Home Remodeling and Repair

Program Outline

Instruction Sets
Your program consists of 10 Instruction Sets written to take you step-by-step through the knowledge and skills you'll use in your new career.

Here's how it works: You receive the first course as soon as your enrollment has been accepted, and other courses will follow as you complete your exams. Here is an overview of what you'll learn and the order in which you'll access your lessons:

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal: To prepare students for an entry-level career at the apprentice level in the residential construction and remodeling field.

Program Outcomes:
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Discuss licensing requirements, local building codes, and the need for inspections
  • Draw and follow blueprints and building plans to meet the needs of clients
  • Understand procedures for installing structures and fixtures, such as windows and molding
  • Understand procedures for measuring, cutting, and shaping wood, plastic, and other materials
  • Understand procedures for constructing building frameworks, including walls, floors, and doorframes
  • Describe methods for waterproofing and insulating old foundation walls
  • Discuss how to inspect and replace damaged framework or other structures and fixtures
  • Understand some of the potential problems unique to older homes
  • Identify different grades and sizes of lumber, engineered lumber products, and commonly used fasteners
  • Understand safe practices for using ladders, ladder jacks, trestles, horses, and power tools
  • Describe the components of the main electrical panel and calculate the placement of outlets in a room
  • Understand the principal plumbing considerations in remodeling old houses and the operating principles of various heating systems
  • Discuss the main considerations that go into designing a functional kitchen, especially the work triangle
  • Identify the most common considerations for remodeling a bathroom, including the importance of proper venting and common types of lighting, fixtures, and floor coverings

Instruction Set 1

Starting Your Program
Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program. Understand how to use your Student Portal. Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers. Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.

Introduction to Home Remodeling

Career opportunities in home remodeling; licensing, contracting, and necessary equipment.

Instruction Set 2

Home Renovation

Evaluating interior and exterior areas of a house; important items to include in a master plan.

Practical Exercise Textbook: Renovating Old Houses

Instruction Set 3

Building Materials and Fasteners

Inspecting materials for quality; fastening tools.

Tools and Scaffolds

Common hand tools; safe use of power tools; safe use of scaffolds.

Textbook: Carpentry & Building Construction 1st edition, McGraw Hill

Instruction Set 4

Understanding Construction Drawings

Drawings included in a set of plans, common carpentry plan details.

Site Preparation, Building Layout, and Foundations

Materials used to reinforce concrete; solving water infiltration problems; waterproofing and insulating foundation walls.

Textbook: Blueprint Reading and Sketching for Carpenters

Equipment: Mechanical Drawing Kit; Blueprints; Graph Paper

Instruction Set 5

Floor, Wall, and Stair Framing

Types of frame construction; exterior wall framing; choosing the right stairway design.

Roof Framing
Constructing gable, gambrel, hip, intersecting, shed and trussed roofs.

DVD: Framing Floors and Stairs

Instruction Set 6

Cornices and Roofing
Constructing cornices; estimating roof materials; repairing a roof leak.

Windows, Doors, and Siding
Installing windows; building and setting door frames; working with siding.

Insulation and Drywall Installation
How insulation works; when and how to insulate; installing and repairing drywall.

Interior Finish
Installing interior doors; installing window and closet trim.

Textbook: Drywall: Professional Techniques for Walls and Ceilings

DVD: Drywall: Hanging and Taping

Instruction Set 7

Fundamentals of electricity; fixtures; circuit breakers; wiring appliances.

Plumbing and Heating
Plumbing fixtures; cutting and joining pipe; operating principles of heating systems.

Kitchen Cabinets, Appliances, Fixtures, and Design
Constructing durable countertops; understanding how kitchen appliances work.

Bathroom Cabinets, Fixtures, and Design
Planning functional and aesthetic bathrooms; selecting flooring and fixtures; understanding all aspects of home plumbing.

Drawing Plans, Estimates, and Contracts
Drawing schedules; calculating project expenses; major categories that should be included in a bid.

Practical Exercise


  • Wiring a House; Plumbing a House
  • Installing and Repairing Plumbing Fixtures
  • Product Specification Manual

Instruction Set 8

Project: Remodeling a Basement
Identifying tasks and materials; applying sealers; subfloor installation.

Project: Remodeling a Bathroom
Installing water pipes; installing fixtures; installing cabinets and countertops.

Project: Remodeling a Kitchen
Removing old cabinets and countertops; building soffits; installing kitchen cabinets.

Practical Exercise

DVD: Installing Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops

Instruction Set 9

Building an Addition with a Kitchen, Part 1
Design; estimate; contracts and permits.

Building an Addition with a Kitchen, Part 2
Foundation layout; excavation; installation; inspection.

Building an Addition with a Kitchen, Part 3
Preparing existing structure; framing, roofing and siding.

Building an Addition with a Kitchen, Part 4
Opening wall; tying in; leveling existing floors and ceilings.

Practical Exercise

DVD: Framing Walls; Framing Roofs

Instruction Set 10

Building an Addition with a Kitchen, Part 5
Plumbing, heating, and wiring

Building an Addition with a Kitchen, Part 6
Installing insulation and drywall; painting.

Building an Addition with a Kitchen, Part 7
Installing cabinets, countertops, flooring, appliances, and trim.

The Business of Home Remodeling
Financing your business; obtaining licenses; dealing with subcontractors; advertising.

Practical Exercise

DVD: Tiling Countertops


Online Library and Librarian
Students in Penn Foster Career School have access to an online library for use during their studies. Students can use this library to do the required research in the courses they complete or can use it for general reference and links to valuable resources. The library contains helpful research assistance, articles, databases, books, and Web links. A librarian is available to answer questions on general research-related topics via email and to assist students in research activities during their studies with Penn Foster Career School International.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.