Bathroom Demolition: Things To Know Before Tearing It Apart!

There’s one common denominator that almost every homeowner refers to when discussing the lack of a bathroom remodel – “it’s just not in the budget.”

It’s true that renovating a bathroom can be quite the expensive project. According to the 2014 Cost vs. Value report, a midscale restroom remodel runs about $16,000. That being said the project brings a return on investment of about 73%, which is actually one of the better ROI percentages in the industry. Plus even more money can be recouped with a water saving toilet, sink, and shower that lowers utility bills.

Now that the value of a bathroom remodel has been established, we must look for ways to lower the cost as much as possible. A great way to limit the financial pain of the entire project and to save budget room for other amenities is to DIY the demolition of the current bathroom. The task will involve some elbow grease and there’s much more to demo than bashing walls with a sledgehammer (although that is one fun and stress-relieving aspect), but taking on this project by yourself can save you some significant funds…not to mention get you in good graces with the contractor who by this point in his or her career the demo bloom is off the rose.

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Here’s what you need to know for successful DIY bathroom demolition:

Contact the Contractor
Obviously you’ll need to contact a contractor to get the work done but it’s best to get ahold of them right before you start the demo as well. First off you want to make sure they’re on schedule to visit your house on the set upon dates. You don’t want to smash up your bathroom and remove your toilet only to find out they’re still a month out from getting to your house. Second, the contractor can do one final visit and mark out what’s going and what is staying as per their blueprint and your wishes. Taking out a wall that was supposed to stay or removing tiling when not needed will significantly raise the final billing costs.

Prep Work
Once you’ve developed and confirmed a demo plan, it’s time to prepare for the job. There is a checklist that should be followed:

  • Acquire a dumpster to place all the old drywall, tile, and fixtures. Even a smaller bathroom that’s being remodeled will result in a huge pile of rubbish and you need somewhere to put it all.
  • Get the necessary tools required such as a sledgehammer, tile chipper, prybar, sink wrench, utility knife, screw gun, etc.
  • Use protective foot wear, gloves, safety glasses, dust mask, and old clothes because it’s going to get messy and there will be exposed screws and nails.
  • Lay down a non-slip tarp and seal off the doorway or hallway with plastic sheathing. Dust will be flying everywhere and the bathroom cleanup will be hard enough without debris flying into other parts of the home.

Turn Off Water / Electricity
Safety is the first priority in any home renovation project. Since there are wires running through the studs and behind drywall in the bathroom you should flip off power to the room through your breaker box. Likewise the water will need to be turned off via the shutoff valves in the bathroom if toilets, sinks, and bathtubs are being replaced.

Salvage What You Can
Another rewarding aspect of home renovation is saving items that are still in good condition or that can be salvaged. Even if it’s not your forte, many people like restoring old cabinets, shelves, etc. that may be in your bathroom. Even tubs can be donated to Habitat for Humanity and toilets used for garden planters, salt block holders, serving dishes at parties, and so on. By limiting what you toss it reduces the burden of a renovation on the environment.

Remove in Reverse
Bathroom demolition final A good rule of thumb to follow when performing demolition in a bathroom is to remove items and features in the reverse way of how they were installed. For instance switchplate covers, light fixtures, and ceiling fans are usually the last pieces to be put in while finishing a bathroom so they should be taken down first. Continue that method onto the fixtures, cabinets, tiling, and sheetrock.

Final Demo and Cleanup
Most contractors will work with you on the little things but to enable them to get started remodeling ASAP make sure all the drywall screws are removed from the studs and all the tile glue and other debris scraped from the floor. Do a general sweep and clean up of the room and it should be ready to be brought back to life the morning the crew arrives.

By doing the demo work yourself it saves hundreds of dollars on the labor costs of the project and enables more of the budget to be spent on modern and luxurious décor and appliances. Plus, you’ll gain a little construction knowledge in the process to get started tackling the master bedroom renovation…in a year or two.





Bathroom Vanity: To Renovate, Replace or Just Renounce?

