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Essential Steps for Remodeling Your Bathroom

bathroom remodelIf you’re tired of your dated bathroom and are considering a remodel, you may be busy picking out the right toilet, tub or tile – but do you know when to install each of those items?

Just like your favorite recipe, your bathroom remodeling project’s success depends on you performing tasks in the right order. Read on to find out what steps to take in renovating your bathroom.

Start with a clean slate

If you’re installing a new tub, shower, wall tile or floor, demolition will be your first step. You’ll need to remove at least two or three rows of tile surrounding the tub in order to get the current bathtub out.

You can start by warming the grout between the tiles and tub, which should make it easier to remove the first few rows of tiles. Start at the bottom and work your way up, if you’re removing the entire surround. After you pry off the tiles, you may need an adhesive remover to get the remaining tile glue off the wall. Once the surface is free of adhesive, clean the wall and prepare it for application of new tile.

Remove the current flooring, but keep the sub-floor if it’s not damaged. And don’t forget to turn off the water and electric before beginning demolition!

Rough carpentry, plumbing and drywall

If you’re installing a recessed medicine cabinet, build the framing at this stage and complete any other rough carpentry tasks. Then you’ll move on to plumbing tasks, like rerouting the sink plumbing (if necessary).

Next comes any drywall work you need to do. You’ll need to use moisture-resistant materials for this project, and if you’ve never installed drywall before, take your time so you end up with a smooth surface. Plan on this task taking at least a day, to allow for mudding, sanding and drying time.

Prime and paint drywall before you install any fixtures. Then install the medicine cabinet or other cabinetry.

Install tile and fixtures

After you’ve installed your new tub, you can install your new surround. Put a drop cloth in the tub to protect the surface as you work. You’ll need a wet saw to cut tiles to accommodate the showerhead, faucet and handles. Once the tile surround is in place, add grout, and allow for ample drying time.

Install the toilet, sink and vanity, along with any new faucet parts or fixtures.

Finish flooring

Once all other renovations are complete, you can install your new floor. Linoleum tile is an easy material to work with, and you should be able to lay a faux vinyl floor in one day. Real tile takes a bit more patience – and power tools – but it can really bring a room together, when it coordinates with your tub surround.

Add a protective threshold where the bathroom floor meets the hallway. Finally, install baseboards or quarter round, and you’re done!

Some contractors complete work in a slightly different order. Your goal should be to work in a way that makes sense for your space and minimizes the risk of damage for your new additions.

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