Are you looking to change the look of your toilet? But how long is it going to take to renovate a bathroom?
Well, the total time you can consider is four to six weeks.
Wait, Hold tight! You may take less or you might take longer but the answer to this part can only be explained in the simple steps in bathroom renovation below.
Read ahead to find out!
A bathroom set up may not seem complicated, but, in reality, it is a combination of electrical, plumbing, paint, and tile work.
However, your patience and investment will be worthwhile when you see the final look of your new bathroom!
Now let’s understand how long bathroom renovation can take and why.
Factors Affecting Remodeling Time
I have found a few factors that affect remodeling time.
It would be best if you consider a renovation plan according to your situation in order to avoid any inconvenience in the future.
Cosmetic Remodel or Rebuild?
The difference between cosmetic remodel and rebuild is that the former does not require strip-to-the-studs while the latter does.
Toilet rebuilding from scratch requires more time, and it’s a tedious process requiring plumbers and electricians.
If you have one bathroom in your living space, I recommend cosmetic remodeling taking a few days.
If you have more than one toilet, you can surely afford to have one of them incapacitated while the other one is taking several weeks to rebuild.
Do it Yourself or Hire a contractor?
If you are thinking of renovating your bathroom yourself, it will take a lot more time.
No, I do not doubt your skills, but getting your work done by a professional has always proved to be more convenient.
DIY projects usually get more attention over the weekends, and it can take a few months till completion. Hiring the right professional can go easy on the pocket and take a few weeks.
A contractor can also give you an estimated time according to your space and the changes you need.
Now that you have understood the factors that can affect remodeling time. Let’s look at the timeline I have created for you to understand the renovation period better.
The average time or rough estimate
We are always interested in the ‘estimates,’ aren’t we?
Whether we are waiting on a friend or going somewhere, we ask about the estimated time of arrival (ETA). Similarly, how can we miss out on estimated time here, right?
As of my experience, a compact spaced bathroom can take about 20 to 27 days to complete renovation, on average.
However, this is conditional. It depends whether we are including weekends or not. With all the contingencies in mind, it is wise to keep in mind an estimated 30 to 40 days.
For all of us who like to be more accurate, I have carefully constructed a timeline with a breakdown of every step and the time required.
The timeline below is based on the following conditions:
- A professional contractor does the work
- Merchants work on time
- Materials are readily available
- The work progress does not slow down due to any reason
- Removing non-work days
This is the first step any builder will take to begin with the process of renovation. The time demolition will depend on the size of the bathroom, type of walls, and structural changes.
Sheeted walls are easier and quicker to demolish as compared to solid brick walls. If there is any structural change, new beams or windows will be added to the design.
Considering everything goes well, this stage should take about 2-4 days.
Plumbing and electrical
After demolition, we all will see a bare structure where the pipes and wires will be visible. At this stage, plumbers and electricians come in to perform their magic.
They will start with their rough-in electrical and plumbing points according to the new design of your bath.
If you are thinking of adding a jacuzzi tub or shower jets, now is the time to get the right plumbing done!
This step will take another 3 to 4 days, considering no delay at the tradesmen’s end.
Preparation for Tiling
This is the stage where your creative mind can do wonders! While the above steps are ongoing, take your time to select the tiles you want and look for their availability.
The walls need to be straightened and strengthened according to the size of the tile you choose. Windows, cement slabs, and wall niches will also be added at this step.
This stage will take two days to complete, including the drying time for the waterproofing stage.
Sheeting and waterproofing
At stage four, we will begin with sheeting the walls and ceiling. Once that is done, the waterproofing process comes in.
This process is most critical because it will prevent any water leakages in the future. Waterproofing is a two-day process and requires a day to dry completely.
The entire stage will take a minimum of four days.
Tiling is just like filling in the paint to a picture, making it look beautiful and classy. Once you have the theme set for your new toilet and the right tiles in your hand, it is showtime!
This stage begins with setting out tiles on the floor to measure so that they can be cut to size.
Once the tiles are ready in the right size, it is time for them to be glued in. This process can take 5-7 days.
The walls that have no tiles will have to be painted. This is the finishing stage of the paint and tilework.
If there are any new windows in your bathroom, they will also need a paint finish along with the door and ceiling. This process takes one day to complete and one day to dry.
Fixtures and fitting
Are you excited about your new vanity, bath, toilet, and fancy tapware? This is the stage we have all been waiting for.
Yes! Time to install all the toilet fittings into the plumbing connections that we did at stage two.
This fun stage will take one day, and your new bathroom is already starting to look like a masterpiece!
Another thrilling stage! You must be wondering how electrical fitting is thrilling? Let me tell you. Lightning is significant to the final outlook of your bathroom.
At this stage, you will add fancy light fittings and switches. This step will take one day.
Guess what? You are done with your bathroom renovation already.
Yes, by this stage, you will be enjoying your aesthetically designed new bathroom. With every corner set the way you always wanted it to be, and now is the time for the little additions called bathroom accessories.
Add toilet paper holder, towel rail, robe hooks, mirror, and shower screens. This stage will take just a day, and you are ready to use your shiny new bathroom.
Now that we know every step, you can easily assess the exact time your bathroom renovation will require each step that best applies to your situation.
You may require less time if you are not going through the demolition process. Time may also vary if any of the condition mentioned above is not applied.