We recently wrapped up another bathroom renovation, one that I thought would take about half as long as it ended up taking. But...sometimes it's the smaller rooms and spaces that take the longest time to redo.
This bathroom renovation was a full gut remodel, and included the addition of a ceiling exhaust fan, insulation, updated wiring and pretty much new everything. Stuffed into an older house, this bathroom was built in the fashion typical of most bathrooms its age: TINY.
While we couldn't do much to expand the bathroom in any direction, what we were able to do was tear the thing apart down to the studs. That meant the old tile, the wallpapered plaster, the rotten subfloor...it all came out.
Once the framing was shored up, subfloor replaced and insulation added to the exterior wall, we installed a ceiling exhaust fan and reconfigured the existing wiring, which not only consolidated a variety of wiring additions and remodels over the years but allowed us to put all the switches and receptacles in a single, accessible location (instead of behind the door as had been the existing layout).
From there, with only minor work required on the plumbing, it was business as usual: new tub, drywall, tile, fixtures, paint, etc. Unfortunately, although the square footage wasn't much, it seemed like it took forever to get the work done as a result of working in such tight quarters...but as the saying goes, the work can be done fast, or it can be done right.