How Long Does It Take To Remodel a Bathroom?
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Remodeling a bathroom does more than just increase a home’s value. It also has the potential to turn a cramped, uncomfortable, or unattractive space into a welcoming and useful one. Many homeowners interested in undertaking this remodeling project wonder how long their guest or master bathroom will be out of use, especially when a home only one or two full-sized baths. Here’s how the timeline for most bathroom remodeling projects breaks down.
Planning and Preparation
Some of the longest delays happen during the planning-and-preparation phase of a bathroom remodel. For some homeowners, narrowing down design options often takes around a year — sometimes longer. Shipping in specialty materials for the remodeling project can take a few months, too. Don’t rush during this essential stage because choosing the right contractors and waiting on the perfect fixtures, like faucets for the sink and shower, is worth the time and effort. Being patient and taking your time during the planning-and-prep phase usually pays off in the long run, leading to a much faster and smoother remodeling process.
Actual Construction Work
The actual work of demolition and construction is what most homeowners are concerned about when they’re timing the process. Once the materials are received, and the workers are ready to begin, a bathroom remodel can take anywhere from four to eight weeks. This depends on the amount of work needed to complete the project. Installing a new vanity alone may take less than a week, while replacing everything else — from the toilet to the tub — may take around a month or longer. The most extensive bathroom remodeling projects typically involve a two- to three-month time frame, especially if the room needs extensive repairs or a lot of custom tile work is desired.
Single vs. Multiple Projects
The big question about remodeling time frames is whether you want just one part of the bathroom changed or a major overhaul. If you want to replace everything from the flooring to all of the fixtures and lights, the project will take a month or more simply because different workers must wait for each step to be completed. The electrician can’t install new lights or switches until the demolition is completed. Single projects go by much more quickly — even if they’re large ones that include shower or tub replacements — because there are fewer conflicting stages and steps to keep organized.