to mold infestations (or worse: collapses). To minimize these water problems, you’ll want to look at how much hot and cold air passes through the rooms in your home during the day. If you have many doors or large windows on the exterior of your home, make sure to seal these with weather stripping and plastic caulk or wood/metal mesh that can prevent water from getting in through bigger openings. After you’ve sealed off these areas, you’ll want to check for mold growth inside your walls where they meet ceilings and floors. Once you find it, clean it away using bleach every day until the problem is gone.
Broken Tiles and Decks
If you have a deck or patio that has broken tiles or wood, it’s important to fix the problem before you use this area again. If your deck is elevated, make sure to reinforce these areas with extra support beams underneath them, so they don’t collapse during heavy rains or strong winds. On your patio or deck, replace broken floor tiles and loose boards with cement ones that are reinforced on top by metal mesh. This will help stabilize small sections of your property before larger sections become damaged due to water erosion problems. Also, avoid using dark-colored grout in between tiling for porches and decks because rainwater can easily seep through these cracks if they aren’t sealed correctly.
There are many important factors that you should keep in mind when you’re redesigning your home. Make sure to look into how it will be used, the climate of your area, and more so you can make sure the structure is sound. Use these tips to get started on your path to a new and improved residence!