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Schluter System Install Mistakes

Schluter System Mistakes to Avoid

Schluter System mistakes are costly.

These systems are great at waterproofing showers or bathroom floors.

But they’re also expensive. If you install them incorrectly you’ll be wasting money.

Read and watch this quick tutorial to understand the proper way to install Schluter products.

Our last tip is crucial.

Tip #1: Framing

Stud framing is important for Schluter KERDI-BOARD. Depressions or bows in studs will affect the boards.

This same principle applies to any 1/2 inch backer board. Even cement board needs proper stud framing.

What should you look for? It’s simple,

  1. Even studs
  2. Plumb studs
  3. Studs that are 16 inches on-center

How can you fix these problems?

Uneven studs can be resolved by nailing the appropriate thickness of plywood to the surface, e.g. 1/4 in plywood.

Sistering new studs to old studs is also a great way to make them plumb and 16 inches on-center.

Tip #2: Screws

Most Schluter System kits only come with 100 screws and 100 washers. You’ll likely need more.

Thus, buy another set of 100. That way you won’t run out and can also abide by Schluter’s screw schedule for KERDI-BOARD.

How many screws are needed for KERDI-BOARD?

That depends on the number studs but is easy to calculate.

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Schluter requires screws ever 12 inches along vertical studs
  2. Horizontal surfaces require screws every 6 inches, e.g. ceilings

Count the number of studs or joists, e.g. 14 total studs.

Measure the total length for each stud, e.g. 96 inches.

Divide the total length for each framing member by 12, e.g. 96/12 = 8.

Then multiply this last number by the total number of studs, e.g. 8 x 14 = 112.

That’s the minimum number of screws and washers needed.

Tip #3: Trowels

Schluter Systems need thin-set mortar.

Therefore, you’ll also need a variety of trowels for proper installations.

For example, KERDI-BOARD requires all screws and washers to be covered with KERDI-BAND. This requires the use of either the KERDI trowel or 1/8 inch x 1/8 inch square notch trowel.

Furthermore, DITRA and DITRA-HEAT require different trowel sizes.

Simplification is awesome. Here’s a list of all the trowels required for Schluter Systems:

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Tip #4: Thin-Set Buildup

Thin-set buildup is a problem with Schluter Systems.

It never seems like a big deal until tiling the shower or floor.

Shower benches, niches, and corners are particularly susceptible to thin-set buildup.

What can you do to prevent this problem?

First, use the correct trowel size per Tip #3.

Second, watch out video below.

It has several tips for how to prevent buildup and what to do if you encounter it during tile installation.

What’s Next

Are you attempting a DIY bathroom remodel?

Check out Bathroom Repair Tutor where we have detailed tutorials and support inside our private Facebook Group.

We make bathroom renovation easier and enjoy helping members build amazing bathrooms.

Enroll Today

Cheers,

Jeff Patterson

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3 Amazing Reasons Why you Should Visit M&0 2020

3 Amazing Reasons Why you Should Visit M&0 2020

3 Amazing Reasons Why you Should Visit M&0 2020: Maison Valentina is once again present in Maison et Objet Paris! This time present with our partner brands in three different stands to show you all the amazing combinations and products you can use in your bathroom! Check all the details below!

 

Brabbu – Hall 6 –  Stand H26-I25

 

This year, at Maison et ObjetMaison Valentina is presenting its decadent Petra Bathtub – a beautiful mix of lacquered wood and marble – as well as its Metropolitan Washbasin, an extremely refined piece crafted in the same materials as the Petra, which gives this display an astoundishing coherence, and yet, it’s anything but plain.

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A Mom and Daughter Remodel Their Forever Home

By cleverly using limited space, a first-time renovator nails it

When Martha, who works in preschool special education, first saw the Hamilton Heights co-op in upper Manhattan she would eventually buy, she passed because it needed a lot of work. She continued looking, searching for a permanent space to share with her daughter, Sofia, a 4th grader. But after a year and no luck, when her realtor encouraged her to take another look, a lightbulb went off. No longer daunted, Martha embraced the possibilities of the apartment’s pre-war flourishes, including 10-foot ceilings, french doors, and transom windows.

