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Go behind the scenes at HGTV Dream Home 2016 and see how the design team rolls with the punches.
Change of Plans

Change of Plans

To account for a change of height in window treatment plans due to transoms placed above each window, Brian and installer Kenny decided to make the panels just two inches shorter than the total height of the wall. This allows the drapery rod to be moved up or down as much as needed for a perfect fit.

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I have a rule for remodeling and interior design projects, which suggests only 70 percent of the overall plans will be solid while the remaining 30 percent are considered “wiggle room” that are subject to constant change. I cannot tell you how much peace of mind this rule has brought me over the years.

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Exterior view of progress at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 Merritt Island, FL.

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Exterior view of progress at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 Merritt Island, FL.

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Exterior view of progress at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 Merritt Island, FL.

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Exterior view of progress at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 Merritt Island, FL.

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Exterior view of progress at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 Merritt Island, FL.

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Exterior view of progress at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 Merritt Island, FL.

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Exterior view of progress at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 Merritt Island, FL.

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TREX decking materials are being installed at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 Merritt Island, FL.

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JELD-WEN windows after installation at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 Merritt Island, FL.

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JELD-WEN doors after installation at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 Merritt Island, FL.

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JELD-WEN windows after installation at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 Merritt Island, FL.

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JELD-WEN windows after installation at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 Merritt Island, FL.

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Jeld Wen employees install the new front door as seen on HGTV Dream Home 2016 Merritt Island, FL.

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Jeld Wen employees install the new front door as seen on HGTV Dream Home 2016 Merritt Island, FL.

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Jeld Wen employees install the new front door as seen on HGTV Dream Home 2016 Merritt Island, FL.

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Jeld Wen employees install the new front door as seen on HGTV Dream Home 2016 Merritt Island, FL.

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Jeld Wen employees install the new front door as seen on HGTV Dream Home 2016 Merritt Island, FL.

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Jeld Wen employees install the new front door as seen on HGTV Dream Home 2016 Merritt Island, FL.

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BELGARD pavers are being installed by the outdoor kitchen at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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BELGARD pavers are being installed by the outdoor kitchen at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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BELGARD pavers are being installed by the outdoor kitchen at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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View of the backyard at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Roofing tiles are ready for installation at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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BELGARD pavers are being installed by the outdoor kitchen at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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BELGARD pavers are being installed by the outdoor kitchen at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Rear exterior view at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Rear exterior view at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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BELGARD pavers are being installed by the outdoor kitchen at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Exterior garage view at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Front exterior view of the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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The roofing crew stacks tiles that are ready for installation at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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BELGARD pavers are being installed at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Interior view of the dining room at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Interior view of the living room at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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BELGARD pavers are being installed at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Interior view of the staircase to the master suite at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Renovation continues on the HGTV Dream Home 2016 on Merritt Island, FL.

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Renovation continues on the HGTV Dream Home 2016 on Merritt Island, FL.

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Renovation continues on the HGTV Dream Home 2016 on Merritt Island, FL.

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Renovation continues on the HGTV Dream Home 2016 on Merritt Island, FL.

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Renovation continues on the HGTV Dream Home 2016 on Merritt Island, FL.

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Renovation continues on the HGTV Dream Home 2016 on Merritt Island, FL.

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Renovation continues on the HGTV Dream Home 2016 on Merritt Island, FL.

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Renovation continues on the HGTV Dream Home 2016 on Merritt Island, FL.

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Renovation continues on the HGTV Dream Home 2016 on Merritt Island, FL.

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JELD-WEN windows and doors awaiting installation at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 on Merritt Island, FL.

