A Step-by-Step Guide to Bathroom Remodeling

Remodel your home's bathroom with Beissel Renovation!

A premium bathroom remodel breathes fresh life into your space with greater beauty, luxurious comfort, and practical function that meets your needs. But if you have never remodeled your bathroom, it can feel a little daunting to start the remodeling process. 

Read on to take the mystery out of what is ahead so you can move forward with confidence, knowing what to expect in the remodeling process. While renovations and improvements to your house may disrupt your daily life for a bit, one thing is certain—it is worth it! 

The Bathroom Renovation Process

Define your vision/design your dream

Whether you create a vision board or simply jot all your dreams down in your phone, defining your goals for your bathroom upgrade is a vital place to start the remodeling journey. Write out the elements of your dream bathroom and prioritize them so you can incorporate your “must haves” before your “splurges.” 

Be sure to get detailed in your dreams list. Include wall colors (with perhaps an accent wall), flooring materials, toilet type, shower type, soaking tub, vanity material, sink and hardware ideas, lighting, smart mirror, and more. 

When working with a design-build contractor, you will want to share those dreams with an experienced designer who will help bring them to life

Decide if your current layout stays or not

Step back and take an objective look at your bathroom layout. Is it functional? Does it work for you? How could it be changed to improve its beauty and function? Is there wasted space in your bathroom that you could put to good use with a layout change? Can you get what you need out of your current bathroom’s four walls if its layout is reconfigured? Now think outside of the box, sketch out your ideas, and discuss them with your design-build contractor. They may see something you did not see, and your upgrade could just turn out better than you imagined!  

Plan your budget

Review your priority list from the design phase and decide how extensive or simple your budget is for this remodel. Make room in the budget for what is most important and see what you can do to include your “splurges.” Your project will go better when it is aligned with your priorities, needs and expectations.

Test your samples

Once you pick out your three favorite tiles, paints, and other samples, bring them home and try them out in your bathroom before deciding on which to use. 

Remove old fixtures and flooring

Next, your bathroom’s electricity and water will be turned off and “demolition day” will begin. Old tiles and flooring will be removed, fixtures including the vanity toilet, will be set aside for reinstallation or thrown out, and your bathroom will be down to its “bare bones.” 

Install a new window

Bathrooms are notorious for breeding mold and mildew because they usually lack the proper ventilation it takes to get all the humidity from showers and baths out of the vicinity. Choose a small, easy-to-open window with privacy glass. Casement or awning windows are ideal because they can accommodate small spaces and they are opened with a simple indoor crank. You will be amazed at how much a new window adds to your enjoyment of the space with fresh air at your fingertips (while reducing the possibility of unhealthy mold). 

Replace and install plumbing

Your new toilet, shower pan, waterline extension, and any modified plumbing for your sink will be installed. 

Install electrical wiring 

Next, while your walls are open, your bathroom’s wiring will be updates as needed to comply with local codes and your needs. Your contractor will install your exhaust fan and outlets. 

Close your walls

Now that the plumbing and electrical wiring are done, cement board and vapor barriers will be installed in the shower stall and tub area. Drywall will be used to cover the remainder of your bathroom walls. 

Add paint or wallpaper

Before the sink, vanity, toilet, or tub are installed, painting your walls is the next step in your bathroom remodel. Interior paint with satin or semi-gloss finish will work best in your new space due to the high humidity bathrooms are famous for. 

Install tile and flooring

Next, your remodeling contractor will tile your shower walls or bathtub, add the wall tile, and finally add the flooring. 

Fit your shower doors in place

The shower part of your remodel is usually the next step. Install the shower enclosure’s door, the track door for your bathtub, or your shower curtain rod to enclose the shower and bathtub space. 

Attach lighting fixtures 

Add lighting fixtures over your sink, and use ceiling lights for ample and diverse lighting options in your renovated bathroom. An exhaust fan will be added next to ensure the air is clean and to lower the humidity. 

Hook up your new sink’s plumbing

Your sink and new vanity will be placed in position and plumbing will be hooked up, ensuring it is done right the first time. 

Install your new toilet

Your contractor will install your new toilet, and your bathroom remodel will now start to look close to being finished. 

Incorporate thoughtful accessories 

The finishing touches are what makes your bathroom shine, so add thoughtful accessories to enhance the luxurious feel of your new space. Add towel hooks or towel bars, shelving, light switch plates, and other unique features you desire to personalize your upgraded bathroom

To maximize your storage space, put dividers inside each drawer and assign your bathroom items to a place within the drawers to streamline your morning routine. Include some greenery like a hearty potted plant on the vanity or floor to bring some of the outdoors inside. 

Transform Your Bathroom with the Perfect Remodel by Our Experienced Team

Poorly planned bathroom remodeling projects usually take longer because they hit more bumps in the road which makes the projects take longer,  and they often exceed their budget due to unanticipated expenses. Your bathroom renovation does not have to go that way! At Beissel Renovation, with over 70 years of expertise, homeowners love our streamlined remodeling process. 

Learn more about how our bathroom remodeling services can bring your bathroom renovation ideas to life. Contact us today for a free consultation!