To transform the 700-square-foot apartment, Martha, a first-time renovator, posted the project on Sweeten, a free renovation platform connecting homeowners with vetted general contractors, chose her contractor and got down to business creating their home.

renovated kitchen

“After” photos by Miao Jiaxin for Sweeten

Guest blog post by Sweeten homeowner Martha

We were living in a great apartment nearby for four years. But after my divorce, I knew I needed to find something to purchase in order to control my housing costs. Since I’m a full-time, working, single parent, the more I can get my costs under control, the better off we’ll be in the long term. I had an amazing real estate agent who looked at places in my price range for a full year.

Living room and bedroom

The apartment I ended up buying was the first home I saw when I started my search! But it needed so much work that I automatically said no and we moved on. After my realtor encouraged me to take another look, I saw it with new eyes. I saw the potential in it, and not just the work that needed to be done.

One of the biggest challenges was that I had a tight timeline—I was paying rent along with a mortgage plus maintenance, and I couldn’t afford that for long. So I had to use only materials that were in stock. It was limiting, but I think we made do! I wanted to open things up and make a home that was cozy and colorful, that would reflect our personalities and be welcoming.

The first few days during the demo were the best part of the process, because I could finally see what things were really going to look like.

The highest priority with the renovation was to cure the ugliness! The apartment hadn’t been touched since the ’70s. There was fake wood paneling in the hallways, old linoleum plunked down over the amazing original hardwood floors, and layers and layers of paint. The space was tight and there was a lot of wasted space in the kitchen that I wanted to find a way to utilize.

The first few days during the demo were the best part of the process, because I could finally see what things were really going to look like. I was most excited to take down the wall between the kitchen and the living room. It made all the difference in creating an open, warm area. Once we knocked that down, it gave us space for a table and chairs that we wouldn’t have otherwise. 

kitchen renovation

In the kitchen, we installed new custom cabinets, plus more cabinets next to the stove. I went for a 30-inch stainless-steel farmer’s sink, quartz countertops, and a new stove. My favorite thing in the whole house is the kitchen backsplash; I love that funky design.

My contractor really wanted me to lay a new floor on top of the old one. But I loved the color variation in the original wood so I insisted it stay. We kept all the original flooring, just refinished and stained.

The biggest challenge was that the apartment has zero closets. I didn’t have the budget to build them so we bought a couple of big wardrobes and a funky metal gym locker for a linen closet and made it work. At least we had more vertical space to work with because after we removed the dropped ceilings, we gained at least two feet!

I’m a first-time renovator, so I really needed someone who would listen, do good work, deliver on time, and stay within budget and I got all of that. My Sweeten contractor was great and I really had no headaches with my renovation, which is amazing! He was really communicative, and anytime something needed to be changed or wasn’t going to work according to plan, he explained everything to me. Then we worked towards solutions together, which was so helpful. It went as smoothly as one could ask for.

When you’re renovating, remember that there will inevitably be something or some things that don’t go according to your plan. Try to see the big picture and not freak out about the details.

I wanted our forever home to be a place of joy that you can see. Our home makes me feel free.

Thank you, Martha and Sofia, for sharing your new home with us!

WATCH VIDEO:

KITCHEN RESOURCES: Floor tiles, backsplash, lighting, paint: Home Depot. Cabinet hardware: Hobby Lobby. Faucet, fan: Wayfair.

LIVING ROOM RESOURCES: Fan: Wayfair.

BEDROOM RESOURCES: Fan: Wayfair. Paint: Home Depot.

Sweeten founder and CEO weighs in on what to know before renovating a brownstone.

Sweeten handpicks the best general contractors to match each project’s location, budget, scope, and style. Follow the blog, Sweeten Stories, for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, start your renovation on Sweeten.

 

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How Long Does a Kitchen Renovation Take?

