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18 hours ago, shuke said:

Ready to redo all three bathrooms.  Tell me what type of flooring to put in there.  

Tile or luxury vinyl is great.

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3 hours ago, FBG26 said:

I always cringe when I see carpet in old bathrooms on those renovation shows. Gross. Don't do that.  

We just did a bathroom with porcelain tile. Can't go wrong with tile or wood. 

Wood?   That's a pass for me in bathroom.

Wood in a powder room would be fine, especially if it's off a room with a wood floor.

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On 1/27/2020 at 11:37 PM, shuke said:

Ready to redo all three bathrooms.  Tell me what type of flooring to put in there.  

Shuke, I’m about to build a new bathroom. Some things for you to consider:

 

-floor, likely tile is what I’d recommend. 
-strongly consider hearing that floor w electric radiant (at least the bath that your wife will use the most). Use Schluter Ditra. Easy to install

-I’d also consider a towel warmer if the bath is big. Cheap, easy to install if you’ve got things opened up

-we did wainscoting in my recent bath remodel. Turned out great 

-consider putting a grab handle in the showers. My guess is before long that will be code. Plan ahead and get some good wood behind where it will go to screw into. 
-Toto drake is the only toilet I will buy

-Panasonic fans are the only fans I buy

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Bought a coupon and hit up a sale at Home Depot over the holiday and bought a mobile table saw and miter saw.  We're redoing our bedroom and after looking at the price of custom closets I'm going to attempt to do it on my own, along with built in shelving in the bedroom including a TV and fake fireplace.  Was looking around for plans ideas and this lady made me think I could do it myself.

I was going to set up in the garage but then thought basement because of the weather, the problem is its unfinished and the only outlets I have down there are for the sump pump,  heat, etc.

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42 minutes ago, wilked said:

Do you have a junction box like this?

 

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn%3AANd9GcS7Tm8Fb5ATfmVLDxatmQcqoRAHvr9e_HuuDSIUGAi__jDBJgcY
 

make a new outlet, wiring it from there to the new location 

I'll take a look, just worried about pulling too much of a load on any one circuit... especially the ones controlling my heat.

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4 hours ago, Lehigh98 said:

I'll take a look, just worried about pulling too much of a load on any one circuit... especially the ones controlling my heat.

You might need a new circuit depending.  In general if you're going to do these types of projects I'd think ahead, design a decent little workshop area (look into a dust removal system) and then bring over a circuit for the new area

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Going to be replacing the stairs heading to the second floor very soon.  Half the treads are cracked and they squeak really bad.  Need to wait for wife to let me know if the wants carpet or not.  If so, replacing will be easy. If not, will have to buy some 3/4" wood, cut to size for each stair, then place a 1" stair cap on each, which means staining and poly on each.  Might just replace the risers too while I'm at it. Hope she picks carpet.

Then, I need to replace the subfloor in the upstairs hallway as the floors squeak bad there too.  Old house. Same deal, waiting to see if the wants carpet or something else.  Again, carpet would make my life easier.

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1 hour ago, Copeman said:

Going to be replacing the stairs heading to the second floor very soon.  Half the treads are cracked and they squeak really bad.  Need to wait for wife to let me know if the wants carpet or not.  If so, replacing will be easy. If not, will have to buy some 3/4" wood, cut to size for each stair, then place a 1" stair cap on each, which means staining and poly on each.  Might just replace the risers too while I'm at it. Hope she picks carpet.

Then, I need to replace the subfloor in the upstairs hallway as the floors squeak bad there too.  Old house. Same deal, waiting to see if the wants carpet or something else.  Again, carpet would make my life easier.

is the upstairs hallway carpeted now?    If so someone mentioned this tool works great.  My moms upstairs carpeted loft area squeaks like crazy and I bought this to try and fix for her...just haven't gotten a chance to get out there yet.

https://www.amazon.com/Squeeeeek-Eliminates-Squeak-Through-Carpet/dp/B0139N362I/ref=sr_1_3?crid=3B4KFPBLVIXOF&keywords=squeeeeek%2Bno%2Bmore&qid=1580846825&sprefix=squeee%2Caps%2C155&sr=8-3&th=1&psc=1

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Just now, offdee said:

is the upstairs hallway carpeted now?    If so someone mentioned this tool works great.  My moms upstairs carpeted loft area squeaks like crazy and I bought this to try and fix for her...just haven't gotten a chance to get out there yet.

https://www.amazon.com/Squeeeeek-Eliminates-Squeak-Through-Carpet/dp/B0139N362I/ref=sr_1_3?crid=3B4KFPBLVIXOF&keywords=squeeeeek%2Bno%2Bmore&qid=1580846825&sprefix=squeee%2Caps%2C155&sr=8-3&th=1&psc=1

It isn't.  And yes, I've looked into things similar, but they just won't work for what I am dealing with.  i would need thousands of screws.  Not dealing with that.

