Friday, April 3, 2009

Backing: Mistakes to Avoid

It is hard to believe, but it was two months ago that I posted my first blog!


1. Be sure to discuss your backing needs with you builder so that the framer will include it in his/her quote.


2. Make sure your interior designer has identified any backing needed with the interior design plan.


3. Make sure you take a photograph showing the location of the backing once it is installed in the wall. Give a reference measurement so the location can be identified once covered with drywall.


4. Do not skimp on the size of the wood you are using for backing.
5. Do not forget the items mounted in the ceiling that need backing as well as those mounted on the walls.



Items to consider for backing include:




Audio/video equipment




Ceiling or wall mounted projectors



Drop down screens



Speakers



Wall-mounted televisions



Bathroom



Art



Ceiling fans



Decorative mirror



Grab bars



Magnifying mirror



Medicine cabinet



Shower curtain rod



Shower door



Toilet paper holder



Towel bar, rings, hooks



Towel warmer



Cabinets above toilet



Bedroom



Canopy



Ceiling fan



Headboard



Decorative hanging pieces



Art


Mirrors


Portraits



Sculpture



Wall mounted corner cabinet



Garage



Athletic equipment racks



Bike rack



Garage door motor



Garage door tracks



Tool holders mounted on the wall



Hardware


Clothes hooks or robe hooks


Coat rack


Kitchen


Pot rack


Upper cabinets


Laundry room


Broom, mop holder


Ironing board holder



Lighting



Chandeliers



Sconces



Track lighting



Mantels



Staircase handrail



Window treatments



Cornice



Curtain rod



Curtain tie backs



Miscellaneous



Tapestry



Game, fish, and other trophies



Wall safe

If you can think of other items that need backing, leave them in a comment. Blessings. ...Susan

2 comments:

Susan said...

Oh, my goodness, I think I found my parallel self! Your attention to detail is what would help alleviate frustration with homeowners and their contractors.

I just discovered you through your comment on Brooke Giannetti's blog.

I am looking forward to visiting your blog regularly and am placing it among my favorites!

Susan
(Even parallel names!)

Susan Lang @ Designing Your Dream Home said...

Hey Susan from Susan, welcome! Your comment is appreciated... especially "Your attention to detail is what would help alleviate frustration with homeowners and their contractors." This was one of my goals when I wrote Designing Your Dream Home.

My son-in-law is a custom home builder in the Carolina mountains and he wishes all of his clients would read my book, believing it would eliminate many of the change orders.

Please comment on the giveaway post so that you will be eligible to win my book. thanks!