Remodeling a master bathroom is a big home improvement project that can take months, depending on the updates. Each renovation that I complete with my clients is unique, however, I like to provide them with an estimated timeline when we first begin working together.
A major master bathroom remodel can take anywhere from six to 10 weeks, depending on the project size, and involves three phases: planning, construction and finishing. If you hire an interior design firm like Schlosser Design Group, you won’t have to worry about managing any of the details during this hectic process. Completing a renovation project yourself could take much longer if you’re unfamiliar with architecture, design and construction.
The planning phase typically takes one to two weeks and consists of:
- Designing — Your interior designer will work with an architect or general contractor to create blueprints for your new space. From there, they’ll also create a mood board to show off the new design style for your approval.
- Sourcing — Your designer will begin sourcing the required materials like flooring, tile, countertops, plumbing fixtures, lighting and accents, and will also source any furnishings and accessories that may be needed to complete the space.
- Homeowner Prep — You’ll pack away all of your belongings so construction can begin.
The construction phase is the longest part of the process and typically takes four to six weeks, but can extend even longer if a problem is uncovered during demolition. Construction consists of:
- Demolition — Before picking up the sledgehammer, your contractor should prepare your home for the upcoming mess. Installing extra air filters on the HVAC and zipper doors around the room should keep the rest of your home tidy. Next, the team can strip back the room to the studs. Demo typically takes three or four days to complete.
- Plumbing and Electricity — Plumbers and electricians move or add pipework and wiring.
- Walls — Walls are erected. This process spans framing, insulation, putting up drywall and skim coating.
- Tile — Tiling for walk-in showers, tub surrounds and sink backsplashes happens next. If you’re also getting a tile floor, the wall tiling will be completed first.
- Flooring — Flooring is laid.
- Cabinetry — Bathroom cabinets and countertops are installed.
- Plumbing Fixtures — Plumbing fixtures like toilets, sinks, showerheads and tubs are installed.
The finishing phase typically takes one to two weeks and consists of:
- Accents and Finishes — With the bulk of the work done, the construction team will start to put the finishing touches on the bathroom. This includes adding hardware to drawers and cabinets, installing custom closets, hanging mirrors and putting up light fixtures.
- Paint — The room is painted.
- Cleaning and Staging — The construction crew will clean the space and remove all of their materials before handing it over to the interior design team. The design team will add all the final touches like rugs, towels and art before the final reveal.
See an SDG Renovation Behind The Scenes
In the third video of my SDG Renovation series, I take you on-site at my client’s master bathroom remodel. You’ll see what their home looks like while workers are updating the space, how the home is kept clean, and how designs can change once demolition is complete. If you want the full context of the project, be sure to go back and watch Episode One first.