Monthly Archives: March 2011
Running a clean and orderly jobsite is always a challenge for a general contractor. An orderly jobsite is indicative of the work being done. It is a safer environment for workers and for homeowners. It leads to fewer lost items and less damage to property. It facilitates efficient work. However, it takes time. At Diamond Home Restoration, it is one of the most frequently asked questions.
A job starts on the right foot with site preparation. All surfaces that are to remain should get covered. For hardwood floors this means a layer of Rosen paper and then a layer of Ram board. The floor covering should be patched whenever a break occurs. The area of the remodel will be separated from the rest of the site with plastic walls. Areas that do not need access will receive clear heavy plastic and tape. Areas that require access will receive a heavy-duty zipper door. All removable items should be removed from the work area, if possible. Fixed items should be tented with plastic and taped off. Construction dust finds it way into the tightest of spaces.
An area should be designated for tools and building materials. This needs to be an accessible area that offers security for the contractor and minimal intrusion for the homeowner. Jobsite shelves and bins are invaluable. We have a number of rug remnants that we carry job to job to use as protection under our tools. The constant moving of tools does damage to surfaces that even Ram board has a hard time with. A hearty carpet on top of the standard floor protection can stand up to the regular drops of tools. Another area for fixtures is desirable. New fixtures, whether plumbing or electrical, have a way of walking off jobs. We keep a log of all fixtures for our records. Any boxes that get opened for inspection or investigation get taped back up with all parts inside. If you open it early, trust me, tape it back up.
In regards to site prep and daily clean up, Diamond Home Restoration always includes a line item on all of our estimates. This is a step in the construction process that takes time and is of great importance to us and the home owner. It is a daily investment of time maintaining a clean job site, as well as providing the necessary site protection in our clients homes. One of our philosophies as a company is to be as transparent as possible when it comes to all aspects of our projects. Although this may seem like a line item that you don’t want to see money being spent on, it is a necessary step that has a value.