Answers from the Paso Robles bathroom remodeling company
One of the more surprising things about any remodel is the amount of time it takes. Some small remodel projects are finished very quickly, with no inconvenience worth mentioning. Depending on the contractor, some projects seem to be unending. “The main reason a remodel project seems to take a long time,” says Frank Cueva, Paso Robles’ bathroom remodeling contractor from Central Pacific Construction, “is because the contractor didn’t give the customer an estimate of how long it will take, or keep the customer in the loop if a problem comes up.”
“At Central Pacific Construction, we make sure our customers know what to expect for every remodeling project from a complete home to the bathroom,” says Cueva. Of course, the length of time to completion depends on the complexity of the remodel. For instance, making a bathroom larger by moving a wall isn’t going to take as long as adding a new shower and cabinets, and perhaps repositioning the toilet.
There are four major stages to remodeling a bathroom:
- Design and materials selection.
- Permits and approvals.
- The actual remodel, which includes any necessary demolition, upgrading of plumbing and electrical systems, framing and structural work, installing flooring, cabinets and fixtures, and code inspections.
- Finishing touches, cleanup and final walkthrough.
The Paso Robles bathroom remodeling team has prepared the following estimated schedules for each stage.
Design and materials selection
In most cases, you have been planning the design of a new bathroom for a long time, browsing online and in-store materials and fixtures, and saving up for the project. When the time comes to actually get started, the first thing to do is meet with the contractor to go over your ideas and discuss what you have in mind for a new bathroom and the materials you’ve selected.
The contractor has the experience and knowledge to make recommendations to streamline the permitting process, plus recommending materials and fixtures that are better suited to your budget and design.
Working with the contractor, this process may take a couple of weeks.
Permits and approvals
Depending on the scope of the remodel, you may need a building permit before starting. The permit process can take up to six weeks depending on where you are located. The Central Pacific Construction team has been working with the San Luis Obispo County building department as well as the respective city departments since the company was founded and has the insight to help streamline the permitting process.
The actual remodel is the step that takes the most time. The time it takes to complete the remodel from the demolition stage through final code inspections depends on the size of the project. Replacing old cabinets with new ones and adding new tiles and paint doesn’t take nearly as long as a complete remodel. Here are estimates for each step of a remodel. Also, keep in mind that many of these steps happen in parallel, meaning two or more steps may be in process at the same time.
- Demolition (1 to 2 days): This involves a few simple jobs like removing old cabinets or old flooring, all the way up to knocking out walls and removing the old tub, shower and toilet.
- Plumbing and electrical work (up to 2 weeks): Updating plumbing and electrical systems is a critical part of a remodel. The more complex the changes to these systems, the longer it takes. In addition, plumbing and electrical upgrades require inspections and final approval to ensure everything is up to code.
- Framing and Structural Changes (1-2 weeks): If your remodel involves structural changes, such as moving walls or windows, this step can take an additional one to two weeks. These steps may also require inspections.
- Drywall and Insulation (1-2 weeks): After framing and structural changes, the next step is installing drywall and insulation. This process usually takes one to two weeks, including time for drying and finishing.
- Flooring and Tile (1-3 weeks): Installing the flooring and tile is a pivotal step in your bathroom remodel. The duration can vary widely based on the size of the space, the complexity of the design, and the type of materials.
- Cabinets and Fixtures (1-2 weeks): As the bathroom comes together, it’s time to install cabinets, countertops, and fixtures.
Finishing touches and cleanup
The finishing touches include painting, adding trim and accessories like mirrors and towel racks, and cleaning up. This last step only takes a few days in most cases. Add on a day for your first look at your new bathroom, and your final approval, and your new bathroom is ready.
Working with the professionals
Choosing a contractor with a solid, professional reputation and experience is the best way to be sure you are enjoying your new bathroom as soon as possible. Central Pacific Construction has one of the strongest reputations for remodeling bathrooms in Paso Robles and anywhere on the Central Coast.
Skilled in all areas of construction, including general construction, restaurant construction, tenant improvements, retail space, remodeling and new construction, the team takes pride in precise attention to detail and on-time completion.
With the 20 years of experience and an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, the team delivers professional service, attention to detail and a meticulous work ethic that is unmatched by any other company in the area.