Interior Finishes Checklist
Purpose: to provide a checklist and overall plan for a project's interior finishes.
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The Drywall Order
The standard is 1/2” in 4’x12’ sheets.
However, if you have a 9’ ceiling, a wider version (54”) is available, allowing for 9’ ceilings with about a 2” gap at the bottom.
Insulation: Walls and Crawl Spaces
Insulation comes either paper-backed or not. You need to know which is required as the cost between the two varies greatly.
In some areas, you must separate all conditioned and un-conditioned spaces with a certain R value:
R-30 for areas under the floors
R-19 for areas in the walls
R-38 for attic areas
R-30 for vaulted ceilings
For cathedral ceilings, you need to use DuoVent to make sure that there is a 2” space from the eve to the ridge vent to cool the sheathing.
A minimum distance of 42” is recommended between countertops.
A standard countertop has a 24” depth and is 35” in height.
Solid Wood Floors
“You are only as good as your subfloor”: if your subfloor is low-quality, then it will come through very easily on top. Make sure you invest in a proper sub-floor.
Make sure you have all faucets, fixtures, and all other features that will be placed on or into the countertops either on-hand or already installed before work on the countertops begins.
Have all sinks and faucets already identified and available if possible.
If working with a farmhouse-style design, make sure you have the kitchen sink already selected and installed.
Questions to Ask the Supplier
Which locations require backsplashes?
Which edge detail do you want?