Bathrooms come in all shapes and sizes. From the most functional to the most extravagant, bathroom remodeling projects require careful and often extensive planning. If you’re considering remodeling your powder room, guest bathroom or master suite, it’s important to understand what really goes into a bath remodeling project.

In this guide, you’ll learn about the different bathroom remodeling phases and what is involved in each of them.

Understanding the Bathroom Remodel Timeline

Most home renovations are separated into four phases:

  • Design and Planning
  • Estimating and Budgeting
  • Selecting Fixtures, Finishes and Materials
  • Actual Construction, from Demolition through Cleanup

It holds true, no matter how large or small the project, that if you devote sufficient time to planning, the actual work will be easier. Making adjustments on paper eliminates costly delays, and assures that the job is finished to your specifications. Your remodeler will order the proper materials and schedule work crews to assure that work proceeds logically and that each phase is completed as quickly as possible. 

Planning the Perfect Bath Remodel

Bathrooms have evolved over the years from simple, functional spaces that meet basic needs to modern “retreats” that often include luxury fixtures, beautiful design elements and pampering spa-like features. They all, however, still include the basics and cater to personal grooming and hygiene. How you envision your bath’s function and beauty is clearly a personal decision; it can be as simple or as luxurious as your taste and budget allow.

The Order of Work for a Bathroom Renovation

Basic components of a bathroom remodel are surprisingly similar, no matter what the size of the space or the specific design. The timeline will depending on the complexity of the new bath.

In an average size bath, the major phases of the remodeling span about 12 to 18 work days. But, depending on the scope of work and the contractor’s schedule, those actual days can stretch a project into more than 3 weeks. 


For some homeowners, this is the most exciting part of the job. It is a thrill to see the old and the ugly disappear! What emerges is a clean slate. Depending on the size of the project, this initial phase of work should require only a day or two. If no walls have to be moved and you’re not adding additional space, it’s relatively simple, but demolition can be loud and disruptive to your daily schedule. It’s during this phase of work that your contractor might encounter some surprises as well; another reason to be prepared and flexible.

Framing and Carpentry

Even if the floor plan and the general location of existing plumbing fixtures will remain the same, the next phase of work often involves some rough carpentry. If you’re moving walls, adding a new shower or building a tub deck, you might have the carpenters on site for a couple of days. But this is an exciting time, because your new bathroom will begin to take shape.


If you’re simply replacing old fixtures with new ones, there might be no need for a plumber early in the project. If, however, you plan to totally revamp the bath layout, add a shower or a second vanity, or move a tub or toilet, the initial work can take several days. Depending on the home’s construction, it also might include breaking out a portion of the concrete floor, running additional lines in the crawl space, or adding additional water, drain and vent lines in the walls, floor and ceiling. Your designer will advise you about the extent of this type of work required, and it can vary from “no time at all” to several days for a plumber and helper.


Again, the extent of electrical rough-in work varies depending on the design of the new bathroom. Adding recessed can lights in the ceiling doesn’t take long; but bringing old wiring up to existing code, or adding a steam shower, heated towel rack or trendy new chandelier to your bathroom might require running new electrical lines from the main panel. Usually, a day to three days will be sufficient, even for extensive updates.

Insulation and Drywall Work

If the plan was to remove walls and old tile, incorporate new space into an existing bath, or add a new tub and shower, new insulation is often required. Installation of new insulation takes minimal time, but hanging, finishing and sanding new drywall can be a 2 to 4 day process.

Wall Finishes and Tile Work

This portion of the project is a major variable. Painting or wallpapering is relatively quick. Tile work can take a fairly long time depending on the size of the areas that need to be tiled and the complexity of the tile design. Again, your designer or contractor will be able to give you a realistic estimate, from a day or two to a week or more.


Setting new vanity cabinets in even a large bath can often be accomplished in a day, assuming they arrive ready to install. Large numbers of custom cabinetry and moldings may require additional time for installation.


Generally, stone or man-made quartz countertops can be installed in a day. Complicated mosaic tile backsplashes, however often add two or more days.


Floor tile will usually require at least two days to install and grout. Drying time is important and should not be rushed. Other flooring, including prefinished hardwood, might take as little as a single day, depending on the size of the room.

Fixtures and Trim

In most cases, one to three days should be sufficient to install new plumbing fixtures and faucets; Another day or two will be devoted to hanging light fixtures, trimming out outlets and switches, hanging mirrors and installing cabinet pulls, accessories and hardware.

Final Completion Work and Clean Up

Once the installers and different trades have completed their work, your contractor will schedule a “walk-through,” noting any items that need to be completed or repaired. When the “punch list” and final cleanup are done, the beautiful new bathroom space will be yours to enjoy.

It will be worth the wait!

Contact us today to schedule a consultation with a certified bath designer. Let The Kitchen Master introduce you to all the possibilities available for 2017 bathroom renovation.


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