Remodeling a bathroom is a substantial project that can add function, comfort, and value to your home. Below, you'll find answers to common questions surrounding bathroom remodeling.
1. Do I Need a Professional to Remodel My Bathroom?
Bathroom remodels involve a number of systems in your home, and require expertise in everything from plumbing and electrical work to tiling and painting. Whether a single contractor can handle the entire project or several professionals are needed, trusting the work to pros can ensure your fixtures and finishes are installed correctly, preventing moisture damage in the future and providing a beautiful room.
2. What Are the Benefits of a Bathroom Remodel?
Updating and upgrading your bathroom can improve its appearance and function with new fixtures that are more comfortable, efficient, and practical for your needs. A bathroom renovation is also the perfect time to check for hidden damage from water and deal with any mold or mildew problems that have come up over time.
3. How Much of My Bathroom Do I Need Remodeled?
If the walls, floor, and fixtures in your bath are in good condition, you may choose to make minor improvements or only change selected features. A renovation provides the best opportunity to install a new tub, toilet, sink, and cabinetry though, so consider making upgrades all at once to avoid difficult installations if replacements are needed down the road.
4. What Types of Bathroom Remodels Are Available?
A simple remodeling project may include replacing light fixtures, a vanity, cabinets, or selected fixtures and hardware. A complete renovation project involves replacing these items as well as flooring and tile as well as the toilet, sink, and tub or shower. Upgrading the room itself can be accomplished by enlarging the area, adding storage space, or changing the layout by moving plumbing and wiring connections.
5. How Long Does a Bathroom Remodel Take?
The extent of changes you make to your bathroom determine the amount of time needed for the project. Straightforward fixture and lighting replacements can be made in a day or two, while adding cabinetry or new paint make take another couple of days. A complete renovation that requires extensive demolition, new framing, drywall, paint, flooring, and the installation of tile and new fixtures may take up to two weeks. Re-routing or adding plumbing and electrical services may add a few days to your project.
6. What Materials Are Required to Remodel a Bathroom?
In addition to new bath or lighting fixtures, your bathroom renovation may include paint, drywall, tile, and cabinetry. Repairing or modifying the structure or layout of the room and preparing for finishes may require framing lumber, plywood, insulation, concrete backer board, and tile membrane. A number of tools and supplies are used in bathroom projects, including wrenches, pipe cutters and torches for plumbing changes, and wire cutters, pliers, and screwdrivers for wiring. Carpentry work may require hammers, saws, nailers, screw guns, and a level, while tile setters may use trowels, spacers, and a tile saw.
7. Do Bathroom Remodels Have Any Hidden Charges?
The installation of fixtures and most finishes can be estimated accurately, but demolition and layout changes to your bathroom may reveal surprises that require repair. Fixing any water damage to subfloors, walls and framing or making upgrades to inadequate plumbing and wiring can increase the cost of your project.
8. How Much Do Bathroom Remodels Cost?
The extent of changes you make and the type of fixtures and finishes you choose will contribute to the overall cost of a bathroom remodel, which typically ranges from $3,000 to $22,000 across the nation. Our Bathroom Remodel Cost Guide provides details on how the location and condition of your bath affect your renovation, and your contractor can help you determine the most effective configuration and appropriate fixtures for your needs.