A step-by-step guide and timeline for a kitchen renovation

kitchen

(Above) Katherine + Chris’ kitchen renovation

One of the most common questions that we at Sweeten hear from homeowners is “How long does a kitchen renovation take?” This usually comes right after “How much is it going to cost?” (As part of its free service matching homeowners with vetted general contractors, Sweeten developed a kitchen cost guide to help.) Our handy Renovation Checklist tells you what you need to do—but how long does it take to do it all?

Typically, we suggest that after closing on your apartment, you allow three weeks to four months for the completion of your kitchen renovation, depending on complexity, the size of your space, and scope.

For example, if you are 1) not altering the footprint, 2) not changing or adding electrical or plumbing, and 3) using stock cabinetry and appliances, it’s reasonable to expect that your renovation will be in done in a few weeks. If, however, you are moving your kitchen from one part of your home to another, requiring both city permits as well as board approvals, and using imported custom cabinets—you should give it several months. As you’ll see, the wide range is due to the fact that there can be many moving parts and multiple parties involved. Certain aspects may be beyond your control. Sweeten, a free renovation service matching homeowners with vetted general contractors, breaks down a kitchen renovation step-by-step.

PRE-CONSTRUCTION PHASE

While the attention is usually on the most visible construction phase, a lot needs to happen before picking up that sledgehammer. Here, the details on each box that needs to be ticked before you break ground on the project.

STEP 1: Close on your property (1-3 months)

While some homeowners already own, a significant number of homeowners are in contract or preparing to close on a property when they begin the process of planning a renovation. The best advice is that you should wait until you have closed on the property, with keys in hand, before doing anything. If you’re in a hurry—at least wait until you’ve signed the contract before beginning the design process.

STEP 2: Post your project (1-3 days)

First things first: Post your project to Sweeten and begin soliciting bids. On the Sweeten site, add some details about the space you want to renovate, your inspiration photos (optional but useful for us finding you contractors who have done similar styles), and any other information that would help Sweeten match you with the right contractors. You’ll receive 3-5 matches within three days, with links to check out contractors’ profiles online. Now’s your chance to take a look at reviews from clients and photos of their past projects to see whether they might be a good fit.

STEP 3: Schedule site visits and solicit bids (1-3 weeks)

After you’ve previewed the Sweeten contractors’ profiles, decide who you’d like to set up a meeting. An on-site visit is the best way for a contractor to understand the scope of the project, the physical possibilities, and limitations of the space, and for the two of you to see if you hit it off. After you schedule your on-site visit, check out our blog post about how to prepare for the meeting. You should expect a written bid within 5-7 business days after your visit.

STEP 4: Level bids and choose a contractor (1-2 weeks)

Once all the written bids have come in, it’s time to compare and contrast! This primer on leveling bids might come in handy. If you have follow-up questions, now is the time to ask. You can also schedule time with Sweeten to walk you through the various bids and weigh in on the selection.

STEP 5: Sign a contract and finalize construction schedule (1 week)

Once you’ve decided on a contractor, he or she will put together a contract for you to review. This will typically include a description of the work to be done, an outline of the costs, as well as the timing of payments throughout the project.

STEP 6: Obtain permits and approvals (ranges widely)

Of all the steps where hiccups or delays might occur, this is it. Obtaining the correct permits and necessary approvals have held up many a renovation, but don’t be daunted: our expert contractors are well-versed in navigating these processes and often can advise you on how best to achieve your renovation goals with the least amount of hassle. If you’re moving plumbing or gas lines, you’ll need an architect and additional DOB permits. Sweeten homeowners have reported obtaining approvals in as little as two weeks—but it’s more common for it to take a couple months.

If you live in a stand-alone house, you won’t need to worry about building board approvals, but you’ll still need the requisite city permits for any electrical or plumbing work to make sure that everything is up to code.

STEP 7: Source materials (ranges widely)

If you are responsible for sourcing all or some of the materials in your renovation, be sure to place the orders as soon as the design plan is finished. Certain items have long lead times, and you don’t want that one faucet to hold up the entire renovation. If time is a concern, look at what’s currently in stock and ready to ship. Speak with your contractor about timing the product delivery to coincide with time of installation.