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A delivery of new windows and doors arrives for installation at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Window and door openings are prepped for the installation of new Jeld Wen windows and doors at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Window and door openings are prepped for the installation of new Jeld Wen windows and doors at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Window and door openings are prepped for the installation of new Jeld Wen windows and doors at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Window and door openings are prepped for the installation of new Jeld Wen windows and doors at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Window and door openings are prepped for the installation of new Jeld Wen windows and doors at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Window and door openings are prepped for the installation of new Jeld Wen windows and doors at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Window and door openings are prepped for the installation of new Jeld Wen windows and doors at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Window and door openings are prepped for the installation of new Jeld Wen windows and doors at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Window and door openings are prepped for the installation of new Jeld Wen windows and doors at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Window and door openings are prepped for the installation of new Jeld Wen windows and doors at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Window and door openings are prepped for the installation of new Jeld Wen windows and doors at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Exterior view of backyard and pool area at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Window and door openings are prepped for the installation of new Jeld Wen windows and doors at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Interior view of downstairs guest bathroom at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Interior view of laundry room at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Interior view of the kitchen at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Exterior view of progress at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Exterior view of progress at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Exterior view of progress at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Window and door openings are prepped for the installation of new Jeld Wen windows and doors at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Exterior view of progress at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Exterior view of progress at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Exterior view of progress at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Exterior view of progress at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Interior view of downstairs guest bathroom at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Window and door openings are prepped for the installation of new Jeld Wen windows and doors at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Interior view of laundry room at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Window and door openings are prepped for the installation of new Jeld Wen windows and doors at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Window and door openings are prepped for the installation of new Jeld Wen windows and doors at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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A doghouse built to last at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Rear exterior view of the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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The master bathroom gets new tile at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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An interior view of the master bedroom at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Workers install the Cabinets To Go cabinets through-out the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Workers install the Cabinets To Go cabinets through-out the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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An interior view of the guest bedroom at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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A painter applies Glidden Grab-N-Go High Endurance paint in the laundry room at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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An interior view of the guest bedroom at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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An interior view of the media room at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Workers install the Cabinets To Go kitchen at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Workers install the Cabinets To Go kitchen at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Workers install the Cabinets To Go kitchen at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Lumber Liquidators hardwood flooring is being installed through out the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Lumber Liquidators hardwood flooring is being installed through out the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Lumber Liquidators hardwood flooring is being installed through out the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Trim carpentaers finish up the details at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Front exterior view of the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Side exterior view of the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Front exterior view of the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Front exterior view of the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Front exterior view of the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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There are certain things that can easily be locked in from the get-go, such as appliances, flooring, and door hardware. There are other things best left loose, like furniture placement and which art pieces should go where.

Each time I'm checking in on a project, I start troubleshooting and making on-the-fly decisions once the project has gotten underway.

For HGTV Dream Home 2016, I decided to leave a lot of decisions loose until I could visualize the home after it was gutted and framing was in place.

First Level Floor Plan

Second Level Floor Plan

For an insider's look at how to navigate a design project, follow along as I reveal how my project manager AJ Lyle and I remained patient to roll with the punches that were thrown our way.

Remodeling Advice

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Account for Wiggle Room

In every remodel make sure you account for wiggle room. Interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn has a rule for remodeling, which suggests only 70 percent of the overall plans will be solid while the remaining 30 percent are considered wiggle room that are subject to change. 

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Messy Patching

If you're adding new junction boxes to an existing ceiling, keep in mind that there will be drywall or plaster patching, sanding and mudding involved which can be messy. Before your electrician arrives, remove any upholstered pieces or precious items from the space since the dust can potentially stain.

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Complete Framing

Once framing is up, bring painter's tape to map out intended furniture and ensure it will fit as designated on paper.

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Final Color Check

Always do a final color check after walls have been insulated and sheetrock is installed because the yellow coloring of pine used for framing can alter how colors read. 

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Stairwell Demolition

Anytime you're replacing stairwell railing, leave the numbers up to your contractor since millwork is precise and configured down to the one-sixteenth of an inch measurement.

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Close to Completion

Homeowners frustrated with the mess and inconvenience of remodeling should know that once the insulation of their walls begin, the rest of the project will move forward quickly. Drywall is hung after walls are insulated. Of all tasks, drywall hanging, taping and mudding is one of the speediest. 

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During my second check-in at the house after the demolition was complete and most of the framing was up, I had to alter some of my window treatment plans to account for a change in height due to the transoms above each window.

To ensure a finished length that wouldn't be too short, my installer and I made the panels two inches shorter than the total height of the wall. This allows us to move the drapery rod up or down for a perfect fit.

Complete Framing

Complete Framing

Once framing is up, bring painter's tape to map out intended furniture and ensure it will all fit as designated on paper.

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Hands down, the most fulfilling part of a remodel is when interior framing is complete and new windows are installed. This is when you start to get a true sense for scale and proportion as well as the overall lighting scheme of the space.

