There are many different levels of bathroom renovations that you can undertake – you may only be looking to re-tile the floor and shower or to just change the outdated lights. Your budget is always going to be an essential factor when deciding on the type of work you will implement to upgrade your existing bathroom.
If you are looking to make very encompassing changes to the room or design of your bathroom, a remodel or ‘gut out’ is usually the first required step after the planning stages once work can commence. If you are ready to commence your bathroom project or would simply like some personal advice, speak to a renovation advisor for free on 778-401-8300 or submit your project online and we’ll get in touch!
You might still be in the brainstorming stage of the process. If so, you can have a look at some of our past clients’ bathroom remodeling projects at Greater Victoria Home Renovations and Repairs.
There are a few factors which may signal the need for a complete bathroom remodel:
- A family that is growing may stress the need for more space in the home
- Continuous repairs required for multiple parts of the bathroom may be less cost-effective than a remodel
- Old out of style may be in desperate need for a makeover to improve the aesthetics of the home
- It may be a super valuable investment in increasing the resale value of your home
Renovating your bathroom can give an 80% return on your investment.
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In one of our previous articles, Bathroom Renovation Costs in Victoria & Vancouver Island, we look at the overall average costs of different tiers of complete bathroom renos. When hiring a contractor for a bathroom remodel, they will generally include the cost of several different elements in their quote including tiles, fixtures, sub-trades, labor, etc. Whether you need a contractor just for the gut out or are looking to hire a general contractor for the entire project, usually the cost you can expect to pay for this initial part of the job can range between $1000 and $1900.
Although the idea of saving on the demo part of the renovation may sound appealing by taking it on yourself, depending on your skills and knowledge, you may cause unexpected damage and potentially add more expense to your budget to fix.
A gut out is normally not as simple as just demolishing the walls and floors. The plumbing, wiring and drain vents are throughout the inside of the walls and the attached fixtures such as showers, bathtubs and vanities will need to be uninstalled. It depends on how your current fixtures are installed, the complexity of a gut out can mean handling the existing plumbing, electrical wiring, plus framing. For safety purposes and to avoid damage it’s often advisable to have this taken care of by a contractor who may also employ a licensed sub-trade if the work requires it by law.
Depending on your municipality, you may also need a permit from the city before you commence your bathroom renovation. If you are not sure, you should contact the city beforehand or speak to a Reno-Assistance renovation advisor for advice.