As any homeowner knows, household remodeling projects disrupt your day-to-day life. Knowing the basic timeline for a project helps you to prepare for the inevitable inconvenience. In terms of a bathroom remodel, how long it’ll take for your contractor to complete it depends heavily on what kind of remodeling you’re planning.
A Basic Bathroom Makeover
If you’re just looking to refresh the style of your bathroom by switching out a few fixtures, and then maybe re-tiling and re-painting, then your timeline will be a lot shorter and more predictable than more extensive renovations. No electrical or plumbing changes means you won’t have to wait for permits and multiple inspections, so your contractor can proceed steadily.
Here are the basic steps of a bathroom makeover:
- Dream Up The Design. You may work with designers to help you choose a color palate and materials or come up with it yourself. You’ll also need to plan your budget. This step can take a few days to weeks, depending entirely on you.
- Find A Plumber, Tile Contractor, Painter, and/or Contractor. Depending on your skills, you may choose to do the painting or tiling yourself. The more involved your makeover, the more you should consider a contractor who can coordinate the multiple professionals needed to get the job done right.
- Purchase Materials and Arranging for Delivery. Working with a contractor allows you to plan with better ease to avoid gaps between installations.
- Remove Fixtures. This can be done while waiting for delivery of the new ones, if you already have another bathroom in the house.
- Install New Fixtures, Tile, and Paint, in correct order.
- Clean Up.
Depending on fixture and tile delivery schedules, and with good planning, the disruption involved with this kind of bathroom makeover may last only few short weeks.
Bathroom Gut Renovation
If you’re planning to tear the bathroom down to the studs, re-orient the plumbing, install new electrical, and/or widen the space, your bathroom remodeling time line will be longer and more complicated.
- Dream Up The Design. You may want to involve an architect if you’re planning to knock down any walls.
- Hire A Contractor. Find a licensed, bonded professional.
- Choose and Purchase Materials. Your contractor will arrange the delivery schedule to coincide with the period he has scheduled to work on your project.
- Prep For Project Start. Make sure to clean out your bathroom completely before the contractors arrive.
- Demolition. A very messy part of the project that will take a few days
- Rough Plumbing and Electricity. These have to pass inspection before the walls are put up.
- Insulation, Drywall, Skim Coat, Sanding. This can take up to a week’s work.
- Tile Installation. Your bathroom will start to take shape.
- Plumbing Fixtures.
- Mirrors, Lighting, Finishing Touches.
- Clean Up.
As a general rule-of-thumb, a small bathroom gut renovation can take 6 to 7 weeks, while a larger master bedroom may take 8 to 10 weeks. Keep in mind that a bathroom remodel is the second most popular household renovation project, one that adds value to your home. Planned well and executed by professionals, your new bathroom will bring you joy for years to come.