If you are like most of our customers, your biggest questions involving your bathroom remodel are how much will it cost? and how long will it take?

Unfortunately, we can’t tell you what your bathroom remodel will cost without seeing your space and getting a sense of the finish materials you want. However, we can give you an outline for a typical bathroom remodel timeline. Then, at the time of your free estimate, we will give you a better sense of both the timeline and cost for your specific bathroom project.

So there are two types of bathroom remodels:

Bathroom Makeovers

  • This type of project is done to make cosmetic improvements to an existing space.
  • No plumbing or electrical changes are involved.
  • A bathroom makeover typically includes replacing tile, installing a new vanity and toilet, and then painting the bathroom.
  • This type of bathroom renovation is much quicker because you don’t need to get permits and wait for inspections.
  • We will be working on site every day until the job is completed.
  • About two-thirds of the bathrooms we do fall into this category.
  • Expect a bathroom makeover to take between one to two weeks to be completed.

Bathroom Makeover Example - Before & After

Full Bathroom Remodel or Installing a Brand New Bathroom

  • Your project will have a permit.  Permits add time and money, but ensure that your project meets all local and federal building codes.
  • Assuming a standard hallway bathroom of 8′ x 5′, or, 40 sq. ft. on average take 7 weeks 
  • Very large master bathrooms may take 8-10 weeks to complete.

Full Bathroom Remodel Example - Before & After

Trades Involved In a Full Bathroom Remodel

For a complete bathroom renovation or installation of a new bathroom, your project manager will be coordinating several trades throughout the project.  Each tradesman will complete his portion of the project before the next one is scheduled. They are also not scheduled on days inspections are scheduled.  Your project manager will work to minimize downtime and schedule inspections and templates based on milestones throughout your project. Despite our best efforts, local municipalities can sometimes delay projects due to long lead times when scheduling inspections.  Each building department varies, but we encourage you to speak with your local building department for more information.    

Typical tradesmen you will see in your home: 

  • Demolition crews 
  • Carpenters 
  • Plumbers 
  • Electricians 
  • Mechanical HVAC technicians 
  • Insulation contractors 
  • Sheetrock installers and finishers 
  • Tile installers 
  • Painters 
  • Glass/Shower door installer 
  • Countertop installers 


General Bathroom Remodel Timeline
for a 40-80 sq ft Full Bathroom with Permits

Week 1

Monday:  Firstly, site protection. Then demolition is completed and debris is carted away from the site.  

Tuesday:  Any remaining demo and clean up.  Complete any necessary framing. Asses subfloor and recommend repairs or additional floor leveling if needed. 

Wednesday:  Plumber completes “Rough” waste and water lines.  

Thursday:  Electrician completes “Rough” wiring.

Friday:  Carpenters complete fire-blocking and pitching of the shower pan. Any windows would also be installed at this time.

Week 2 

Monday:  Plumber returns to install the rubber membrane. Rough inspections are scheduled. 

Tuesday- Friday:  “Rough” inspections take place during the second week. Plumbing and electrical can sometimes occur on the same day. The building inspection can be scheduled after plumbing and electrical.  

Week 3 

Monday:  Install insulation after building inspection is complete. 

Tuesday:  Insulation inspection.

Wednesday:  Install drywall and concrete board on the walls. Then tape and apply the first coat of spackle. 

Thursday:  2nd coat of spackle. Tape and apply thin-set to corner and seams around the tub or shower.

Friday:  Final coat of spackle. Then install the concrete board on the floor and complete minor leveling. 

Week 4 

Monday- Friday:  Review tile layout with the customer.  Then install tile and grout.

Week 5 

Monday:  Sand, prime and apply the first coat of wall paint.

Tuesday:  Set vanity, install doors, casing and baseboards. Any crown molding or wainscoting will be completed at this time. Also, shower door template. 

Wednesday:  Painters return. Prep and paint. Countertop template. 

Thursday – Friday: Painters finish

Week 6 

Monday-Tuesday:  Waiting on countertop install 

Wednesday:  Countertop install 

Thursday:  Plumber returns and completes all connections in 1 day 

Friday:  Electrician returns to finish in 1 day 

Week 7 

Final inspections. Install bathroom accessories, complete punch list, and final touch-ups. 

Keep in mind that this bathroom remodel timeline assumes a normal sized bathroom without any surprises. Accordingly, larger bathrooms take more time for the framers, the plumbers, the electricians, the tile installer and the painters. Also, custom built-ins will take 2-3 more days.

Remodeling Your Bathroom with Monk’s

Monk’s Home Improvements, along with our Kitchen & Bath Design Studios, work together to plan out your project as efficiently as possible. We also order and deliver your materials (vanity, tile, fixtures) and take an inventory before we begin. Therefore we minimize any surprises or delays.

To schedule a free estimate for your New Jersey bathroom remodel, call 973-635-7900 or book online today.