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Bathroom Remodeling Process: Everything You Need to Know

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The bathroom remodeling process is far more complicated than most other remodeling projects, primarily because of the massive range of trades needed. Most customers are interested in knowing about the estimated cost and time required for the bathroom remodeling process.

It is important to remember that every project is unique and has specific requirements. However, there are many methods of saving both money and time in the process.

Your bathroom remodeling costs largely depend on your space and the finish materials you choose to go with. After you decide upon the kind of bathroom renovation you are aiming for, you will be able to get a better sense of both the cost and timeline for your particular bathroom project. 

This guide aims to help you plan a quick and affordable bathroom remodeling process for your home.


How Much Will It Cost? 

The average cost of a bathroom makeover, as per Angie’s List, is around $10,000 and $15,000, with workforce expenditures accounting for at least 20% of the total. You might expect to save thousands of dollars by doing your own renovations. 

Do you want to learn how to remodel a bathroom on your own? Take a glance at our step-by-step guide to determine the best approach to your bathroom renovation.


Planning Everything Out

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For every bathroom remodeling process, meticulous planning right from the beginning is fundamental. You need to have a good idea of the cost of the materials involved.

At this stage, you should focus on choosing a bathroom remodeling contractor. Keep in mind that the bathroom remodeling process’s actual costs could be much higher than you expected. You may end up having to spend thousands of dollars, depending on the materials you select and the number of items you choose to replace.

Although it is better to choose the same materials later, you should have a general idea about your mind’s pricing and color schemes. You should understand your bathroom layout, and also try to develop a new floor plan at this point if you want.

Try to obtain accurate estimates from your electrician and plumber. Ask your bathroom remodeling contractors whether they will be able to get a discount on fixtures, tile, paint, lighting, etc.

Before you do any of that, review these planning and budget tips

  • Examine video tutorials on how to redesign a bathroom to see which aspects of the project you can undertake on your own. 
  • Be conscious of your constraints and construction codes. If you do require assistance, look for someone who is licensed and insured to undertake electrical work for lights or plumbing work for a soaking tub, for example. 
  • A professional may be able to deal with a particularly problematic situation.
  • Take accurate readings when planning the layout of your bathroom remodel so that the modern vanity you choose will match and the correct amount of tile is purchased. 
  • Due to the extreme cost of plumbing, shifting fixtures like the toilet, tub, or bathroom faucets may not be viable, but upgrading a tub with a bespoke shower with tile and a glass door can give the space a fresh look. 
  • Although the power to the room is shut off, be ready to use supplementary work lights. 
  • Whether you handle the work yourself or employ a contractor, make sure you have backup restroom facilities – including storage for toiletries – while the remodeling is going on. 
  • Decide how to dispose of fixtures and other materials that were removed during the demolition process. 


Establish The Design Elements 

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Whenever you begin any bathroom renovation projects on your own, you should choose a new design that fits both your vision and your skillset. There are numerous approaches to a bathroom remodel, varying from replacing the cabinet to completely demolishing the room and beginning over. 

Before you begin your bathroom remodeling, there are a few design features you must nail down: 

Color scheme: Are you a big admirer of blue hues? Or do you think grey tones would go well with the rest of your home? Ensure your new bathroom tiles don’t interfere with the color palette you’ve chosen for the space. 

New fixtures: Will you have your shower/tub replaced or remodeled? Are you going to put in a new sink? Replacing one or both of these fittings will extend the duration and cost of your project.

Storage spaces: How will you keep your towels and hygiene products post-remodel? If you’re going to remove a closet to generate more space in an area, ensure you have shelves or cabinets to compensate for the reduced storage capacity. 

Location of utilities: Are you aware of the location of the electrical wiring and plumbing pipes? Try to ensure you have precise measurements for all of these so you don’t eventually wind up with any surprises.



Before you begin the bathroom remodel, you need to focus on demolishing it. First of all, turn off all the electricity and water supply in the room. While breaking down the structures you want to get rid of, ensure that you do not damage anything you will require in the future.

When removing the toilet or sink, do not break them up while pulling them out. Try to remove every piece in parts; with that, you can save valuable time.

In case you decide to go for countertop and tile refinishing, you can choose to avoid this step altogether. Professional refinishing can help you change the color and reseal your countertop or tile satisfactorily. As you will not have to pay for new tiles, you can save a lot of time and money with your bathroom remodeling process this way.

Plumbing Adjustments

While moving around fixtures, you will have to install the new plumbing beforehand. For that purpose, we recommend that you hire the services of a professional plumber. Show him where you wish to install each fixture, such as the toilet, sink, and shower. They will be able to move the plumbing according to that.

