How To Remodel A Bathroom

How To Remodel A Bathroom

Remodeling a bathroom requires significant planning, as well as knowledge to do the job properly. Read on to learn more.

Planning And Budget

The challenge in remodeling a bathroom on a budget is determining how much you can spend on the project and how much money you can spend for any professional work that may be required. The following may help:

  • Review online tutorials on topics related to how to remodel a bathroom.
  • Know your limitations and be aware of building codes. If you do need help, hire someone who is licensed and insured to handle the electrical work for lighting or plumbing. A pro might be able to handle a particular task with better results.
  • When creating the design for the layout of the bathroom remodel, take accurate measurements.
  • Be prepared to use auxiliary work lights while electricity to the space is turned off.
  • Be sure to have alternate bathroom facilities, whether you do the work yourself or hire a contractor.
  • Determine how to dispose of fixtures and other materials removed during demolition.


Demolition should be methodic and controlled.

  • Do not damage plumbing or electrical work during demolition.
  • Turn off the water supply to the toilet, tub, shower, and sink.
  • Remove the toilet. Use a rag to plug the waste pipe to prevent sewer gases from entering the home.
  • Disconnect the plumbing for the sink and remove the vanity and the sink.
  • Remove the shower or tub sand inspect for any water damage, mold, or mildew.
  • Pry off baseboards and label them for simple reinstallation
  • If needed, turn off electricity to the bathroom and remove the lights.
  • Remove accessories from the walls.
  • Remove drywall, back board and tile from areas where it will be replaced.
  • Remove the linoleum or tile and check for water damage.

Plumbing Rough-In

  • Replace the toilet flange.
  • Install a new shower tub or pan.
  • Replace the shower controls for the shower head.
  • Run a water line extension for overhead rain shower or dual shower heads.
  • Address any plumbing modifications needed for any additions or downsizing.

Electrical Rough-In

  • Consider replacing 15-amp wiring with a 20-amp circuit to accommodate more appliances.
  • Install or relocate additional outlets – including GFCI receptacles for those outlets.
  • Add hookups for any lighting in the ceiling, shower, and vanity lights.
  • Move the vent fan closer to shower.

Add Blocking for Grab Bars

  • Because the walls are open, you can add blocking between wall studs to support grab bars and solid material for securing these safety features can save time in the future.

Close Walls

  • Install a vapor barrier and cement board in the tub or shower stall.
  • Cement board is resistant to moisture and makes a good backer for wall tile.
  • Use drywall for other walls.

Paint Walls

  • Paint before the vanity, tub, sink, and sink are installed to reduce the risk of splatter on new flooring or fixtures.
  • Select an interior paint with a semi-gloss or satin finish that will stand up to the humidity in the bathroom.

Tile Installation

  • Tile the shower walls or bathtub enclosure first and then move to other areas of the bathroom.
  • Install the wall tile and then work on floor tile.
  • Use grout for both but caulk the corners. Grout is available in a variety of colors to enhance or become part of the overall bathroom decor.

Install Shower Door

  • After the tile is set, install the door for the shower or the track door for the tub.

Install Exhaust Fan And Lights

  • Install and connect wall lighting and ceiling lights.
  • Connect the exhaust fan.

Install Sink And Vanity

  • Get the sink and vanity into place and hook up the plumbing.

Install Toilet

  • Installing a new toilet might be the simplest part of bathroom remodeling.
  • Finish up the project by installing light switch plates, towel holders and other accessories.

Allure Baths and Kitchens offers bathroom remodeling and shower remodeling throughout the entire local Phoenix, AZ Valley area including: PhoenixScottsdaleCave CreekCarefreeGlendalePeoriaSurprise and more. Get a free bathroom remodel quote by contacting us today.

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