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A Bathroom Remodeling Checklist

Even though your bathroom is often the smallest room in your home, it’s also the most used and most essential. If you’ve been living with a bathroom that’s outdated, has broken or missing elements, or needs to be enlarged, you may be considering remodeling the space to make it more pleasant and functional. As with any home improvement project, there are a number of considerations before you begin, and a specific order in which the work must take place.

Where to begin?

Bathroom Remodeling Popham Construction

A bathroom remodel benefits from advance planning, particularly if you have an event on the horizon such as a family gathering.

  1. Budget

Most bathroom remodels begin with a budget. In talking with your contractor about your project, you’ll be able to determine if your budgeted amount will accommodate everything on your wish list or if you’ll need to adjust either the budget or the scope of work. If you’ve looked into the costs of such things as fixtures, flooring, lighting, cabinets, and countertops, you’ll have a starting point for setting a budget. Don’t forget, remodeling projects that require plumbing and electrical work sometimes come with unexpected issues, particularly in older homes.

  1. Scope of Work

Once you’ve settled on a budget, the next step is determining the scope of work needed. If you’re simply changing out elements of the room, such as new plumbing fixtures, your project could take less time than a full remodel that takes the space down to the wall studs and back. This is where you will begin to make decisions about placement of elements (if you’re relocating plumbing or electrical), as well as selecting fixtures.

  1. Time Frame

Depending on the size of your project and the work needed, your contractor will establish a time frame for your remodel. A reputable contractor will set realistic expectations for how long a particular phase will take, and will help you to establish a time frame for the completion of your project. Working with a contractor will help to keep your project moving forward at a reasonable pace and will help you to stay within your budget.

  1. Choose Fixtures and Furnishings

As you delve deeper into the particulars of your remodel, you’ll be making decisions early on about such things as tubs, sinks, and toilets, as well as faucets, cabinetry, counters, lighting, and flooring. Your contractor may need to special order some elements, and the time to begin this process is before the demolition of your space has begun.

  1. Choose a Start Date

Your anticipated completion date, along with your contractor’s schedule, will help to set the start date for your remodel. Items that need to be special-ordered will have some bearing on your start and completion dates, as well.

What To Expect Once You Begin

Because the bathroom is an essential room in your home, you naturally will want the process to move as quickly and smoothly as possible. If you’ve established a realistic schedule and budget for the project, and have started the process by selecting and ordering the necessary elements for the job, your contractor will work within the agreed parameters to complete your bathroom remodel on schedule. Keep in mind, however, that unforeseen issues can crop up at any time.  In general, though, you can expect your bathroom remodeling project to follow this timeline:

  1. Demolition
  2. Rough carpentry
  3. Plumbing rough-in
  4. Electrical
  5. Insulation
  6. Hang drywall
  7. Finish drywall
  8. Tile work
  9. Cabinetry
  10. Flooring
  11. Hooking up of fixtures
  12. Finish work

Much like a kitchen remodel, a bathroom remodel benefits from advance planning, particularly if you have an event on the horizon such as a family gathering. While remodeling a bathroom can take less time than a full-scale kitchen remodel, it pays to give yourself and your contractor ample time to begin and complete the job – typically a month or more ahead of your anticipated event. For a home with only one bathroom, a quick turn-around is extremely important. A contractor experienced in working within such tight parameters can install a new bathroom in a reasonable time frame, minimizing your family’s inconvenience.

Working with a contractor to remodel your bathroom can save time, eliminate frustration, and help you to stay within your budget. An experienced contractor can guide you through the steps listed above to help make your bathroom remodeling project a pleasant experience.

2 thoughts on “A Bathroom Remodeling Checklist

  1. It’s good that you point out that having your bathroom remodeled is a great way to make it more agreeable to use. My bathroom is very old and drab-looking, so I’m considering hiring a contractor to remodel it for me. I’m going to search for a good local contractor that does bathroom remodeling to hire.

  2. The part of your article that talked about the scope of work you need to expect when remodeling a bathroom was really helpful. With how much I want to change about my own bathrooms, such as the shower and bathtub fixtures, I definitely should get someone who knows what they’re doing to avoid accidentally damaging the place. I’ll start looking for professional plumbers in my area before I do anything to those fixtures.

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