At this point in the bathroom remodeling process, you can also replace old piping if you wish. In case your bathroom already has a good layout, you should go for fixtures that go well with the plumbing you already have. Thus, you will not have to spend more on hiring another professional.

Replacing Your Shower or Tub if Needed

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If you had your old shower or tub removed during the bathroom remodel, you could install a new one at this point. However, you should know that this process is not as easy as it seems as your bathtub is the focal point of your bathroom.

You may be required to make several small but necessary adjustments that are not immediately apparent. For example, your previous fixture might differ in shape and size from the new one. In that case, you will have to adjust the flooring and other elements to accommodate the new fixture.

Professional bathroom remodelers can do this work for you if you choose to pay for their services. If your shower pan or bathtub is in good condition, you can simply get it refinished. Also, try to re-caulk around your bathtub. By doing this, you can save a lot of money and time.

Focus on the Bathroom Flooring

At this point in the bathroom remodeling process, you will be able to see your new bathroom coming together. If you decide to get your tile refinished, you can combine this with the next step.

If you buy new tiles for your bathroom flooring, they will be adhered to the subfloor with spacers to make space for grout. After they are left alone for 24 hours, the grout will enter the vacant spaces. After it gets dried up after another 24 hours, you can clean the floor.

In the case of small bathrooms, you can also check your local stores for tiles. These tend to be much cheaper than tiles available in retail stores.

Wall Tile and Tub Refinishing

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Depending on your bathroom layout, you can opt to install your floor tile and wall tile together. If you are aiming to get your tub and tile refinishing, you can do them simultaneously.

The process of installing the wall tile is nearly identical to the floor tile. It will take 24 hours for the tile to set and an additional 24 hours for the grout to dry.

Besides, you can save money by going for something cheaper to cover the tub walls’ bulk. After that, you can add a trip of decorative accent tile between the more affordable tiles. You can save even more money by refinishing the wall tile instead of replacing it.

Moreover, refinishing will also save you from the hassle of demolition and give you more options for customizing your tile. Tile refinishing also seals the grout lines and prevent future build-up of mold.

Paint and Walls

Removing wall tiles may require you to replace some drywall that got damaged during the process. You can use a backer board or cement board instead of drywall behind the tile. After the wall texture has dried up, you can paint over it in your color of choice.

You can try to go for semi-gloss paint, which will be easier to clean off in the future. You can also ask your local paint supply store for any miss-tinted semi-gloss paint. These are cans of paint that customers returned as they were not the right color. They are available at prices as low as $3 per can.

Installing Vanity and Lighting

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You can implement modern bathroom remodel ideas like installing a new vanity light. Besides, you can even install some of them yourself, without any professional assistance. Nonetheless, an electrician could need to put up the proper outlet box for the vanity light for an older home. You may also have to replace your sink and vanity if required.

Vanities generally tend to be relatively inexpensive and easy to install. You could also have to buy some additional plumbing pieces to let the older plumbing work with the new fixtures. That in itself does not cost a lot. Try to search for new lighting fixtures in home improvement resale stores and thrift stores. You might be able to come across items for a relatively low price in there.

Installing Faucets

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If you happen to get a new sink drain and faucet, you can install it while setting up your vanity. Apart from that, you could replace knobs and other similar structures in your shower and tub area. By doing this, you can make your bathroom more cohesive by applying coordinating finishes on your faucets.

Door and Paint

In the bathroom remodeling process, installing the door trim and baseboards is one of the last steps. You can choose to paint them both before and after installation. Sometimes, you may not possess a miter saw to cut the door trim at an angle of 45 degrees.

In that case, you can use decorative corner pieces in any place where two pieces of trim come together. That will save you money and also enhance the visual appeal of the space.

Add Bathroom Accessories

Finally, you can install accessories like mirrors, shelves, toilet paper holders, bars, and rings. They are generally easy to install, and you can save money by looking for comparable items online. Installing them at the end helps you choose the styles and colors that go well with the rest of your bathroom.

You’ve completed almost everything in your bath, such as the drainage, flooring, and tiling. As a result, you can proceed to the final stage in the bathroom remodeling project: installing the accessories. Wrap up with shelves, towel bars, light switch panels, and other bathroom accessories. These features are usually quick and easy to set up. Moreover, you can save money by looking for comparable items online.

By waiting till the remainder of your new bathroom process is final, you will be prepared to choose the finishes, designs, and color schemes for your bathroom accessories.