BATHROOM RENOVATIONS & NEW CONSTRUCTION
BATHROOM REMODELING FAQs
How long does a bathroom remodel or kitchen remodel typically take from start to finish?
The amount of time it takes to complete a remodel can vary depending on the scope of work. A basic bathroom remodel should be completed in four to six weeks, while a more complicated renovation or new addition could take around eight to nine weeks.
There are many steps involved in a bathroom remodel, and sometimes unforeseen circumstances pop up. These can add to the time it takes to complete a bathroom or kitchen remodel.
In general, the steps involved in a bathroom remodel can include:
- Meet with a remodeling consultant for a Free Design Consultation and get a proposal
- Meet at our Flagstaff, AZ showroom to finalize the scope of the project and the terms of a Remodeling Agreement
- Select all the materials for the project
- Materials are ordered and delivered
- Demolition and removal of old materials and appliances
- Installation of new materials and appliances, flooring, plumbing, electrical work, and painting
- Finishing touches and clean up
Working with a team that remains in constant communication — and being in communication yourself — is essential to mitigating any delays that may come from last-minute changes or unforeseen circumstances. At Outlook Construction & Remodeling in Flagstaff, AZ, our team is with you every step of the way. We know you’re ready to enjoy your beautiful new bathroom, so we work as quickly as safety and quality allow to complete your remodel.
What do I need to do to prepare for my bathroom renovation?
Before you renovate your bathroom, there are a few things that need to be done and some decisions you must make. This is the time for planning and preparation.
The first step is to let your imagination run wild. You have the chance to make your dream bathroom a reality, so have fun with it! It’s a good idea to sketch out what you want – either on paper or digitally – so that your vision is clear.
Sites like Pinterest and Instagram can help get you inspired. Make sure you save any You will want to save any photos you find online or in magazines so you can refer to them when discussing your design with the team at Outlook Construction & Remodeling in Flagstaff, AZ.
Even if you’re not sure what style you’d like, your design team will be able to point you in the right direction during your free design consultation.
We’ll also provide you with the exact steps to follow immediately prior to the renovation, but in general, you’ll want to be sure to clear out personal belongings from the bathroom and protect any furniture or installations that cannot be removed with plastic sheets. Don’t worry — we’ll cover our workspace as well once work begins.
What is the typical workflow for a bathroom renovation?
A lot goes on behind the scenes even before the demolition starts for your bathroom renovation.
First, your designer will help you plan the renovation. After you choose appliances, countertops, flooring, etc., they will compile a detailed proposal of what materials are needed for the job along with dimensions, prices, and specific installation instructions. Once you sign off on that proposal, the team will provide a more precise bid based on which items were chosen. After getting your approval on that quote, the real work begins! That’s when the demo team comes into the picture. We’ll come in and remove everything to be replaced. That can include cabinetry, fixtures maybe even plumbing depending on the scope of the project.
Next, it’s on to plumbing adjustments, if needed, followed by any electrical work. Since your walls may be open for the electrical, it’s a good time to install blocking for any grab bars that are needed. After that, once walls are in place and closed up, we may begin painting, followed by tile installation.
As we install light fixtures, shower doors, the sink, and all the fixtures you carefully chose during the design phase, you’ll really start to see your new bathroom take shape!
This is just a very basic overview of the workflow involved in a bathroom renovation. A lot depends on the scope of your particular project. In general, however, the following items will be addressed during most renovations:
- Countertop installation
- Select materials
- Floor tile installation
- Medicine cabinet installation
- Order materials
- Electric wiring
- Light fixtures installation
- Deliver materials
- Wall preparation
- Accessories installation
- Wall tile installation
- Plumbing fixture installation
- Touch up and cleaning
Because we focus on clear communication at Outlook Construction & Remodeling in Flagstaff, AZ, you’ll always be in the loop on what comes next during your bathroom renovation.
Will Outlook Construction & Remodeling help me choose all of the materials?
Absolutely! Many of our customers come to us looking for professional guidance in their bathroom design. Maybe you have a few ideas, but you’re just not sure what will withstand the test of time. Perhaps you’re ready to put your home on the market and you want to make sure your bathroom renovation will appeal to buyers. Whatever the situation, our designers will help you put together a design you (or your buyers!) will love.
To make it even easier, we have a wide selection of materials available right here in our Flagstaff, AZ area showroom, so you’ll be able to see the materials that will be used to create your brand-new bathroom. We have everything you could need to complete a beautiful bathroom renovation in any style you can imagine.
