We need to remodel our bathroom due to a dripping faucet that can't be
fixed (long story discussed in another thread a few weeks ago...yes, we've
hired a plumber to try to fix it). The drip is getting worse and worse
and is almost a stream of water.
A picture is here:
I need to remove the vanity that encloses the sink (which I think is
attached to the wall rather than supported by the vanity). The ceramic
tile splash-back will likely have to go as shown in the pic. We plan on
replacing the sink with a pedestal sink. The vinyl flooring does not go
underneath the existing vanity, so I have to replace the floor
too. To top it off, the vanity also cuts into the door moulding.
We had a handyman give us a quote of nearly $2000 to remove the existing
stuff, cut the ceramic tile out, patch hole with drywall and put 3 coats
of "mud", lay new flooring, install new sink (with shutoff valve
installation), and install new toilet since we were going to all the
trouble. Unfornuately this is beyond my budget (it doesn't include cost
of actual sink/toilet/floor) so I need to try and do some of this myself
and hire professional help where needed.
I'm wondering if some of you can offer advice on what is easiest for
somebody who hasn't done this stuff before but has sucessfully tackled
some other home improvement things.
I'm thinking laying ceramic tile is do-able assuming I can get the
vanity/sink/toilet out. I have no idea the best way to remove the ceramic
tile (cut it out or smash with hammer??). I'm told that "mudding" drywall
is a terrible job best left for the pros. My tentative plan is to remove
the toilet and vanity (leaving the sink attached to the wall), then lay
the backerboard directly over the existing floor and do the ceramic tile,
and then hire a pro to address the wall and install the new sink and
Sigh... Also this is the only bathroom in the house. I figure I can take
3-4 days off to do this job and our inlaws live 0.5 miles away ;)
thanks for any advice