8 steps in Doing Bathroom Renovation - ALBO Renovations
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8 steps in Doing Bathroom Renovation

The are many questions about the process of bathroom renovation in Toronto. Where do you start and how to do you finish this complicated process of remodeling? The first thing is first, get experience contractor company like ALBO Renovations and discuss all the steps and wanted outcome. Will you require professional help from designer or will you create the layout by yourself and lead the contractors towards what needs to be accomplished? According to the drafted plan and confirmed mock up from designer, the renovation company will calculate the amount of work and will give you exact cost for the job. Obviously the designer charges you separately from any renovations for his consultation and drawings presented to contractors or to you directly. Every little details has to be discussed with company you are dealing with to do the work. It includes the cost and the process of the renovation, schedules and steps to be taken, finishing materials for the project, and necessary permits if needed. ALBO Renovations will try to explain the steps for home owners to visualize the process.

1) Initial cleaning and demolition

So let’s discuss how the process starts. Before any demolition begins home owners need to take out all personal stuff that is in the vanity compartment, on shower shelves and anywhere on top of the sink. Every piece of furniture or fixture that will be saved or reused needs to be carefully removed before hell breaks loose. Now before we start swinging with a hammer there a pieces that are better removed than broken. Anything that contains glass or ceramics is better to be removed properly without breaking into pieces. Otherwise it will create a possibility injuring yourself and increase time for collecting small broken pieces. Do not break the lights or anything that connects to electricity! After removing bath tub, toilet, vanity and sink we can start the process of demolition. First the tiles come off of walls and the floor. The walls come down relatively fast and drywall should be disposed into bin or any other container that will store unwanted waste for the time being. Professional contractors should be careful with taking down the ceiling as waterproofed drywall is heavier than regular sheets and can injure workers when falls down. To complete the tear out process the nails are pulled from the studs and create the surface for new walls to be made. This process is very dangerous and requires personal protective equipment to be used by workers to protect themselves from sharp or heavy objects, dust and noise.

2) Electrical works

In older homes the wires need to be changed for the bathroom renovation project. They do age and the covers break from tear out of the walls. With upgrading the lighting system or increasing the number of lights in the shower or sink area you will need to connect extra wires and plug-ins for electronic devices. This work has to be done by professional worker that has electrical license. In larger homes and larger bathrooms, the electrical panel may need to be changed due to increase of outlets and wiring to the lights. All of the wiring runs between the frames and has to be completed before the drywall is put in place.

3) Plumbing connections

While walls are still see through and floor is not finished, following step in doing bathroom renovation is installing and connecting plumbing lines. If it is a new bathroom installation, rough ins have to be installed for drainage of water as well as water connections for sink, shower and toilet. Drainage rough ins are brought from main or existing pipe under the floor and connected at your bathroom, while water connections are mainly through the walls. This work has to be performed by licensed professional plumber, and by hiring lowest bid contractor you are risking of getting work done by just a handyman.

4) Installing drywall on walls and ceiling

As we know to form the walls we need to install drywall on framing. In bathrooms the humidity level gets often increased and regular drywall is not fit for such amount of moisture. It is a standard to use waterproof and water resistant drywall sheets in the bathroom in order to keep all the moisture inside, without going through the walls. After sheets are attached to the frames, the next step in doing bathroom remodeling is mudding and taping it. When this is done, contractors are ready for completing the wall with paint or tile installation on top.

5) Installation of tiles

Tiles is the best material know in the industry for bathroom renovations in Toronto. today’s beautiful designs and styles have tiles all the way up on the walls as well as flooring finishing. You as a homeowner have to make up your mind and select type and colors of tiles that will be installed. Usually it will be one design for entire bathroom with different shades in the shower. On the floor the concrete slab will be leveled by installers to make tiles on top as smooth as possible. There are possibilities to install heated floors, but talk to your contractor about it first.

6) Installing plumbing and electrical fixtures

When the major renovations is coming to an end, there are still many things to be done that require professional touch. Toilet, showerhead and sink have to be connected to already existing pipes by a plumber. The outlets may be there as well but we still need to connect lights and other electrical fixtures if there are any in your new remodeled bathroom. This may seem like the last touch up and can be done without contractor, but making simple mistakes in plumbing can cause floods that will lead to additional costs. Do not perform any electrical work on your, let the contractor hand it.

7) Furniture and shelving

Everyone has personal hygiene items in the bathroom, and there are lots of things to be stored in the vanity and additional cabinets if needed. It goes from tooth paste to extra towels and toilet paper. Contractors will need to install your vanity and cabinets that were pre selected and put the shower shelves in place where you want to have your hair shampoo and soaps. This should not take long, and if you need to save money, this step in doing bathroom renovation can be done without contractor.

8) Final clean up

This is the last step before the bathroom renovation contractor in Toronto will present their work to the homeowner. It doesn’t sound like much, but there are materials that are left behind throughout the process. There could be pieces of dried cement mix on the toilet or sink, paint stains on the tiles from painting the ceiling or walls. Sharp pieces of cut tiles or even electrical wires that need to be properly recycled. After the clean up your bathroom renovation is complete and you may enjoy it to full potential.