I've been unable to find a contractor I can afford or am comfortable
with for my bathroom so I decided to "general contractor" it myself.
I'm OK with it taking a long time, but still I have this feeling that
I don't know what I'm getting into. Please let me know if my
sequencing is correct:
2. Plumbing (drains and rough-in's)
4. Drywal and wonderboard
5. Wetbed and tile
6. Build curb for frameless shower glass
7. Install vanity and all plumbing fixtures and trim.
8. Prime and paint.
I'm not clear whether I've got 4, 5, and 6 in the right order.
And I appreciate all comments, including telling to forget the whole
4 comes after 5 and 6. Also check with the town to see when
inspections have to be done, Also, the glass shower door can not be
ordered untill the tile and curb are finished. Also remember that some
of your fixtures can have long lead times. You might want to add:
Order a dumpster.
In between 1 and 2 add Rough framing (sistering floor joists if necessary,
making corrections to wall framing, etc.). Consider replacing window,
insulating walls and vapor barrier issues.
When you get to the shower build and tile, I highly recommend you check out
the Tile Advice Forums at www.johnbridge.com . There's a great bunch of
people there ready to help.
Also consider installing radiant heat under the tile floor.
Doing a bathroom yourself is an excellent opportunity to learn all the
"trades" in one little space, and build a nice library of tools. :)
Be prepared for things that you may find after all of the old bathroom is
removed. A rotting floor is not unusual to find especially under the tub.
It is a good thing to have all of your fixtures available during
construction so that proper measurements can be taken. If you cannot have
everything available during the framing make sure that you have cut sheets
and precise measurements for everything.
I would suggest that you install light fixtures, exhaust fan trim, switches,
and receptacles (GFI of course) after the painting is done. Have the
electrician put in some temporary pigtail sockets so everyone can work with
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