(Closed) Tips/cost of gutting and re-doing a bathroom & installing a shower?

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

We did two bathrooms, but hired a contractor for them. In the end it was totally worth it, as those cast iron tubs are ridiculously heavy. It took 4 men to remove the old one, and the same amount to carry two of them (and one was a clawfoot)back upstairs on a turned stairwell.

 

One bathroom was $5000., and the other was closer to $10,000., as in that one we removed some walls and changed the doorway. One has the tub/shower combo and one has just the clawfoot.

Your final costs will depend also on the materials you choose. We used both porcelain tiles and travertine for the flooring, and porcelain for the walls. We also got some beautiful vanities with granite counters and upgraded all the fixtures. Changing plumbing and electrical also added to the expense.

We redid the powder room for almost nothing, and did that ourselves.

 

Post # 5
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Both rooms were gutted to the studs(including ceilings). The cost included all materials and labor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New floors,walls,ceilings,windows…everything! lol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is one of them right after it was finished.

 

My daughter and her husband just did their’s a few months ago, and went the DIY route. They spent over $4000. on it. They replaced everything but the tile floor and window and also replaced with a cast iron tub and bought stock tiles in ceramic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

The thing with renovating in an Older House, is often what starts out as ONE project ends up being TWO or more (so budget at least 50% more than you figure for)

What happens is in the middle of the job, you find something else that has to be fixed / adjusted.

Example… Electrical.  The Building Code on Bathroom Electrics has changed a lot in the last 10 years let alone 20, 30 or more.  So altho you might not have “Electrical” on your list now, it could end up being there because your Contractor is bound by law that when they renovate it has to be up to CURRENT CODE.

Same with stuff like pipes… if they find lead, they are gonna have to rip it all out of the Bathroom. etc.

On the otherhand, a Bathroom Reno done right can be AWESOME.  And add a good bit of value to your home… Bathrooms & Kitchens being the place where renos make the best bang for a buck !!

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Mrs. Wallaby:  We just did this….it cost us $2000 in materials (my Fiance gets deals on materials where he works-normally would have cost prob closer to $3500 or more)….If we had hired someone would have been $10,000 for sure…Fiance is very handy though so we are lucky…he had to knock out walls and move electric etc..

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @Mrs. Wallaby:  Personally, not so far

😉 *wink*

Mr TTR and I are just beginning now since getting married renovations on our marital home (his before).  So far we’ve done some basic stuff like painting and the like.

We made the decision to live here post marriage vs buying something brand new (that was my dream).  BUT new would have meant more money and a Mortgage again… something we weren’t so keen on so close to our Retirement.

So here she be…

The PLUSES are we have many friends in the area, the location is ok, and we have a nice bit of property.  The NEGS are it is an older home (circa 1980) and other than paint and a few other improvements over the years (hardwood floors) there is lots to be fixed… We want to gut the Kitchen (that is the big one).  Minor renovate a Main Floor Powder Room and the Laundry.  And totally change the upstairs bath to make it larger… means we loose our Ensuite (but there is only 2 of us)… and a bigger & better main bath would more than make up for the loss.

Lol, then there is the Basement Rec Room… right out of the 1970s.

And the outside of the house needs some work as well… NEW Deck & Patio.

Honestly in the end it would probably make more sense to spend the $ 100 K and just move to a newer home … altho I’m sure we won’t spend quite that much.  But it still will be an older house vs a newer one… and therefore not perfect.  The good news is, tho when all is said and done, it should appreciate relatively well… lol, maybe we’ll be able to sell it and get the new one without laying out any additional cash… that would be nice.

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 12
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@Mrs. Wallaby:  Beautiful inspiration bathroom, but are you sure you want to lose the closet? Where will you put everything you regularly need in there? Is there a hall closet nearby for towels,toiletries,toilet paper,cleaning products?

 

 

 

With one bathroom, be prepared to beg for showers elsewhere for awhile. Bathroom renos aren’t done quickly, especially if he’ll be doing it solo and after work at night and the weekends. My SIL expected to be done in 5 days and it took closer to 5 weeks.

 

A 1920’s bungalow,huh? That was our first house, and we spent most of our 13 years there redoing the entire house, while keeping it true to its original style. Make sure you don’t let it rule your every waking minute like we did! lol

 

 

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Mrs. Wallaby:  Luckily we already had tiles so didnt need to buy any more…new bathtub shower stall, slider doors for tub, new vanity, sink & counter top, overjohn, towel closet tower, built new wall as we made the room larger..mirror, light fixture, electric baseboard heater…everything new except the toilet. Fiance usually gets around half price building supplies..he works in that industry:)

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @Mrs. Wallaby:  true enough… but neither Mr TTR or I have ever owned a new home… both of us have only ever had Resales.  And as much as I like decorating, can’t say I am a huge fan of renovating… too much upheaval at our ages.  Would very much prefer a new build where we could have chosen everything ourselves… Kitchen Cupboards, Counters, Flooring etc.  Move in and you are basically done !!

Altho new homes do seem to have their issues to… the big one tends to be a lack of landscaping and completed outdoor spaces … and that can add up quickly.

We do have a nice lot… and mature trees etc.  So that is a BONUS with staying here too.

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Darling Husband and I have completely gutted and renovated eleven bathrooms in the last 3 years by ourselves. We didn’t hire a contractor for any of it, so I can’t really help you on an estimated cost. Your reno is going to get expensive though, due to you wanting to move the toilet and sink. Unless you have a friend for a plumber, moving the drains for the toilet and sink will take some work, especially depending on what floor of the home its on and whether or not the basement is unfinished to be able to see/install new piping or if they’ll have to take down drywall and re-install.

My recommendation would be to get an estimate from a few contractors and go from there. They should be able to itemize it, which will allow you and your husband to decide what is worth your time to DIY and whether certain design choices are worth the cost.

Also, a tip– consider putting your clawfoot tub up on Craigslist when you’re ready to get rid of it. Some people really like the look and will pay good money for one!

Can you post a current pic of your bathroom?

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