Good plumbing is a must in bathroom remodeling, regardless of the appliances and fixtures you choose. In upgrading baths, plumbers perform four essential functions. If the piping is not relatively new, they install new pipes to carry wastewater to the sewer or septic system and install pipes so hot and cold water gets to faucets and appliances. They also install piping for drainpipes to vent and carry water to the outside of the structure. Finally, they ensure the installation of ductwork and an exhaust fan to control moisture.
Know the Cost
A basic remodel that does not relocate pipes or the tub, shower or lavatory will cost generally between $3,000 and $12,000. You can save money by reusing some existing items such as cabinets. Buying new lights from a large national retailer will save money too. If installing a countertop, buying an entry-level one made of marble or granite cuts costs too. A remodel in the range of $10,000 to $35,000 will get you fancier lighting, higher-end appliances, a new floor and the freedom to re-pipe in order to add, for example, a larger shower. Complete tear-outs and adding really high-end appliances and materials can push the figure into six figures.
Think About the Toilet & Sink
Building codes require toilets installed in new construction and in remodeling projects to use a water-conserving 1.6 gallons per flush. Homeowners can choose either the well-established gravity-fed toilet or the newer pressure-assisted toilet. The latter has an extra component in the toilet tank that adds more pressure to the flushing. However, since more efficient flushing requires more water pressure, this kind of toilet may not be right for homes with old pipes.
As for lavatories, some homeowners may want a pedestal sink. However, it offers no storage space and is not a good choice for small areas. However, cabinets can be added above the toilet and nooks elsewhere in the bath for storage. For really tight areas, something like a recessed 8-inch-deep cabinet can installed. In baths that will have countertops, wall-mounted and undermount sinks — sinks with no rim between them and the countertop —allow for the most efficient use of counter space.
Plan Out the Space Requirements
You need to have all the right measurements before you tackle a bathroom remodel. Note that a full bath needs at least 36 to 40 square feet. Most local codes require that a shower be at least 32 inches by 32 inches. For most people a vanity that is 36 inches high is sufficient; for taller people it should be 43 inches high. To put in a tub, the finished dimension on one side of the finished room must be at least five feet.
Plumbers experienced in bath remodeling know which experts and craftsmen to call on to get your bathroom remodeling project done to code no matter what job on the project needs to be done.