Phase 1 - Pre-Construction Meeting: A representative of Harding Design & Construction will visit your home to discuss your remodeling project. During this initial meeting, we listen to what you really want and need from your home and discuss issues such as space planning, aesthetics, comfort, function, project feasibility, and budget.
Phase 2 - Design, Plan & Permit: Once we have discussed the concepts of the remodeling project, we will take the time to put them on paper. This is the most important step within any building project to insure we reach the goals for your home, while keeping your budget in mind. At this point we can be creative with your project and transform ideas into a well-laid out plans to provide a roadmap for you, city officials, and us in moving forward with construction. Depending on your project, we will either draw the plans in-house or work closely with preferred designers we highly recommend and trust.
Phase 3 - Breaking Ground, Deconstructing, and Starting Over: We're always aware that it is your home first and our construction site second. Throughout the duration of your project, floor coverings are laid in areas of foot traffic while hallways and doorways are sealed with tape, and plastic and filtration fans are used to control dust. All of these measures help keep us from affecting the home's indoor air quality and keep you comfortable while your home is under construction. Typically, we begin a project by strategically dismantling and salvaging anything that could be reused or donated. All refuse that cannot be donated is put in dumpsters or appropriate trash bins to be recycled.
Phase 4 - Framing, Plumbing, and Electrical: Demolition and deconstruction of the project is now complete. Next we lay ground plumbing and electrical. We then pour concrete footings and foundation. Once the concrete has cured, we start building the structure of the home. Extra time is spent to make sure seismic hardware is installed from the foundation to the roof so the house is safe and can survive an earthquake.
Phase 5 - Mechanical Systems: To the laymen's eye, this portion of the project can sometimes seem slower because the majority of the work is not as visible as everything completed prior. The roof sheathing and radiant barrier are now in place. Copper or PEX plumbing systems are well planned-out and installed within the framing. Electrical wire systems are run through the ceiling to walls and under the home. Prior to installing the mechanical heating and ventilation system, we measure and calculate exactly how much heat or air is needed per room based on the size of the wall, windows, and direction the room is facing. This allows for the heating and air conditioning unit to be properly sized, which will conserve resources and in turn save you money on your utility bills.
Phase 6 - Insulation, Drywall, Siding, Shell Sealing & Testing: After many city inspections, we seal all the penetrations and air gaps within the framing prior to insulating. There are many options to choose from when insulating your home. All types of insulation have their pros and cons as well as cost differences. Regardless of the insulation type chosen, we take great care to make sure the installation of the insulation is done correctly to achieve maximum performance. We install ⅝" instead of ½" drywall for better thermal mass, sound-deadening, and fire stopping qualities. Once the drywall is installed, we test the shell and ventilation system within the home. Testing at this stage, prior to installation of attic insulation, allows us to measure if your home will need fresh air mechanical ventilation and if there are further opportunities for air sealing.
Phase 7 - Finish Work: At this point the home has really taken shape. A lot of time is taken at this phase to make sure the finished materials brought into the home do not affect the home's indoor air quality with VOCs. We install Energy Star certified appliances, rapidly renewable or FSC certified flooring and moldings, formaldehyde free cabinetry, Zero VOC paint, tile, low-flow water fixtures, LED lighting, countertops, and interior doors.
Phase 8 - Landscaping: Ideally, the landscape design is completed at the same time of all the other planning in Phase 2. The outdoor space should look and feel like an extension of your indoor space. We design and install features to deter invasive species and minimize demand for water and synthetic chemicals, which lowers water bills and is safer for you and your family.
Phase 9 - Final Home Performance Test: We perform a final test to the shell, combustion appliances and ventilation system to make sure nothing was compromised during the installation or manufacturing of any finish items and that the home performs to its full potential.
Phase 10 - Completion: At this point we do a walk-through with you and your family to highlight key features and include important safety and maintenance procedures.