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When you’re thinking of remodeling your bathroom, there are some aspects you need to keep in mind when estimating the budget. There are various cost drivers in a bathroom remodeling project but the one that will have the highest impact on your budget is if you decide to change the floor plan.
In some cases, a bathroom floor plan redesign is necessary and can greatly improve the functionality and overall look of the space. When talking to a contractor about the estimated cost of a bathroom remodeling, many contractors will usually shy away from the topic of remodeling the floor plan. Here’s an article in order for you to have an idea on how much it might cost you, if you’re thinking of having your bathroom remodeled.
Bathroom remodeling involves four major construction trades:

1) Plumbing
2) Masonry (Tile work)
3) Electrical
4) Cabinetry

1. Cost of Moving Plumbing Fixtures
Moving a bathroom fixture such as a toilet or sink is rather expensive and may cost from $2,500-$3,500 per fixture. One important factor when revising a floor plan is the plumbing. The most expensive fixture to move is the toilet, since connecting the altered toilet to the existing sewer line could be a rather difficult task for the plumber. The houses sewer line will depend on a slope, which is designed in order for the sewer line to drain properly. If your home is built on a concrete slab rather than a raised foundation, you will require concrete cutting in order to alter the location of the new pipes, which require more time and money, in comparison to a house with a raised foundation.

A vent line is a part of the sewage system that aids the air flow in the sewer line in order to displace air with water. When remodeling, you will need to relocate the vent line to run within the walls, with a maximum distance of 5’ from the toilet drain, and is required to vent through the roof. This will usually cost you from $1,500-$2,500 depending on how much work is needed, since the cost of repairing and re-framing the walls and the drywall will be added to this cost.

Of course if you want more expensive bathroom fixtures, then it would mean a more expensive cost. If you want luxury plumbing fixtures, such as New Port Brass faucet systems and technologically advanced multi-function shower systems then you should be prepared for the added cost. Upgrades such as this may also require you to upgrade to a larger water heater or to a tank-less water heater which will further increase the cost.

 

2. Tile Work
Every bathroom needs tiles, which means when doing a bathroom remodel you will require tile installation. This is one of the most significant factors that affect bathroom remodeling costs. Not only is it expensive due to the materials but also cost heavy due to the labor since it will take about two weeks to properly tile the bathroom, depending on the size. Prep work will usually take 3 to 4 days, while the actual installation of the tiles will usually take 5 days. Some clients choose to have several walls to be completely covered in tile which will add a huge amount to the budget, based on the quality and quantity of the tiles used, which usually ranges from $5,500 to $7,500.

 

3. Moving Walls
To make the bathroom more functional than before, it is often necessary to move or alter the walls during remodeling. Sometimes, installing a pocket door will transform the bathroom into a more usable space. The walls will often have infrastructure items underneath such as vent pipes, electrical wires, heating vents that will be difficult and in turn expensive to move. But by altering the walls you will gain added functionality, and then it may outweigh the added expense. The cost of altering a wall can range from $2,000 up to $8,500, depending on the infrastructure items inside the wall that needs to be relocated. Take into account that if the wall is structural, then you should also compute the added cost to engineering, use of specialty hardware, and the additional labor needed to retrofit the foundations. This can make the cost skyrocket to as much as $13,000-$15,000, depending on the amount of work needed for the construction plans.

4. Vanities: Custom Cabinets Vs Prefabricated cabinets
Vanities are expensive luxury additions to your bathrooms. For vanity cabinets there are two choices; the first choice is to buy a prefabricated or pre-made vanity off the shelf cabinet or a custom-built vanity cabinet. Of course the custom-built cabinets would be pricier, so expect to spend as much as two to three times more than the cost of a prefabricated vanity.
In order for you to have an idea, a prefabricated 6’ vanity cabinet usually cost around $600-$850 apiece, while a custom-built 6’ vanity cabinet usually costs around $1,800- $4500, which depends on the hardware and millwork options.

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