Last week we were looking at the different ways to improve the space within a bathroom and this week we will concentrate on the actual steps to improve that bathroom. We will analyze the best modus operandi to obtain maximum benefits with the least expenditure.
The bathroom is probably the room less subject to reforms, despite the continuous use that is made of. In fact, it is estimated that plumbing may be in optimum conditions an average of 25 to 30 years, or even longer. But changes of owner or aesthetic reasons may precipitate a reforms, in older dwellings could even include replacing old pipes, normally lead a harmful material to health and sensitive to water pressures by others such as copper or plastics.
You do not always may require a complete modification of the bathroom, a simple change of sanitary pieces may be sufficient. But when a complete reform is required the work may be expensive, because it requires the work of several building trades: plumber, electrician, plasterer and painter. The sanitary pieces could vary quite a lot in prices those which are not cheap, are designed so that they endure the passage of time and use, so the quality is always high. Therefore, to request a quote to rehab a bathroom completely to include total change of ceramic, sanitary, piping, and therefore, painting and finishing, should not surprise us that the total figure could approach the 6,000 Euros mark.
If you are considering restore the bathroom, first you should carefully reflect on the real needs for that change. A renewal of sanitary equipment and taps may be the solution when all pipes and walls are in relatively good conditions. The bathroom will look like new and in addition the job can be done in a couple of days so that the family routine will not be distressed.
Let's talk about prices.
If we talk about prices, a first quality but simple hand basin, bidet and toilet could cost around 600 Euros, although prices for best designed pieces could go up tremendously. A clear example of this is the bathtub. You can find them for less than 300 Euros, but any that includes massages, air or water jets and even a radio, a CD player and telephone, exceeds the 1,800 Euros mark. With respect to the water taps, it is advisable to invest in these pieces because they are mechanical pieces used and obviously exposed to break downs. Heavy duty taps can start from 70 Euros.
Normally bids are obtained from local builders and once a bid is accepted the "presupuesto", takes into account the hours of work of each of the trades, the job is done according to the accepted design and normally you can select personally the materials to be placed. A square meter of tiles costs not less than 15 Euros per square metre, but certainly is the element that most defines the decoration of the bathroom and the alternatives are ample in the market, foreign extravagances, catalogues include ceramics up to 120 Euros per square meter.
To modify the existing bathroom layout it is imperative to know the down pipe distribution, to avoid nasty surprises. Houses with two bathrooms or more should estimate the possibility to work simultaneously on all at the same time, since the work of the different trades will be cheaper, although doubling the cost of the materials.
And now let me tell you a joke.
With regards to contractors time sheet and old joke springs to mind.
A contractor dies on a fishing accident on his 40th birthday and finds himself greeted at the Pearly Gates by a brass band.
Saint Peter runs over, shakes his hand and says "Congratulations!"
"Congratulations for what?" asks the contractor
"Congratulations for what?" says Saint Peter. "We are celebrating the fact that you lived to be 160 years old."
"But that's not true," says the contractor. "I only lived to be forty."
"That's impossible," says Saint Peter, "we added up all your time sheets!"