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The Homeowners Guide: What to Expect with Bathroom Installations

Nov 10, 2021 | Planning & Costs

Remodeling your bathroom can be very exciting and for good reason. When you renovate your bathroom, you have the chance to add your own touches of style, creating a personal oasis where you can leave the stresses of the world behind you.

However, bathroom remodeling can also be a costly, time-consuming process. Without proper preparation, you could end up spending a lot of money to create a bathroom that you’re not entirely happy with. That’s why we’ve provided this short guide for what you should expect throughout your bathroom installation.

Step 1: Designing Your Bathroom Renovations

You will need to make several decisions throughout the renovation process. Fixtures, tile colors, and floor patterns are just some of the decisions you’ll have to make. One way to get design ideas is Pinterest, Instagram, or even Google search images. You could hire a designer who will provide you options and guidance. The final choice is ultimately up to you.

You can determine how involved you are in the decision-making process, but one thing is for sure: the sooner you make decisions, the easier it is on everyone. While it’s tempting to put off choosing a tile or a countertop, waiting can cause delays. Renovations rely on a tight timeline of ordering and installation, and if your chosen tile is back-ordered, you might have to wait weeks or even months.

It’s best to have everything selected before the project has been started. 

Step 2: Bathroom Installation

For most homeowners, the actual construction portion of your renovation is the simplest. You’ll have to make some choices here and there, and there are almost always some surprises you’ll have to deal with. But for the most part, your work is done. Avoid making changes to your design if at all possible, since that just adds cost and time to your project.

 

Demolition 

Stripping your bathroom down to its bare components actually happens pretty fast, usually in a few days. A crew will remove any old materials and throw them in a dumpster and donate any reusable materials or save items you might want to reuse.

This is also where most surprises are found. Pipes, wires, and other systems are probably running through the walls and floor of your bathroom and may need to be repaired, replaced, rerouted or brought up to code. That’s why it’s important to have a contingency fund. 

Construction and Dust 

No matter what the project, construction means dust. Sawdust and drywall dust can get everywhere, and during demolition, the dust that’s inside your walls also starts to spread. Make sure your construction team has a procedure for dust abatement. 

Step 4: The Walkthrough 

Most bathroom renovations take 30 to 90 days. Once the work is done, you and your contractor will take a final walkthrough, where you’ll look at the work in detail. This is your last chance to note any small problems that may be in the bathroom, which your contractor will mark on their punch list. After these issues are repaired, the build is considered complete, and you can enjoy your new bathroom for years to come! 

Bath Renovations Connecticut 

If you’re ready to renovate your bathroom, don’t search the internet for “bath remodel CT.” Your best bet is to call our team of design and construction experts at Better Built Kitchens and Bathrooms. Contact us today, and we can start designing the bathroom renovation you’ve been dreaming of! 

Our extensive knowledge and experience make us Connecticut’s finest choice for all your remodeling needs – from basements and built-ins to kitchens and baths.