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violet holly
Steps In A Complete Bathroom "Remodel" - simple breakdown please.
violet holly

Would like to know the steps needed in a complete tear down to the studs of a bathroom "remodel".
We will be keeping tub, sink + toilet in the same spots within the room.

Plumbing will need to be a complete update, all new piping etc.

Looking at a budget friendly "remodel" utilizing good quality materials. Shower/tub enclosure (like Sterling), plaster upper walls, chair rail and beadboard lower walls, and vinyl tiles.

Please advise.

dj1
Re: Steps In A Complete Bathroom "Remodel" - simple breakdown please.
dj1

1. You want to keep your fixtures? get them out of the way first.

2. Now demolish. There is no order in demolishing. walls, floor - doesn't matter.

3. When everything is out, and you are left with clean studs (remove all nails, screws, staples, etc) you are ready to proceed.

4. But wait a minute: inspect your studs. Replace studs that show water damage, termite damage.

5. Now continue...

violet holly
Re: Steps In A Complete Bathroom "Remodel" - simple breakdown please.
violet holly

Please go on.... more steps!

We will be needing all new fixtures, the basics, good quality, white etc.

Will not be moving the position of the fixtures, so that should save money.

dj1
Re: Steps In A Complete Bathroom "Remodel" - simple breakdown please.
dj1

...Any additional instructions and steps are not complimentary.

At some point advice stops to be free.

Do you have a lawyer in the family? see how much free advice you can get out of him/her.

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

Not sure what you're looking for, you've already stated what you want - bathroom reno, new walls, etc. If you are hiring the work done, that person will give you a price for services rendered, including any materials or fixtures they supply. If you are doing the work yourself, then take your to-do list and analyze it for what you're going to need and price out the materials yourself. For instance, you want bead board, well, how many linear feet of wall space will you have to cover and how high up the wall will it go, if it's 32" you can get three pieces per sheet, which will give you 12 linear feet of wall covering. If you go to a height of 36"-48", then you will get 8 linear feet of wall covering per sheet. If you go floor to ceiling then you get 4 linear feet per sheet. Pricing cabinets and fixtures is easy, just make sure you write down the name, number and description of any item you will be purchasing later so you know what you were looking at originally. We can't even begin to give you pricing of anything, for a variety of reasons, the biggest of which is that we can't see your bathroom from here and we are not in your location.

If you are tearing the bathroom to bare studs, then take the time to replace the shower valve and the vanity/toilet anglestops. Make sure all exterior walls are well insulated, if you've got steel pipes, replace them with copper or pex so that everything in the walls is fresh and new, no chance of problems down the road that will require tearing into the walls again. Add, or update as necessary, any lighting or other electrical

As for flooring, you will be far better off with a solid surface, whether that is sheet vinyl or tile. Peel and stick tiles, while easy to install, are garbage and will not protect your floor or your investment from water damage.

As for the renovation process, as DJ points out, demo first, then start piecing it back together. If you have to ask for every step, then this is not a DIY project for you to tackle, leave it to a professional.

Jeanne
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Jeanne

If you order something new - fixtures, cabinets etc, check on how long it will take it to come in so you are not waiting on something to be shipped. If possible, keep the toilet in the same place because it is expensive to move that plumbing. Other plumbing changes are not so bad especially if you are down to the studs. Double and triple check measurements in your plan. My neighbor had a company draw up her plan who forgot to take into account 4 inches of wall space. For proper installation of waterproofing and tile, go to the John Bridge Tile Forum. They already have most of that information available and will quickly answer questions. Check the electrical and make sure your vent fan is properly vented to the outside - not to the attic - while you have things opened up. You will need permits. Look at several YouTube videos and read reputable articles and practice before attempting a new DIY skill.

If you are doing this yourself it will take at least 3 times longer than you expect - says the lady who has been working on her stairs for over a month:)

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Steps In A Complete Bathroom "Remodel" - simple breakdown please.
HoustonRemodeler

Aren't there books on this ? :confused:

Much more than we can type out in a chat room

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry

With the many videos, DIY blogs, etc available to you I'm sure you can figure it out or come to a decision that it's not something you want to tackle. I'll differ with the rest with recommending the first step, which should always be locking in a plan covering what you want in the end, then making sure it can be done like that. Even something as simple as changing the color of one thing can imply many other changes needed to make that work out well, so know exactly what you want before you do anything else.

My usual bath remodel procedure is to save what's being kept, then open things to discover what needs replacement or repair beneath walls, demoing the floor last. That varies based on the situation but I do like having a solid floor under me while doing any heavy work like demo. Know how you're going to get the demo'ed material out and make protections as needed for that, as well as planning for disposal of this and other scrap until complete. This is messy work but with good planning problems are minimized or eliminated before they happen and as always the "5 P" rule applies: Proper planning prevents poor performance

Phil

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