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How Long Will My Raleigh, NC Bathroom Remodel Take?

Bathroom remodels have the ability to add significant value to your home, but they can also be a major undertaking. At Oak City Remodeling, our vast experience and streamlined process makes bathroom remodeling projects much more efficient and provides you, the homeowner, with greater peace of mind. Bathroom remodels can vary in length depending on the type of work you wish to have done. Taking into account the timeframes for each step will give you a good idea of how long your project will take. 

I. Factors That Influence Project Length

Planning ahead for your next remodeling project in Raleigh, NC is a great way to ensure that you are prepared for what’s to come during the remodeling process. This is the first major step of your remodeling journey and has great potential of setting the pace for the rest of the remodeling process.


Planning for your project may include creating mood boards for inspiration, planning out the space in a way that is functional for you, and choosing the right contractor to handle the job. Taking the time to plan for your project will ensure that you are confident during the remodeling process and prepared to make important decisions for your project. Oak City Remodeling specializes in bathroom remodels and is here to provide you with quality work and peace of mind during your remodeling journey. 

Project Review involves outlining the scope of work necessary for your project and includes time allotted for Oak City Remodeling to get your project ready for construction. Depending on the size of the project, the time frame for this step could vary. 

Budgeting is another item on the remodeling checklist. Budgets are essential when it comes to remodeling projects mainly due to the fact that remodeling costs can add up quickly — especially if you run into unforeseen issues during the remodeling process — which means it is important to be prepared. As a general rule of thumb, setting aside at least 20% of your total budget is a good way to plan for contingency costs. Oak City Remodeling also offers free estimates which can make planning and budgeting for your next project much easier as you will have a better idea of what to expect cost-wise.

Design priorities may include a more bright and aesthetic design, a more functional space for you and perhaps your partner, or simply upgraded finishes and added amenities. Centering your remodel around your main goals will help the project go as planned and it will also help your contractor get a better idea of what you wish to see in the final product. At Oak City Remodeling, we offer a design-build delivery method where we provide in-house design services. Our purpose for offering this service is to help homeowners every step of the way during the design process and make their visions come to life. At Oak City, your project’s priorities are our main goals. 

Permitting in Raleigh, NC may take anywhere between 2 weeks to a month to complete depending on the size of the project. Permitting starts with an application to the city of Raleigh, NC that outlines the scope of work and is where contractors provide their credentials to complete your project. The application must go through different phases of review before the permit is issued. 

Ordering and Inspecting Materials also has the potential to lengthen the remodeling process for your bathroom. Depending on what is being ordered, material can take up to 2 months to be delivered. Once the material has arrived, an important step is to inspect each item for defects and to ensure the correct item was sent. 

II. Processes and Time Frames

Below is a sample timeline for a Raleigh, NC bathroom remodel. Keep in mind, each step may vary in length. Variation in length of completion may be due to prolonged inspections, delay in material arrival, or encountering unanticipated issues. In addition, the project length can vary depending on how in-depth the project is. For example, a bathroom remodel in which all existing fixtures are replaced but remain in the same spot will be much less involved than a remodel requiring a reconfiguration or stripping the bathroom down to the studs. Ultimately, keeping in mind that every bathroom and every project is different is important during the remodeling process.


Ultimately, on the lower end, a bathroom remodel can be complete in just about 3 weeks whereas a more in-depth remodel can take as long as 5 weeks. As a general contractor, Oak City Remodeling hires only professional and punctual subcontractors that specialize in their respective trades. This naturally results in a faster completion time as opposed to hiring out an owner-operator as they are most likely juggling between several jobs and working hands-on for each one. While owner-operators in Raleigh, NC may be able to provide you with a cheaper project, general contractors in the area typically finish projects much faster and help you make a greater long term investment. At Oak City Remodeling, we are also licensed and receive permits for each specific job. This is important when it comes to inspections because only quality work will pass a city inspection. 

  • Demolition: 1 Day

    This involves removing existing tubs, vanities, toilets, showers, flooring and tile. Demolition is the first step in the remodeling process.

  • Installing New Framing: 1-2 days

    This involves framing a new shower, a shower niche, adding or removing partitions, etc.

  • Rough Electrical, HVAC, and Plumbing: 4-5 days

    Oak City Remodeling hires mechanical trades for this step to ensure completion by a licensed professional. This step may take a bit longer than others because it is meticulous and must follow city building code.

  • Inspections: 3-5 days

    This step involves inspection of the rough mechanicals installed in the previous step. This step may take longer because inspections work in accordance with the city inspectors’ availability.

  • Installing Windows and Doors: 1-2 days

    This step usually does not have much variation. Installing windows may include skylights or typical hung windows.

  • Insulation and Drywall: 2-3 days

    Insulation and drywall installation varies depending on the size of your bathroom. On the higher end for a bigger sized bathroom, this step could take a few days.

  • Installing Tile: 3-5 days

    Where you want to place the tile in your bathroom is one factor that influences the length of this step. In addition, the size and type of tile could prolong this step.

  • Flooring: 1-2 days

    The timeline for flooring is typically pretty standard, but it mainly is dependent on the size of the bathroom.

  • Vanity and Trim: 1-2 days

    The length of this step could depend on how custom you would like your trim to be.

  • Paint: 1-2 days

    The timeline for paint is typically pretty standard, but it mainly is dependent on the size of the bathroom.

  • Fixtures: 1-2 days

    A more complex shower setup (multiple water sources in a shower or tub) may cause this step to take a bit longer. For showers with jets and multiple shower heads, you can expect this step to take up to 2 days.

  • Final Inspection and Touch-Ups: 2-4 days

    This step involves inspection of the final electrical and plumbing. This step may take longer because inspections work in accordance with the city inspectors’ availability. Touch-ups may include touching up paint or final cleaning.

III. How We Can Help

Remodeling your Raleigh, NC bathroom may seem like a large undertaking, but Oak City Remodeling has you covered! We are committed to providing a timely and unique experience for our clients. Professional work and client care are very important values of ours and we can assure you that your bathroom remodel will be taken care of in a proper time frame that fits your needs. 

Did you know Oak City Remodeling offers free estimates? Start planning for your next project by clicking the button below to receive your free estimate today. We hope to see you soon and deliver you the bathroom of your dreams!



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