Bathroom Remodeling

Bathroom sorely in need of my help.
Bathroom sorely in need of my help.

Visiting the bathroom at the right, first thing in the morning could really cast a shadow on one’s day.

Luckily, the homeowner’s called me and I gave them a new bath (among other improvements)

Complete bath remodel in Gridley
Complete bath remodel in Gridley. Yes, it is the same bathroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok, so what will a bathroom remodel cost? If you go online and check you will see averages from $6,700 to $16,000 for small bathroom remodel. The typical small bathroom is typically 9 feet x 5 feet = 45 square feet. The National Kitchen and Bath Association puts that average at $16,000.00.. They further say, in the linked article,  that if “a contractor tells you that he can remodel your bathroom for $9,000, you should ask some questions to figure out why the price is so low.”

Since I do not generally use any sub-contractors for my projects, I do not have to add the necessary markup a general contractor would include to the project’s price. Consequently,  I have found that with quality fixtures  and taking into consideration the typical electrical and plumbing upgrades necessary, the average cost for a simple yet COMPLETE bath remodel is in the range of $10,000.   I have done bath renovations for half that amount, but they definitely were not what would be considered a complete bathroom remodels.  A complete bath remodel would start out looking like the examples below:

tub and or shower plumbing replaced.  Floor and wall dryrot removed, treated and re-framed.
Drywall with mold damage removed and interior of wall cavities treated. New code compliant exhaust fans and electrical installed.
Tub and or shower plumbing replaced.  Wall and floor dryrot removed, treated and re-framed.
Tub and or shower plumbing replaced. Wall and floor dryrot removed, treated and re-framed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, this is not just a case of changing out some fixtures, there is extensive electrical, mechanical and plumbing upgrades and structural repairs.

Sometimes we can save drywall, if it is not mold or mildew damaged or covering areas which need new wiring or plumbing.  Often a nice cast iron tub is saved and just the control valve replaced and surround upgraded to new tile.

Drywall damage, mold behind tile.Since I have been tearing out and rebuilding bathrooms for decades, I have seen more failures of building technology in bathrooms then I care to count.  It is not unusual to find 10 year old showers with interior wall water damage.  Here is a common example of a 15 years old tile shower that had no outward appearance of failure.   Water migrates through grout lines to thinset and through the tiniest of holes into the drywall backing.
 

 

Consequently, I only use modern, up to date technology. All our tile showers are constructed with a surface membrane to keep water from migrating into the wall.

A shower wall surface with a membrane is water proof BEFORE the tile is installed
A shower wall surface with a membrane is water proof BEFORE the tile is installed
Kirdi and Denshield Hybrid system
Kirdi and Denshield Hybrid system

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

The second most frequent cause of tile shower failure are windows  in the shower area.

shower window framing shower extensive water damage.

shower window framing shower extensive water damage.

As water migrates through and saturates the thinset it eventually finds its way around the staples holding the impregnated paper to the wall.  Over a period of several years the wood begins to swell, cracking the tile which speeds up the infiltration of water.

This can be avoided by installing the tile on a water proof membrane such as Schluter Kirdi shown above coupled with a special highly flexible bonding agent between the window and membrane.

Good pictures of bathrooms are a bit hard to take, due to the size of the room but you can see a few of our bathroom projects on the bathroom gallery page.