Once you’ve decided to remodel your bathroom, it’s easy to start thinking ahead to when the project is finished and you and your family get to enjoy the more comfortable, convenient and welcoming space.
However, part of carefully planning your project involves setting a realistic expectation about how long it will take and what is involved during each step of the process. Having this information in mind enables you to plan accordingly (along with avoiding simple bathroom remodeling mistakes) and adjust your daily routine during your bathroom remodel in Northern Virginia or Washington, D.C.
As with any type of home upgrade, the duration of your bathroom remodel depends on the size of the space and the scope of work involved in your project. For example, refreshing a half-bathroom, or powder room, requires less time for both planning and execution than totally transforming a luxurious master bathroom.
In general, bathroom remodeling takes about six weeks to three months from start to finish. Below, we’ve divided the project into various phases to help you get an understanding of the typical timeline involved. Keep in mind, these figures are based on averages for similar types of bathroom upgrades, and your own timeline will depend on the specifics of your project, your design-build remodeler’s availability, unexpected complexities and other factors.
Whether you're doing a small upgrade or a massive bathroom makeover, your project is likely to follow a certain sequence of steps. Here is what you can expect to happen during your bathroom remodel:
The first step to remodeling your bathroom in Northern Virginia involves developing a design plan with the help of your remodeler. You’ll spend about one to four weeks refining your vision for the project, measuring your existing space and selecting the layout, features and materials for your bathroom makeover. If you’re expanding your bathroom or significantly reconfiguring the space, your design phase may be on the higher end of the spectrum in terms of how long it takes. It also depends on how much time you can commit to reviewing details with your design team and how decisive you are when it comes to making selections.
During the pre-construction phase of your bathroom remodel, your contractor will finalize the design plans, pull the necessary permits, order materials and schedule laborers and tradespeople for each aspect of the job. This typically takes about two to six weeks, depending on the source of your products. For example, if you are importing tiles from overseas or crafting custom cabinets for an upscale bathroom remodel, the process takes a bit longer. If you’re using stock products or materials that are readily available, it’ll move along quicker. Either way, your design-build remodeler in Washington, D.C. will plan ahead and develop a schedule to advance the project with as few gaps as possible.
Next, your Northern Virginia bathroom remodel moves into the construction phase, which takes an average of two to five weeks. Your remodeler should give you a detailed construction schedule at the start of this phase so you know what to expect during this time, including which professionals are scheduled when. Here is a general idea of the remodeling timeline once work has started at the job site:
Remodeling a bathroom in Northern Virginia or Washington, D.C., is a complex process that involves several expensive fixtures and materials. You don’t want to rush the project and risk creating waste, but you also want the work to be completed efficiently. That’s where a design-build remodeling team can make a difference. At Denny + Gardner, we handle your bathroom upgrade from start to finish, which makes for a simpler, more streamlined process with better collaboration and a highly optimized timeline.