How Long Does It Take To Renovate a Bathroom?

When planning a bathroom renovation, it’s important to have an idea of how long the process might take for your specific space.

The bathroom, one of the most important rooms in your home!

Along with the kitchen the bathroom is one of the most used, touched rooms in your house so being without a fully-functioning bathroom for a length of time is going to be more than just an inconvenience.

According to the Housing Industry Association, it takes up to 25 days (on average) to complete a full bathroom installation as part of a renovation. It’s worth noting those days may not be consecutive, there could be a day or two where no one is on site. For example, waiting on waterproofing to set etc.

At Banana Bathrooms we tend to average around the 3 – 4 weeks for a bathroom renovation. These averages don’t include planning, project quoting and picking out style features for your new bathroom etc.

Please be aware though, these are general guides and averages and each bathroom renovation has its own set of unique factors such as;

  • The size of your bathroom
  • How much demolition is required (ie. knocking out walls, moving windows)
  • Are we using the existing plumbing lines
  • The complexity and availability of chosen materials
  • Coordination of tradespeople
  • Unforeseen events

Before embarking on your bathroom renovation journey it’s a great idea to have a bit of an understanding of what’s going to happen when and how long each stage of your renovation will take.

The Stages of a Bathroom Renovation

1. Planning and Development

This is the fun part! Spend time to research and choose a bathroom style. Visit our Showroom for inspiration or Book a Free Design Consult and Quote for expert design advice. Your consultant will get to know the details of the project, style, functionality requirements and budget so they can prepare a quote.

Once a quote has been accepted your contractor will draw up a construction contract that gets agreed upon by all parties. At this stage you will set a project timetable. You will discuss who is responsible for picking and ordering your fixtures such as tiles, tapware and vanities so they arrive onsite prior to the start date.

Planning and researching your bathroom renovation can take anywhere from 1 to 6 months.

PRO TIP: Document your inspiration, use platforms like Pinterest and Instagram to create mood boards, pins, suppliers you can show your chosen bathroom contractor.

2. Demolition

Demolition of your existing bathroom usually should happen pretty quick once your tradies start ripping in. Demolition generally only takes 1 to 2 days.
Testing for asbestos will also be completed, and may add an additional 1 – 2 days to the schedule for professional removal if found.

3. Groundwork

Carpentry And Structural Works:

Once your old bathroom has been stripped back to bare bones, installation of any new structural beams to support change of walls or new windows will take place.  Depending on the scope of work needed, allow 1-2 days.

Plumbing / Electrical ‘Rough In’:

After the bathroom has been structurally set out, Plumbers and Electricians will ‘rough in’ their plumbing points in the walls and floor wastes as well adding in all the necessary wiring for the power points, exhaust fan, lighting etc.
This will take 1-2 days.

Gyprock sheeting of the walls and ceiling is completed.
This will take 1-2 days.

Water Proofing and Tiling:
A cement bedding known as a screed will be laid. The screeds purpose is to give a smooth and level floor on which to lay your tiles on. The thickness of the screed allows it to take up normal variations in flatness and levelness of the base on which it is laid.  Screed can take 24 to 48 hours to dry enough to be walked on however additives can be used to speed this process up. Tiles are laid according to the design plan.

Arguably the most important part of your bathroom renovation is the waterproofing!  Proper waterproofing in wet areas is absolutely vital – water leaking into floor and wall spaces can very easily rot structural timbers and do some heartbreaking damage to a house. The worst bit about this kind of damage is that you won’t normally realise it’s happening until the worst of the damage has already been done. A waterproof liquid rubber membrane is applied to create a sealed area. Waterproofing takes at least 24 hours to completely dry. It’s critical that the waterproofed area be not walked as a single pin prick from a bit of debris can render the entire waterproofing useless resulting in all the tiles to be ripped out and redone when the issue is discovered down the track.
Tiling and Waterproofing will take up to 12 days, pending drying time.

4. Fit-Off and Painting

By this time your bathroom renovation should really be taking shape! The final plumbing and electrical fit off will give you a look at the final product.  The plumber will fit off / connect all your chosen pc items like your toilet, bath, basin, tapware and finish off the drainage underfloor.  The electrician will do similar and fit off the electrical items where they had already been roughed in.  This would include, install the light fittings, switches, fans, and heated towel ladder.
This will take 1-3 days.

5. Cleaning

Your new bathroom will be professionally cleaned of all construction debris, dust and waste.
This will take 1 day.

8. Delivery of Your Dream Bathroom

Your dream bathroom is complete and ready to use!

Ready to Start Your Bathroom Renovation Journey?

At Banana Bathrooms, we love designing and building bathrooms using new and innovative products to turn your bathroom dream into reality. Banana Bathrooms takes the time in getting to know our customers on a personal level so we can provide and suggest the best products to achieve your dream bathroom. Visit our Showroom or Book your Free Design Consult and Quote.