STEP 8: Tell your neighbors you’re renovating (15 minutes)

Be a good neighbor and warn yours that a renovation is beginning imminently. Tell them what to expect and how long the project is slated to last. It’s always easier to stomach the disruption when you know there’s an end in sight! It doesn’t hurt to bring some sweets, a bottle of wine, or a gift card for a local coffee shop. When the reno is over, invite them over!

CONSTRUCTION PHASE

Note: While most of the steps under “Construction” are your contractor’s responsibility, it’s important to understand what should be happening when. The most crucial steps you’ll be in charge of here are making scheduled payments to your contractor (as they are outlined in your contract), and keeping your schedule open for several hours a week to answer a myriad of questions about details or changes that come up over the course of construction.

STEP 9: It’s demo time (1-2 days)

Out with the old! Now that you’re done with the paperwork, it’s time (for your contractor) to pick up that sledgehammer. Be sure items that are staying are protected with tarp or plastic while the crew gets to work tearing out everything else. Depending on how large your kitchen is, and how extensive the renovation, this shouldn’t take more than a day or two.

STEP 10: Reroute plumbing and electrical (1-4 days)

Now that you’ve stripped the space down to the studs, it’ll be easy to get new plumbing or electrical where it needs to go. Consider whether any plans need to be altered now that you can see what’s behind the walls.

STEP 11: City inspections and sign-offs (1 hour on-site)

If you needed city permits, you may need to have inspections and a final sign-off as well prior to closing up the walls, particularly with gas lines. (Check out what the city has to say about plumbing permits here, and electrical permits here.) While it may take the inspector an hour to do his job at the site, scheduling the actual appointment could take days or weeks.

While a master plumber is typically allowed to sign off on pipework for water lines in the case of a no-show by the city inspector, an inspector must examine and approve any work on gas lines. You are not allowed to close up the walls and move onto the next phase of the project before this inspection happens.

Note: With electrical work, inspectors generally are scheduled for visits once the project is 100 percent complete, and they will check the electrical panel, junction boxes, and outlets. Sometimes, because of city bureaucracy and delays, your electrical inspection may be rescheduled two or three times. Check with your contractor or architect about this.

STEP 12: Installation – floors (1-5 days)

To prevent having to redo the floors if you decide to reconfigure your cabinets in the future, make sure that the flooring is consistent throughout the space, even if some of it will be hidden.

STEP 13: Installation – all other material including cabinets and appliances (1-10 days)

Installation of all other materials is usually in this order: cabinets, appliances, fixtures and lighting, counters, backsplash, and cabinet hardware. Aspects of this may vary, depending on site conditions, and the arrival time of the materials.

STEP 14: Clean-up (1 day)

Typically, contracts allow that the space is left in “broom-swept” condition. However, you may want to hire post-construction cleaning specialists to make sure that your new floor is clean enough to eat off.

POST-CONSTRUCTION PHASE

STEP 15: Final walk-through with contractor (30-60 minutes)

Review the work with your contractor: try all the drawers and doors, look closely at the edges and finishes, and make sure everything is working the way it should. If there are any problems, point them out and add them to the punch list. The contractor will either fix it on the spot (if it’s minor) or set up another time to return. Sweeten’s founder + CEO, Jean Brownhill advises to keep notepads in each space, and do not speak to your contractor for two weeks during this time, but take notes of what needs fixing as you live in your new home.

STEP 16: Punch list items (1-10 days)

Depending on what the items are—this could be anything from straightening a cabinet door to waiting on installing that last out-of-stock item—it could take anywhere from a day to several weeks. When it’s on the long side, though, that is usually due to backordered items. Otherwise, your contractor should be able to return and fix everything in a few days.

STEP 17: The final payment (10 minutes)

You’ve been making installments throughout the renovation, but when the last item on your punch list has been addressed, it’s time to pay the remaining percentage to your contractor and say goodbye.

This timeline is meant to give you a detailed look at the various aspects of renovating and a range of how long each step should take, taking into account factors that may be outside of both your and the contractor’s control. In general, Sweeten renovators report that their kitchen renovations are completed between three weeks to two months (depending on the level of complexity). The key to staying on track is isolating the steps that you think might be obstacles and allotting more time to get them done.

