Documenting A Remodel

By Robert Robillard on Home Repairs And Remodeling

Taking Photos During A Remodel

Take photographs during the remodeling phase can save time later!  Not only is it often important to document the steps of a remodel but those photos can be useful later on during subsequent projects.

Several years ago I started taking mid-construction pictures of home repair and remodeling projects I worked on with the intention of creating a digital record for future repairs or remodels.

Helps future planning and remodeling

I liked this idea and felt it was good for future planning and remodeling, as well as knowing where to nail and not to nail. For example, where water pipes are located inside a wall.

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Guide Home Repairs

This type of information can be invaluable with later home repairs when you’re discussing whether to remove a wall to open up a room or put in a doorway, etc.

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Locates Gas, Water and Electrical Lines

Below is an example of some pictures I took to document water and a gas line [yellow] to a to second floor. In the photos I used a tape measure to assist me later in locating exact locations.

Now with digital photography its easy to enlarge the picture to see the tape measure to locate utilities or special framing with in a wall or cavity..

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I enlisted a helper below! The reason for this photo was to show where I was pulling my tape from.   The actual measurements are seen in the above photos.

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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzzr As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising-the-bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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