Bathroom Remodel - the process

Hi friends and happy Wednesday!

Today (although I've been working on this blog post for 8 days already!!!!) I chose to talk about Bathroom Remodels, since judging by my Pinterest analytics (see chart below), bathrooms are obviously a very popular topic that people are interested in and want to know more about.

With 319,957 monthly impressions on my Bathroom Pinterest board, this assumption is obvious.

For some Bathroom inspiration, and to view my Bathroom Pinterest board click here, and to view all my Pinterest boards (and there are a lot of them!) and follow me on Pinterest (please please do!), click here.

My boards are filled with tons of awesome information and inspiration so it's definitely worth taking a look.

So let's talk about the process of a bathroom remodel and what it's all about.

Most people don't actually realize that due to the wide variety of trades required for a bathroom remodel, these projects are often more complex per square-foot than almost any other remodeling project. Who would have known? But if you sit down and think about it, this makes 100% sense. Within several hundred square feet or less, the following needs to be addressed: plumbing, electrical, tile, counters, cabinetry and perhaps some extras—from audio and video features to warming drawers for towels, heated towel bars and heated floors. As such, rather than contract with several trade-specific contractors, many homeowners prefer to hire one contractor to handle all aspects of the project from start to finish. Although some bathroom remodeling projects require moving walls, many do not. The project’s requirements determine which construction steps are taken and in which order.

As with any renovation project, timing is everything—and timing is often an aspect of the project you can't control. Your best bet is to simply be prepared, have your expectations correctly set, and to work with a designer and contractor with a solid reputation, an appealing portfolio of finished projects, and references who agree that these professionals met or exceeded expectations. See my reviews here in this regard. Your chosen "team" also needs to carry the right licensing and insurance—and bring tons of ideas, inspiration and resources to the table.

Once the design of your bathroom is confirmed with your designer and contractor (the most important step of the process), here are some things to remember:

  • Do not start ripping out your old bathroom until your tub, countertops, cabinetry, basins, light fittings, plumbing fixtures, and ALL of your materials are either on hand or ordered with an ETA. You want to try to avoid losing days during the remodeling process due to waiting for items you didn't order on time

  • Check ALL boxes when they arrive to make sure the product is the correct one and that nothing is broken

Some common steps of the bathroom remodel process include:

  • Demolition and haul away

  • Framing - structural carpentry work

  • Roughing out utilities. While the studs in the walls are exposed and easily accessible, water feed lines, drains, electric outlets and switches, and heating and air conditioning system ductwork are installed or updated

  • Installing sheetrock and 100% waterproof board on the soon-to-be-tiled wet walls of the shower stall or bathtub

  • Tile work - depending on taste and budget, tile may be used to cover the bathroom floor, entire bathtub walls, shower-stall walls, and shower pan

  • Installing cabinetry

  • Fabrication and installation of vanity top and sinks

  • Install all plumbing fixtures, light fittings, electrical fixtures, etc.

  • Install shower glass and/or door, mirrors, and hardware

  • Painting. To avoid marks from the installation of other components, painting is typically one of the last steps in the process

Below are some images of my past bathroom remodels, and some before and after images.




BEFORE AND AFTER BATHROOM REMODEL (click arrow on the right)

BEFORE AND AFTER BATHROOM REMODEL (click arrow on the right)

BEFORE AND AFTER BATHROOM REMODEL (click arrow on the right)


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