Thanks though. :thumbup:

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Not sure if this is right thread or if Mortgage thread is, so feel free to tell me I picked wrong:

 

Any advice as someone beginning the search for their first home purchase? Things you wished you'd known?

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52 minutes ago, Instinctive said:

Not sure if this is right thread or if Mortgage thread is, so feel free to tell me I picked wrong:

 

Any advice as someone beginning the search for their first home purchase? Things you wished you'd known?

Here's my advice:

 

On redfin (and others) you can look at recent sales.

 

With some sort of narrowed scope (say 2-4 towns, and a max spend) have you and your wife independently do a 12 month search of sales.  From there, make a list of top 5 homes that you like with specific notes on why you like each home.  Then basically present each list to each other and gather feedback.  See if there is any overlap in the 5 homes.  From there you should gain good perspective on what is important to each of you, and be more informed on making a shared search

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So repainting my finished basement area (mancave, workout area, small "kitchen" area).  Been in house for 6 years now and still has poor builders grade "off white" on everything - ceiling and walls.  Have colors picked out, and I'm very particular about paint lines and such so it will take a few days - hopefully done this weekend.

Anyway, over the years I've accumulated a decent collection of full sized football helmets.  Currently ~20 and growing by 2-3 a year.  I currently have cheap shelves (laminated wood ~3/4" thick, with slightly decorative brackets) from home depot installed ~12" off the ceiling wrapping around the mancave area to have them, and the wife doesn't like them - and I'm not crazy about them either.  Want something nicer as a helmet (and other sports memorabilia) display.  Must be wall mounted so as not to take up any floor space.  And not crazy expensive, as floating shelves can be.  Any ideas?

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2 hours ago, matttyl said:

So repainting my finished basement area (mancave, workout area, small "kitchen" area).  Been in house for 6 years now and still has poor builders grade "off white" on everything - ceiling and walls.  Have colors picked out, and I'm very particular about paint lines and such so it will take a few days - hopefully done this weekend.

Anyway, over the years I've accumulated a decent collection of full sized football helmets.  Currently ~20 and growing by 2-3 a year.  I currently have cheap shelves (laminated wood ~3/4" thick, with slightly decorative brackets) from home depot installed ~12" off the ceiling wrapping around the mancave area to have them, and the wife doesn't like them - and I'm not crazy about them either.  Want something nicer as a helmet (and other sports memorabilia) display.  Must be wall mounted so as not to take up any floor space.  And not crazy expensive, as floating shelves can be.  Any ideas?

If all the helmets have air holes on the top crown area, you could run high strength clear fishing type wire through them and hang from the ceiling (at appropriate viewing height that a shelf would be at).   Could put some up lights on the ground below to illuminate and will look like they are floating in mid-air.    

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4 hours ago, offdee said:

If all the helmets have air holes on the top crown area, you could run high strength clear fishing type wire through them and hang from the ceiling (at appropriate viewing height that a shelf would be at).   Could put some up lights on the ground below to illuminate and will look like they are floating in mid-air.    

Not quite what I'm going for as I often take down the helmets and "match them up" against each other if those two teams are playing.  Example - I took down the San Fran and KC ones this past Sunday when I had friends over for the big game, having them "face off" just below the TV. 

What I'm really looking for are nice looking most likely floating shelves that aren't huge (not too thick), and not too expensive. 

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1 minute ago, matttyl said:

Not quite what I'm going for as I often take down the helmets and "match them up" against each other if those two teams are playing.  Example - I took down the San Fran and KC ones this past Sunday when I had friends over for the big game, having them "face off" just below the TV. 

What I'm really looking for are nice looking most likely floating shelves that aren't huge (not too thick), and not too expensive. 

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They sell footbal helmet hangers. Decent investment as they are about $20 a piece, but they look great and functionally are a nice solution I think 

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On 2/5/2020 at 12:45 PM, wilked said:

Here's my advice:

 

On redfin (and others) you can look at recent sales.

