NJ Home Improvement Contractor: Bathroom Renovation

BATHROOM RENOVATIONS     

Bathroom remodeling and or a bathroom renovation are good investments for your home. If you live in Bergen County New Jersey, chances are you own a home built approximately in the 1940’s  – 1960’s. The bathroom is probably a standard 5’x9’ space with a window in the tub area, a 30” vanity and the usual toilet. Also, it’s probably the only bathroom in the house. As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor,  We renovate many bathrooms each year. We also build brand new construction master bedroom – master bathroom suites. When we complete a home renovation, that single bathroom home is now two and a half to three and a half bathrooms. Imagine on a Monday morning 40 years ago, 3. 4 or even 5 people rushing to get ready in the morning with only one bathroom in the house. This is sometimes the
case these days.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: BATHROOM REMODELING

Most people now want their original bathrooms completely remodeled. There’s a couple of different home improvement options that can be accomplished here. The first thing is, you can strip the existing bathroom down to its studs. Then have your NJ Home Improvement Contractor replace it with more modern fixtures and tile products. The other home improvement choice tying itself into building a raised level is since the existing 1st floor bedrooms will then be relocated to our new bedroom layout upstairs, you can utilize the existing bedroom along side the first floor bath. Remove the wall dividing the two and expand the bath making it larger. Other times it is the exact opposite. Homeowners want their NJ Home Improvement Contractor to remove the tub making the final bath renovation into a powder room by downsizing that space. Most clients opt for a master bedroom- master bathroom suite as well as a standard bathroom upstairs
making it 2 full baths on the new raised level. With this option, in some cases there is no need to have a full bath on the first floor.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: HIRE THE RIGHT COMPANY                                             

Your bathroom renovation home improvement project shouldn’t take more than a week if you hire the right company. When choosing a bathroom remodeling company, again you must ask the New Jersey contractor for references. Crewmen will be moving throughout the home. You want to make sure that they are cautious and maintain a neat environment. Checking on a few of their previous jobs and previous homeowners feedback can save you a lot of trouble.  Moving forward, chances are the original bath was made with plaster board walls. When removing this material, it tends to be extremely dusty. This dust travels fast and can usually be a tedious clean up. Proper opening covering is a must to block the flow of this material and dusty particles. Plastic barriers can really do the trick. If the home remodeling company you hire is experienced in this type of job, the bathroom should be stripped down in less than 1 day. Prior to starting the work, your crew manager should have given you a list of fixtures and tile
quantities that will be needed on site. The process we go through for our bathroom remodeling projects is the following: We have custom forms for each bathroom. Most home improvement jobs we are hired for usually have both a bathroom renovation and at least one or two new bathrooms. On average, each of our jobs usually have two – three bathrooms so in our contract package we enclose bathroom forms labeled bathrooms 1, 2, 3 etc. Each set of forms has its own tile and fixture quantity forms. These forms are left blank and given to the homeowners as part of the contract package. When needed, we will take these forms and fill out all the necessary fixture sizes and tile quantities needed for the bathroom renovation. The homeowner‘s will then go and purchase exactly what they want as far as fixtures and tiling, then have it delivered back to the job site. A lot of times, the homeowner will go to select suppliers that we use and get a contractor discount which helps save them money. Having the necessary material onsite allows us to move through the home renovation project quicker. Also, you can take your time buying these items and once they are onsite, we can start the renovation. As soon as the items are on site, the homeowners job is basically finished.

NJ HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR: A Complete Bathroom Renovation         When considering a bathroom remodeling, we often factor in the following. In most cases, a bathroom renovation will need updated wiring and new plumbing such as shower valves and shut off hardware for the plumbing. You want to make sure these items are changed and part of the package. Since the walls are open, its best to get this
accomplished now. It may add a day or two to the construction but its well worth it. Assuming a bathroom renovation usually can be completed within a week, the stages for us are as follows.  Day 1 our demolition crew arrives to strip down the existing bathroom to its original studs. We usually accomplish this within 1 day. In a couple of hours the bathroom renovation area is completely clean and ready for the upgrades. Day 2 the plumbers arrive to install the tub, shower valve and replace the old water shut offs on the toilet and sink. Day 3 the electrical crew should be at the construction site replacing old electrical wiring, adding new high hats and even installing a new bath fan and GFI wall outlets. Now we are ready for inspections. If all was planned out properly, the inspectors would be set up for your utility inspections on day 3. Anytime the electrical or plumbing is altered, the appropriate permits are required, and an inspection will be needed.  Since the space is small, immediately after the inspections the insulation should be installed which in most cases in a bath wouldn’t take more than 1 hour for a bathroom renovation. Now we are set up for your insulation inspection for day 4. Pending the arrival of the inspector, next up is the sheetrock installation. This part of the renovation process usually is considered the messiest but if your home improvement contractor knows what he is doing, the mess should be minimal. For us this usually takes a few hours from installing to cleaning up. My crew uses a quick dry wall spackling application for small spaces such as a bathroom. This
quick dry method is only used when the homeowners are still living in the home and only have this 1 bathroom. In half a day the walls are spackled and sanded, ready for paint. With 2 days left, tile installation has to be installed in the tub area and on the floor the very least. Sometimes people opt for wall tile and even the ceiling can be tiled. Toss in a few accent tiles and a border and now the tile is finished. With the tile installation taking almost 1 day, they will come back the next day to apply the grout. Grouting only takes a couple of hours so as soon as its grouted the plumbing crew will show up later on  and install the toilet, vanity, sink and finally the shower head. The water will be turned on and you will be ready to roll. Hiring the right NJ Home Improvement Contractor will be very important in being able to finish your bathroom renovation within one week.

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