The drywall phase is always the transitional phase in any renovation project. All the following phases have been completed: Demo, Framing, Roofing, Mechanicals, Insulation, and Inspection. The drywall phase marks the middle of the project. It may have felt like FOREVER to get to this stage of the project.
But exciting things will happen from here.
The duration of a typical drywall phase can take anywhere from 3 days to a maximum of 8 to 10 days, depending on the size of the renovation.
Steps to the Drywall Phase
Here is how the process goes. On the first day of the drywall phase, the drywall is delivered to the site. This is done in anticipation of the drywall hangers getting started. Once the drywall hangers arrive on site you will be amazed at how fast these sheets of drywall go up. That is the fast part of the process. Next comes the drywall finishers. They are the guys who smear drywall joint compound all over the walls and ceiling to create what will ultimately be a seamless finish. The big variable in how long the finishers take is the amount of time it takes between coats for the drywall to dry out completely before applying a second or third round of joint compound. Then, the sanders come in and sand.
Keeping the Dust Down During the Drywall Phase
Sanding is when the most intense drywall dust occurs. We do several things to mitigate the effects of this “dusty” phase. As you know drywall is messy and you probably noticed our temporary construction walls are in place. These walls are there to keep homeowners and pets protected during the construction process but also put in place as dust containment areas. Our temporary walls are “taped off” to the permanent walls and a dust filtration system is in place in the construction zone. This helps keep the dust in the area of your home that is being renovated and not in your living space. At the completion of all the drywall sanding, we thoroughly vacuum the entire space.
I know that this phase of the project may not seem super exciting, but once this phase is completed you can start to see the spaces take shape. You can also start to feel how the rooms will interact with one another in anticipation of the next phase, finishes!