Kitchen/Bathroom Remodel

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Kitchens and bathrooms are key areas of energy usage and potential moisture issues.

Having a licensed and knowledgeable contractor obtain the proper permits and inspections will help to ensure the work is done correctly.

Do I need a permit?

Yes, you need to obtain a permit for kitchen and bathroom remodels. 

What inspections do I need? 

  1. Framing
  2. Insulation
  3. Drywall/Tile backer
  4. Final

Required Inspections 

  • Rough Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEPS)
  • Insulation (If applicable)
  • Drywall / Tile Backer
  • Tile lath - When possible, combine this inspection with shower-pan inspection.
  • Shower Pan - Water test
  • Final - Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, torque new breakers, and ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) test

Green Building Tips 

  • Choose green materials for your cabinetry, countertops, finishes, and flooring.
    • Use formaldehyde-free materials in your cabinets and finishes for a healthy indoor environment.
  • Replace older, energy-hogging appliances and fixtures with newer, energy-efficient models to significantly reduce utility bills. 
    • Energy Star appliances use 10–50% less energy and water than standard models!
  • Install low-flow faucets to save up to 40% on hot and cold water use.
  • Design short and direct plumbing runs to save energy and deliver hot water faster.
    • Plumbing runs are best placed in interior walls, rather than exterior walls, so it's easier to heat and cool the house, and where mold issues are less likely.
  • Smart lighting design can improve kitchen function and appearance - and energy performance.
    • Keep recessed lights out of the ceiling if that ceiling is insulated - these can lights act as energy tunnels.
    • Design the right mix of task and ambient lighting.
    • Use energy-efficient light fixtures wherever possible.

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