If you’re still stuck on that first question of “how much is it going to cost?” check out our guide on kitchen renovation costs.

Refer your renovating friends to Sweeten and you’ll both receive a $250 Visa gift card when they sign a contract with a Sweeten general contractor. 

Sweeten handpicks the best general contractors to match each project’s location, budget, and scope, helping until project completion. Follow the blog for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, start your renovation on Sweeten.

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Luxurious Bathroom Sets at IMM Cologne 2020-Maison Valentina Steals the Show!

Luxurious Bathroom Sets at IMM Cologne 2020-Maison Valentina Steals the Show!

Luxurious Bathroom Sets at IMM Cologne 2020 – Maison Valentina Steals the Show! – The 2020 edition of IMM has just started! As one of the leading interior design events of the year, the fair showcases furniture and products for every spot in your house – from the living room to the bathroom. At this year’s edition you’ll be able to find some stunning bathroom sets from top design brands, like Maison Valentina!  

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Bathroom Renovation Plumbing Mistakes

Bathroom Renovation Plumbing Mistakes

Bathroom renovation plumbing mistakes can be bad.

In fact, the plumbing mistakes we’ll discuss could cost thousands to fix.

How can you avoid these common pitfalls?

You’ll find out.

Mistake #1: Not Inspecting Old Pipes 

All bathroom pipes should be inspected. Look at the waste pipes, toilet flange, water supply lines, vent pipes, etc.

And always replace brass and galvanized pipes because they corrode or leak over time. PVC and ABS are way better than old pipes because they’d don’t corrode.

Cast iron stacks and waste pipes should be carefully inspected for cracks or old repairs. Don’t assume cast iron will last forever. Because it won’t.

Mistake #2: Old Valves and Water Lines

This one always gets homeowners. They want to save money by keeping the old shower rough-in valve. We totally understand why, but old rough-in valves leak. And you don’t want to be on the receiving end.

Same principle for water supply lines. Replace copper or brass lines that show signs of corrosion. There’s nothing worse than surprise water leaks.

Mistake #3: Shower Vents

Shower venting is super important. It helps the shower or tub properly drain. Improperly vented showers won’t drain fast and can be very frustrating for homeowners.

In addition, some older homes don’t have venting. This needs to be fixed. Otherwise showers or bathtubs will drain slowly and nobody likes that.

Mistake #4: Horizontal 90 Degree Fittings

There’s nothing more aggravating than clogged pipes. When this happens the plumber or homeowner will need to snake the line.

But a common mistake is having 90 degree horizontal fittings. These are incredibly difficult to snake and should instead be two 45 degree fittings.

Mistake #5: Improper Double Vanity Venting

This problem is very hard to fix after bathrooms are renovated. We don’t want you to make this mistake.

Watch our video to see the correct way to convert a single vanity to a double vanity and how to vent it the right way.

What’s Next

Are you attempting a DIY bathroom remodel?

Check out Bathroom Repair Tutor where we have detailed tutorials and support inside our private Facebook Group.

We cut to the chase super fast and enjoy helping members build amazing bathrooms.

Enroll Today

Cheers,

Jeff Patterson

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Clovelly Coffee Remodels with Notes of Down Under

An Australian chef opens up for coffee lovers

With an opportunity to make a mark in NYC, Eliot, an Australian chef, opens his first café stateside. The 175-square-foot space he found in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea was disheveled and in need of a makeover. He came to Sweeten, a renovation platform connecting renovators with vetted general contractors, and found a contractor who would transform it into an espresso and coffee shop with the feeling of an Aussie beachside.

Chelsea espresso bar

“After” photos by Kate Glicksberg for Sweeten

PROJECT: An entrepreneur opens his first storefront in NYC

LOCATION: 423 Ninth Avenue, Manhattan, New York

RENOVATION TEAM: Sweeten general contractor

INTERVIEW WITH: Clovelly Coffee founder Eliot Ritchie

Australian chef Eliot Richie

Sweeten: What is Clovelly Coffee?

