Bathroom Gutting and RemodelingBefore you delve into a bath remodel, whether it’s a minor bathroom remodel or a major bathroom remodel, you should know it’s not going to generate a worthwhile return-on-investment.
“Gutting” a room is the process of tearing out all finished materials — walls, flooring and ceiling — with the intent of completely rebuilding the room. Gutting a bathroom requires some skill beyond demolishing the walls and floors. Electrical wiring and plumbing supply and drain vents lurk inside the bathroom walls, and large fixtures such as bathtubs, shower stalls and sink vanities must be removed with care. Some municipalities require homeowners to obtain a building permit before gutting the bathroom. Before you begin, contact your local building codes department to determine the current regulations for renovating your bathroom. —San Francisco GateIn fact the annual Remodeling Magazine Cost vs. Value report reveals bathroom remodeling to be the 15th on the list of nineteen remodel project ROI. The study shows an average bathroom remodel costs $18,546, but returns $12,024 or 64.8 percent upon property resale.
DIY Bathroom Gutting Tips and Tricks You can Use in UkiahIf you feel confident the project is worthwhile, you’ll need to tear out the space to begin the process. Now, here’s where the labor really becomes intense. Sure, design is a big concern, but getting through the actual tear-down is tough. So, here are some helpful bathroom gutting tips you can use:
- Remove the toilet. After the water supply is off and disconnected from the toilet, flush it to drain the tank. Then, disassemble the toilet to remove it from the room. (You’ll need to unfasten the floor bolts to lift it up and out.)
- Remove all fixtures. Strip all the fixtures from the walls (medicine cabinet, towel racks, and more). Then, remove the vanity first, toilet next, and finally, pull out the tub/shower. This will create more space as you remove each one so it’s easier to get the larger fixtures out.
- Take out the vanity. Lastly, you need to take the vanity out of the space. Start with removing the doors and then the top. You might have to pull the sink out and then remove the top.