Our selection of materials for bathroom renovations include:
- Custom cabinetry: if you can dream it, we can make it. With custom cabinetry, the only limit to creating the bathroom of your dreams is your own imagination!
- Bath and shower fixtures: from the modern to the classic and everything in between, your design team can help you tie your bathroom together with perfectly coordinated and complimentary bath and shower fixtures.
- Countertops: choose from the most popular countertop materials, with something for every taste and style!
- and more!
Can I buy those products from Outlook?
You sure can! We take pride in being a full-service bathroom renovation company. That means that not only do we assist you in designing your new bathroom, help you choose materials, and actually complete the renovation and installation of those materials, but you can also purchase most of the products needed for your renovation through us.
Even though we have everything you’ll need to create an amazing bathroom, you’re not limited by what we offer for sale. You are more than welcome to purchase your materials elsewhere. Our primary goal is for you to end up with a bathroom you will love. Whether you purchase from us or someone else, we’re here to assist you every step of the way.
Do I need to have design ideas before I start the renovation process?
In short, no. Our Flagstaff, AZ area customers remodel their bathrooms for many reasons. Often, remodeling your bathroom is about creating a space you will love and enjoy for years to come. In that case, you probably have a few ideas about how you’d like it to turn out.
Sometimes, however, you may choose to remodel your bathroom to update an outdated design. Maybe you’re even getting your home ready for sale and you want to make sure your bathroom will appeal to buyers. In that situation, you might need the help of an experienced designer who has worked with many different people on their bathroom renovations before choosing a bathroom design.
Regardless of your reasons for remodeling your bathroom, it’s never required that you come to our team with your own design ideas. That being said, it does help. We want to make sure you walk away with a design that you love. Whether we help you create it or you bring your own ideas and inspiration to us, we’re here to help you create the bathroom of your dreams.
What features should I plan to invest the most in for my new bathroom?
There are a lot of fixtures and features that go into creating a brand new bathroom space, and some of those can come with a hefty price tag. Much depends on your personal taste and style, but in general, wall and floor tile could become one of the largest expenses during your remodel.
Any time you choose to add high-end fixtures and fittings, the cost can naturally increase. Similarly, large bathtubs like a jacuzzi tub or stand alone tubs and walk-in showers could also be pricey, depending on the make and model.
In general, all fixtures and fittings in a bathroom remodel exist on a pricing spectrum from the economy to the high-end. Fortunately, it’s not always necessary to spend a lot in order to get a beautiful new bathroom. The team at Outlook Construction & Remodeling in Flagstaff, AZ can help you find a happy medium between the style you want and a price you can afford.
What type of return on investment can I expect from remodeling my bathroom if I sell my home?
The return on investment for remodeling projects can vary greatly depending on the scope of work, the location of your home, and current market conditions like future job growth in your area. The key factors to calculate are how much you will invest in the project, what effect it will have on the value of your home and how long you plan to own it.
Fortunately, bathroom renovations typically see the highest return on investment of any home remodeling project. According to Realtor® Magazine, the national average return on investment for bathroom remodeling was between 93.2% and 102.2% in 2005. The exact return on investment depends on whether the budget is considered high-end or moderate, as well as the current market conditions here in Flagstaff, AZ.
Regardless, some homeowners actually wind up making a substantial amount of money when they invest in a bathroom remodeling project and later sell their homes.
Is re-glazing a bathtub a good solution to replacing the tub?
Tub reglazing means that an old bathtub is being recoated with a new coating, resulting in a refreshed and restored surface. This process can be done by using acrylic or epoxy resin paints which come in various different colors and finishes to make your tub look new again.
Re-glazing a bathtub can be a great way to save money. After all, it requires less labor and eliminates the cost of installing a brand new tub.
Many older tubs are cast iron which is a very sturdy and expensive material. In addition, some older tub models may be deeper than new tubs. There are plenty of good reasons to consider reglazing instead of installing a brand new tub. Still, there is one big disadvantage to consider before making a final decision.
The fact is, re-glazing a tub is not a long-term solution. It simply doesn’t last. The glass will usually begin to wear off within a few short years, leaving you right back where you started. Depending on how frequently you use your tub, you may need to re-glaze it in as little as three years or less.
In the end, there’s nothing that replaces the appeal of a brand new tub when renovating your bathroom. If you want to make a change to your bathroom that will hold value, give you a great return on investment should you sell, and one that you will enjoy for many years to come, replacing your tub is the way to go.
At Outlook Construction & Remodeling in Flagstaff, AZ, we can help you choose a new tub that will suit your style regardless of your budget. Get a free design consultation and then visit our showroom to take a look at some of your options for your new bathroom!