Refitting a bathroom

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Posted by: from Saskatoon
7/13/2012 at 4:22:36 PM

My wife and I own a condo that originally had two bathrooms. The previous owner removed one of the bathrooms and it is now just a huge laundry room. My wife and I would like to turn this back into a laundry-and-bathroom, meaning we want to reinstall the bathroom fixtures and we do not mind moving the washer and dryer to another location in the room.

We realise this project will involve tearing the floorboards but we do not wish to tear down any walls nor to install new walls. However, the contractor we are thinking of hiring says he will have to tear down a wall in the existing bathroom to look for a pipe and this will add to the cost of the project.

Our questions are: (1) Is what he is saying true, that he needs to tear down a wall in the existing bathroom as well? (2) How much will this project cost if we wish to install a toilet, a vanity and a shower, with the necessary piping and electrical outlets?

Thank you.

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Rachid from Domilya Group in Oakville
Date/Time7/13/2012 at 6:24:31 PM


It should not cost more then $5000 and if it does then you need to reconsider and get a 2nd and 3rd opinion. There may not be any need for removing that wall but with out see it.



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Craig from Concepts4ward in Wellandport
Date/Time7/13/2012 at 8:20:19 PM

Hello in Saskatoon,

There is a need to expose the venting pipe in order to properly tie in with your fixtures. There is generally no need to remove a wall, only some drywall to assess location then to perform the work. This is minimal as far as the extent of work within the project.

Regarding your finished work to install fixtures and electrical you will be around $5500.00 based on a standard shower package.

I hope this helps you to move forward...

Best of luck in your renovation.


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Date/Time7/14/2012 at 6:31:50 AM

I don't like to critisize or contradict other people's work because I'm not there and can't inspect the situation for myself. But I will suggest that you present your contractor with the idea of "opening up" the wall instead of tearing it down. If it's drwall, it is easily done and can be repaired later.

I have done many many plumbing changes in bathrooms and laundry rooms. Not once did I need to "tear down" a wall. But like I said, it's hard to comment on without being there. It may be possible that he would have to do that.

All the best.


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