Over time, the purpose of the bathroom has grown as more people begin using it for a variety of  things from getting ready in the morning to unwinding at the end of the day. That may be why more people are remodeling their bathrooms than ever before. Not all bathroom remodels are created equally, however. There are three different types of remodeling; finding out which one you’re ready for can help you set the right budget, find the right Pro for the job, and visualize what your new bathroom will end up looking like.

During a Complete Bathroom Remodel

A complete bathroom remodel gives you a blank slate to begin your design in. Often this involves a complete tear out of all your existing fixtures and surfaces, right down to the studs. You’ll be replacing everything in the room, the fixtures, flooring, faucets, and usually even the walls. From here, you can now change the layout of the bathroom – moving the toilet further down a wall to give you more space for a vanity, or moving a wall to give you more space to have an adjoining tub and shower. A complete bathroom remodel usually involves updating plumbing and a complete tear out to help clean up leaks or potential sources of mold and mildew that could have grown behind walls and flooring over time. Very old bathrooms usually need a complete remodel simply due to issues that can come up over time, and that may not be apparent until the work is started.

To undertake a complete bathroom remodel, you’ll want to work with a bathroom designer, design firm, builder, or architect who can help you draw up plans for the new room. These Pros can help you layout the new space and assist you with planning new plumbing and electrical layouts to accommodate the new space.

During the remodel, you’ll select new fixtures, faucets, flooring, and potentially shower and wall surfaces like tile. If you’ve always wanted a whirlpool tub or a performance shower, now is the time to have those things installed. Likewise, if your bathroom has always felt too small, a complete remodel can be the time to move walls and gain access to nearby space.

A complete bathroom remodel usually takes two to four weeks to complete, and during that time you may be without a bathroom for at least a few days. If you have a second bathroom in the home, plan on making use of it. If not, make arrangements to use the bathroom at your gym or office during the remodel, and speak to the contractor about getting basic things like a toilet and sink up and running as quickly as possible. While some complete remodels can be done within a week, it’s best to plan on being without a bathroom for longer, so you aren’t put out if something occurs along the way.

A complete bathroom remodel will change the room entirely, both in how it looks and how it functions. You’ll want to conduct a complete remodel if your bathroom is old and potentially has problems, or if you want to rearrange the existing layout and add new features to the space.