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Bathroom Tile Remodel

Bathroom Tile Remodel

Avoiding these seven common goofs could save you thousands of dollars on the project, especially if you’re planning an upscale remodel. You’re also likely to enhance the comfort, style, and efficiency of the finished project. Don’t rush the process Now that you’re committed to the idea of a new bathroom, you probably want it done tomorrow. But poor planning is the leading cause of cost overruns on these projects. “Nothing is more expensive than doing things twice,” says Elizabeth Goltz, owner of Design by Orion in Kansas City. Depending on the size and scope of your bath project, you should spend several weeks to a few months on the planning process. If you don’t have a Pinterest account yet, consider one. This website lets you keep a digital ideas file of inspiring images you find on the Internet, say for tile styles, favorite fixtures, and clever designs. As you plan the space, try to come up with a design that keeps the major plumbing lines in place. Moving the toilet from one wall to another will mean relocating a 3-inch drain line in a home, which can cost thousands. “If you can keep the toilet, shower, and sink where they are, you’ll save significantly on the project,” says Petrie. Don’t skimp on skilled labor The do-it-yourself approach can be an effective way to trim costs, but it’s best to focus on the front and back ends of the project, say, ripping out the old tub during demolition and handling the finish painting. Leave the more complicated installations to professionals, ensuring they’re highly skilled. “A good tile setter can make a low-cost tile look expensive,” says Goltz. “On the flipside, you could spend a fortune on tile, and a bad tile layer will make it look cheap.” Given how many trades are required for a typical bathroom remodel—plumbers, electricians, tile setters, cabinet installers, and more—it pays to find a top-notch general contractor to manage operations. Meet with at least three contractors, preferably those you find through word of mouth. Make sure the person you settle on has an up-to-date license and insurance, including workers’ compensation. And scrutinize the contract; it should list every product down to the model number and finish. And don’t automatically go with the lowest bid.
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Bathroom Tile Remodel

How will they prep and waterproof the bathroom tiles?Mold, mildew and leaks can cause enormous problems if a tile contractor improperly installs your bathroom tiles. Proper preparation is one of the most important parts of a bathroom remodel, Veglia says. Make sure the tile installer plans to use cement board — and never drywall — in wet areas, he says. Since waterproofing is paramount, tile contractors should also use a vinyl liner when installing a shower’s floor pan. Larry Bushner, owner of Masterpiece Tile & Grout in Arlington, Texas, advises homeowners to ask a prospective tile installer how they waterproof. The type of grout and sealer are also important, he says.
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Bathroom Tile Remodel

Mold, mildew and leaks can cause enormous problems if a tile contractor improperly installs your bathroom tiles. Proper preparation is one of the most important parts of a bathroom remodel, Veglia says. Make sure the tile installer plans to use cement board — and never drywall — in wet areas, he says. Since waterproofing is paramount, tile contractors should also use a vinyl liner when installing a shower’s floor pan. Larry Bushner, owner of Masterpiece Tile & Grout in Arlington, Texas, advises homeowners to ask a prospective tile installer how they waterproof. The type of grout and sealer are also important, he says.
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Bathroom Tile Remodel

Don’t skimp on skilled labor The do-it-yourself approach can be an effective way to trim costs, but it’s best to focus on the front and back ends of the project, say, ripping out the old tub during demolition and handling the finish painting. Leave the more complicated installations to professionals, ensuring they’re highly skilled. “A good tile setter can make a low-cost tile look expensive,” says Goltz. “On the flipside, you could spend a fortune on tile, and a bad tile layer will make it look cheap.” Given how many trades are required for a typical bathroom remodel—plumbers, electricians, tile setters, cabinet installers, and more—it pays to find a top-notch general contractor to manage operations. Meet with at least three contractors, preferably those you find through word of mouth. Make sure the person you settle on has an up-to-date license and insurance, including workers’ compensation. And scrutinize the contract; it should list every product down to the model number and finish. And don’t automatically go with the lowest bid.
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Bathroom Tile Remodel

