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How long does a bathroom renovation take?

If you are planning to renovate your main bathroom, one of the most important questions will be – “how long does it take to renovate the bathroom?” Normal life goes on, especially if you have a busy family. So ask some construction companies about the timeframe. Get ready to inhale sharply! You can be without a working bathroom for up to two months. At Houseace, our experienced crews usually take 3-4 weeks, but of course, this depends on the scope and size of the project. Here is a more detailed bathroom renovation schedule.

It all adds up

Your next question will be why – this is not the case on makeover TV shows. You may have seen neat project charts that show you all the stages of a renovation that smoothly follow each other day after day. This is a reasonable starting point to help you understand the bigger picture. But the reality may not be the same.

First, there are unexpected problems to be resolved, deliveries that do not arrive on time, fittings that do not fit, and specialists that are not available on the days when they are due on site. There is also a lot of work to be done, with preparation time, dry time, and finish time to add to the center.

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How many people

Another big variable is the size of the site team. Do you employ one person to do all the work, or a team of plumbers, electricians, plasterers, tilers, floors, and painters? One person could do a simple project on their own. They can focus on your bathroom throughout the project. But they may have other jobs at the same time and then the lead times start to decrease.

If you have a larger team of specialized contractors, such as we employ in Housesaka, they can complete the renovation in less time.

Be realistic

Whichever approach you take, it’s best to be realistic and expect more time. Then you might be surprised. To help you understand what is going to happen in these weeks, here’s how a typical small bathroom renovation should go.

Bathroom renovation schedule

Down with the old one (2 days)

It all starts with a very dirty, dusty demolition of your current bathroom – removing the fixtures and placing a container in it, tiles from the wall, raising the floor, and initial cleaning. Hopefully, the demolition will not reveal any hidden structural damage due to leaks or nasty surprises such as asbestos.

Making good (2 days)

Several repairs may be carried out before starting a new job. This step can include filling holes in the wall, repairing loose or damaged floorboards, or removing wiring or pipes that are now in the wrong place.

Plumbing (2 days)

The plumber puts the water and sewage in the right places. It may take longer if bathtubs, showers, sinks, and toilets are moved to make better use of the space.

Electric equipment (2 days)

An electrician runs cables to suitable locations for lighting, shaving points, and power showers. This may require cutting out and making new channels in the walls, connecting and testing new wiring to existing circuits, and updating the safety switch. Any switches or other connectors are connected later. Check the electrical system before starting plastering. This may cause a delay if an inspector is not available for several days.

Plastering (2-4 days plus drying time before painting)

Before starting work, plasterers must repair any damaged surfaces. In some cases, they may install a “drywall” to hide pipes or other surface features. The first layer of plaster requires one day to dry before applying the last coat.

Painting (2-3 days)

The painter cannot start until the plaster is completely dry. This can extend the schedule for several days. The first coat of paint on the new plaster is a special watery mixture, followed by one or two coats of the final color.

Tiling (2-3 days)

The laying time depends on the number of tiles to be laid. If you only have a splash around the sink and tiles or a wall panel in the shower, it may only take a day to lay the tiles. But larger areas with difficult connections or complex patterns can take two to three days.

Installation and flooring (2-3 days)

The best part of the job for everyone involved. The plumber and electrician can now install, connect, and test all fittings – bathtub, shower, toilet, lighting, blinds, cabinets, and accessories. When everything is in place, the floor can come in. Laying vinyl flooring takes hours, but wooden floors with hard-to-cut hardware can take a day.

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How long does a kitchen renovation take?

The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house. And if it is combined with a dining room, the kitchen and dining room can be the center of everyday life. So if you are planning a kitchen renovation, you will have to prepare for some disruptions in your normal life. Here we answer the question: “How long does a kitchen renovation take?” and provide a detailed schedule for kitchen renovation.

Forget about troubles

You will need to prepare new cooking appliances, move some large appliances, and find a place to store all the food and everything else that normally lives in the kitchen. This makes “How long will it take?” a big factor in selecting a company to carry out a renovation.

At Houseace, we strive to make the renovation of your kitchen as quick and hassle-free as possible. So when choosing a supplier, ask the right questions and make sure you take all factors into account.

A small renovation or a complete renovation?

Don’t be fooled by TV shows that transform the kitchen into one episode. Normal life is not like that. Realistically, with experienced crews like ours, we’re talking about four to eight weeks depending on the extent of the overhaul.

Just installing new units and countertops from the DIY store is simple and quick. But if you are considering custom-built units, repositioning some of the main built-in units, and a new floor and lighting, it will take longer.

All the skills you need

Also, consider who will do the work. Some small businesses claim that one person can do it all. That’s a lot of skill for one person! Others may hire subcontractors to perform specialized work, such as plumbing, electrics, cabinet making, flooring, and tiles. That’s fine, but if some specialists can’t show up on the days they want, the schedule will slip.

At Houseaka, we have all the skills of our crew, so we coordinate everything for you. You have one point of contact and one number you can call if you have any questions. Our experienced crews usually take around 6 weeks, but of course, this depends on the scope and size of the project. Here is a more detailed kitchen renovation schedule.

Kitchen renovation schedule

Clean old kitchen (2 days)

This is the messiest stage. The cabinets come out, the floor is removed, the tiles fall off, and all fixed appliances are removed. If necessary, the sink should be removed and the water and sewage pipes sealed. The crew checks for structural damage to the walls or floor and makes sure the gas and electricity supplies are securely secured.

Making good (2 days)

The crew is pre-cleaning and doing any repairs – filling holes in the wall, repairing any damage to the floor, or removing any wiring or pipes that are to be replaced.

Cabinet production (10 days)

This is done in a specialized workshop and the work is planned so that the cabinets are ready for assembly after all other work is completed.

Plumbing (2 days)

The plumber makes all the necessary changes to the water supply and sewage to the sink and dishwasher.

Electrical work (2 days)

An electrician runs cables in the right places for any new lighting, worktop power points, and fixed power points to main appliances. If the devices are in new locations, an electrician will have to cut and repair new channels in the walls, connect and test new wiring to existing circuits, and update the safety switch.

Plastering (2-4 days plus drying time before painting)

Plasters repair any damaged surfaces around old tiles or electrical sockets. In some cases, they may install a “drywall” to hide pipes or other surface features. Then they apply the first layer, let the plaster dry, and finally putty.

Painting (2-3 days)

Painters apply the first watery layer to the new plaster after it has dried, which may take several days. It ends with one or two layers of the selected color.

Tiling (2-3 days)

In the kitchen, tiling is likely minimal – chipping behind the sink and a protective layer of tiles or a heat-resistant panel behind the stove.

Floors (1-2 days)

The floor can be placed before or after installing cabinets and fixed appliances. A vinyl floor only takes a few hours, but a stone, tiled, or wood floor will take longer, especially if you need to cut complex shapes around cabinets or island units.

Installation (4-5 days)

The crew can now fit cabinets and countertops and install fixed appliances. An electrician connects and tests appliances, power points, and lighting, while a plumber connects a sink, dishwasher, and all gas appliances. The painter may need to repair any areas damaged during assembly.