 

With some sort of narrowed scope (say 2-4 towns, and a max spend) have you and your wife independently do a 12 month search of sales.  From there, make a list of top 5 homes that you like with specific notes on why you like each home.  Then basically present each list to each other and gather feedback.  See if there is any overlap in the 5 homes.  From there you should gain good perspective on what is important to each of you, and be more informed on making a shared search

I like this! Right now we set up a search with basic parameters and have just been favoriting things off the daily list of what turns up with a plan to run through them later. There's a few we have both marked, which is nice (I did marry someone with similar views on a lot of things, so hopefully won't have too many surprises here). 

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Just so I’m clear, look at sold homes vs homes on the market. Couple reasons:

 

big difference in many cases between list price and sold price

 

greater inventory when looking at last 12 months sales 

 

removes the temptation to go buy something now (instead it is just planning, which is a good thing) 

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7 hours ago, matttyl said:

Not quite what I'm going for as I often take down the helmets and "match them up" against each other if those two teams are playing. 

You do what now?

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What should it reasonably cost me, in a pricy coastal suburb, to have someone gut reno a small half bathroom? (Probably like 30sqft, 10’ ceiling, a toilet and a sink). It’s old and awful and the floor is terrible, want to gut it, fresh Sheetrock, new tile on the floor, maybe some wainscoting or tile halfway up the wall, a new sink and vanity; new light fixtures etc. 

If I weren’t a wuss I might even try and do this myself. But I’d actually like it to look nice soooo...

 

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Starting our kitchen project which includes knocking down a wall to open space. Very excited but also very nervous about how long and how much this will cost. 

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7 minutes ago, Otis said:

What should it reasonably cost me, in a pricy coastal suburb, to have someone gut reno a small half bathroom? (Probably like 30sqft, 10’ ceiling, a toilet and a sink). It’s old and awful and the floor is terrible, want to gut it, fresh Sheetrock, new tile on the floor, maybe some wainscoting or tile halfway up the wall, a new sink and vanity; new light fixtures etc. 

If I weren’t a wuss I might even try and do this myself. But I’d actually like it to look nice soooo...

 

I always estimate 10k for average bathroom. For half id say 7500. But that's a rough guess

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Just now, shadyridr said:

I always estimate 10k for average bathroom. For half id say 7500. But that's a rough guess

I’m figuring $15k, would be thrilled if it’s less. 

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1 hour ago, shadyridr said:

Starting our kitchen project which includes knocking down a wall to open space. Very excited but also very nervous about how long and how much this will cost. 

It's not load-bearing, is it?

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59 minutes ago, Otis said:

I’m figuring $15k, would be thrilled if it’s less. 

We’re talking you here so double it. 

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1 hour ago, Otis said:

I’m figuring $15k, would be thrilled if it’s less. 

It won’t be $15k

 

materials will be < $2k. Rest is labor. Figure 50 hrs max for this job@ $100/hr. 
 

$7-10k is a good estimate 

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Best thing you can do is spec the job very clearly. I’ll post a materials list for you, it’s not much

 

im installing a brand new full bath (replacing an office) and I’m estimating $18k currently 

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I tore up the plywood that had rotted in places on my 240 sq ft deck and replaced it with 2x4x20 boards, I think? I know they were 20' long. I am almost done with it. I have some more railing repairs and the final pain and I am done. The plywood was a good idea but it cant handle the weather here and I had some spots where people stepped through some rotted areas. Construction is not my forte but I am happy about how it came out. It's much better. I also added some shelves for plants on three corners of the deck. Should look nice and add stability to my railings. I would like to replace the railings but can't afford that right now. I am about $850.00 into this project right now.

 

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46 minutes ago, Uruk-Hai said:

It's not load-bearing, is it?

It is. Im not doing it btw. Going to either have to put a header or post.

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9 hours ago, shuke said:

You do what now?

I have the helmets up on a cheap shelf that runs around the entire room about a foot off the ceiling.  My "man cave" area has 3 screens, and I often have multiple games on at once.  If I have both helmets of the teams playing in a particular game (especially when I have people over), I take them down and set them in front of the TV on the cabinet so that you know what game is on what screen.

I've seen those helmet hangers, but at $20 a pop, times 32 teams (which I'm on the way towards), that's getting really pricey and can really only be used for that one thing.  At least with shelves I can put other memorabilia as well (it's just that most of what I have are full size helmets). 