Does the tile contractor have the necessary licenses?Andrew Forsmark, owner of Nordic Tile in Minneapolis, says homeowners should check whether a tile installer needs special licensing in their area. Even if your general contractor is licensed, the tile company may need separate documentation. Tile installers, just like the other tradespeople working on your bathroom, should possess expertise in that specific area, Forsmark adds. “Someone who claims to do everything from start to finish will generally deliver subpar work,” he says, quoting the old adage: “Jack of all trades is a master of none.”
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Bathroom Tile Remodel

Needless to say, the size of your bathroom will have a large say in your bathroom remodeling cost. Unfortunately, some smaller bathrooms take up a minimal 24sf. Replacing tile with hardwood will certainly increase your bathroom remodel cost, but it would not hurt as much if your bathroom was the more standard 50sf. Pine flooring can cost as much as $25/sf.
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Bathroom Tile Remodel

Hide the toilet A master bath that’s stylish and functional can also be discreet. That’s why it’s nice to hide this fixture away, either in its own “room-within-the-room” or behind a half wall. A piece of furniture—an armoire or dresser, say—can create the necessary barrier without the expense of a framed wall. Do choose appropriate surfaces Your master bathroom’s surfaces do more than just contribute to the overall aesthetic. They also take lots of abuse. Porcelain tile is a favorite among designers, for use on the floors and walls alike. “You can find some versions in the $5 per square foot range that look like natural stone,” says Petrie. He recommends larger tile sizes to minimize grout lines, easing the upkeep. That might mean 18-by-18-inch tile on the floors and 12-by-12-inch on some or all of the walls, perhaps transitioning to 6-by-6 tiles on the diagonal with a glass mosaic transition strip. Porcelain is also a popular option for bathroom sinks, though it proved prone to chipping in our tests. Enamel-on-steel sinks were especially durable and stain-resistant, as were stainless steel sinks, which are becoming more popular for use in bathrooms. Solid-surface sinks are another durable option that allows the sink to be integrated with the vanity countertop and, if you like, the adjoining cove or backsplash. When it comes to the countertop, granite and quartz have migrated from the kitchen into the bathroom, where they deliver the same durability and visual interest. Laminate and solid surface are still popular as well, and can be cost-effective options, though both scratch easily. See our countertop Ratings for full details.
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Bathroom Tile Remodel

Andrew Forsmark, owner of Nordic Tile in Minneapolis, says homeowners should check whether a tile installer needs special licensing in their area. Even if your general contractor is licensed, the tile company may need separate documentation. Tile installers, just like the other tradespeople working on your bathroom, should possess expertise in that specific area, Forsmark adds. “Someone who claims to do everything from start to finish will generally deliver subpar work,” he says, quoting the old adage: “Jack of all trades is a master of none.”
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Bathroom tiles — from tile floors to tub surrounds, showers to backsplashes — transform your remodel into a dream. But if your tile installer lacks experience or uses the wrong products, it could soon become a nightmare.
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Bathroom tiles — from tile floors to tub surrounds, showers to backsplashes — transform your remodel into a dream. But if your tile installer lacks experience or uses the wrong products, it could soon become a nightmare. To ensure your installer is top-notch, ask these questions.
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One of the most common parts of a bathroom remodel is removing the old flooring and installing new flooring. The biggest factor in the cost of this project will be the flooring itself, which can vary wildly in price. The most expensive materials are typically natural stone tiles and upscale porcelain tiles. The cheapest options might be laminate, vinyl or budget ceramic tiles. Installation can be done as a DIY project to further reduce costs, but you may need to rent or calculate how much tile or wood you’ll need in order to complete the job. Expect an average cost of $2,995 to replace and install the flooring in your bathroom.
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How will they lay out the bathroom tiles?During her bathroom remodel, Angie’s List member A. Weiss of Skokie, Illinois, found tile measurements were more important than she anticipated.

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