Whenever we start a new kitchen renovation project, one of the first steps we take is to build a dust barrier. This usually is composed of plastic sheeting that is put up all around the construction area to keep the mess of renovation from spreading to the rest of the home.
A dust barrier is a floor-to-ceiling plastic wall– generally taped down to seal the area completely — that keeps dirt, debris, and even some noise from bleeding out into other areas of your home. And while it’s not perfect, it can significantly decrease the spread of the “demolition dirt” that inevitably occurs during construction.
Seal the Deal
Most kitchens usually have a door leading to the outside. So building a dust barrier is a pretty effective way of controlling the mess without limiting access to the target area. Workers and materials can pass to and from the kitchen through the exterior door without ever having to step foot in the rest of your house.
Limiting the focus of the work to the kitchen not only helps control the mess but also minimizes the disruption to your family’s everyday life. While you won’t usually have access to your kitchen during the renovation — lots of takeout in your future, at least in the short term — you also don’t have to worry about workmen tracking dirt and mud into your living room and other areas.
Bathrooms pose a different sort of challenge because they almost never have a door leading outside. So for bathroom demolition and renovation projects, we usually tried to build a path from the bathroom to the outside, sealing it off with the same type of dust barrier sheeting.
Our goal is to give you the best possible renovation with the least amount of disruption to your family. Dust barriers help achieve both of these objectives.