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08 April 2008 @ 12:51 pm
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I just joined this community - it seems small and I'm not sure if people check here often or not, but thought I'd give it a shot.

My husband and I have been doing renovations on the house since we bought it in June 2007. The next one we're looking at is the bathroom (right now it has lavender fixtures, blue & purple walls, and the ugliest light I've seen in my entire life). Since the tub surround isn't bad, we had thought of either re-glazing the tub or getting a tubfitter. However, these options don't really seem like the best - just convenient. The re-glazing will cost us just over $300 (the sales person said we might get 5 years out of it), and the tubfitter will be about $1,000.  Seeing as you can get a brand new tub at the store for as little as $200, we're thinking that a better investment would be to rip it all out and start from scratch.  We don't have tons of money for the reno, so the $1,000 for the tub could probably go a really long way.

Does anybody have experience with bathroom renovations?  Any suggestions?  I'm also looking for ideas for the shower area - does anyone know of any online galleries for showers, tub surrounds, tiles etc?

Thanks so much in advance!
Heidimarshmelococoa on April 8th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)

We are a small group and not very active but we try. :)

I have no bathroom experience - yet - I have a space in my basement for a bathroom that needs completing but haven't gotten to that yet.

Me, I'd take the cheapest and most efficient route. I'd likely get a new tub too. I don't know of galleries to look at online but might do some looking for you later on. The first thing that came to my mind is magazines though - there are so many out there for decorating for various styles of homes. Though they may focus on the overall picture - you'll be able to see how they did the shower area specifically and get some ideas.

I'll keep thinking and see what I come up with.

Again, welcome!
Laurieshabbyesque on April 8th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
Hi there and welcome. :)

My husband actually does a ton of bathroom renovations--one thing you need to keep in mind is that depending on the tub and the size of the bathroom, you may need to take the sink and toilet out too. Is the tub older--possibly cast iron? I know that you can take a sledge hammer to it to remove it... its just getting a new one in that might be a pain, but there are lightweight "plastic" tubs that are easy to lift over the other fixtures.
One thing to keep in mind--if you were to hire someone to do the work, it would probably cost you anywhere from $4,000 to $8,000. That said, it is possible to do some, if not most things yourself and save a couple thousand in labor costs. I think the plumbing part might be the hardest part of a bathroom reno. I don't know of any online galleries, but my husband might (would have to ask him later. ;)).