Remodeling and home improvement projects always have an effect on a homeowner’s day–to–day living. Being aware of the steps to go through can help you plan what you need to do, allowing you to create a timeline to minimize the disruption to your normal schedule, and to stay on time and on or under budget.
Below are steps followed by Mike Webster of Webster & Associates, a company specializing exclusively in bathroom remodeling, when working on a bathroom-remodeling project. While these steps may vary somewhat from company-to-company (and project-to-project), they provide a general flow of activity that can serve as a checklist for your planning purposes. Note that any one of these steps may have a complete and exhaustive process by itself (such as choosing cabinets — color, type of wood, hardware, etc.).
General Planning Stages
Planning, Design & Materials
The following are items that you will need to consider before entering a full remodel of your bathroom:
- Doing a needs assessment to determine what your remodeling needs are.
- Create a conceptual drawing of the remodel.
- Decide on a color palette.
- Develop a budget.
- Create a construction plan.
- Obtaining the appropriate building permits so that your project complies with codes.
In your project, you will need to spend time selecting the following:
- Cabinets and Fixtures
• Paint (color and type)
• Tub or shower only
• Shower doors
• Accessories (towel bars, cabinet knobs, etc.)
Remember that a typical bathroom remodel can involved between 20 to 25 choices.
What Sub Contractors Do You Need?
Bathroom remodeling projects typically involve six to eight sub contractors including:
• Heating and Ventilation Experts
• Tile and Flooring Experts
• Painters and/or Wall covering professionals
• Installers for Fixtures and Cabinets
Scheduling the Project
One of the most important parts of the remodeling process is setting project start and end dates. When developing the project timeline, consider including:
- Set individual milestones. For example, the tile will be installed by X date.
• Sequence of events including dates when needed.
• Know the availability of the materials you will be using.
• Schedule the labor that you need to complete the project.
• And making sure that all parts of the project are organized to ensure quality.Remodeling Process Steps
Each remodeling process is different, however there are steps that are common to most remodeling projects including:
- Obtaining and posting building permits.
- Demolition: tearing-out cabinets, tubs, etc., protecting property from dust (e.g., using evacuation fans), protecting the legacy work that you do not want to change.
- The need to rough-in plumbing.
- Completing in-wall work including knowing of anything hidden within the walls.
- Removing old and installing new tubs and shower bases.
- The need for roughed-in electrical.
- Identifying the stud structure.
- Deciding on the need for roughed-heating.
- Identifying the need for carpentry infrastructure.
- Obtaining building inspection from your city/town.
- Knowing what wall materials (drywall, cement board) that you want to use.
Also, most bathroom remodeling projects also include:
- Deciding on paint color, paint type, what to paint, and when to paint.
- Selecting ceramic tile then scheduling for the tile to be installed.
- Cabinet selection and installation.
- Identifying various accessories such as mirror(s), drawer types, counter tops, etc.
In addition, bathroom-remodeling projects often include finish plumbing such as the selection and installation of toilets, sinks, faucets, and tubs as well as finish electrical (e.g., lights, outlets).
Selecting and installing the final touches to the remodeling project – the accessories – truly pull the entire project together. You will need to select such accessories as towel rods, grab bars, shower curtain or doors, as well as other final touches as towels and soaps. Some of these you should be able to install yourself; others you will need a professional to install.
The Final Inspection
No remodeling project is finished until a complete cleaning of all surfaces including all adjacent spaces is done, and a final inspection of all elements of the project has been taken place. It is then they you and your family can take that relaxing bath or shower!