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Do I Really Have the Time to Remodel My Own Bathroom?

Why do people consider Do-It-Yourself (DIY) bathroom remodeling?

   Have you considered remodeling that outdated guest bathroom? Remodeling the space on your own, also known as Do-It-Yourself (DIY), can be done with the right knowledge, skill sets, and tools. Putting in your own sweat equity can be rewarding and save on the cost of a bathroom remodeling project.


What people don’t tell you about DIY bathroom remodeling

There are a lot of DIY bathroom remodeling videos and tutorials on the web that explain in great detail the various installation methods and techniques for the many components that make up the bathroom. (We do, however, highly recommend using a professional plumber and electrician for any DIY remodeling project.)

However, there is one missing piece of information that these DIY remodeling videos and tutorials never share with you about the bathroom remodeling project. That critical piece of information is the amount of time required to complete the project. So, as a company that plans and schedules bathroom remodeling projects, based on years of recording and tracking standardized construction timing, DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen would like to help you understand the time commitment you are about to make.


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The real investment in a DIY bathroom remodeling project

Not including the tasks performed by the electricians and plumbers, the following categories of construction tasks are required in most bathroom remodeling projects:

  • Permits
  • Setup and dust protection
  • Demolition
  • Framing
  • Insulation
  • Wall/ceiling surfaces
  • Flooring
  • Cabinetry/closet systems
  • Interior trim/doors
  • Countertops
  • Wall tile
  • Painting/wallpaper
  • Accessories
  • Final cleanup

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DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen has spent years tracking project timing, and building labor/time databases. The following is a list of complete bathroom remodeling projects by configuration, along with the associated number of tasks to perform from the categories above and time to complete. (Please note that these times are based on professional remodelers with an average of 18 years of experience. Times for a DIY remodeler may be 25%-100% longer, based on experience level.)

      2-piece bathroom/powder room (toilet & vanity) - 35 hours, 64 tasks

      3-piece bathroom/guest bath (toilet, vanity, tub or shower) - 114 hours, 119 tasks

      4-piece bathroom/master bath (toilet, vanity, tub, and shower) - 211 hours, 146 tasks


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DIY bathroom remodeling in perspective

If you allow yourself 2-3 hours every evening and 15-20 hours on the weekends, it will take you roughly 6 to 12 weeks, without taking any time off work, to remodel a 5’ x 9’ three-piece bathroom.

So, before you dive into demolition, assess what time you have available to commit to such a project, the time the bathroom will be out of commission, and the quality of the workmanship that your skill set can produce. Underestimating the time, energy and effort required to complete such a project will most often negate any planned savings from the DIY process, if not cost you more.


Do you have a potential bathroom remodel in mind? Talk to a designer at DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen about what's involved. Call us at 734-669-4000 or email us at info@dm-remodel.com.

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Shannon Janeczek

Shannon is the Marketing Manager for DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen Ann Arbor. If you'd like to contact us with a guest blog post, or a remodeling story, just email her at marketing@dm-remodel.com.

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