Bathroom Renovation Process
1) Demolition: Begin by removing the existing fixtures, finishes, and structures as required by the project's scope. This includes the bathroom walls, floor, ceiling, and any specific features. While doing so, ensure proper waste management by disposing of debris daily.
2) Quality Control (QC) Check: Conduct a meticulous QC check after demolition. This step is integral to identify any discrepancies between initial project assumptions and the actual condition of the space. Resolving these issues at this stage helps ensure a smooth construction process moving forward.
3) Framing & MEP Framing: Based on the design plan, install new framing where necessary. This could involve setting up the basic structure for any new walls or other architectural features required in your new bathroom.
Plumbing and Electrical Revision: Update the existing plumbing and electrical systems, or install new ones as per the project's requirement. It's crucial to adhere to local building codes when revising or redoing these systems.
Bathtub and Faucet Installation: At this point, install the bathtub and faucet or the shower faucet, as per the homeowner's preference and the design plan.
HVAC Adjustment: If required, adjust HVAC registers and bathroom exhaust fan ducting to ensure optimal ventilation and air quality in the bathroom.
4) Insulation Installation: Install the necessary insulation. For walls, typically R15 or R19 insulation is used, while ceilings usually get R30 insulation. To further increase energy efficiency, seal any gaps with spray foam.
5) Backer Board and Finish Wall Installation: Install shower wall backer board and finish wall. Products such as Durock brand backer board and drywall (aka Sheetrock) by USG are typically used along with thin-set mortar by VersaBond for securing the installations.
Shower Subfloor Installation: If necessary, install the shower subfloor or shower base at this stage. Also, Red Guard waterproofing membrane will be installed on the shower walls.
6) Tile Installation: Proceed to install tiles in the shower and on the bathroom floor as per the design scheme.
7) Painting: Apply a first coat of paint on the new walls. This step may require more than one round, depending on the color choice and type of paint.
8) Fixture and Lighting Installation: Install bathroom fixtures such as the sink, toilet, cabinets, and lighting. This stage transforms the room, giving it the look and feel of a bathroom.
9) 2nd Coat of Paint and Installation of Accessories: Finalize the bathroom by painting the walls and trim and moldings. Installing towel bars, toilet paper holders, mirrors, and vanity lights. These finishing touches complete the room and make it functional.
10) Final Quality Control Check and Walk-Through: Conduct a final QC check and walk-through with the homeowner. This ensures that everything has been done to their satisfaction and any final adjustments can be made as necessary.