Penn Foster Career School’s online Home Remodeling Program can help you gain the knowledge and skills relevant to the field of home remodeling and repair. Home repair classes will cover wiring, plumbing, heating, and framing for roofs, walls, and stairs. In addition to receiving instructional videos and a drawing kit, you'll work on hands-on project remodels for basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and additions.
To prepare students for an entry-level career at the apprentice level in the residential construction and remodeling field.
Home remodelers are specialists who update and remodel existing structures. This course will introduce you to the various roles home remodelers play in the upkeep of old structures. The constant need of improving and updating houses not only helps buildings stay in shape, but also keeps enough job opportunities in the market.
This industry looks for professionals who have sufficient knowledge in this field, and this course will help you in getting that knowledge.
As a home remodeler, you’ll probably be called upon to give prospective buyers an objective evaluation of an older home. Consequently, you’ll need to understand some of the potential problems unique to older homes, which must be identified and addressed to help your customer make an educated decision on purchasing a particular house.
You’ll also need to know how to work with a customer to define, identify, and establish work and task priorities. Finally, you must have a firm grasp of the steps necessary to design and implement a master plan that’s essential for the successful completion of the project.
Textbook: Renovating Old Houses
The timber industry caters to the various fields of the construction industry. These areas need various building materials, fasteners, tools, scaffolds, and ladders. You’ll learn about the history of various kinds of lumber, the categories of tools used by carpenters, and the types of ladders and scaffolds used to eliminate the probable complexity of the construction. There are many safety measures you must follow while working. All these intricacies will help you understand the industry better and complete the different tasks with less labor, cost-effectiveness, and extreme accuracy.
Textbook: Carpentry and Building Construction
In this course you’ll learn how to read and interpret building plans, construction drawings, and plans for heating, air conditioning, plumbing, and electrical systems. You’ll also focus on techniques and considerations for laying a foundation. Topics include site preparation, concrete reinforcement, water proofing, and insulation.
Textbook: Blueprint Reading: Construction Drawings for Building Trades
In this course you'll learn about how well-constructed framing contributes to the integrity of a house. The course includes an exploration of the framing styles and structures used in older and modern homes. You’ll have a chance to understand the techniques of layout and construction of different types of frames, roof styles, and roofing systems.
The characteristics and problems related to frames in older homes can be numerous and studying about them will help you in your career as a home remodeler. There are suggested activities that you can complete as part of your program that will help you understand the various intricacies related to framing.
In recent years, the remodeling and construction industry has witnessed an explosion of various new technologies. You’ll learn about how certain factors need to be considered when building or repairing a roof. Topics include necessary materials, their functions, and types of cornices, gutters, and downspouts. You’ll learn how to install siding, drywall, doors, windows, and insulation. This course will also take you on a journey of a variety of interior finishing techniques.
The home remodeling industry takes care of everything. Plumbing and wiring are the two most important parts of a remodeling project. This course will teach you about the various types of wiring systems and the plumbing methods associated with kitchens and bathrooms. As a remodeler you must know the differences in the specifications related to kitchens and bathrooms. A proper conversation with the client is essential, because the customer can’t pay for your mistakes. The fixtures must cater to the purpose for which they’re installed. Quality checks are needed to maintain standards. Knowledge of all these things will make you more efficient as a home remodeler.
In this course, you’ll study scenarios related to remodeling. You’ll evaluate Mr. Smith’s basement, identify potential problem areas, and draw a plan. After identifying all of the tasks and materials needed to remodel his basement, you’ll compile a comprehensive estimate of the project’s cost.
You’ll learn how to remove the existing bath fixtures, the existing floor, and the wall between the bath and the bedroom. You’ll be introduced to many new remodeling techniques, and review some skills with which you’re already familiar.
You’ll be introduced to the Johnsons, who would like to remodel the kitchen of their 35-year-old townhouse. You’ll accomplish several new tasks, such as building and installing laminate countertops, installing kitchen cabinets, and framing and installing a sliding glass door. In addition, you’ll learn how to build soffits over the kitchen cabinets to house recessed lighting fixtures, as well as how to install a cement board subfloor.
This course begins with the initial customer interview and a house evaluation, and then moves on to cover such topics as foundation layout and excavation, framing, tying in the addition, and inspections. In addition to building techniques, you’ll also explore problems unique to the remodeling industry.
You’ll learn about the various intricacies involved with home remodeling by contractors and home remodelers. As the remodeling contractor, you’re responsible for ensuring that all phases of the addition are built according to specifications, including the foundation.
You’ll frame the floor and then proceed to open up the back wall of the house and install a support beam. With the beam in place, the remainder of the framing can be completed.
You’ll learn one method of leveling and tying the existing ceiling and floor joists into the new addition.
This course completes the kitchen addition project begun in the previous course. The course has detailed descriptions of various methods used in installing tiles, countertops, kitchen islands, and so on. There are videos for reference that will be great for budding home remodelers. To pursue the remodeling business you need a lot of skills and knowledge.
The techniques of installing various fixtures, appliances, and fittings are elaborated in the lessons. The course also explores various domains of the remodeling business.