The Bathroom Remodeling Process | Best Pick Reports
Due to the wide variety of trades
required, bathroom remodeling projects are more complex per square foot than
nearly any other home renovation project. As such, rather than contract with
several trade-specific companies, many homeowners prefer to hire one company to
handle all aspects of the project from start to finish. Although some bathroom
remodeling projects require moving walls, most do not. The project’s
requirements therefore determine which construction steps are taken and in
which order. Some common steps of the process include:
Demolition. Whereas many
homeowners prefer untiled walls in dry areas, the tile in many older bathrooms
extends to a height of four or five feet. Unfortunately, the older method of
tiling a wall comprised attaching metal mesh to the wall studs, spreading
cement on the mesh, and then attaching the tiles to the cement. The demolition
process therefore involves removing not only the tile but also the concrete and
metal mesh holding it to the wall.
work. Next, 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 interiors of the walls are exposed and still easily accessible, water
feed lines, drains, electrical outlets and switches, and heating and air
conditioning system ductwork are installed or updated. Any one-piece
premanufactured bathtubs, shower stalls, or shower pans may also be installed
at this stage.
Installing sheetrock. Mildew-resistant
sheetrock or green board should be installed on the walls that will remain dry
in the bathroom. However, the contractor should install 100 percent waterproof
backer board on the soon-to-be-tiled wet walls of the shower stall or bathtub.
fixtures, and countertops. The next step is to install and prepare for use the
cabinets, countertops, toilets, sinks, faucets, and lighting. Carpenters,
plumbers, and electricians are all involved in this part of the process.