If you’ve turned on your television lately, you’ve most likely seen an advertisement for a one day tub and shower makeover, promising that your bathroom will go from frumpy to fabulous in just a few hours. The question is, will a rapid remodel result in required repairs and down the road? We’ll let you decide.
As bathroom remodeling contractors, we work with clients to methodically craft your bathroom retreat. When done right, there are several necessary steps that are important not to skip, especially if you’re planning to sell your home someday. Every bathroom remodeling project is different, so it’s next to impossible to put a timeline on it because you never know what you’re going to run into. Here is an overview of our process and some of the blips we can encounter along the way.
Meet with our licensed contractor
The first step in our bathroom remodeling process is a visit from our bathroom remodeling contractor. He will ask you questions that will help him understand your goals, vision, priorities, and the amenities you’re dreaming of. Depending on the age of your home, he may point out some potential challenges that we sometimes encounter, such as undiagnosed leaks, mold in the walls, and unlevel walls and floors that could require correction before installing tile or putting down flooring.
Meet with our professional designer.
The next step is to meet with our professional bathroom designer to select materials for your bathroom renovation. There are countless options for bathroom tile, shower surrounds, bathtubs, toilets, sinks, and fixtures. Bathroom remodeling in Minneapolis, when done right, is a game changer for the sought-after older homes there, and working with an experienced designer will keep you in the game.
Demolition and exploration
Once you receive and approve our design plan and cost estimate for your bathroom remodeling project, demolition will begin. The timing for this depends on how much we’re removing, a tub, shower, tile, fixtures, cabinetry, lighting, etc. This is where we might face some of the challenges mentioned above, as we take the room down to its bare bones and discover what’s behind the walls. It’s important to note here that code requirements change over time, so if you live in an older home, it may take a little extra time to bring things up to code and get an inspector in to approve it. However, because we’ll play close attention to the timing of your project, we’ll book the inspection accordingly, so you shouldn’t see much of a delay.
Plumbing and electrical
The timing of this step depends on what work is needed. If you want to move the location of a sink, shower, or toilet and/or you want to install a heated stone or ceramic tile floor, the process will take a bit longer.
Leveling walls and floors
This is a critical piece of a bathroom remodel to ensure your shower tile and flooring and installed correctly. Level surfaces are important. It’s no different than hanging a crooked shelf or installing a dishwasher without leveling it. When walls and floors aren’t level, your tile and other flooring materials will have ups and downs, literally. If you currently have on linoleum or vinyl on your bathroom floor, leveling the floor will most likely be necessary for installing a tile floor. There are many lovely tile and other flooring materials on the market that will look great, while also adding value to your home.
Drywall, paint, and shower tile
Timing on this will depend on the size of your bathroom and how much is needed. We’re meticulous with tiling, and it pays off. Be sure to select your tile and paint color in advance to avoid delays. We want these products in hand when we hit this phase of the project.
Cabinetry, sinks, toilet, faucets, and fixtures
Again, installation of these elements of your residential remodeling project depends on your selections. We’re perfectionists and we want to do things right so we see a big smile on your face when you see it all come together!
This is the fun part! Buy a new rug, some new towels, and other accessories for your newly renovated bathroom. Match the colors or add a pop of color!
Now it’s time to enjoy your new bathroom!
Hopefully we’ve given you a better understanding of how long a bathroom remodel takes, when done right. If you’re looking for any kind of residential remodeling from a local, family-owned home remodeling company, we’re the company for you. We have the experience to ensure you have a successful bathroom renovation.