Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
As we do not know the position so we can say that “it depends.” If the room is vacant, or unfurnished, it takes a little time than refinishing the floor in a furnished apartment. Also, it depends on the size of the room and the barriers that exist. As a general rule of thumb, nearly 500 square feet of vacant floor space can be refinished in one day. If, however, any staining needs. Obviously, the stain will dry out one day. Also, if there is furniture in the room, the time for refinishing doubles, at least.
The timing for new floor insulation will depend on numerous variables, such as whether the old floor is being removed, the condition of the sub-floor, building requirements for sub-flooring, etc.
The best thing you can do is shift everything from the room(s) being refinished. Get to know that floor refinishing obliges heavy-duty sanding, many times. The dust particles that are generated fly everywhere, even when a “dustless sander” is used. Especially, dust from floor refinishing also gets into closed cabinets and cupboards. So, you need to be mentally prepared for this kind of a mess and clean-up afterward.
Since we have all the materials you need at our showroom, yes, an E-Towers Remodeling consultant will help you to choose everything you need.
Of course, yes. That is a significant component of what makes us a full-service firm. The fact that we can design everything for you, help you choose the materials, and sell them to you, makes it very helpful for clients. But, it is also important to note that we don’t require you to purchase the materials from us. You may shop at other locations.
Housing real estate agents state that homes with wooden floors hold their value better, sell faster, and get higher prices, according to a recent nationwide survey made by the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA). The percentage is not quite known.
The scope of the bathroom remodeling tells how long the project will take. For example, if you are relocating your fixtures and re-configuring the room, the actual construction will certainly take a little longer. But, it is necessary to bear in mind that moving fixtures will usually require building department licenses, which will also add to the project time.
Here’s a sample timeline, for illustration purposes only, of a bathroom remodeling project that does not involve relocating fixtures:
- Meet with an E-Towers’ remodeling consultant for a Free Design Consultation and get a proposal – 1 week.
- Meet at our showroom. Finalize the extent of the project, and the terms of a Remodeling Agreement – 2 to 3 weeks.
- Select all the supplies for the project – 1 to 4 weeks.
- Supplies order and deliver– 3 to 6 weeks.
- Leveling and removal of old materials and appliances – 1 week.
- Installation of new supplies and appliances, tiling, plumbing, and electrical work, painting – 2 to 3 weeks.
- Finishing and cleaning – 1 to 2 weeks.
You can begin by getting a proper idea for the type of look and style you want. If you still don’t know, look at some pamphlets, websites, or watch some home remodeling shows to get some design ideas. Then, contact us for a Free Design Consultation with a Remodeling Consultant. E-Towers’ Remodeling Consultant will guide you as to what specific steps you should take. But, before construction begins, you’ll want to clear out the area being worked on of all your personal belongings that can be removed.
- Create a design
- Countertop installation
- Select materials
- Floor tile installation
- Medicine cabinet installation
- Order materials
- Electric wiring
- Light fixtures installation
- Deliver materials
- Wall preparation
- Accessories installation
- Wall tile installation
- Plumbing fixture installation
- Touch up and cleaning
Since we have all the supplies you need at our showroom, yes, an E-Towers Remodeling consultant will help you choose everything you need.
Yes. That is a significant component of what makes us a full-service firm. The fact that we can design everything for you, help you choose the materials. Also sell them to you, makes it very convenient for clients. But, it is also important to note that we don’t require you to purchase the materials from us. You may shop at other locations.
Absolutely not, but it helps if you do. Your Design Consultation is meant to help generate ideas or work through the ones you already have.
Depending on your style and taste, the floor and wall tiles can be the most expensive. Other possible expenses are the fixtures and shower systems.
Bathrooms typically get the best return on investment in a remodeled home. Realtor® Magazine reported that for the year 2005, the national average return on investment for bathroom remodeling was between 93.2% and 102.2% depending upon the budget is upscale or moderate. In large urban areas like New York City, the return ranged from 116% to 136.3%. So, many people actually make large money when investing in a bathroom remodeling project.
