A Bathroom Remodel Step by Step

Jan 13, 2015 | Renovations

If you’re finally taking the steps to remodel your bathroom or if you’re thinking about remodeling, understanding the process can help. Knowing how a bathroom remodeling project is typically done can help you determine what you can do yourself, what you’ll need a remodeling company to handle, and what decisions you need to make prior to starting.

To help you get started, we’ve compiled information about a typical bathroom remodeling project and break it down into steps:

Before Construction

  1. Brainstorming — Before you think about heading to the home improvement store to buy fixtures, tiles, and furnishings, you’ll need to evaluate what you want to change. Are you going to be ripping out showers, tubs, and vanities? Meeting with a contractor for an initial consultation is a great way to get an understanding of the level of work required to make certain changes.
  2. Measurements — Understanding building codes is an important part of measuring a bathroom for a remodeling project. There are certain ways you can and cannot arrange different-sized bathrooms. Knowing the measurements before picking out specific fixtures and other materials ensures that a.) You get the right quantities of materials, and b.) You’re not choosing fixtures that are too large or too small for the space.
  3. Supplies/Fixtures — Choose items based on functionality first. Instead of picking the prettiest faucet or the neatest tile design, look at the functionality of each item. Is nonslip important? What do reviews say online about faucet brands and their warranties? Taking the time to research what you’re putting into your bathroom can save you time and money in the future if problems arise.
  4. Electrical Considerations — Particularly if your bathroom has not been remodeled in several years, you may need to change out the outlets and some wiring. Upgrading your outlet and wiring will give you peace of mind that your outlets, in the future, can handle the bathroom appliances you use on a daily basis.

The initial phases of the remodel are actually the most time-consuming. Measuring twice and cutting once, however, is a cliche in the construction industry for a reason. Having all of your decisions made in the beginning will save time and prevent mistakes in the construction phase.


  1. Out with the old — Demolishing your bathroom may include everything from removing fixtures and tiles to gutting the room. A full-scale demolition makes identifying and repairing any structural issues easier and saves you the hassle of dealing with leaks and moisture damage in the future.
  2. In with the new — The process works, typically, in this order of installation: plumbing and electrical, drywall and other wall materials, tubs/shower/any other permanent fixtures, panting, fixtures like cabinetry and light sources, and flooring.
  3. Finishing décor — With the addition of towel racks, curtains, and other small finishing touches, your bathroom remodeling project is complete!

A bathroom remodel is much more involved than people think because of the need to consider the plumbing and electrical renovations. With patience at the beginning of the project, you’ll be on your way to enjoying a luxurious bathroom experience that will last for decades to come. Contact the experts at R. H. Homes today if you are ready to remodel your bathroom and we will take care of the rest!