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Posted by: from Toronto
11/27/2012 at 3:33:36 PM

We need to get a bathroom redone but seeing that it is our only bathroom what kind of timline could we expect?

We live in a semi-detached home and the bathroom is on our top floor we will need to get a new tub/shower new tiles and double sinks.

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Date/Time11/27/2012 at 4:10:21 PM


As long as your cabinets are ordered in advance, and your fixtures (toilets, valves, sink, etc) are in stock, it will typically take one week to do. Most of time is re-installing concrete board behind tiles, waterproofing and re-installing tiles.

Ask your contractor to temp install the toilet each day after demo. (except on floor tiling day). It will take extra effort and a bit of cost, but you will at least have a toilet in evenings during this week. :)

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Phil from Braga in Milton
Date/Time11/27/2012 at 4:11:29 PM

Hi Typically a bathroom reno would take about 2 weeks to demo and install new fixtures. I would plan to be without a bathroom for 2 weeks might be done sooner but better to plan for 2 weeks.

Phil Braga

Braga Inc.

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Date/Time11/27/2012 at 4:14:26 PM


A bathroom renovation would take approximately 2 weeks at the construction stage depending on what exactly you are doing.

Kind Regards,

Pine Glen Developments.

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Date/Time11/27/2012 at 4:21:10 PM

Every situation is different but u can expect anywhere from 5 to 7 days.

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Date/Time11/27/2012 at 4:21:34 PM

We do for 5-7 days for tub and 6-8 days for shower.

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Steve from SM Construction in Hamilton
Date/Time11/27/2012 at 4:23:56 PM


It should only take a week to build a new bathroom. And usually if its the only one, the contractor would make sure it can still be used daily as the construction continues.



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Gordon from French's Contracting in Angus
Date/Time11/27/2012 at 4:28:59 PM

Time line would be 8 working days or 1 1/2 weeks, if you don't have another toilet we would keep if functional most of the job.

Approx. cost $5,000.00 + Fixtures ,Tiles, + Cabinets, You would shop for and supply

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Date/Time11/27/2012 at 4:29:54 PM

Having only one bathroom makes it difficult. Your bathroom is going to be out of service for 4 days... if everything goes well.

I am assuming it's a 5' by 10' bathroom.

Day 1 - Remove the existing tub, surround, and drywall around the tub (drywall has to be removed in order for tub to come out). The toilet also has to come off, as getting the the old tub out and the new tub in is a very tight fit. Install new tub, plumbing and drywall

Day 2 - Set Tiles (A full day, need a little less than 60 tiles), re-install toilet.

Day 3 - Grout Tiles, replace sinks.

Day 4 - Caulking, finishing plumbing, touch ups,

A couple other thing to consider is the size of the new tub compared to the old one, this may effect the flooring. Replacing the toilet to a low flow (since it has to come off anyways) is something to consider at this point.

I have attached a picture of a bathroom I have redone, there are a couple of decisions to be made regarding design and style. A larger soaker tub can to installed as well.

Take Care.

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Douglas from Dougs Demolition in Plainfield
Date/Time11/27/2012 at 4:30:44 PM

As long as all stuff is already in place to be put in it should take 1 week to demo and a week to redo as long as you dont run into problems like rotten boards or anything like that.

Hope every thing is goes fine.

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Odjobbz By PEMCO in Innisfail
Date/Time11/27/2012 at 4:43:39 PM

From demo, installation and proper cure times to the completion which includes caulking/ silicone cure times, I generlly tell my customers 4 to 7 days.

For instance in your case demolition should take 4 to 6 hours, tub install and hook-ups another 4 to 6 hours. Moisture resitant wall board installed, mudding and taping [fast set may be used to expedite dry times] of same and the needed applications will be better part of 2 days.

I always prime/paint my new wall board as not only another barrier but also as a bonding for adhesives. Ceramic Mastic / Thin set after installation 1 to 2 days, add another day for curing grout cure times. And finally another day for your caulking / silicone, I tend to have better luck with silicone.

Hope this helps and enjoy your new bathroom


Perry E. Martin

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Date/Time11/27/2012 at 5:06:03 PM


You are looking at around 2-3 weeks depending on any issues that may occur.



Hometech Renovation Inc

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Date/Time11/27/2012 at 6:25:34 PM


It appears you have your answer. It isn't a quick fix due to the unexpected that "could be" and drying time for glues, grout, paint, etc. If you know your neighbour well, make arrangements. Or a camp porta-potty might be a short term solution.

