Bathroom Remodeling & Renovations

The bathroom is one of the most frequently used rooms in the house. Everyone in the household uses it several times a day for various reasons. Because of this fact, it's no surprise that the bathroom has a lot of wear and tear. Over time, the repetitive use can break down the mold-resistant effectiveness of grout and caulking around bathroom essentials. Plumbing problems will also occur over time and heavy use. On top of all of that, fixtures become outdated and eventually stop working properly. When it seems as though all there is to look forward to are leaking faucets and mildew-stained tiles, a bathroom remodel might be just the thing that's needed.

Remodel vs. Renovation


The difference between a remodel and a renovation lies in the number of things that need to be replaced and the homeowner's budget. Typically, everything is upgraded with a remodel, from the walls to the floors, the plumbing, and everything in between. Basically, the room is gutted and rebuilt. With a renovation, if it works, it stays. Renovations are generally for repairing what isn't working and updating the look of the room. A renovation can quite easily turn into a remodel or a partial remodeling if repairs become too extensive.

Pricewise, a renovation is usually the lesser expensive option. Unless problems arise, they can be as low as $1,000 or as high as $20,000. It depends on what needs to be replaced. Remodeling a bathroom can run anywhere from $3,000 to $25,000 or beyond.

Factors Determining the Cost of Your Remodeling

Full Bath, Half or Master Bath

The type of bathroom that's being remodeled makes a big price difference. A half bath will cost the least amount, due to there not being a shower or a bathtub. A full bath that is not a master bath will depend on how often it will be used and who it will be used by. If it's mostly a guest bath, then storage areas won't be needed as much as if it were a family bathroom. The master bathroom will typically cost the most because that's the place of comfort where personal items are kept and more time is spent.

Size of the Room

With more space, there is a bigger need to fill it. A larger room will cost more to remodel because there is more area to cover for flooring, wall space, and essentials. On average, a remodeling will cost around $125 per square foot.


The options are nearly limitless for different flooring styles, shower tiling, appliances, fixtures, finishes, and décor. This is the heftiest bulk of the pricing and really where a budget decides how fancy or simple the materials will be. Customized items will always run higher than the pieces you can find in stock. 


Hiring the right professionals to do the remodeling is as large of a part of the process as choosing the ideal materials. Therefore, depending on the location, nearly 50% of the remodeling cost is for labor. It's important to ensure that the remodel is done correctly; otherwise, larger problems can arise in the future, and more money will be spent to fix the issues.

Things to Consider When Planning a Bathroom Remodel:


Proper ventilation in a bathroom is a huge key to a long-lasting remodel. Without ventilation, moisture builds up on every surface and crevasse where mold and mildew like to live. A ceiling fan shouldn't be above the shower for the same reason. Moisture can build up and decrease its ability to work properly. Some ventilation systems have a timer or a motion sensor that can be set to make sure it is used when it should be. 

Use 2 Inch Plumbing Pipes

This can be a stress reliever when utilized in heavy use bathrooms. They cost the same amount but allow for more waste to pass through without clogging. 

Utilize Storage Space

Consider a recessed medicine cabinet to have a sleeker look and save a bit of space. Over the toilet storage is a great way to save space. You can go with many options for creating unique storage areas; it all depends on the space you have available to work with and personal preference. 

Consider Omitting the Tub

This can save a lot of money in remodeling. Most people opt for taking a shower because it saves time in an already busy life. If baths never happen, then skip the tub and go with a shower. This can also save some space in an otherwise crowded bathroom. 


With so many options and decisions, a remodel might seem a little overwhelming. The professionals can help put your mind at ease and walk you through all of the steps involved in making your dream bathroom an actuality. 

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Plumbing Renovation


Indoor plumbing is an essential part of the home. If the house were a body, the plumbing would be the veins. If one is clogged or leaking, this can create severe problems for the whole house. It's also one of those things where if it's working properly it goes unnoticed. However, when a problem occurs, it can disrupt life in many ways. Hiring a plumber to do a renovation is a wise choice to ensure there are no unforeseeable complications. 


Reasons for Plumbing Renovation

Adding a new appliance. When replacing a refrigerator, a new water line might be needed or the existing one could need replaced. 

  • Water lines can be damaged when installing a new toilet or bad pipes may be discovered and need replacing. Same thing with installing bathtubs and sinks. 

  • Out-of-date plumbing. When pipes are old and outdated, they crack and leak easier. Build-up over time can weaken old pipes and cause blockages that can cause a pipe to burst. It's important to have out-of-date plumbing checked out by a plumber to assess what needs to be done. 

  • Moving plumbing lines. This happens often during kitchen and bathroom remodels. The location of a shower, toilet or sink might need to be moved to accommodate something new. In this case the plumbing lines will need to be altered and hiring a plumber to do so can limit unwanted complications.

  • Repair poorly installed plumbing systems. DIY is a huge thing right now, but not all people are skilled at certain things. Not even a DIY tutorial can fix that. That doesn't stop them from trying, so plumbers end up fixing a lot of projects that homeowners find out are over their heads. 


Why Hire a Plumber?

Hiring a plumber saves on the headache of doing it yourself and can save money in the long run. Plumbers are certified to assess the condition of the pipes and determine whether the best outcome is to repair or replace them. They are also skilled in proving the proper drainage techniques so that pipes are running smoothly. Complications can arise in any situation and plumbing is no exception. If a fixture breaks or a water line is damaged, it will be on the hired plumber to repair the damage instead of the homeowner taking on the project. 


Possible Risks of DIY:

  • Broken pipes during installation. Pipes draining slowly.

  • Major leaks.

  • Incorrectly installed pipes. 

  • Ruptured sewer line.


Contact a plumber for any questions about plumbing issues, an estimate is always available. 

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