Eliot: Clovelly is an extension of my love for the Australian café culture. We carefully select coffee cherries from around the world, which are roasted and brewed with love and passion. Our goal was to create a cozy space in the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. Here, you can engage with your barista while enjoying a coffee from our weekly rotating menu of single-origin beans and pastries.

Sweeten: Where did the idea for the business come from?

Eliot: Clovelly Coffee is a café inspired by Clovelly, a Sydney beachside suburb and my Australian hometown.

Sweeten: What led to the opening of this new brick-and-mortar space?

Eliot: After making the move to Manhattan with my wife, we quickly connected with this vibrant city and the New Yorkers who shared the love for coffee.

As a working chef in Sydney, I ran my first successful café for five years. Now in New York, Clovelly is a family-owned business and my second venture in continuing my passion for coffee and food with an Aussie edge.

Sweeten: How does your new café design and the materials used represent your brand?

Eliot: The design of the space has a distinct beach-y feel. The use of white evokes an Aussie beachside café feel with gold/brass finishes. By adding splashes of yellow and blue (pulling from the colorful textures found at Clovelly Beach), we recreated the golden sun and sand and the blue in the Pacific Ocean from our hometown.

Sweeten: How was your vision executed by working with your Sweeten general contractor?

Eliot: Our contractor was instrumental in the process. They helped us find solutions in real-time and helped us stay on budget. They also offered alternatives to issues that arose.

In a small space, we had challenges fitting in plumbing pipes. However, by making adjustments to walls and getting creative with the direction of the pipes, we were able to make it all fit.

Sweeten: How did you, as a client, work with Sweeten?

Eliot: Sweeten kept in contact with me throughout the process. We reached out to them whenever we needed extra advice or guidance.

Sweeten: How do you think Sweeten can help entrepreneurial business owners like yourself?

Eliot: They are experts at connecting you with a contractor who is the right fit for you. They also help you interpret quotes so you can make this crucial decision.

Sweeten: Can you describe the “before” space?

Eliot: It was damaged and messy, including cracks in the floor tiles.

Sweeten: What’s next for the brand?

Eliot: We just launched a catering menu, with a selection of artisan pastries and freshly brewed coffee. I’m also looking to add a second location with seating.

Head to Chelsea for Clovelly Coffee’s signature Double Ristretto Flat White and vegan and gluten-free baked goods.

Opening a restaurant? Here’s a breakdown of a renovation cost guide of elements from MEPs to permits.

Sweeten handpicks the best general contractors to match each project’s location, budget, scope, and style. Follow the blog, Sweeten Stories, for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, start your renovation on Sweeten.

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C.P. Hart Shortlisted For National Design Awards

One of C.P. Hart’s designers has been shortlisted for a prestigious National Design Award, with the event to be held at the Hilton Metropole in March this year.

 

 

Rebecca Milnes of C.P. Hart’s Regent’s Park Road showroom has been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Bathroom Designer of the Year – Project Cost £10,000 – £25,000’ category for the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards 2020.

 

 

All the shortlisted designers in each category are invited to a presentation in central London at the end of January to present their design, including the client’s specifications and the reasons why they came to their final design. Rebecca will present her original design, created using a CAD programme, as well as images of the final project and will then take part in a Q&A session from major designers in the home interiors industry – good luck Rebecca!

 

 

Rebecca’s design, whether successful in winning the ultimate prize or not, will be filmed and the images will be displayed at the awards presentation evening in March in front of the entire industry; so it’s a huge achievement to even be shortlisted. Everyone at C.P. Hart is very proud of Rebecca and we all wish her the best of luck with the presentation and the judging too.

 

 

Also shortlisted from C.P. Hart is the Manchester showroom, for Bathroom Customer Service of the Year Award! Good luck to all the staff in the Manchester showroom, and well done for being recognised for your continued and excellent customer service!

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How Long Does a Bathroom Renovation Take?

