What To Expect During a Bathroom Remodel

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From 1st Contact to On-Site Visit:

1st Contact: The remodeling process often begins by reaching out through website, email, or phone. At this stage, provide some basic project information and, if possible, include a couple of pictures of your existing bathroom. This helps the contractor get a preliminary idea of your project.

Info Call: After your initial contact, you'll likely have an exploratory call with the contractor. This call is essential for both parties to determine if the project is a good fit. Discuss your goals, budget, timeline, and expectations. This step helps ensure that the project aligns with the contractor's expertise and availability.

Initial Consultation: If the exploratory call is promising, the next step is an initial consultation. The contractor will schedule an on-site visit to your home. During this meeting, you'll delve into the project's details, discuss the reasons for the remodel, and understand more about the contractor's process. It's an opportunity for you to ask questions and for the contractor to evaluate the scope of work.

What is the typical process of a bathroom remodel?

  1. Design Phase: Construction is best done with a plan in mind. If you already have a design, share that with the contractor during the on-site visit or send ahead by e-mail. Otherwise your contractor will work with you to create a detailed design plan. PDX Remodeling & Design has in-house designers as well as design partners we work closely with. We offer a Pre-Construction Service (PSA) which guides you through the selections process, layout design, sourcing, and pricing of your selections. We then consolidate the information, share it with trade partners and collect pricing for the final proposal. Expect to review and approve the design before the project moves forward.

  2. Budgeting and Cost Estimates: Your contractor will provide you with a detailed cost estimate for the project. Typically a verbal price range is discussed during the first visit, or even on the phone. Be prepared for potential variations in costs based on material choices and unexpected issues that may arise. For unexpected issues we create change orders detailing new scope of work and cost, and ask for your approval prior to work being performed.

  3. Permits and Approvals: Depending on the scope of the remodel, permits may be required. Your contractor will typically handle the permit application process, but it may add some time to the project timeline. For standard bathroom remodels without major layout changes, a plumbing, electrical, and sometimes mechanical permit are required. PDX Team manages all aspects of the permitting process.

  4. Tear Down and Demolition: The existing bathroom will be stripped down to its bare structure in the shower and tub area, but the rest of the bathroom walls are typically un-touched. This phase can be noisy and messy, but it's a necessary step in the remodel process.

  5. Construction and Installation: New materials, fixtures, and components will be installed based on the design plan. This includes plumbing, electrical work, tiling, cabinetry, and other structural elements. We typically have a dedicated project manager overseeing the work, managing trade partners schedule, and keeps you informed of progress.

  6. Plumbing and Electrical Work: Expect some disruption to your home's plumbing and electrical systems during the remodel. Temporary inconveniences like turning off the water or electricity may occur.

  7. Dust and Debris: Bathroom remodeling generates dust and debris. Your contractor should take steps to contain it, but some level of disruption is inevitable. Covering nearby areas and using dust barriers can help minimize the impact. We at PDX provide dust control solutions by installing ZipWalls (Plastic walls from floor to ceiling), and use a Neg-Air Machine (square box looking vacuum cleaner that scrubs the air). We cover floors from front door to project area, and section off living spaces with plastic walls to minimize dust spread.

  8. Timeline Adjustments: Be prepared for potential timeline adjustments. Delays can occur due to unexpected issues, material availability, or changes in the project scope.

  9. Final Inspections and Walkthrough: Once construction is complete, there will be final inspections to ensure everything meets building codes and safety standards. Expect a walkthrough with your contractor to review the finished bathroom and address any concerns or adjustments.

Keep in mind that good communication with your contractor is key.

Regular updates and open dialogue about any concerns or changes can help ensure a smoother remodeling experience.

Additionally, be flexible and patient, as unexpected challenges are not uncommon in remodeling projects.

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