Chicago Bathroom Remodeling Process | Best Pick Reports
Due to the wide variety of trades required, bathroom remodeling
projects are more complex per square foot than almost any other
remodeling project. As such, rather than contract with several
trade-specific contractors, many homeowners prefer to hire one
contractor to handle all aspects of the project from start to finish.
The project’s requirements determine which construction steps are taken
and in which order. After demolition, some common steps of the process
Structural carpentry work. A
carpenter builds out the walls of the bathroom so that the finished wall
is even with the existing plaster above. Additionally, any damaged
floor joists are repaired, and the floor is built up, if necessary.
Roughing out utilities. While
the studs in the walls are exposed and easily accessible, water feed
lines, drains, electrical outlets and switches, and heating and air
conditioning system ductwork are installed or updated. At this point,
any one-piece premanufactured bathtubs, shower stalls, or shower pans
Installing drywall. The
contractor will install cement backer board on the soon-to-be-tiled wet
walls of the shower stall or bathtub, while drywall is installed on the
dry walls of the bathroom.
Tile work. Depending on taste
and budget, tile may be used to cover the bathroom floor, bathtub
walls, shower stall walls, and shower pan.
Installing cabinets, vanities, fixtures, and countertops.
The next step is to install and connect all the cabinets, countertops,
toilets, sinks, faucets, etc. Carpenters, plumbers, and sometimes
electricians complete this step.
Painting. To avoid marks from the installation of other components, painting is typically one of the last steps in the process.