Once framing is up, I usually bring painter's tape with me to ensure my intended furniture will fit as it played out on paper. This is an excellent time to check how paint colors and fabrics read. I always do a final color check once walls have been insulated and sheetrock is installed.

Although I was thrilled seeing the house framed out, it was hard to get too excited since there was still no air conditioning and it was the dead of summer in coastal Florida where the humidity is similar to the Amazonian rainforest.

When it comes to millwork, it's likely that creative details will slightly change once it's time to install things like railings or trim due to how things need to be finished. I usually plan to meet my contractors during the installation day to make creative changes together and ensure a perfect end product without extra costs or headache.

Stairwell Demolition
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Anytime you're replacing stairwell railing, it's best to leave the numbers up to your contractor since millwork is precise and is configured down to the one-sixteenth of an inch measurement. 

Stairwell Demolition

Anytime you're replacing stairwell railing, it's best to leave the numbers up to your contractor since millwork is super precise and is configured down to the one-sixteenth of an inch measurement.

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To track any creative changes, it's smart to mark up your plans with a pencil and use as a checklist when it comes time to tackle your final punch list.

One of the most irritating parts of renovations or simple decorating jobs is keeping a contractor waiting if materials have not shown up. For example, twice in the past month plumbers have shown up to my house to install faucets only to find out they came with missing parts.

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In response, I'm running out of the house to the nearest place to find extra parts while the pro is at the house prepping the install. While I'm out, I have an important question and my smart phone dies. To avoid this, I have a fully charged external battery with me before I start any project-related runs.

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Exterior side view at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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BELGARD pavers are ready to be installed as seen on HGTV Dream Home 2016 Merritt Island, FL.

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BELGARD pavers are ready to be installed as seen on HGTV Dream Home 2016 Merritt Island, FL.

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TREX decking materials are being installed at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 Merritt Island, FL.

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TREX decking materials are being installed at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 Merritt Island, FL.

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Work continues on the nearly completely dock at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Roofing tiles are ready for installation at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Roofing tiles are ready for installation at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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BELGARD pavers are being installed by the outdoor kitchen at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Roofing materials stacked up and ready for installtion at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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BELGARD pavers are being installed at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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BELGARD pavers are being installed at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Interior view of the kitchen at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Construction continues at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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BELGARD pavers are being installed at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Interior view of the kitchen at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Interior view of the media room at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Work continues at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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BELGARD pavers are being installed at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Interior view of the master suite at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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BELGARD pavers are being installed at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Window and door openings are prepped for the installation of new Jeld Wen windows and doors at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Window and door openings are prepped for the installation of new Jeld Wen windows and doors at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Window and door openings are prepped for the installation of new Jeld Wen windows and doors at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Window and door openings are prepped for the installation of new Jeld Wen windows and doors at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Window and door openings are prepped for the installation of new Jeld Wen windows and doors at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Window and door openings are prepped for the installation of new Jeld Wen windows and doors at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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BELGARD pavers waiting to be installed at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 on Merritt Island, FL.

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A delivery of new windows and doors arrives for installation at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merit Island, Florida.

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Landscape work continues at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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A doghouse built to last at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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Lumber Liquidators hardwood flooring is being installed through out the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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A view of the outdoor kitchen under construction at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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An interior view of the stairs leading to the second floor at the HGTV Dream Home 2016 in Merritt Island, FL.

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A massive part of remodeling, which you'll never see but makes a huge impact, is insulation. After the interior walls were reframed for new windows and doors, several days were devoted to adding new energy-efficient insulation. This is an exciting time because once the insulation is done, it's time for drywall.

Once drywall is up, do you know what's next? Instant gratification! Yep, that's the point when the property actually starts to look like a home with walls. So if you can keep your patience up to the point of insulation, it's smooth sailing from there on out, folks.

Re-Insulation

Re-Insulation

Homeowners frustrated with the ongoing mess and inconvenience of remodeling should know that once the insulation of their interior and exterior walls begin, the rest of the project will move forward quickly. Drywall is hung after the walls are insulated and of all tasks, drywall hanging, taping and mudding is one of the speediest.

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As the day came to a close, it was exciting to think that my next trip back to Merritt Island from Atlanta would involve an actual house with actual walls, actual working plumbing and functioning indoor lighting. It's the simple things, folks.

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