August 3, 2023

Whole Home or Room by Room Renovation

Tampa Whole Home Renovation Services

We’ve already discussed why DIY home renovations are not the best idea unless you’re a qualified builder or carpenter.  So, now let’s talk about how to proceed–once you’ve hired Onsite professional home renovators–with either a whole house or a room-by-room renovation.  

Planning a detailed step-by-step timeline is probably the first set of details you should put down on paper.  You’ll need to list when you want to get the project started, when you’ll need to have your plan or blueprint drawn up, when your choice of colors, features, and construction materials need to be finalized and then ordered, when each room of your home needs to be emptied so that construction can begin unfettered.

If you need to live in your house while it’s being renovated, you must be prepared for what’s to come.  Whether you’re planning a small room by room job or an entire house renovation, you and your family will have to contend with disruptions from noise, dust, and a steady stream of carpenters, plumbers, electricians, inspectors, and others walking and out of your home. At times, parts of your living space may be inaccessible, and you and your family will have to make adjustments to your daily routines and everyday lifestyle.

But, by putting together a timeline with your Onsite Renovation team, by working closely with us to plan the project, and with some flexibility and patience, we can help you get through the chaos, the noise, the dust, and happily settled back into a beautifully renovated home.

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So, here are some tips gleaned from our 17+ years of experience in doing home renovations:

  • Be sure to coordinate your calendar with the Onsite Renovation team
  • By coordinating your family calendar with our renovation team, we can assure you of the least amount of inconvenience. By determining where and when work takes place within your home, you can redistribute necessary everyday articles to other rooms, keep your loved ones (including pets) from getting in the way, and isolate the noisy and dusty areas that are being worked on.
  • A simple clear plastic drop cloth can be hung from the door of the room being renovated.  Ask us about our dust containment and clearing procedures.  We’ll thoroughly explain what protective equipment we’ll be using during the project. These may include air filters, HEPA vacuums, drop cloths, and other protective measures. This won’t totally keep the dust at bay, but it will surely help.  
  • Repurpose non-renovated living areas
  • If your kitchen is being renovated, you can plan on eating out a few nights a week at your favorite restaurants.  You can repurpose another room in your home to set up a dining table and order take-out.  Move your coffee pot to another room, put your refrigerator in the garage and plug it in there. And remember, you live in Florida!  You can cook on the grill and eat outside if you like.
  • Need to move beds out of a bedroom that’s being enlarged?  Relocate them temporarily to a quiet spot in another room, away from the dust and noise. Yes, it’s inconvenient.  But it’s for a short period of time and the new bedroom will look spectacular!
  • Keep the family occupied
  • During your renovation, you have an awesome opportunity to reconnect with all the members of your family.  Your home is being turned upside down, your daily routine is being disrupted, so why not use this time to invent games for the kids, build “forts” for them to sleep in, spend time outside in the pool or on the lanai, take the dog to the local dog park.  This is a time when creativity and improvisation are your best friends.  


Now, let’s review a checklist of how your Onsite renovation should proceed:

  Planning your design

  • Determining your budget
  • Applying for permits
  • Setting up a detailed calendar
  • Moving furniture, clothes, appliances, everything moveable out of the room



  • We break through walls, remove cabinets and countertops, rip up carpeting or other flooring, remove sinks and bathtubs, and basically clear the room so that we can start our renovation


  • We install 2’ x 4’s according to your design
  • We start to “frame” out your vision

   Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC ducts

  • Basically, install anything that needs to go inside of the walls, ceilings, or floors, including insulation.
  • Install the drywall
  • Tape, spackle, sand when dry, then paint the undercoat or primer, then paint the finish coat. 
  • Install wall and door trim 
  • Crown moldings, chair rails, wainscoting, or whatever type of trim you have chosen, sand, and then the final painting.


  • Wall to wall carpeting
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Tiles
  • Laminated flooring
  • Engineered wood
  • And more…

  Install cabinets, fixtures, and any “fixed” type of lighting

  • We make sure the cabinets are level
  • We ensure that there is enough light in the renovated room



  • If this is a kitchen or bathroom renovation, now is the time Onsite installs the appliances:  refrigerators, stoves, dishwasher, microwave, sinks, shower fixtures, faucets, etc.
  • If it’s another room in the house, here we install closet rods, bookshelves, alcoves, etc.

        Final Touches

  • Time to move the furniture back in the room
  • Hang pictures on the wall
  • Add those personal family touches


Finally, your Onsite Construction team will walk you through your completed renovation and help you make a “punch list” noting any last-minute dings or scratches that need to be fixed.  This is the time when you need to list anything that you feel is not quite right.

We’ll fix it.  Redo it.  Make sure it’s done correctly.  And then we’ll guarantee it.

Since our company’s founding over 17 years ago, we have worked with numerous clients throughout our Tampa Bay community. And because we employ our own in-house crews, our teams can create shorter project schedules and uphold higher standards.  We pride ourselves on the fact that 80% of our business comes from repeat and past clients, or referrals.  

At Onsite, we stand behind the quality of all our services, including emphasizing our pledge to offer reliable and timely customer service to every one of our customers.  Our handpicked staff will provide you with the personal attention rarely found in our industry today.

So, if you’re looking to renovate one room, a kitchen or bathroom, or an entire house, give us a call today.  We offer free quotes, impeccable service, and we fully guarantee our work.