By, Kelly Flynn
If an interior design professional or contractor suggests that a full bathroom remodel will take 7-10 days, prepare yourself to be disappointed, befuddled and upset! If it sounds too good to be true, then ask the hard questions and be sure to get more than one estimate.
If you are working with a Professional Interior Designer, you will have a well streamlined project. Making selections that work together within your budget and give the results you are looking for can take an expert! Your designer or design team can often supervise the timeline of your contractor. A good contractor should break the project down something like this:
7 weeks from when the materials arrive till finish: *
Week 1: Demo, framing new walls, remove debris
(Including time for permit inspections)
Week 4: Insulation & drywall installation
Week 5: Tile, Install Vanity, toilet & other plumbing fixtures
Week 6: Final carpentry & architectural detailing
Week 6: Texture, Painting or wallcovering application
Week 7: Lighting, Hardware, Accessory, Mirror & Glass installation
* Projects vary by square footage and scope.
There should be a breakdown for price on each of these items including allowances for Tile, Vanity, Sinks, Hardware etc… This gives you a guideline on how much you can spend in each area when specifying these items. If you choose to go over budget on a selection, it is well known upfront and can perhaps balance with an under budget selection.
Most importantly… don’t schedule a party or attempt to start this type of project exactly 7 weeks from the start date! There can be unforeseen set backs that can hold a project up When delays happen, no one likes it and it can make the process frustrating! So, go in with patience and the expectation that you will have a dusty hallway perhaps longer than you want to.
Your contractor or designer should inform you of delays right away. Also, any additional costs that arise that may not be predicted during the estimate stage should also be disclosed to you immediately. Be sure to leave some room in the budget for the unknown- and please invite us to your party! We will bring wine!