A step-by-step guide and timeline for a bathroom renovation

grey large format tile in remodeled bathroom

How long does a bathroom renovation take? In general, our Sweeten contractors say that the construction period for a bathroom project will average about a week. Overall, expect the renovation to take between two weeks to three months for the planning, execution, and wrapping up loose ends. If you plan to move plumbing or electrical, be prepared to apply for city permits and board approvals, the biggest culprits for lengthening renovation timelines. Sweeten, a free renovation service matching homeowners with vetted general contractors, breaks down a bath renovation step-by-step.

PRE-CONSTRUCTION PHASE

While the attention is usually on the most visible construction phase, a lot needs to happen before picking up that sledgehammer. Here, the details on each box that needs to be ticked before you break ground on the project.

STEP 1: Close on your property (1-3 months)

While some renovators already own, a significant number of homeowners who are in contract or preparing to close on a property when they begin planning a renovation. You should wait until you have closed on the property, with keys in hand, before doing anything. If you’re in a hurry, wait until you’ve at least signed the contract before beginning the design process.

STEP 2: Post your project (1-3 days)

First things first: Post your project to Sweeten and begin soliciting bids. On the Sweeten site, add the details about the space you want to renovate, your inspiration photos (optional but useful for our matchmakers), and any other information that would help in finding your perfect contractor. This guide is a practical read about what information to supply your contractor with so that he or she can provide an accurate bid. You will receive 3-5 matches within three days, and you can check out the contractors’ profiles online. Now’s your chance to take a look at reviews from clients and photos of their past projects to see whether they might be a good fit, and indicate who you’d like to be introduced to.

STEP 3: Schedule site visits and solicit bids (1-3 weeks)

Once you’ve previewed the Sweeten contractors’ profiles, and have decided you’d like to set up a meeting(s), our online scheduler will give you a two-week window to mark your available dates for a site visit. An email will be sent to you and the contractor(s) confirming your available times, by which the contractor(s) will reach out to you to confirm a date.

An on-site visit is the best way for a contractor to understand the scope of the project, the physical possibilities, and limitations of the space, and for the two of you to see if you hit it off. (This guide is a useful read to understanding the key info necessary to secure the most accurate bid.) After you schedule your on-site visit, check out our blog post about how to prepare for the meeting. You should expect a written bid within a 5-7 business days after your visit.

STEP 4: Level bids and choose a contractor (1-2 weeks)

Once all the written bids have come in, it’s time to compare and contrast, which Sweeten client services can help walk you through. This primer on leveling bids might come in handy, as well as this one about labor-only versus all-inclusive bids. If you have follow-up questions, now is the time to ask. You can also schedule time with a Sweeten project advisor to walk you through the various bids and weigh in on the selection.

STEP 5: Sign contract and finalize construction schedule (1 week)

Once you’ve decided on a contractor, he or she will put together a contract for you to review. This will typically include a description of the work to be done, an estimated timeline for completion, as well as the timing of payments throughout the project.

STEP 6: Obtain permits and approvals (ranges widely)

Of all the steps where hiccups or delays might occur, this is it. Obtaining the correct permits and board approvals have held up many a renovation, but don’t be daunted: our contractors are well-versed in navigating these processes and can advise you on how best to achieve your renovation goals with the least amount of hassle. If you’re moving plumbing or gas lines, you’ll need an architect and additional DOB permits. Sweeten homeowners have reported obtaining approvals in as little as two weeks—but it’s more common for it to take a couple months. If you live in a stand-alone house, you won’t need to worry about building board approvals, but you’ll still need the requisite city permits for any electrical or plumbing work to make sure that everything is up to code.

STEP 7: Source materials (ranges widely)

If you are responsible for sourcing all or some of the materials in your renovation, be sure to place the orders as soon as the design plan is finished. Certain items have long lead times, and you don’t want that tub to hold up the entire renovation. If time is a concern, look at what’s currently in stock and ready to ship. Speak with your contractor about timing the product delivery to coincide with time of installation.

