This post is one in a series on remodeling small bathrooms. To access the lead post, please select the link in the prior sentence.
The focus of this post is the phases of your remodeling project. What each phase is, what you should expect, and why share demarcations between phases benefits both you and your contractor.
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For this article, I’m talking about the phrases of the actual construction. This article assumes the design and budgeting is done, the materials are all selected and are staged in your garage, and you’ve selected a contractor who is now ready to start.
First, why is it so important to understand these phases and why do they matter to both you and your contractor? Because the payment schedule should (must?) be tied to completion of specific phases. That is not to say there should be a payment after each and every one of the phases below, but you get the idea.
You and your contractor agreement on a payment schedule where you write checks upon the completion of specified phases.
Why? The contractor knows what it takes to receive the next check, and you know what must be done before you write it.
What makes the most sense is to issue checks after the necessary inspections are passed.
Each phase is described in a little more detail in individual articles, but this one provides the overview.
This is dust and dirt containment.
This is the removal and the disposal of everything that is coming out.
This is repairs and or modifications to the framing and subfloor.
Exhaust fan (yes, it is it’s own phase – it’s that important)
Just do it (courtesy of Nike), even if your code doesn’t require it, and get the most powerful fan you can reasonably fit.
Plumbing and electrical without the fixtures.
This refers to those aspects that are water tight. Setting the tub and connecting the drain, or installing the shower pan and ensuring it and it’s drain are water tight.
The walls must go out.
This is distinct from flooring tiling just because it is. Of course if you’re using single sheet material (Swanstone for example) the implementation is different, but the phrase is the same.
Not much to say about this.
This is more than just the vanity. It’s also the counter, the sink, the faucet, and the plumbing hookup. Of course if you install a pedestal sink the implementation is different, but at the end of this phase you have a working sink. That which requires inspection is the plumbing.
I lump all this together because it makes sense to, not because there are building department inspections involved. Just be sure the final clean up is done before you hand over that last check.
Building codes really do save lives. Don’t fight the process, use it.
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