Big ideas take a lot of big planning, and that is true when it comes time to remodel your bathroom. Replacing fixtures is one thing, but to change their location is another. In order to accomplish your ideal bathroom remodel, you will need to move your bathroom’s plumbing.

In order to move bathroom plumbing, you will need a lot more than just an idea. Your home’s foundation will play a big role in what you can do. You need to make sure you have the budget not only for the new fixtures but also for the new plumbing and its installation.

Nearly one-third of homeowners said their main reasons for a bathroom remodel were better functionality and better livability, according to the 2019 Remodeling Impact Report. A practical rearrangement of your bathroom can accomplish both goals, as long as it’s possible to move your bathroom plumbing.

How your house was built will play a major factor in what you can do in your remodel. If your home is raised on a foundation, then plumbers can more easily access the pipes and keep costs low. But if your house is on a slab, then difficulty and costs increase because the plumber will need to break the slab to move the pipes.

Moving a bathroom and its plumbing to another floor is a different story, with more increased costs. Moving those pipes means removing parts of the ceiling. Those costs pile on even further when that ceiling needs to be repaired.

As for the costs of moving the fixtures in your bathroom, the price can range depending on what it is and where you move it. Simply moving a fixture of just three feet could cost up to $1,000; further moves and alterations can cost upward of $3,000. Before committing to breaking the bank for your bathroom, speak with your plumber about your goals for the remodel, and what your budget will allow. 

The least expensive part of the job is moving a sink, but trickier transitions, like the toilet, will be more expensive. Showers and bathtubs both require moving drains, and possibly running new pipes through a wall.

Few bathroom remodels require plumbing to be moved, but chasing down your dream bathroom may mean certain things need to change. For more information on planning your bathroom remodel, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.