From Start to Finish: How to Tackle Your DIY Bathroom Remodel Step by Step

A bathroom remodeling project can be as simple or as complicated as you make it, depending on the changes that you plan to make. If you have a can-do attitude and some experience completing other do-it-yourself home improvement projects, you may be ready to tackle your bathroom remodeling project on your own. However, even with the proper skills and a vision for your dream bathroom, it can be tough to know where to start. Keep reading to get a good idea of how to create a strategic step-by-step plan to help you complete your bathroom renovations without too many headaches.

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Plan Your Project

Some homeowners will remodel their bathroom in a haphazard or disorganized fashion, and this ultimately can create more headache and hassle in the long run. By spending time planning your project and designing the perfect bathroom, you may be able to complete the project with minimal time and effort. This is also the best first step to take to ensure that you love the end result. Plan each step, the materials you will need, how much it will cost, and how long it will take. This way, you’ll have a strategic plan without having to stop along the way when problems come up.

Gather Your Materials

After you have fully planned your bathroom design, spend a few minutes gathering your materials together. The process of remodeling a bathroom may leave you without functional features in the space for several days or longer. This time frame will be extended if you have to wait for supplies to be shipped to you or if they are on back order. When you have all of the materials on hand, you can move forward freely with your remodeling project.

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Clear Out the Space

Once you have your plan and materials in place, you are ready to get started with the actual work. Many bathroom remodeling projects require the homeowner to completely demolish the space down to the drywall, but you may be planning to keep some features, such as a bathtub or a toilet. Generally, you want to turn of the water supply to the room before you begin removing sinks, shower faucets and other features. You may need to contact a haul away service to remove the considerable amount of waste that may be generated from this process.

Install New Plumbing Features

Many homeowners wonder if it is best to install flooring, cabinets or plumbing features first. As a general rule of thumb, consider which features are most likely to be replaced first. Generally, a new shower, bathtub and toilet will be used in a home much longer than the flooring. Therefore, these may be the first features to install in your space.

Install the Cabinets

Cabinets may then be installed in the space. Once the cabinets have been installed, the counter top material, sinks and hardware can be installed to finish these areas. Once the sinks and hardware have been installed, you may turn water back on for the bathroom, and the bathroom may be functional for your use while you make the final enhancements to the room.

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Install the Flooring

As a final step, you may install the flooring. The flooring could be installed under the cabinets. However, flooring is typically replaced more frequently in homes than cabinets. If your flooring runs under the cabinets, the cabinetry and related plumbing features will need to be removed in order to replace the flooring. Therefore, flooring is often one of the last features to be installed during a remodeling project.

From start to finish, your bathroom remodeling project may only take a few days to complete from the demolition to the end result if you follow these steps. It will take a lot of planning beforehand, but when you end up with a nice new bathroom you’ll be happy that you were able to get the project done quickly rather than waiting on materials, or making mistakes the first time around. The information for this article was provided by plumbing professionals who provide Pitton Portables, portable bathrooms for those completing home remodels and construction projects in Burlington.

Erin Emanuel


  1. Thank you so much for sharing! I have been thinking about redoing my bathroom for a while now, but I am really intimidated by it and I don’t want to mess anything up. It sounds like you just need to plan everything out as much as possible so there are no surprises. Although, I feel like it would be much easier to just hire someone to come do it, that way they wouldn’t mess up. What do you think I should do?

  2. I’m glad that you pointed out to install my flooring after working on everything else in my bathroom. I was about to work on that first. Now I can see that would be the wrong way to go about things. Installing any new plumbing fixtures definitely seems like the best thing I should work on right now, so taking your advice on that step seems like the smart thing to do.

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