Are you remodeling a room in your home? You’ve probably thought about whether you should gut it or not, right? I had the same thoughts. I have renovated four rooms in my home in the past year. It’s become my hobby. Now that my kids are grown, I have a lot more time on my hands. I’m a painter by trade, but I’ve found that I really love remodeling. I’ve taught myself everything I know and I want to pass my knowledge off to you.
Something I have gone back and forth on in my head is whether I should gut the room completely. I ended up gutting every room I remodeled and I’ll tell you why.
It Gives a Finished Look
I’m the type of person that likes to do things all the way. I want everything to look perfect. There’s no room for errors. If I am going to fully renovate a room, I want to basically start from scratch. Sure, I probably could leave things like the plumbing or electrical alone, but since I was gutting the room, I figured I’d better just go for it. Starting from scratch, I had brand new dry wall, flooring, and fixtures. Nothing was left to chance in the rooms I did.
It Makes Sure You’re up to Code
I don’t know about your home, but my home is old. Built back in the 80s, you can guess what the wiring looked like behind those walls. I shudder thinking about it. I was really better off completing gutting the room, and replacing the wiring. If I didn’t, who knows what would have happened. Codes get updated for a reason and I wasn’t about to find out the hard way. Since I was already tearing things down, I figured I might as well do it right.
You May Find Leaks
Mold is a scary thought isn’t it? What if you knew there was mold lurking behind your walls yet you weren’t aware? That’s what happened to me and is one of the main reasons I’m so glad I tore down my walls. Finding the unpleasant sight of mold was unsettling, but I felt good knowing that I was getting rid of it now and of course, fixing the leak too. If it went on for too long, who knows what would have happened.
You Can Make a New Layout
It’s pretty hard to change the layout of the room if you don’t gut it. If you leave the walls intact, you have to work around the existing wiring and plumbing. What fun is that, right? For me, if I’m going to renovate, I want to go all out. I wanted a completely different look in the rooms I renovated, so I gutted and even relocated some of the electrical and plumbing systems. Of course, it was a huge job, but I had the time on my hands. If you aren’t adventurous or don’t want to change the room’s layout, you don’t have to worry about this step.
So should you gut a room when you renovate? It’s up to you, but I truly encourage it. You get a behind the scenes look at your home. You get to see what’s really going on back there. It gives you a bird’s eye view of what you might need to change. It may even save you money in the long run. Who wants to knock down their newly renovated room because of a plumbing or electrical issue when you could have fixed it during the renovation in the first place?