Bathroom Remodeling Project Part 5 [Bath remodel planning and coordination]

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Carpenter and builder Rob Robillard from offers advice on bathroom remodeling. This video is part 5 of a several part video series being filmed as we remodel a bathroom. This episode deals with all of the coordination needed on a bathroom remodel.

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Plan, Plan, Plan!

Having a plan doesn’t not mean picking out tile and paint colors and then smashing out the walls it means thinking the whole process through, writing it down and trying to anticipate problems, time sinks and construction road blocks.

Prior to starting the project, take the time and effort to thoroughly inspect the home and come up with a plan of approach. Hire an architect or general contractor to inspect and work up a scope of work or drawing. Plan for and try to think in a way that allows you to always plan for that “next step.”

Many people assume that the contractor will make logical decisions in scheduling and planning the project. The fact of the matter is that a bathroom project involves numerous different contractors and each and every one of them has their own schedule and agenda. Getting these folks to physically see the site, submit a proposal and commit to a schedule can be a task but is imperative to do.
You’re bathroom and part of you’re home is about to become a construction area. Discuss and establish ground rules with your contractor where workers can drop lumber, store materials, cleaning up after themselves, dump trash, use the toilet, and park their vehicles. This also the time to discuss and plan for debris removal and dust containment.

Remember, a clean job eliminates safety hazards and helps to keep the clients at ease, it also presents a more professional appearance for the contractor.

Getting Started: Coordination

Coordination is commonly the job of a general contractor or architect, without a schedule and proper coordination the individual trade people are segregated, disjointed and will not communicate.

For example: Adding a simple whirlpool tub to a bathroom remodel also means that you need to install a 20 amp circuit. This involves installing a wire from the main electrical service to that tub. A step that can be easily overlooked by a homeowner or contractor if coordination and communication does not occur between the plumber and electrician. Everyone needs to work together.

Part of this coordination is to bring your sub-contractors in early to look at the space as well as look at your fixture selection schematics and installation requirements.

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  1. A Concord Carpenter / ToolBoxBuzz
    May 14, 2013

    Bathroom remodeling series discussing the coordination of efforts needed

  2. harold Wray
    May 14, 2013

    Great comments. So much to think about. Like you said plan plan plan.

  3. Jeff Williams
    May 14, 2013

    Awesome series Rob.

  4. Justin Prewitt
    May 17, 2013

    Lots of great info

  5. A Concord Carpenter / ToolBoxBuzz
    May 24, 2013

    thx man

  6. A Concord Carpenter / ToolBoxBuzz
    May 24, 2013

    thx Jeff

  7. A Concord Carpenter / ToolBoxBuzz
    May 24, 2013

    thx Harold

  8. jacquie van wagner
    June 28, 2013

    you do a really good job as a craftsman, as well as a great job producing these videos. thanks! i wish you had shown us the tub installation, everyone seems to avoid that in their videos. your tub just magically appeared…

  9. Mark T
    September 29, 2013

    Excellent planning, This has helped me a great deal in my installing a drop in myself

  10. A Concord Carpenter / ToolBoxBuzz
    October 9, 2013

    thanks Mark – check out our newsletter at the website

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    October 9, 2013


  12. Alex Denny
    January 8, 2014

    A clear and concise video ! worth the watch..

  13. Amer Gamal
    April 4, 2014

    Thank  you so much for being very specific and taking the time to make these videos.  I am going through the worst time right now remodeling my 3 stories house after a water leak that left me with a lot of damage.  i have watched every video regarding this bathroom remodel and i really appreciate you taking the time to explain every step and especially the order of which contractor comes first.  Please dont stop these video because they are very helpful to a lot of people.

  14. Wild Wilson
    June 1, 2014

    I'm impressed that you can remember it all to tell the story of the whole plan as when I do my videos I can't hardly remember what joke I'm gonna make next.   Nice when clients don't mind spending money and they want it to do it  right.  Right Dudley?  Good job!  like to see the finished one of this

  15. MetusBatmanV14
    June 17, 2016

    Amazing video.

  16. Frank Eimiller
    November 22, 2016

    Learning so much by going through all of your old videos. Truly appreciate all of your content!!

  17. Will Willwill
    February 17, 2017

    Thanks for sharing. I have a Duravit tub and from the floor it measures 45 centimeters at the drain end and 41 centimeters at the head end. Do you know how to frame this tub?

  18. woohunter1
    March 11, 2017

    Future access to faucet? I've worked on one where it was tucked into the corner by the outside wall. Actually wasn't that bad, remove a couple pieces of siding, cut open the sheeting pull out insulation, change faucet and reverse. Something to think about, a lot of builders seem to not care about future repairs, nothing lasts forever.

  19. tocheer4
    June 19, 2017

    Hi, How to prevent freezing? I did not quite get what kind of method you mentioned. Appreciate your help.

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