What to Expect When Remodeling A Bathroom

I have been remodeling bathrooms for over 20 years and if I can borrow a tagline from Farmers “we have seen a thing or two”.  I like to educate our customers on what the expectations are in a project that often disrupts the daily flow and the strategies I have developed to manage a project of this scale. In the end, our goal is to deliver an outstanding remodeled bathroom.

How Long Does A Bathroom Remodel Take?

Not as fast as tv shows depict. Home design shows that you see on TV make the projects seem faster and more fluid then what is possible.  The remodeling shows have real timetables with TV crews and major filming costs.  Trades work long days and weekends that overlap each other.  Materials on the shows are always available in a short period of time.  These shows can’t wait 3 weeks for a vanity to arrive, and another 2 weeks for countertop top to get fabricated and installed. How long does it actually take? Typically, we don’t start jobs until special orders have arrived, but there are always exceptions. For example, if you have a glass shower door and or walls, you can’t order it in advance.  It must be measured after all the tile has been installed.  When all the significant material has arrived we get started and we can usually do a simple bathroom remodel in 7-10 days.  Larger bathrooms that involves a new custom shower, with additional plumbing locations can stretch a project out for as long as 4-5 weeks. Throughout the process, we plan for these speed bumps and also let you know in order to have expectations.

Bathroom Sink in remodeled bathroom.

How much should you spend on your bathroom remodel project?

For resale value purposes you should have your bathroom cost fit the value of your house.  For example, if your house is worth $500,000 you want to have a bathroom that fits a 500,000 dollar house.  In Maryland, where I live that would mean a master bath that cost between $12,000 – $20,000.  Installing a cheap Hampton Bay vanity and $20.00 light, a noisy toilet will not help your home sell.    On the flip side, don’t design a 8 shower head $70,000 bathroom with premium grade ammenities.  Our philosophy is to ask a lot of questions to find out what your needs are and then incorporate your needs with the latest trends that fit budgets and raises the cost of the home.

What is the ROI in your bathroom?

Bathrooms and kitchens give a higher return on investment than anything else inside your home according to our good friends at HGTV.

If you start moving walls, plumping locations, and electrical outlets / switches the ROI will start to decrease.  But it sure is comforting to know that if you invest in your bathroom you will be getting your money back at resale and have all the benefits of enjoying in the mean time.

Shower after bathroom remodel.

Advice On A Bathroom Remodel

Older homes often have lots of hidden obstacles buried under the flooring or behind the walls.  Floors are much more likely to be uneven, and the walls are out of square.  In short, there are unforeseen problems and just like in the HGTV shows the often result in additional cost.

There needs to be an area (typically outside of the bathroom) where the tile is cut.   The closer to the bathroom obviously the better.  Space may be needed inside the bedroom for working, and storing daily materials etc.  At Klappenberger & Son, we work these details out prior to giving the estimate.  I learned this the hard way when I had to walk 3 flights of steps after every time I cut a piece of tile outside.  Yes, the bathroom was on the third floor!

We are able to do a variety of interior remodeling projects. From your basement project to your kitchen remodel. If you are looking to have your bathroom remodeled, we would be happy to give you a free consolation.  Contact us today!