Post # 1
Has anyone replaced their current bathroom floor with something newer? The house we’re buying has carpeting in the master bathroom (ewww!) and we would like to replace it with ceramic tile. We’ll probably hire a professional. I just don’t know how much to expect to pay. I know that it will varying by location, so I just want to get an idea.
I was also reading that in order to do a good job with the flooring, you’ll have to remove the sink and toilet. Really? That sounds like a lot of work (and money!) !
Post # 3
We’ve redone all 3 bathrooms. One we did ourselves, but were gutting it so it didn’t really matter what the cost was. The cost of the tile and materials you use will effect the price, as well as the pattern you decide to use. If you want something bordered or laid on the diagonal, it will cost more both in time and materials.
The other 2 we had done for us and they were completely gutted as well. New tubs, toilets, vanities,walls,tile floors. We chose porcelain tiles for one and Travertine for the other, so the costs were really varied. It was 3 years ago, but I think one was around $5000. and the other was $10,000.
Post # 4
We had carpet in the master bath too! You don’t need to remove your sinks/ vanities (unless you plan on replacing them) but it does make sense to move the toilet, you don’t have to get a new one, just move the old one.
Our floors were CHEAP! We wanted a very common, mass appealing tile and got our tiles for like .98 cents each at home depot.
We had our contractors do the floor and they only charged a couple hundred dollars b/c the work was not difficult.
Post # 5
@AnnieAAA:Glad to hear that my house wasn’t the only one in the world with carpet in the bathroom! I’ll definitely have to check out Home Depot – FI and I don’t want anything too fancy or expensive. 🙂
Post # 6
@coffeegal85: I know! And the owners before us lived there for 30 years with carpet in the bathroom, it was in great shape, but like you said “ewww!” it seems so gross in the bathroom!!!
Post # 7
OMG. Why do people put carpeting in bathrooms?? It’s so disgusting!!
It really depends on the tile you pick out. Obviously ceramic will be the cheapest, glass, porcelain etc will all be more expensive. If it’s a simple square bathroom with only a sink and toilet it shouldn’t be too much.
I would honestly go into a flooring store rather than Home Depot/Lowes. Their flooring is always much more expensive. Take dimensions of your bathroom but do not subtract the sink and toilet area. Reason being some tiles will have to be cut so you end up losing SF that way.
Just take those #’s into a flooring store, pick out a tile and they can give you an estimate on tile and labor which is by the hour. Shop around.
We replaced both our bathroom floors ourselves, the master was actually completely gutted and we put in a tiled shower as well.
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Post # 9
DH and I changed out our bathroom flooring from vinyl to granite tile. In the end we decided to do it ourselves because it was a smaller room and a little less intimidating. It was totally worth it. We were able to get a great product for less than the price of a more inexpensive tile plus install. I’m not too sure on costs but it would vary greatly by the size of room and even materials used. HD usually posts a cost per square ft for installation though.
Also, definitely, definitely remove the toilet and install the flooring underneath, with tile anyways. Grouting up to the toilet base could potentially cement it in place. We did under the vanity too just so we wouldn’t be married to the same vanity/dimensions forever.
Post # 10
Hubs redid all three of our bathrooms. Is the bathroom upstairs or downstairs? He removed the toilets and vanities before tiling. It’s hard to cut tile in a circular shape, so it would be hard to make the cuts around the toilet look good otherwise. Before you tile, make sure the subfloor is level and stable. If the subfloor moves too much all the tile will start coming up from movement. We experienced this in the upstairs and it was a nightmare!
Post # 11
I know that either (or both) Home Depot and Lowe’s have free tiling classes so you can learn to do it yourself (and save some $$$).
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When doing tile, most people charge by sqft, we had ours done by a friend of a friend, and we paid $20 an hour, but we also had everything but the tub ripped out, damaged subfloor removed, new subfloor put in, we had tile place in a diamond pattern (which took longer to cut and place), and we put it up to the toilet and under the vanity (which we replaced). For an average size bathroom the entire project (including all the demo and install) cost us about $600. Thats not including supplies. We bought a specific kind of tile that I loved for about $2.29 a sq ft.