How concerned should I be about dust and dirt during the remodeling process?
The amount of dust and airborne particles generated is obviously a function of the scope of the project. Major remodeling projects are in a state of constant agitation and dust is pervasive. On more limited projects, especially where there is less structural and drywall work, dust is still an issue but on a more predictable basis. We always make the best effort we can to seal off the work area(s) with products made specifically for this use, including plastic doors with zippers and other protective products for floors and stairs. No matter how carefully barriers are installed, unless the work area is completely sealed off from the rest of the home, dust will migrate. Regular project cleaning helps, and minimizing traffic between areas certainly minimizes dust and dirt shifting, but patience with the process is also required.