How long do bathroom renovations take?

Planning to renovate your bathroom?

Transforming your old bathroom to your dream version takes planning and time to ensure it is absolutely perfect. If you are looking to renovate your bathroom, knowing the time frame will ensure you are prepared and well informed before any work gets underway. Although no job is the same, we will try to breakdown the renovation process and the estimated time to finish each stage of the project.

How long does the bathroom renovation take?

It usually takes 3-4 weeks for us to renovate a bathroom. However, there are certain things that could extend the renovation process such as:

Stages of bathroom renovation

The bathroom renovation process can be broken down into three stages - pre-construction, renovation, and post-construction.

Pre-Construction Phase

This phase is the designing and planning phase. The layout, fixtures, tiles, etc of the bathroom is decided. If you are planning to get customised vanity or windows, you will need to order them in this phase. Having a solid plan will help make the bathroom renovation process more efficient. From finding the right company to signing contracts, obtaining permits, and approval to designing and sourcing the materials, all the preparation is done in this phase.

Renovation Process

  1. Disconnecting the electrical and power supply to the bathroom.
  1. Asbestos Testing and Removal - A professional asbestos removal specialist will check the materials used in the construction of the house and the age. For asbestos removal, the bathroom will be demolished back to the studs. 

           Average Time:  1-2 days  

  1. Demolition - It includes removal of the tiles, fixtures, and fittings to the bare framing. The time taken to demolish the bathroom depends on the materials - timber, sheet walls, or bricks. If you are planning to change the structure or layout of the bathroom - beams will be added and concrete slabs will be cut to add new drainage points. A termite barrier will also be installed.

            Average Time: 2-5  days

  1. Electrical & Plumbing Rough-in -  In this step, the rough-in of wiring, switches, and plumbing fixtures are done. Plumbing rough-in is done done when changing old taps to mixers, relocating waste points or additional plumbing is added.

          Average Time: 2-4 days

  1. Carpentry - In this stage, the frames of windows, doors, shower seats are developed. 

          Average Time: 1-2 days

  1. Custom windows - depending on whether you are getting a window fit or adding a new window, your custom window will be designed. It takes about 3 weeks for windows to get manufactured and delivered. It is important to decide the window when you are planning the renovation to avoid delays at this stage.
  1. Sheeting - Insulation in the wall and ceiling helps to insulate the bathroom from noise and heat. In winter, it ensures the bathroom remains warm. For ceiling insulation, plasterboard is used; villa board for walls and cement sheet underlay for timber flooring.

           Average Time: 1-2 days

  1. Cabinetry - If you are planning to install custom made vanities in your bathroom, it usually takes 3 weeks to manufacture and deliver. It needs to be ordered in the planning stage.  
  1. Custom Stone Bench-tops - Stone bench tops will be installed after the cabinetry is installed. The stone benchtop needs to be accurately cut to size and holes will be cut for basin/s and taps.
  1. Skylights - The skylights are installed - adding a skylight allows natural light to enter the room and reduces the growth of mould. 
  1. Plastering - In this stage, the walls and uneven surfaces are covered with plaster. It makes the wall stronger and durable. Ready for painting and tiling.
  1. Rendering - Rendering is carried out to repair any damage caused by tile removal or relocation of plumbing/electrical cables. It also assists with the waterproofing of the walls. 
  1. Waterproofing - Waterproofing is a vital task in the renovation of your bathroom. If done incorrectly, it could be disastrous for the house, leading to long term issues. It protects the structure of your house and has to be done as per the guidelines set by the National Construction Code. 

            Average Time - 2-3 days

  1. Tiling - the tiles will be installed on floors, walls, and wherever else required. 

         Average Time - 2-3 days

  1. Electrical and Plumbing Fit Off- It includes the connection of all the plumbing fixtures - showers, taps, and electrical fit offs like powerpoints and lights. 
  1. Installing shower screens and mirrors - Once the tiling is completed, the shower screens and mirrors are installed.
  1. Painting - Lastly, once all the work is completed, the bathroom is painted.

         Average Time - 1 day

  1. Builders Clean - It is the standard step in all building projects and involves clean up of dust and debris.

Post Construction Phase

Once everything is done, you will need to have final walk through of your renovated bathroom. Ensure everything - the taps, toilet, shower is working as expected. Jot down anything that might need to be fixed and inform your contractor so they can fix it.

Bathroom renovations Brisbane

The best way to plan and renovate your bathroom is to contact a professional. Get in touch with MasterCraft Tiling and Bathroom Renovations at 0431 115 021. You can also book bathroom renovation enquiry form and we can help you with all your bathroom renovation needs.

Our Unique Renovation Process


Understanding your needs

We will ask you a series of questions to understand the requirements of your renovation in more detail.


Solve your problem

A solution will be established based on your requirements along with an estimate for your project.


Design consultation

This is where we go through the style and design elements of your renovation (layout, products, tiles and colour options). We will also assess structural and plumbing changes.



After we have created a style and design concept for your renovation, you'll be able to view your products and tiles and make your final selections.


Deliver on our promise

We have established an experienced team and implemented systems that have a customer focused approach to deliver a high quality and efficient renovation.

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