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What to Expect When Doing a Bathroom Remodeling Project


When it comes to bathroom remodels, many people are in the dark about what to expect. However, asking the right questions and knowing the changes that professionals can do to the space can help you make your bathroom dreams a reality. With this, let’s get into the two essential questions you should ask regarding the process.

Up to What Extent Is This Renovation?

Before you even think about starting a bathroom renovation, you need to be clear about what you want to do. A renovation will generally involve several different tasks, so you need to ensure that you’re only tackling the projects you can handle.

For example, if you have a good idea of mounting and installing new tiles, you may be fine with doing the tile work. Still, if you haven’t a clue about plumbing, running electricity, or roofing, then you’re best to avoid these tasks and hire a professional for the work.

Here are some changes professionals can apply to your bathroom:

Surface Alterations

Surface alterations mean that you cover only superficial aspects instead of entirely replacing the bathroom area. For example, if you’re remodeling the shower or tub, you can just put in new shower tiles, which is a surface alteration. 

Gutting and Replacement

When you do a gut and replacement, you have to gut everything in the bathroom and do it all over again, replacing everything that’s there, whether it’s the floor, the walls, the shower, tub, or sinks.

The easiest way to tell if you’re going to be doing a gut and replacement is to imagine taking out all the fixtures and everything else in the bathroom and then rebuilding it. If you can’t, then you’re not doing gutting and replacement.


Relayout is a mix of surface alterations and gutting and replacement. In other words, you’re gutting and replacing some areas, but not all. For example, you might be replacing the tub but keeping the floor. Or, you might be replacing the floor but keeping the tub. 

If you’re doing a relayout, it’s essential to be clear about the scope of your project so that you don’t run into major problems with the job.

Changing the Room

Changing the room involves:

  • Changing the overall layout of the bathroom
  • Moving everything around
  • Making changes to the pattern of the room

For example, if you plan to put in a new toilet or change the shower, that’s not changing the room. However, if you’re remodeling a bathroom and moving the toilet, that’s considered changing the room. Changing the room may involve surface alterations, relayout, or a gutting and replacement for a major remodeling job.

How Much Is the Budget?

If you’re planning a bathroom remodel, your budget will be a key factor in making your decision. Before you set out on a bathroom remodeling job, be sure that you know how much it’s going to cost.

The biggest problem in renovations is that people either don’t plan for the project’s full cost, or they underestimate how much it will cost. Inquire first so that you can plan accordingly.


Remodeling a bathroom can be a fun project, or it can be quite a headache. It all depends on your planning and how much time you spend making a plan before getting started. If you’re planning major changes to your bathroom, it’s best to work with professionals.

Are you planning on getting a bathroom remodel soon? Work with contractors that you can trust. Terra Inc. is an El Dorado County-based building contractor, constructing residential homes, additions, and remodeling projects. They specialize in kitchen, bathroom, and complete home remodeling.