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How Long Does a Bathroom Remodel Take?

Are you considering remodeling your bathroom but you're wondering how long the whole process is going to take? You are not alone my friend as bathroom remodels are in high demand thanks to the extended covid staycations we've all been on. The short answer is it depends on the scope of work meaning the size of your project, your contractor's schedule and materials availability. Assuming you have followed me for a little while now and know how important it is to design and plan your project ahead of time, here is a realistic timeframe once you've done all the prep work...

My 2019 Master Bath Remodel After Photo

#1 A small bath remodel job could take anywhere from 2-3 weeks. This size job is more cosmetic and includes things like repainting existing cabinetry, updating cabinet hardware, replacing the countertop, changing out light fixtures and painting walls / floors.

#2 A medium size remodel job could take anywhere from 3-5 weeks keeping the basic layout and floorplan you already have in place. This includes the bathroom demo of removing old materials, possibly framing for a new or enlarged walk in shower and slightly adjusting electrical and plumbing locations. Lastly brand new flooring, tile, cabinets, countertops, plumbing fixtures, lighting, hardware and paint are installed.

#3 A large size remodel job could take anywhere from 5-12 weeks or longer depending on the scope of work. A remodel of this magnitude includes demolishing the bathroom down to the studs and reconfiguring the layout to include more space. This could be combining two rooms into one larger bathroom and moving the location of showers, vanities, commode closets, etc. and possibly moving walls, doors and windows. Plumbing and electrical find new homes and finally a brand new bathroom is installed with updated materials.

Below are pictures of our former master bath in demo mode.... this is considered a medium side remodel project and took about 5-6 weeks to complete.

With many materials backordered due to covid delays, planning ahead is crucial. Just like I say for anyone remodeling their kitchens, I recommend selecting all of your materials upfront to establish lead-times and pricing and THEN hire a contractor. Do not start demo before everything is ready! This past February a friend of mine hired a contractor to remodel their master bathroom. When I went by her house last month it was still down to the studs! What in the world??! Apparently drywall was the hold up but they are to have a finished master bath some 5-6 months later this summer. Though they could have never foreseen that, knowing what to ask their contractor up front could have saved them so much aggravation! At least they've had plenty of time to pick out and order most of the other materials.

Here are a few tips to help your bath remodel go as smoothly and efficiently as possible:

  • Clearly communicate and share all of your design selections with your contractor

  • Discuss an estimated timeline with your contractor before starting the project and I'd be sure to check on drywall

  • Make sure all of your materials are ordered as early as possible

If you are a busy mom planning on remodeling your bathroom you should join my growing Facebook group.. Kitchens, Baths and Mudrooms by Design! See what other design loving mamas are up to. Each week we have a design challenge where you can post photos and questions about your project. Hope to see you there!


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