It's never fun when you only have one bathroom.

Good luck.

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Date/Time11/27/2012 at 6:56:42 PM

Hi Jaime,

If everything is planned well and all materials are available, we would have your bathroom renovated in 5 -7 days and your toilet will be available daily.

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Date/Time11/27/2012 at 8:20:14 PM

Based on your info about a week & a half to two weeks max once all the materials are on site. Toilet & sink will be usable at the end of each day.



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Date/Time11/28/2012 at 1:04:22 AM

Hi Jamie,

If you just "REPLACE" your tub, and double sinks, (which means the new stuff has the same sizes like the old stuff) your renovation should be usually done in about one to one and a half weeks. However It it's all depends how are the circumstances because sometimes you open a can of worms, especially when everything is rotten behind your tiles. Therefore I would prepare myself for up to two weeks renovation times.

Very important! Make sure you have everything ready! Which means, everything you will need for your renovation has arrived AND checked, BEVORE you start ripping apart your bathroom to avoid unnecessary delays.

3D-Tile-Design - Bertram Tasch

Maple Ridge, BC (Greater Vancouver))

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Date/Time11/28/2012 at 12:53:22 PM

The job takes about 7-8 days, with all the fixtures and tiles on-site. Add an extra day if its a corner tub.

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Date/Time11/28/2012 at 3:03:33 PM

For a quality renovation that will last I would always plan for a minimum of 60 man hours but can sometimes take 80 man hours for one guy that's 2 weeks, with a helper it may reduce the overall time by one couple days, however be advised that nothing ever goes as planned in the renovation world and if you one tool breaks down or is forgotten or one mistake is made the corrections can have vast repercussions on the timing.

Another thing that is often overlooked is the fact that real humans will be working on this project and with that comes other obstacles especially at this time of year sick days, vehicles that wont start, family functions and events and issues that may require people to miss work, sometimes alternate installers can be sent from the same company if they have enough staff but if the have staff they probably have planned Reno's for them to do so same day replacements don't happen often.

No matter what expectation you are given plan for an extra week without it from my personal experience it will only help reduce your stress levels as any legitimate contractor will have a time delay clause exempting him from penalty if it is not completed in allocated time.

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Steven from Oneday Waterproofing in Grimsby
Date/Time11/28/2012 at 3:26:59 PM

Good Afternoon,

My name is Steven Craig. I am the owner/operator of SDC Construction & Waterproofing. I have read your question and believe that timeline is important especially if the bathroom is your ensuite or on your top floor. proper measures should be taken to insure no damage is done to the surrounding areas such as stairs and other walls,doors and floors.

At SDC we always take the first day to cover all furniture, wood floors, carpet aswell as hanging drop cloths, plugging surrounding vents so no dust or debris can be scattered around your home. The final day is just as important for cleaning and making sure the job aswell as the rest of the house is clean of all our tools, and debris ready for customer presentation.

I believe for this job to be done properly and professionally with proper budget control it should take no longer than 7-10 days. We make sure when we start a job, we are there until completion.


Steven Craig



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Date/Time11/28/2012 at 6:26:26 PM

If your contractor cant understand you need it finished in a hurry dont go with him, we can demolish and have ready for total usage in 5 days. It does require great organizing but it can be done, that includes tiles as well.

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Date/Time11/29/2012 at 6:01:25 PM

From Ron Petrucci Drywall Services Victoria B.C.

To owners of bathroom Renos, Time line could be from 2 weeks to 1 Month, it all depends on trades that are not to busy.

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Date/Time12/2/2012 at 4:38:11 PM

From start to completion the project will take 10-14 days. This is if everything is pre ordered and on site at the start date.

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Jeff from Newson Interiors in Dunrobin
Date/Time12/5/2012 at 9:51:41 PM


You've recieved a lot of input on this, and the 5-7 working days is about right. The job is fairly intensive and is not something you want to rush a contractor through as corners may be cut in the interest preserving a timeline. This will only bite you later. Some things to possibly consider:

1) A preformed bath/shower wall system will save a great amount of time but will not add as much value, and have limited design options.

2) This might be a good time to add a second bathroom, perhaps in the basement first to aleviate the issue of having NO bathroom in the house.

3) Schedule the renovation when you can take a 2 week vacation, avoiding the problem altogether.

Hope that helps,


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