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The combination of answers above is pretty inclusive. The first responder's comments get you to the construction phase. I would add that recommendations from friends sometimes fall short if your project is of a different nature than theirs. Be sure your contractor has a track record in the type project you are considering.,
Our estimates list out detail of the work scope included and an overall cost. When moving to the contract phase we submit a schedule of values that will be used for percentage complete pay apps.
As far as the construction process, this would be our normal progression:
protection - provision for temp lighting if needed
demolition and temp arrangements for appliance usage if needed
framing of new walls, floors or beams
rough plumbing If needed
rough electric for lights, appliances etc
hvac or venting as needed
tile prep, underlayment
tile or hardwood installation
more protection before cabinets to protect finished floors
install trim (base/crown etc)
paint (sometimes this will move ahead of countertops)
provide & perform punch list
test electric, plumbing, appliance function
Note: inspections required vary by jurisdiction but for our area it will generally include foundation if an addition is involved, framing if structural changes, rough plumbing, rough electric insulation, final plumbing, final electric, certificate of occupancy.
Hope this helps
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All good answers. It should be noted also that in incandescent bulbs there are different wattage dimmers. The most common are 600 watt and 1500 watt. The lights being controlled by the dimmer should fall under these limits.
I have seen it done and seen the paint last if cleaning is thorough and the proper paint is used but the first answer is true. You won't replicate a factory finish and it is nore difficult to do than a wood window. The paint finish won't look as good but from a short distance its ussually not noticeable. We use alcohol to clean surfaces prior to painting to get a good clean surface. With metal the temperature needs to be ideal also. Not too hot, not too cold.
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