The bathroom is one of the most-renovated rooms in the home, second only to kitchens. Yet while many homeowners are eager to have a more updated modern bathroom, actual moving forward with this project can be a bit overwhelming. After all, despite the relatively small size of most bathrooms compared to kitchens and other rooms in the home, a typical bathroom remodel will require quite a bit of planning, lots of decisions, and can take almost as much time and budget as larger rooms.Whenever you are dealing with that much plumbing, electrical, and other major bathroom construction features in a confined space, the sheer thought of questions like how to plan a bathroom layout and redesign—let alone figuring out how much it will cost and how long it will take—is enough to make almost any homeowners’ heads spin. Here is what to expect during a bathroom remodel. We know this process can be overwhelming for many homeowners, so the Gilbert Design Build team are here to help put you at ease with a quick but thorough run-down of what to expect during a bathroom remodel in the Sarasota, FL area.
What’s the process like for a bathroom remodel?
While the specific remodeling process will vary greatly depending on who you work with, we highly recommend working with a design-build company. The design-build approach to remodel projects is the most popular and fastest-growing project delivery method in the nation—and for good reason. But what exactly is design-build? Put simply, the Design-Build Institute of America says it’s “an integrated approach that delivers design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility.”
But what does that mean for you, the homeowner?
Well, there are numerous consumer benefits of going with a design-build process, but the main thing you should know as a homeowner is this: The design-build process saves homeowners both time and money while allowing for more innovation, collaboration and better projects overall. In fact, a recent design-build study provides clear national data proving that design-build projects are delivered faster and with greater reliability in cost and schedule performance than other project delivery systems.
What can you expect from a top design-build firm throughout the remodel process?
At Gilbert Design Build, our process is a tried and true 6-step sequence to ensure your project meets and exceeds your expectations, so you can finally get the beautiful home you’ve always dreamed of. Here’s a breakdown of what each phase looks like in our time-tested, proven process for managing successful design-build projects from start to finish:
1. Let’s Meet
After gathering general information, we will schedule a time to meet with you in our showroom to discuss your project in detail. We start with a conversation getting to know you and your goals regarding the space you’d like to remodel. This is also an opportunity for you to see the type of company we are and if our process seems like what you are looking for.
2. Complimentary Home Visit
After the initial meeting has taken place in one of our showrooms, your consultant will come out to your home to see the space in person, review your goals and objectives, and discuss the timeline and budget. By the end of this meeting, if both parties agree to be a good fit, we then enter the design, product selection, and pricing phase.
Step 3: Design Selection
At this stage, your designer will invite you back into our showroom where you are presented with an initial plan, which includes complete 3D drawings of your space. With the guidance of your consultant, this is also when you will make product and design selections. Your consultant will work hand-in-hand with you to refine the drawings as necessary.
Step 4: The Construction Agreement
After the designs and selections have been reviewed and approved, we will present you with the final construction plan and agreement which discusses the full scope of work, product selections, and cost. Once the agreement is signed, we begin to order your materials and provide you with an estimated start date.
Step 5: Pre-Start Meeting
Typically, a week prior to the start of work, an on-site meeting is scheduled between the client, the construction manager and the lead carpenter. At this time, you will review all things related to your project, including but not limited to: site access, work hours and what to expect along the way.
Step 6: Enjoy
It isn’t surprising to hear our clients say that their only regret is they wish they had remodeled sooner! The final newly remodeled space always makes the process worthwhile. We hope you enjoy your remodel for many years to come!
How Long Does it Take to Remodel a Bathroom?
The length of time it takes for a remodel can vary greatly from project to project—but on average, realistically, you can expect the from the initial consultation to sweeping up at the end could take 3-6 months, or longer on extensive whole home remodels with just a few weeks of this time being construction in your home. Whatever the specifics and variables may be, it’s reassuring to note that the design-build process has been shown to be consistently faster at delivering projects than other methods. In fact, on average, studies have found that design-build delivers projects 33.7% faster.
Is it time to update your bathroom in your Sarasota or Bradenton home?
We encourage all of our clients to do due-diligence to find solutions and a contractor that fit their budget and objectives. Here to help with the research phase is our complimentary bathroom cost guide, all about what to expect for cost along the way. Still looking for answers to your questions about remodeling? Come to one of our monthly remodeling seminars where you will learn all about remodeling in Sarasota, what to expect, and get time for 1-on-1 Q&A with our experienced team.