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15 minutes ago, prosopis said:

I tore up the plywood that had rotted in places on my 240 sq ft deck and replaced it with 2x4x20 boards, I think? I know they were 20' long. I am almost done with it. I have some more railing repairs and the final pain and I am done. The plywood was a good idea but it cant handle the weather here and I had some spots where people stepped through some rotted areas. Construction is not my forte but I am happy about how it came out. It's much better. I also added some shelves for plants on three corners of the deck. Should look nice and add stability to my railings. I would like to replace the railings but can't afford that right now. I am about $850.00 into this project right now.

 

You had plywood as exterior decking? It is not a good idea. It's not made for that, even if pressure treated.

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Otis, my stab at a materials list.  Try identifying exactly what you want for the finish materials

 

Plumber
Handyman
Electrician
Roofer
Sink/Vanity combo
Faucet
Toilet
Toilet Seat
Electric (materials)
Lighting Fixtures
New floor (tile?  Something else?)
OSB Subfloor (take floor sq ft, figure out how many sheets you need)
Plywood (take floor sq ft, figure out how many sheets you need)
New Sheetrock
Fan
Mirror
Door lock
Paint
Trim
 

Edit to add - I did wainscoting in my 3rd floor bath, turned out great.  Use PVC wainscoting in a bath (even a half bath), paintable and looks same as regular

 

Second edit: The only thing complex about your job would be plumbing.  Main factors to consider (ahead of bringing a plumber in)

-You will have a 3" sewer/drain line.  How will you route it / connect it with your main sewer line (presumably in basement).  Think about how it gets there

-You need to vent that drain line with a 2" vent.  Where does that vent go?  Can go out the side of the house or through the roof.  Consider where it will go and how it gets there, esp if it needs to go through another room

-You need hot and cold water.  Since you will run a sewer line that shouldn't be an issue for how to get it there, just make sure you don't run it through an exterior wall

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7 minutes ago, Uruk-Hai said:

You had plywood as exterior decking? It is not a good idea. It's not made for that, even if pressure treated.

Now I know. :shrug:

The other mistake I made with the plywood was using nails instead of screws. I am sure this was an economic decision at the time but nails is not the way to go. I am now replacing all the nails with screws. The only upside to this is that it is really easy and my wife thinks I am hard at work on the deck. In reality I am just drinking and listening to the radio. Sometimes a neighbor comes over to check things out and we have more beer. 

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3 minutes ago, prosopis said:

Now I know. :shrug:

The other mistake I made with the plywood was using nails instead of screws. I am sure this was an economic decision at the time but nails is not the way to go. I am now replacing all the nails with screws. The only upside to this is that it is really easy and my wife thinks I am hard at work on the deck. In reality I am just drinking and listening to the radio. Sometimes a neighbor comes over to check things out and we have more beer. 

Did you replace it with pressure treated decking? I know you said 2x4x20 (I don't think that's right - should be 2x6 at least, but whatever), but was the lumber CCA?

Screws are the right way to go. As is the beer and music.

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27 minutes ago, shadyridr said:

It is. Im not doing it btw. Going to either have to put a header or post.

Or both. Load needs to get to the ground. I'm sure your contractor knows this, though.

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1 minute ago, Uruk-Hai said:

Did you replace it with pressure treated decking? I know you said 2x4x20 (I don't think that's right - should be 2x6 at least, but whatever), but was the lumber CCA?

Screws are the right way to go. As is the beer and music.

Yes, and I believe you are correct it was 20x2x6.

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8 minutes ago, prosopis said:

Yes, and I believe you are correct it was 20x2x6.

Curious......

You're in the desert, right? I wonder what kind of finish - if any - is suggested for outdoor decking. 

I live in the Mid-Atlantic, where the humidity ranges from 0% to 100% and causes all kinds of warping. Staining/sealing helps some, as does using screws instead of nails. 

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I replaced my deck 2 maybe 3 years ago. Some boards were rotting, etc.   I made the decision to go Trex.   I was against the cost at first but man its been awesome.  I cleaned it last spring with a mop and a little water cleaner mixed.  Took like 15 minutes...

I dont miss the pressure wash restain dance every 3-6 years....

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18 minutes ago, Uruk-Hai said:

Curious......

You're in the desert, right? I wonder what kind of finish - if any - is suggested for outdoor decking. 

I live in the Mid-Atlantic, where the humidity ranges from 0% to 100% and causes all kinds of warping. Staining/sealing helps some, as does using screws instead of nails. 

I am using Valspar porch,floor, and patio latex paint.

Yes I am in the desert. Humidity is usually less then 10% here but we do have a monsoon season. I do believe most damage comes from the sun. This is what was recommended to me by the guy at Lowes.