Bathroom vanities are really the heart of the restroom, kind of in the same way that The Dude’s Persian Rug really “tied the room together” in The Big Lebowski movie. A toilet and shower work together with other accessories to give an overall vibe to the room but it’s the bathroom vanity that is the focal point. That being said, one of the most popular home improvement projects is upgrading said vanity, whether it be via replacement, refinishing, or part of a complete remodel. Here are some of the factors to weigh when choosing what option is right for you.

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Replacing the Bathroom Vanity

As part of a complete bathroom renovation, most homeowners opt to replace their old vanity altogether. This doesn’t mean it always has to be the case but the overall convenience of a replacement project is the go-to route for a number of reasons:

  • Poor Shape – In some cases the bathroom cabinets are just too far gone for even the most experienced renovator to salvage. There will come a time when it’s simply the best option just to tear out the beat up vanity and start anew. This also applies to a chipped vanity countertop or attached backsplashes that have become an eyesore.

  • New Faucets – Making the switch to more energy efficient plumbing fixtures throughout the home is highly recommended, although the change-up may come at the cost of your current bathroom designs. Even though purchasing a new vanity represents added overhead, if it enables lower utility bills then over time a good majority of the costs can be recouped.

  • Want New Style – Depending on the overall décor of your home, it may simply be time for a fresh look in your bathroom. Newer bathroom fixtures feature dual-sink vanities that can greatly reduce the time it takes multiple family members to get ready in the morning and adding more storage in a vanity cabinets can give more space in the rest of the room.

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 There are some other popular reasons for completely switching out the bathroom vanity such as it makes it easier to lay down new tile or it has undergone water damage from a leaky source.

 Renovating a Current Vanity

 There’s a whole other faction of homeowners who prefer to restore their home decor wherever possible. Salvaging vanity is almost an ideal bathroom renovation project because of these factors:

  • Budget Friendly – Purchasing a brand new vanity and having it installed professionally is a project that can cost upwards of $1,000. On the other hand, hiring a renovation company to re-sand the cabinet doors and install new faucet fixtures won’t set you back more than about 2 days of labor. The money saved on buying a vanity can be put towards modernizing the bathroom light fixtures and other appliances.

  • Environmentally Beneficial – Throwing away an old vanity countertop takes up a lot of space in landfills and when combined with old toilets and tubs a bathroom remodel can be a very environmentally damaging project.

  • Fun Project – Bringing an outdated vanity back to life is a great way to show off your creative side in addition to saving money and easing environmental pressure. Thinking outside the box or finding cool ideas online to give the bathroom a makeover is a great talking point for guests and can get you started on the way to other DIY projects.

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 Much like other projects around the house, a number of things must be taken into account when deciding on how to tackle a bathroom vanity. Budget, city codes, and current home décor all determine the best route for homeowners. That being said, it doesn’t have to be the black and white decision of whether to purchase new or renovate. For instance an old clothes dresser or cabinet can be fashioned into a vanity or there could be none at all with a free standing sink.

 Make sure you’re comfortable with your decision, after all you have to look it in the mirror each morning.


13 Bathroom Remodeling Ideas for Winnipeg Home Owners

This bathroom remodeling ideas will help you decide on the right bathroom design for your home. We specifically hand-picked this design for our Winnipeg based clients.

Depending on your preferences, your bathroom can be one of the most expensive part of your home to renovate. When selling your home, the condition, look and feel and odor of your bathroom can make or break the deal and as we all know, most of the houses in the market today were built in the early 1900’s. If your home is from this time period as most are, it doesn’t have to look that way (at least at the inside!).

A beautifully remodeled bathroom can increase the value of your home (if you’re selling) or impress your guests whenever you welcome friends and relatives inside your home. This is the most crucial part of your home as it somehow reflects your personality and hygiene.

So, doesn’t matter how good a cook you are, first impressions may be shattered once they walk in to use your bathroom! In this time and age, bathrooms similar to hotels are preferred – double bathroom sinks, walk-in showers, and over-sized tubs are popular.

To help you decide on the right bathroom design that fits your home and personality, we’ve compiled images of bathroom remodeling ideas to inspire you! From simple to grandiose, it’s up to you to decide…

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Not sure how to remodel your bathroom? We have more design options! Call us today at (204) 318-6648 and talk to a bathroom renovations specialist who can help you from design to construction.

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