Houses are made up of many layers that extend from the outside envelope, to the interior of your home. Some materials are hidden in the walls, while interior finishes are the materials we can see.
The interior finishes in a house include:
- Interior doors.
- Interior trim from the ceiling (crown molding) to the floor (baseboards).
- Interior lighting.
- Floor and stair coverings.
- Cabinets and countertops.
- Kitchen and bathroom plumbing fixtures.
Interior Finishes When Building or Remodeling
When you're building or remodeling a house, there are many more decisions than you realize. Typically the home buyer/owner will select the finishes, both exterior and interior finishes. The builder or remodeler will make the decisions about the unseen materials like the thickness of the drywall, electrical wiring and plumbing hidden in the walls.
This division of responsibility makes the building or remodeling process more manageable for everyone. You might think it's easy picking out all the bathroom fixtures but it's not. When adding a 4-story addition to my home, to save time I actually purchased a complete bathroom model off the showroom. It included the sink, faucet, counter tops, vanity with added storage features, a mirror and matching wall sconces. This worked because I knew the linen closet wasn't framed in yet, so the builder could adjust the width to fit the cabinets and counter top.
In fact bathroom have more interior finishes per square foot than any other room in the house. You'll learn a lot reading Bathroom Remodel Means Lots of Decisions, and for bathroom ideas, check out our bathroom board on Pinterest.