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20 minutes ago, belljr said:

I replaced my deck 2 maybe 3 years ago. Some boards were rotting, etc.   I made the decision to go Trex.   I was against the cost at first but man its been awesome.  I cleaned it last spring with a mop and a little water cleaner mixed.  Took like 15 minutes...

I dont miss the pressure wash restain dance every 3-6 years....

I looked at this but the cost was to much for me.

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1 hour ago, belljr said:

I replaced my deck 2 maybe 3 years ago. Some boards were rotting, etc.   I made the decision to go Trex.   I was against the cost at first but man its been awesome.  I cleaned it last spring with a mop and a little water cleaner mixed.  Took like 15 minutes...

I dont miss the pressure wash restain dance every 3-6 years....

The #1 reason I bought my current house is the backyard had a Trex deck. No lie

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11 minutes ago, shadyridr said:

The #1 reason I bought my current house is the backyard had a Trex deck. No lie

#1 reason I bought mine was that it had a two tier deck on the back (each just over 500 sq. feet).  Replaced the top one with trex and put a waterproof membrane under it (rain collection system, from Trex), so the bottom deck now has a ceiling (and lights, fans, speakers, a projector and screen).  Love it. 

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9 hours ago, Punxsutawney Phil said:

Please expand upon this home Depot coupon buying.  The only coupon I ever bought was a book of them.

Bought one from this place, didn't think I paid that much though:

Home Depot 15% Off (Use promo code "35OFF" to get 35% off)

Spent over $1000 and saved over $150 because of the coupon.

 

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6 hours ago, prosopis said:

I am using Valspar porch,floor, and patio latex paint.

Yes I am in the desert. Humidity is usually less then 10% here but we do have a monsoon season. I do believe most damage comes from the sun. This is what was recommended to me by the guy at Lowes.

When I bought my current house the deck was painted and it was the worst.  Very poor durability and really tough to maintain. I would recommend a semi-transparent stain over paint.

I would be curious if anyone has any experience with painting their deck to see if my experience was an outlier. 

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11 hours ago, wilked said:

Best thing you can do is spec the job very clearly. I’ll post a materials list for you, it’s not much

 

im installing a brand new full bath (replacing an office) and I’m estimating $18k currently 

:thumbup:

 

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10 hours ago, wilked said:

Otis, my stab at a materials list.  Try identifying exactly what you want for the finish materials

 

Plumber
Handyman
Electrician
Roofer
Sink/Vanity combo
Faucet
Toilet
Toilet Seat
Electric (materials)
Lighting Fixtures
New floor (tile?  Something else?)
OSB Subfloor (take floor sq ft, figure out how many sheets you need)
Plywood (take floor sq ft, figure out how many sheets you need)
New Sheetrock
Fan
Mirror
Door lock
Paint
Trim
 

Edit to add - I did wainscoting in my 3rd floor bath, turned out great.  Use PVC wainscoting in a bath (even a half bath), paintable and looks same as regular

 

Second edit: The only thing complex about your job would be plumbing.  Main factors to consider (ahead of bringing a plumber in)

-You will have a 3" sewer/drain line.  How will you route it / connect it with your main sewer line (presumably in basement).  Think about how it gets there

-You need to vent that drain line with a 2" vent.  Where does that vent go?  Can go out the side of the house or through the roof.  Consider where it will go and how it gets there, esp if it needs to go through another room

-You need hot and cold water.  Since you will run a sewer line that shouldn't be an issue for how to get it there, just make sure you don't run it through an exterior wall

Thanks.  Re: your three bullets at the end, I shouldn't need to care about any of that, because there's a bathroom there already, and I'm not going to move any of the fixtures, just replace the toilet and sink/vanity with new ones, leaving them otherwise in the same location.  Right?   So the plumbing part should be pretty straightforward.

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Yes, cross off a plumber. You’re only tradesman should be a handyman. 
 

you’re definitely in the $7k range max. I’d quote it 3-4 ways

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On 2/7/2020 at 6:41 AM, Otis said:

What should it reasonably cost me, in a pricy coastal suburb, to have someone gut reno a small half bathroom? (Probably like 30sqft, 10’ ceiling, a toilet and a sink). It’s old and awful and the floor is terrible, want to gut it, fresh Sheetrock, new tile on the floor, maybe some wainscoting or tile halfway up the wall, a new sink and vanity; new light fixtures etc. 

If I weren’t a wuss I might even try and do this myself. But I’d actually like it to look nice soooo...

 

$25K

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