Step-by-Step Guide on How to Remodel a Bathroom

Jon Salas
Jon Salas
Sales Manager
May 15, 2024
Step-by-Step Guide on How to Remodel a Bathroom

Deciding to take on any kind of remodeling project can seem like a monstrous task, especially if you’re unsure where to begin. The good news is there are plenty of experts out there who do these things daily and Revive is one of them. Understanding how to remodel a bathroom to maximize the value of your home, or to simply enjoy it, can relieve a lot of stress before getting started.

This step-by-step guide was created to help bring clarity to the whole bathroom renovation process. Whether you're looking to update an outdated bathroom or create a spa-like retreat for yourself, a well-planned remodel can transform your space– and we know the steps to help get you there. 

Step 1: Planning 

Before running to your local hardware store, there are a few things to consider. First, identify your goals and determine the scope. What do you want to achieve? Is it increased storage, improved accessibility, or a more modern look? Next, determine the scope of your project, whether it's a surface-level update, a complete fixture replacement, layout changes, or a full remodel. Answering these questions will help guide you. 

Next, establish a realistic budget. Decide how much money you have to dedicate to materials, labor, permits, and contingencies. Then research the costs of the materials and fixtures on your wish list to ensure they fit within your budget.

Design considerations to keep in mind:

Layout: Assess your current layout and determine if it meets your needs. Consider changes that could improve functionality, such as moving the toilet or adding a double vanity.

Materials: Select materials that match your style preferences and budget. Consider factors like durability, maintenance, and water resistance.

Storage: Incorporate enough storage solutions to keep your bathroom organized and clutter-free.

Maintenance: Choose materials and fixtures that are easy to clean and maintain to ensure your bathroom looks its best for years to come.

Last but not least, when it comes to the planning phase, you need to decide if this will be DIY or if you’re hiring a contractor. Decide whether you have the skills and time to tackle the remodel yourself or if you need to hire a professional contractor. While DIY projects can save money, more complicated tasks like plumbing and electrical work are best left to licensed experts.

Step 2: Preparation

When the planning is done, it’s time to prep. Three things to do before the work begins, include:

  1. Obtain necessary permits from your local building department.
  2. Prepare the space by removing all personal items and protecting surfaces that will remain.
  3. Carefully demolish and remove existing fixtures, tiles, and drywall, being careful not to damage underlying structures.

Step 3: Structural and Layout Changes

While this may not apply to every bathroom remodel if you’re planning a larger renovation, it’s important to make any necessary framing adjustments to accommodate new layout changes and potentially relocate plumbing and electrical lines as needed, following local building codes.

Step 4: Plumbing and Electrical 

If updating plumbing or electrical, that should be tackled next. It’s important to note at this stage, if you do not have the knowledge or skill set to do this yourself, it may be in your best interest to hire a professional, even if it’s just for this step. Install rough plumbing for the sink, toilet, and shower/tub. Run new electrical wiring for outlets, lighting, and ventilation, and ensure all work complies with local building codes and passes necessary inspections.

Step 5: Walls and Flooring 

Once plumbing and electrical are tackled, it’s time to move on to walls and flooring. Install moisture-resistant drywall or cement board in areas exposed to water, such as shower walls. Then, choose and install your preferred flooring material, ensuring it is properly sealed and water-resistant.

Step 6: Tiling and Waterproofing 

Making sure your hard work doesn’t go to waste… Apply waterproofing membranes to shower walls and floors before tiling. Next, install tiles using the appropriate adhesive and grout, to ensure a consistent and even application, and make sure to allow enough time for the tiles to set and cure before proceeding.

Step 7: Cabinetry and Countertops 

Now, where to put things? It’s time to start Installing vanities, storage cabinets, and other built-in elements you may desire. Measure and cut countertops to ensure a proper fit, and seal around sinks and edges.

Step 8: Painting and Lighting

Nearing the end, this is when the bathroom remodeling progress really starts to show. Paint walls and trim, choosing colors that complement your design scheme. After the paint is dry, it’s time to Install lighting fixtures, mirrors, and other accessories before reconnecting the toilet, sink, and faucets, ensuring proper seals and functionality.

Step 9: Fixtures and Accessories 

It’s time to add the final touches to your newly remodeled bathroom with accessories like towel bars, shelves, and artwork. Choose items that complement your overall design and provide both style and function.

Step 10: Final Touches and Maintenance

To keep your remodeled bathroom looking its best, follow these maintenance tips:

  • Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces, paying extra attention to high-moisture areas like showers and sinks.
  • Seal grout lines annually to prevent moisture penetration and mildew growth.
  • Promptly repair any leaks or damage to prevent larger issues from developing.
  • Ventilate the bathroom properly during and after use to minimize humidity and prevent mold growth.

Remodeling a bathroom can be a big undertaking process, but with careful planning and execution, you can achieve the bathroom of your dreams. By following this step-by-step guide, you'll be well on your way to a successful renovation. Remember to prioritize your goals and budget wisely – and don't hesitate to seek professional help when needed.

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Jon Salas
Jon Salas
Sales Manager
May 15, 2024

Jonathan Salas brings a wealth of experience to Revive, having started in real estate in 2007 and later founding Above Media in 2012. His expertise in real estate marketing and innovative technology has helped Revive since year one. As Head of Sales, Jon helps homeowners and agents navigate the challenging world of renovations.

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