Re-glazing is a great way to save money. It requires less labor and eliminates the cost of installing a new tub. Many older bathtubs are cast iron – a very strong and expensive material. Besides, some earlier tub models may be deeper than modern tubs. Yes, there are various good reasons to re-glaze, but there is one significant disadvantage — it doesn’t last. The glaze usually begins to wear off within a few years. Depending on usage, the tub may need to be re-glaze in three years. Nothing really replaces the visual appeal of a brand new tub. If you want to do it right and are not limited by budget, replacing the tub is the best way to go.
It all starts with a Free Design Consultation, which you can register for by filling out the form.
16. Who will manage my project? Will they be available to answer my questions? Will they be on the job site regularly?
We assign a Project Manager to every project we work on to ensure it is appropriately managed. The Project Manager is an E-Towers employee who is responsible for every phase of your remodeling project. Once the Remodeling Consultant has completed the design, layout, and has ordered your materials. Our Project Managers personally know and meet with all the trades’ people who will be working in your home. He or she manages and regularly inspects all work done by our trades’ people during construction. The Project Manager is either present every day for part of the day while the project is ongoing. Or is in contact with the trades’ people every day to ensure the project is running smoothly. The Project Manager is available to you by phone and email at all times.
17. I need to stay within a budget for my project. Can E-Towers work within that budget and help me maintain it?
Maybe. It depends upon what your budget is. During your Free Design Consultation, the Remodeling Consultant should be able to tell you if we can work within your budget. And whether your budgetary expectations are reasonable or not. Once we set your budget and prepare a labor proposal, we keep to the price we quote you. And, because our team is knowledgeable about the products you need, we’ll be able to show you materials that should keep you within your budget.
As a general rule, if you are removing or adding any walls inside or outside of the structure, you will need an architect to prepare drawings. We can provide all the design services you need in-house. But if and when a licensed architect needs to sign off, we will use one of the architects in our network. This will depend on whether you need a permit from your local building department, or if you live in an apartment building – whether the building management requires that a licensed architect prepare the plans.
We can start the design process, usually within a day or two after an agreement is finalized. The design process and material selection can take quite a bit of time, so the sooner we start, the better it is for you.
We will assist you in the process. It is ultimately your responsibility to pay for the permits and all related fees. But we can help by preparing the paperwork required on our end and guide you through the rest. Building permits require an architect’s drawings, various plans, and other documentation. An expediter must submit all of these items. We can hire these professionals on your behalf and oversee the process, or you may do it on your own if you prefer.
It will depend upon the scope of work. Your Remodeling Consultant will instruct you as to what exact steps you need to take. But, generally speaking, you’ll want to clear out the area being worked on of all your personal belongings that can be removed. Although we cover the areas surrounding our work area, you’ll want to protect your furniture from dust with plastic or sheets.
That depends on the scope of the project, and quite frankly, your tolerance for inconveniences. If you live on-site during a renovation, you will be inconvenienced. We typically recommend that people make alternate living arrangements during the main construction. Because you will see dust, debris, workers going in and out. Also, you will hear loud noises, and see people ripping apart what is probably your most prized possession. You may also be without certain comforts like bathroom facilities for part of the time. This can be quite disturbing to most people.
Yes, but we recommend that you remove everything possible – especially your most valuable possessions. Although we take extreme precautions to protect your belongings, dust flies everywhere during construction. And, much of it is microscopic, so no matter what we (or you) do to protect them, your belongings will get dust particles on and in them.
24. What measures will be taken to protect my home from dust and debris that result from construction?
We cover floors with either rosin paper or Masonite, depending on the circumstances, and we block off the areas surrounding the construction area with heavy-gauge plastic sheets. We also cover the furniture in the surrounding area to protect it as much as possible.