In this article, we'll show you how to:
- Tear out an old bathroom and put in a new one, including details on:
- Installing a preassembled glass block window. You can have a window in your shower that will stand up to water.
- Replacing a bathtub with a spacious shower. A one-piece shower pan is a simple, leak-proof solution to the mistake-prone chore of traditional shower pan construction.
- Installing a state-of-the-art residential wall-hung toilet and sink. Having fewer dirt-catching corners and edges simplifies floor cleaning.
- Making a small (6 x 8-ft.) bathroom feel larger.
Important: You'll need to get a permit to start your bathroom remodel. Contact your building inspector and explain what you're doing. If approved, you'll receive your permit and a schedule of when to call inspectors.
We're sure you want to know how much all of this is going to cost you. For our bathroom, we bought the top materials. However, you can always go with less expensive materials without forgoing the beautiful appearance.
Here's some of our costs:
- Glass block window panel, 40 x 24 in., $160.
- Shower base, 34 in. x 5 ft., $375. We special-ordered this Swanstone base from a plumbing fixture supplier along with the wall-hung toilet and sink.
For more bathroom remodeling ideas check out The Family Handyman - Bathroom Remodeling
- By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine: February 2001