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Can you give me some advice or info about having the bathroom remodeled?

Asked by jca2 (4540points) 1 week ago

The main problem with my bathroom is that the tub is about 50 years old. It’s way past being able to be salvaged.

About 6 months ago, I had a guy come give me a price on a new tub with surrounding tiles. He said 5k. That would include, of course, new faucets, drain, etc. He wanted to do the whole bathroom but I told him I just wanted a price on the tub and surrounding area.

Now I’m thinking maybe, instead, putting in a shower stall. I’m also thinking about re-doing the floor, since there might be a gap between the floor and stall, and it might not look right . I know once you start putting in one new thing, everything else looks old.

I don’t want those “Bath Fitter” type surrounds because I think they look cheesy. I wouldn’t mind some type of shower panels. I was just in a hotel a few weeks ago and they had really nice panels surrounding the shower (Staybridge Suites, an Intercontinental Hotel Group brand).

Can you please give me some advice or steer me in a direction with your knowledge?

I want to talk to that same guy about putting in a new floor, and I want to get some estimates from other people.

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elbanditoroso's avatar

Do the floor as well, for the reasons you gave. Otherwise it looks half-way and half-assed.

I agree that the inserts are ugly.

My two cents: I like the 18×18 or 24×24 bathroom wall tile.

Caravanfan's avatar

Get 3 bids. Go to Home Depot or wherever and get an idea of what kind and color tile you might like as there are only about a million different ones. Know your budget. Also know that once you get started on something like this it’s hard to keep it contained. (I might as well redo the cabinets and sinks…oh, let’s widen the door…) That’s all fine, but remember your budget.

kritiper's avatar

Plan on replacing the floor especially under the toilet. It’s probably rotted out, or dang near. Replace the plumbing and valves where needed.
You may want to make the shower outlet about 6” or 8” taller for guys like me. If you put it up high enough, the shower surround will miss it.
You’ll probably have to replace the toilet, if code calls for it.
It might not hurt to replace all of the sheetrock and check for rotted suds, bad or non-existent insulation, and install a vapor barrier. My shower has a large window in it and I want to put in a smaller slider up higher near the top of the surround.
In my old house there was only a light above the sink. I installed a combination exhaust fan and light.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Be ready for a total “gut job” because of age of bathroom, sheet rock and flooring could have mold.too.

Cupcake's avatar

Is this your master bathroom? Will there be a tub elsewhere in that bathroom? In another bathroom?

I think I’m in the minority, but I would not want a house without a master bathtub. I love baths. I don’t want to take a bath in my kids’ bathroom.

You might want to also poke some holes in the walls to make sure no mold is growing anywhere. The waterproofing systems in bathrooms now are pretty cool… might be worth upgrading your “walls” too.

zenvelo's avatar

A shower door repair in the master bath turned into a down to the studs/ floorboards complete remodel for both bathrooms at my house.

The problem as others have noted is that once you start updating one part of the bathroom, it brings attention to how old everything else in the room is.

Yellowdog's avatar

Convert the bathroom to a kitchen and the kitchen into a bathroom, using the fixtures you already have. Purchase 320–360 cans of Chef Boy Arde Spaghetti or Raviloli and pour it into a hole you make in the top of the kitchen closet When someone wants something to eat, open the closet door and let the ravioli all spill out into the kitchen, and watch the expressions on their faces!

janbb's avatar

Every new place I look at has a shower only. I hate that as I am a bath and shower person. I would not buy a house w shower only. Otherwise get some quotes and decide how far you want to go.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

^^^ I agree with @janbb. For me, no bathtub would be a deal-breaker.

If there are other bathtubs within your home, you could consider replacing one or more of them with a stand-alone shower. But, having only a shower could affect resale appeal.

Couples with young children need a bathtub, not a shower, to bathe them. Some elderly or disabled people are slip-and-fall risks in a shower, yet they’re safely comfortable using a bathtub. A bath can be therapeutic for achy joints, sore muscles, and certain skin conditions. Bathtubs are useful for cleaning some larger, awkwardly-shaped items, such as window blinds, and for soaking stained laundry.

These practical matters are worth considering. For many homebuyers, a “full bathroom” includes a tub.

JLeslie's avatar

I’m guessing you will be living there at least 10 more years considering your age and when you are likely to retire. With ten years I would make it how you prefer, since resale isn’t in the very near future.

A lot of houses are shower only in one of the bathrooms now. My house only has a shower in the master bathroom. I wish I had a tub, but not if I would have to step over it every time to shower.

Is it a master bathroom in your house, or the only bathroom in the house? If there is a second bathroom with a tub I think it’s fine to do just the shower.

Some of the shower panels look fine to me too. In a very expensive home it’s not typical, but in moderately priced houses I think it’s fine. I was just in a Residence Inn that had panels and it looked very nice. I had it in my home in Raleigh, NC also. Much easier to maintain.

Still, tiles will look more upgraded. If you go with tile walls the big rectangle tiles are very in vogue now, and for bathroom floors also. Although, in NY the classic small tiles on the bathroom floor are always in I think. It’s one of the few places I still see that a lot. Even the old style in black and white.

If you tile the shower floor that will have to be small tiles obviously, to get the proper slope. Almost all tile selections have large tiles and “mosaic” size for the different parts of the bathroom. My current bathroom is basically the same tile in three different sizes. Main floor, shower floor, and shower walls. Most of my bathroom have been like that.

If you are concerned about resale then I say still get the shower if that’s what you prefer, and just do it in a neutral color and a frameless glass.

Is it impossible to fit a separate tub?

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