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3 Small Yet Impactful Additions For Your Next Interior Remodel

Over the years, we have discovered little tricks to squeeze every last bit of value out of our projects, and we’ve decided to share them here. These are things that generally don’t add a lot of cost to our projects, depending on size and scope, but they’re one of those “while we’re in here” sort of things that are worth discussing.

• Rockwool Insulation

o Rockwool insulation may not be fun to handle, but it can really make a difference in the acoustics in your home, especially in a bathroom. If you’re tearing open walls in your master bath, consider stuffing rockwool insulation in them before hanging sheetrock. Not only will it make winding down at the end of the day easier, but it will also allow you to have a much safer tornado or hurricane shelter space, in the event of a fire during a storm, or just a fire in general. Rockwool is made of dense wool fibers that are fire resistant and have great soundproofing qualities, plus it’s only a little under $1/SF. It’s even Greenguard certified, meaning production methods have low chemical emissions and are environmentally friendly.

• Mold Resistant Sheetrock

o Older bathrooms generally did not get dried in with mold resistant gypsum board, so we always gut all of the sheetrock in bathrooms and mud rooms and install “green board” or mold resistant sheetrock. This is especially important in higher humidity areas like around the shower. You may even decide to go up to 5/8” green board on the ceiling and stuffing rockwool in the joist cavities if there is a 2nd floor above the room.

• 1-3/4” Thickness Doors

o There may be a bit of a price difference between 1-3/8” or 1-3/4”, but it’s one of those things, once you’ve seen it, you can’t unsee it (or feel it in this case). Solid core, 1-3/4” doors cut down a lot of the noise that travels down hallways and don’t rattle when shut. They feel alot more valuable than what the price difference might reflect. Low traffic doors, like closet doors, can stay 1-3/8", while bedroom doors we suggest going with 1-3/4".

There are many other techniques and tricks we implement on our projects, but we can't give away all of our secrets! Schedule a consultation with us and we'll be happy to share our knowledge and get you started on your next kitchen, bathroom, or other home remodel, renovation, or addition.