Can I Rearrange my Bathroom Floor Plan During a Remodel?
Of course. Rearranging the bathroom floor plan requires more time and money, but it makes sense if your bathroom layout is really bad. A bathroom that is properly laid out is more comfortable to use, and it increases resale value.
A traditional bathroom remodel involves replacing the tub or shower, the toilet, the vanity and flooring. The new toilet goes where the old toilet was, and so on. Some plumbing work might be required, particularly if the house is old, but in many cases the work is not extensive.
When you’re rearranging the bathroom, plumbing work can be very extensive - that’s really what drives up the cost. You’ll need a plumber to run hot water to the sink’s new location and relocate the toilet’s drain and wastewater systems. The work is more difficult with first-floor bathrooms if your foundation is a concrete slab. The process is easier if you have a crawl space or basement, or if the bathroom is on the second floor.
The best way to decide if rearranging makes sense is to talk to contractors and/or bathroom designers. Most offer free consultations. An expert will be able to identify and explain the difficulty of redoing the plumbing work, and he or she should be able to offer suggestions for minimizing the hassle and expense.
Most importantly, get several estimates before you hire anyone to do the job. You might find that one contractor or designer has a much more efficient and cost-effective plan for rearranging the bathroom than the others.