STEP 8: Tell your neighbors (15 minutes)

Be a good neighbor and warn yours that a renovation is beginning imminently. Tell them what to expect and how long the project is slated to last. It’s always easier to stomach the disruption when you know there’s an end in sight! It doesn’t hurt to bring some sweets, a bottle of wine, or a gift card for a local coffee shop.

CONSTRUCTION PHASE

Note: While most of the steps under “Construction” are your contractor’s responsibility, it’s important to understand what should be happening when. The most important steps you’ll be in charge of here are making scheduled payments to your contractor (outlined in your contract), and keeping your schedule open for several hours a week to answer questions about details or changes that come up over the course of construction.

STEP 9: It’s demo time (1 day)

Out with the old! Now that you’re done with the paperwork, it’s time (for your contractor) to pick up that sledgehammer. Be sure to protect the items that are staying with tarp or plastic. Depending on how large your bathroom is, and how extensive the renovation, this shouldn’t take more than 4 hours.

STEP 10:  Reroute plumbing and electrical (1-2 days)

Now that you’ve stripped the space down to the studs, it’ll be easy to get new plumbing or electrical where it needs to go. Consider whether any plans need to be altered now that you can see what’s behind the walls.

STEP 11: City inspections and sign-offs (1 hour)

If you needed city permits, you may need inspections and a sign-off before closing up the walls, and a final sign-off as well. (Check out what the city has to say about plumbing permits here, and electrical permits here.) While a master plumber is typically allowed to sign off on pipework for water lines in the case of a no-show by the city inspector, an inspector must examine and approve any work on gas lines. You are not allowed to close up the walls and move onto the next phase of the project before this inspection happens. Note: With electrical work, inspectors generally are scheduled for visits once the project is 100 percent complete, and they will check the electrical panel, junction boxes, and outlets. Sometimes, because of city bureaucracy and delays, your electrical inspection may be rescheduled two or three times. Check with your contractor or architect about what your project requires.

STEP 12: Installation – floor tiles (½ – 1 day)

To prevent having to redo the flooring if you decide to reconfigure your space in the future, make sure that the flooring is consistent throughout the space, even if some of it will be hidden.

STEP 13: Installation completion (1-3 days)

Installation of everything else, including the tub, vanity and sink, toilet, and any built-in shelving. Tiling, lighting, and hardware usually come last.

STEP 14: Clean-up (1 day)

Typically, contracts allow that the space is left in “broom-swept” condition. However, you may want to hire post-construction cleaning specialists to make sure that your new floor is spic-and-span clean. For a bathroom renovation, you may still want to have the service clean your entire home since construction dust has an annoying tendency to settle in the most unlikely places.

POST-CONSTRUCTION PHASE

The finish line is in sight. But don’t forget these last—but important—steps.

STEP 15: Final walk-through with contractor (30 minutes)

Review the work with your contractor: try all the drawers and doors, look closely at the edges and grout lines, and make sure everything is working the way it should. If there are any problems, point it out and add them to the punch list. The contractor will either fix it on the spot (if it’s minor) or set up another time to return. Sweeten’s founder + CEO, Jean Brownhill advises to keep notepads in each space, and do not speak to your contractor for two weeks during this time, but take notes of what needs fixing as you live in your new home.

STEP 16: Punch list items (1-5 days)

Depending on what the items are—anything from straightening a cabinet door to waiting on installing that last out-of-stock item—it could take anywhere from a day to several weeks. When it’s on the long side, though, that is usually due to backordered items. Otherwise, your contractor should be able to return and fix everything in a few days.

STEP 17: The final payment (10 minutes)

You’ve been making installments throughout the renovation, but when the last item on your punch list has been addressed, it’s time to pay the remaining percentage to your contractor.

This timeline provides a detailed look at the various aspects of renovating and a range of how long each step should take. While some factors may be outside of both your and the contractor’s control, the key is isolating the steps that you think might be obstacles in advance, and allotting more time to get them done.

Wondering how much remodeling your bath will cost? Check out our guide on bathroom renovation costs.

Sweeten handpicks the best general contractors to match each project’s location, budget, and scope, helping until project completion. Follow the blog for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, start your renovation on Sweeten.

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