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Top 4 Things to Consider When Planning a Bathroom Remodel


Remodeling a bathroom can be challenging. Aside from the many parts you will be considering, it can also disrupt your daily routine at home. For example, if the bathroom you plan to remodel is a private one connected to your bedroom, you must endure sharing bathrooms with other family members until the remodel is done.

However, knowing what to expect and planning meticulously can make all the difference and ease the transition.

Here are four things you can do to make your bathroom remodel as smooth sailing as possible. 

Confirm the Schedule and Lead Times

Before you begin a bathroom renovation, you need to have a general plan especially with all of the subcontractors like electricians, plumbers, installers, and cabinet makers who will work on your bathroom. You need to coordinate the schedule and lead times with them carefully. One late arrival can mess up the overall schedule and delay the completion of the project.

If you are planning to buy new bathroom fixtures like faucets, shower heads, and toilets or would like to install new cabinetry and countertops, it is also essential to check the timing as to when to order them so they can arrive on time.

If you have a tight schedule, you will want to order those items in stock rather than made-to-order ones. You should also look locally instead of having items shipped from another country. 

Discuss the Construction Process with Your Contractor

Ask your contractor to walk you through what will happen during a bathroom remodel. This way, you and your family can prepare. An example is figuring out how to control dust during construction. You can cover the floors and carpeting with plastic sheeting while the crew is working. 

You also need to inquire about how the crew will keep children and pets safe during the project since saw dust and fumes can pose serious health risks. 

Setting up a staging area where the materials are placed upon arrival is also important. You will need to clear this area and discuss how to protect the flooring and other furniture nearby. 

You also need to discuss other important things that might be an extra cost to you during the renovation. Take garbage disposal for example. Will they take care of it or will you need to prepare a dumpster for them? Another thing to consider is whether you’ll need to rent a portable toilet during the duration of the renovation project. 

Plan Your Bathroom Routines

Think carefully about everyone’s bathroom routines. Some mornings are hectic, so some people may need to schedule bathroom use earlier than usual before the workers arrive. This will also give everyone plenty of time to use the hot water they need. 

Create Temporary Space 

To avoid bathroom traffic jams, move some bathroom activities to other spaces. If you have a dressing table in the bedroom, you can use that space to fix your hair and apply makeup. If you have a powder room, designate it as the space for teeth brushing and face shaving.


As in any other renovation project, careful planning and scheduling are key to having a successful bathroom remodel. Discuss lead times and the renovation process with your contractors so you and your family can also understand how to accommodate your bathroom needs while the work is in progress. 

Terra Inc. Construction offers affordable construction services in El Dorado County, Folsom, and Greater Sacramento. We construct residential homes, build additions, and perform remodels, specializing in kitchen, bathroom, and complete home remodeling. Contact us today, and we’ll help you plan your bathroom renovation!