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Jeff the Remodeler

Warning: Your new roommate is going to wake up early, be a bit loud and, if you’re not careful,could make quite a dust storm. For anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 months or more. 

Are you ready for your home to become a construction zone during your remodeling project? If not, here are some points to review with your contractor – timeline, schedule, logistics and dust control – before you give up your peace and quiet for quite a while.


Ask about timing for major milestones in the project, so you can measure the contractor’s progress. You could update this with regular, informal check-ins or a more formal project management system.


When will the contractor arrive and leave? What considerations – such as piano lessons, a party or a vacation – do you need to discuss that might affect the contractor’s schedule?


Think about everything from where the contractor can park to how careful he/she has to be about the placement of tools (because of small children and pets).

Dust control:

This is the No. 1 threat to livability for homeowners. That’s why you need to insist on a “clean” contractor that will talk to you about his/her dust control plan right away, well before you begin your project.
As a homeowner, you know you’ll need to adjust your life during a major remodeling project. Look for a contractor who address your concerns and ensure your family’s livability during the project.

How we handle these issues at McManus Kitchen and Bath

Timeline, schedule and logistics. 

Our project management system, BuilderTrend, helps us manage the project schedule and streamlines communication with the homeowner. During the pre-construction meeting we gather relevant subcontractors, MKB principals and the homeowner to review the schedule and identify any potential issues. Things like parking and equipment storage are outlined in our proposal.

Dust Control

Our dust control system is 3 fold.

  • We use ZipWall barriers to isolate the work area from the rest of the house
  • We install specialized drop cloths on the floors and cover furniture
  • We operate a 600 CFM HEPA filter throughout the project


You can read more about our system, called Livable Remodeling, by clicking here. 

Thanks for reading! We’d love to be a part of your next remodel. Check out our design services page.


Paul McManus

McManus Kitchen and Bath


McManus Kitchen & Bath

Phone: (850) 354-8090

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