BATHROOM PLUMBING REMODELING GUIDE
NOV 11, 2016
Bon Jovi, Super Mario Brothers, Dirty Dancing with Patrick Swayze; there are just some things that will never go out of style. Too bad bathrooms aren’t same. If your bathroom is adorned with wallpaper, boasts Hollywood lights, or shouts “look at me!” with pink tile, it’s time to consider a bathroom remodel. Maybe your bathroom isn’t so bad, but the layout doesn’t suit your family. You need a shower instead of a bath, you need to remove a vanity and put in a closet. Whatever your needs, chances are you’re looking at redoing or adjusting the bathroom plumbing in some way or another.
We have seen many homeowners jump into bathroom remodeling projects only to stop because they didn’t consider the cost or scope of such a project. We don’t want that to happen to you! We’ve put together some typical cost estimates so you can have a better idea of what may be involved when it comes to beautifying your bath. Keep in mind these are just rough estimates and can vary depending on your project.
AVERAGE BATHROOM PLUMBING AND REMODELING COSTS
Home Advisor reports that homeowners spend an average of $9,300 on a bathroom remodel. Some homeowners spend significantly less for smaller bathrooms, while those turning their master bath into an oasis could hit $20,000. The costs also depend on how you will remodel the plumbing, what fixtures you choose, if you put in any sweat equity, etc.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
What do you want to change? One might answer “everything!” to this question, but it’s important to specifically identify what it is that you want to alter. You’re basically creating a wish list. Your list might look like this:
- Change faucets
- Change track lighting to chandeliers
- Add exhaust fan
- New cabinets
- Remove bathtub and install shower
- Move toilet
Next is to put your items in a list of priority. What is the most important thing change? If they are all of equal importance, list them according to what will make the most impact. For example, if you can live with the tile, but the cabinets are falling apart, put cabinets first.
The reason for creating the list is so that you know where you want to allocate your money. If you have the cash to change everything you want, awesome! But if you don’t, refer to your priority list when discussing the remodel with your contractor.
BATHROOM REMODEL PLUMBING
If you listed anything with the sinks, toilets, shower, and/or tub, chances are high that you will need some plumbing work done.
If you’re simply changing an old toilet to a new, water efficient toilet, you might tackle this project yourself. It’s a relatively simple project, however, most customers want a professional to handle this one as the leaks from this area of the bathroom are more than inconvenient. Depending on the type of toilet you purchase, and whether you purchase it from a store or buy it from a plumbing company, it could cost anywhere from the mid $100’s for a simple install all the way to the high $800’s for more complicated installations.
If you’re moving the toilet to a new spot in the bathroom, there are other considerations. The first thing to know is that there are toilet drains and toilet vents. If you move the toilet no further than 48” from the toilet vent, you won’t have to move the vent you simply have to move the toilet drain. The cost of moving a toilet drain alone is anywhere from $1,800 – $2,000 depending on the style of flooring you have as well as the story (1st, 2nd, 3rd) on which the toilet is moving. If you have to relocate the toilet vent add an additional $900 – $1200 to that base cost.
Sinks can be a doozy. Not because the installation is extremely difficult, but because the cost and selection can vary drastically. You can purchase used pedestal sinks on Craigslist for $50 and find a vessel sink at a high-end store for $6,000.
It is not unusual to move plumbing lines when it comes to sinks, mainly because the trends are changing. For example, we are seeing more and more people wanting the wall mounted faucets. If this is a route you are going consider that the plumbing, which is typically exposed, must be moved inside the wall. This entails cutting into, removing, and replacing the drywall. It also means you’ll likely need new pipes to reach up to the wall as opposed to curving outside the wall and the up to the sink. This bathroom sink remodel will likely cost a few hundred dollars in addition to the cost of the sink itself. Budget $400 – $600 for this option.
Another trend is to expose the pipes – very industrial looking. This shouldn’t be as expensive as the above option. However, new pipes are definitely needed if you go this route. It is standard to use black PVC pipes when hidden by a vanity. Exposed pipes are usually chrome which looks beautiful, but costs more. Budget $200-$500 for this option.
When it comes to remodeling the shower some of you have two options: a stand alone shower or a shower/tub combo. Purchasing a new shower/tub will cost you between $600-$800 for the tub and walls. Installation can run between $1,000 – $2,000. For a new stand alone shower, the cost is only limited to your imagination; architecture and fixtures (tile, backsplashes, shower heads, lighting, accessories) hit every price point on the spectrum. A typical shower though will cost on average $3,000. Adding extra shower heads, ceiling showerheads, and heated floors will significantly increase the price.
If you’re relocating the shower, expect to pay an extra $900 – $1,200 (same as the toilet). There are specific codes that plumbers must follow in order to make sure drains and vents are properly angled and securely fitted.
Nothing transforms your bathroom into a spa-like environment quite like a luxurious bathtub. The average cost to install a bathtub is $2,838, but can range from $1,000 to $4,500, depending on the type of tub and modifications needed. The average cost of the tub itself ranges from $200 to $2,000 or more. Moving bath drains and bath vents are comparable in cost to the shower and toilet.
YOUR BATHROOM PLUMBING EXPERTS
“Investing in a bathroom remodel yields a 62 percent return, on average,” according to USNews.com, “but you’ve got to do it right.” While we may not be able to advise you on paint colors, our expert plumbers can help you plan the best location for your toilets, sinks, showers, and tubs based. We can run through all of the options with you including different cost scenarios. We will help give you the bathroom you want that is structurally sound and up to code. Call us today.