It is often difficult
for anyone to understand why a bathroom renovation should take the time that is does. there are several things to remember about a bathroom as opposed to a bedroom or living room and that is that all trades must attend the job site in order to get the job done. the element of space also means that rarely can more than one person work at a time. i recommend that you always keep one working bathroom in the house (don’t do them all at the same time unless you are away). also be sure that you have done all of the planning before you even think of starting the physical work. planning well will ensure that the rest of the process will go smoothly. Make a decision about how you are going to use the bathroom and if you have enough space for both a bathtub and a shower.
Here are some of the elements that you will need to select before you begin:
• vanity (including storage, sink and counter tops)
• shower heads, body jets, steam units
• drains styles
• shower enclosure (glass or curtain)
• wall coverings (paint or wall paper)
• towel bar location and style
Time frame – 2 to 3 weeks
Demolition- it is generally a fairly quick job, but a messy one. it can take longer if the location of the bathroom makes it difficult or time consuming to get the materials out of the space. – 2 days
Rough carpentry and plumbing rough in– if there are materials that have to be repaired as a result of the previous bathroom layout, or if you are going to move walls in the bathroom to borrow space from a joining room, you will need to do some rough carpentry. once that is complete, the plumber is going to require “rough in”. these are all of the pipes and drains that need to go behind the walls, to feed the showers, faucets, jets etc. – 2 to 5 days.
Electrical work– if you are planning on having pot lights, vanity lights, GFI plugs, the electrician will require approximately one full day to complete the job. plan for more if you are installing bubble tubs and heated flooring units. a good electrician can generally work very efficiently. – 2 days.
Insulation and hanging Drywall – the installation process should go fairly quickly and generally it’s where you start to really feel a sense of progress on the job. insulation takes about half a day while the hanging of the drywall may take a full day to complete. – 1.5 days
Finish Drywall - this means the drywall installer has to apply joint compound at each seam or cut in the drywall and allow it to dry before he/she sands it to get a very smooth surface appropriate for paint. this process sometimes needs to be repeated a few times. – 2 days
Tile work– this process can vary depending on the surface below on which the tiles have to be installed and if you are installing porcelain or stone in the space. again with tiles, you must allow drying time before you can move to the next step. the complexity of the area can make it more difficult as well as the amount of tile that needs to be installed both inside the shower and on the main bath floor. – 3 to 5 days
Cabinetry– generally the cabinets are made off site and just require installation. there can be small adjustments that need to be made to get everything to fi t but it is generally a fairly quick process. –1 day
Fixtures – installing the toilet, sink and the finish plumbing which is the knobs and spouts that you see when you use a bathroom. all of this has to be connected to the shut-off valves in order to make the space functional. – 2 days
Miscellaneous – allow time to install the towel bars, put up lights, paint or wall paper the space, hang art work as well as time for things that come up during the process that you cannot anticipate until you are in the middle of the process. – 2 days