How Long Does A Bathroom Remodel Take?

Author: Thomas Borcherding | Updated On:

Beauty Is Pain

We commonly tell our clients that beauty is pain. Remodeling is naturally an unpleasant experience due to the disturbance it creates on your resting hours. Between the loud noises, the dust, and the workers entering your home, it can create a good amount of frustration. Thus, it’s natural to wonder how long you may have to put up with the remodeling process.

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How Long Can You Expect A Bath Renovation To Take?

Demolition can typically be done in a day or two. A large percentage of the time taken to remodel consists of things that you don’t see, such as rough electrical, framing, plumbing, and waterproofing.

Clients can grow uneasy as their gutted bathroom seemingly doesn’t progress; the reality is that the most important things are being done. After the rough-in is done, things begin to progress quickly. Tile begins to be laid, cabinetry is set, and fixtures are installed. We explore time frames below.

For a standard 5×8 hallway bathroom remodel, the process can take anywhere from two to four weeks depending on project complexity.

For a larger master bathroom, you can expect the remodeling process to last anywhere from four to eight weeks. We never rush our installers, as rushing is a sure-fire way to make mistakes. Two to four weeks is a small price to pay for a bathroom that’ll last you decades if not a lifetime.

Why Does It Take So Long to Remodel a Bathroom?

Believe it or not, something as simple as changing a toilet can take half a day’s worth of time.

There are so many complex variables and unknowns that are run into during remodeling.

The reality is that remodeling simply takes a great deal of time. I sometimes come across clients who continuously try to speed up the rate at which their bathroom is being remodeled.

Attempting to rush your contractor and installers is a fruitless endeavor. Rushed work results in costly mistakes, which will ultimately result in an even longer remodeling duration.

Your installers know this, which is why they take their time.

While I can’t speak for other general contractors, my installers are not paid hourly. Instead, we agree upon a price for their skilled labor prior to project start. It’s this price that they will be paid, so they have no incentive to stretch out the remodeling duration.

It’s Getting Late (Let’s Conclude)

A 5×8 hallway bath will take approximately 2-4 weeks to renovate, whereas a master bathroom will take 4-8 weeks. This time frame is subject to change if the project is complex. We do not recommend one-day bathroom remodels unless you greatly value your freedom from a lengthy remodeling process.

We also do not recommend attempting to rush your contractor and installer, as rushing could result in expensive mistakes. It is best to accept the fact that remodeling takes a long time, but the end result is absolutely worth it. We wish you the best of luck with your remodeling project.

About the Author

Thomas Borcherding is a professional kitchen & bath designer, and a member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). He is the second-generation owner of Homestar Design Remodel, and takes great joy in providing those in St. Louis with high-quality, affordable home remodeling.