Tips & Advice
How can you remove a vanity top?
To remove a vanity top, first shut off the water supply and disconnect the P-trap. You might need to remove some fixtures next. Then, use a utility knife to cut through the sealant (also known as caulk) that binds the vanity countertop to the wall. Next, go under the sink and disconnect all the hoses and valves for the sink plumbing, including the P-trap. After these are all disconnected, you should be able to lift the countertop, including built-in sinks, off the base of the vanity.
What is the difference between an undermount and overmount sink?
The difference between an undermount and overmount sink is that with an undermount, the sink is installed beneath a solid surface counter, with no raised lip between counter and sink; whereas with an overmount, the sink’s edge lip rests on top of the counter. Overmounts are also called drop-in sinks because that’s how they are installed.
Undermount sinks are generally more expensive than overmounts, but more people are switching to them because of the “seamless” look and the ease of keeping counters clean when you can just wipe into the sink without dealing with a raised edge.
Is it possible to only replace the bathroom vanity top?
Yes, it is possible to replace only the bathroom vanity top and sink without touching the cabinets beneath. This option can save money if you want to give your bathroom a facelift.
What is involved in replacing a bathroom vanity?
Replacing a bathroom vanity involves several steps. It can be DIY, but some people might prefer to contact a plumber and/or a general contractor.Start with shutting off the water supply and disconnecting the P-trap, which traps debris that have drained from the sink and prevents it from creating a clog in the plumbing system. Next, remove the faucet and other fixtures. After that, separate the sealant that affixes the countertop of the vanity to the wall by using a utility knife to loosen it. Then, remove all the screws that join the main base of the vanity to the wall. After that, you can carry away the old vanity.
You’ll go through similar steps in reverse to put in the new vanity. First, find the wall studs, to which you will be attaching your vanity. There is a tool called a “stud finder” for this. Next, mark where to set your vanity to coordinate it with the wall studs Move the base flush against the wall. If you have a new faucet, experts recommend you install it prior to conjoining the vanity’s base and its countertop. After the faucet, attach the vanity to the wall with screws.
What different types of bathroom vanities are available?
Bathroom vanities come in a few basic types, the most popular being free-standing vanities and vanity cabinets. Wall-mounted and under-mounts are two less common types of vanities. For small spaces, either a corner vanity or a pedestal sink with separate wall-mounted cabinets can be the most space-efficient options.
How much does it cost to put in a new bathroom vanity?
Installing a new bathroom vanity costs $300-$500 for the labor. The price of the vanity itself can range from under $250 to more than $2,000, but most vanities cost between $600-$1100.
Does a bathroom remodel add value to a property?
According to experts a bathroom remodel might not recoup return on the original investment. However, it is one of the key renovations that can make potential buyers want to make an offer…or not. Homebuyers look for bathrooms with updated plumbing, convenient layout, and a pleasant aesthetic. That said, in older houses, where bedrooms far outnumber bathrooms, it’s advised to spend the money on a bathroom addition instead of gut-renovating the original bathroom.
Do bathroom remodeling contractors offer financing?
Yes, bathroom remodeling contractors often offer financing. Many homeowners prefer to refinance or take out a home equity line of credit. But others will see if the contractor can connect them with a lender who will set up some other type of loan. There are many types of loans available: secured and unsecured, personal, and those backed by the Federal Housing Administration.
Why is there such a wide price range for toilets?
The price range for toilets varies from $200 into the many thousands because of variables like best-flushing performance (single vs. dual flush), self-cleaning capabilities, design (one- or two-piece), and special features, like heated seats. Cosmetic elements, such as the color and the material of the toilet, also factor into the cost. Experts agree that the most expensive toilets do not necessarily function the best.
What are heated bathroom floors?
Heated bathroom floors are a popular way to warm up typically cold tile floors and keep people comfortable in their bathrooms, even when it’s chilly outside. The proper term is “radiant heat,” and it describes various methods of heating from under the floors. The least expensive method, which is popular for small spaces, uses an electric mat. Larger spaces might have electric heated coil systems installed under the tile, or hydronic systems where heated water is run through pipes below the flooring.