A 360-Degree View Inside a Home Renovation Demolition | Consumer Reports

A 360-Degree View Inside a Home Renovation Demolition | Consumer Reports


[HAMMERING] Whew, hey, I’m Dan DiClerico,
senior home editor of Consumer Reports, and this very
active construction site is actually the inside of my
home in Brooklyn, New York. Now, I’ve covered
home remodeling for about two decades,
including the last nine years at Consumer Reports. In that time, I’ve
definitely written a lot about a lot of major
renovation projects, but this is the first time
I’m going through the process myself. So very excited to be
sharing it with you all– this 360 video
is going to focus on this part of the house. This is where the kitchen and
dining area are going to go, this is really going to
be the heart of the home. So if we look around,
right now this bathroom is being ripped out. The appliances are going
to go along that wall. Over this way in that back
corner, the dishwasher, the sink, a kitchen
island right about here– that’s going to leave some
room for the dining table over there. If we look up, the tin ceiling
is actually going to come down. Probably not original
to the house, a little bit banged up, so
that’s going to come out. We’re also going to open
up the back wall there, put in a French door,
windows on either side. That’s going to create a
nice, strong connection to the outdoors, so I’m really
excited about that element. You know, we’ve put
a lot of thought into the plan in general,
kind of following that old maxim that
successful remodeling starts with a strong design. So we started this process
about 14 months ago, working with an architect who is
another parent at my daughter’s school. Our general contractor was also
referred to us by a friend, so very much following
the Consumer Reports advice that word-of-mouth
referrals are best. They really let
you hear firsthand about the quality
of the pro’s work. Now, of course, you still
need to check credentials, especially the
license and insurance of the general contractor. A written contract,
that’s another essential, specifying the full
scope of the project. Now even with thorough planning
and all that due diligence, it’s still a good
idea to work a cushion into the budget, about 20% on
a big project like this one. That’s going to help cover any
structural damage behind walls or other hidden surprises. Now hopefully all this
demo work that you see happening right now doesn’t
uncover too many issues, but that’s definitely something
we’re going to find out.

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