Friday, March 20, 2015

The Cost of Remodeling, Part 1: Moving a Toilet

Ah, the commode. The privy. The john.  The can.  And my Aussie friend's "favorite" word for the toilet: the potty.  Can you move it?  Yes!

Bath Reveal, Sarah Sutin at Aflutter

As my plumber likes to say, "You can move any plumbing you want . . . for a price."

Bathroom Before,

When we decided to fit our basement bathroom remodel into our budget, I was nervous to show my plumber my idea to move the toilet.  He snapped his fingers and said, "I can chip up concrete like that!" I was thrilled!  But moving a toilet isn't always that easy.  And there's a way to get remodeling ideas without breaking the bank.  Even with ideas for small bathrooms, moving the toilet is possible.

NY Bath Makeover, A Cup of Jo

With moving toilets, you need to find out the direction of the floor joists, where the plumbing vents are located, and how much of the walls and ceiling under the toilet you are tearing out before the moving cost can be added up.  How to move a toilet in bathroom, moving a toilet drain, and the diy of the toilet location requires planning!

The Solera Group

Here are some guidelines that makes moving a toilet easier and less expensive:

1. An unfinished area beneath the bathroom, or you can afford to tear open the ceiling beneath.

2. Movement is in the same direction of the floor joists the toilet will sit on.

3. New location is within 4' of the plumbing stack venting.

4. Bathroom wall will be exposed for running new clean water line to new location.

5. Movement less than 8-10 feet in main floor or 2nd story so that pipe slope is inside floor joists.
In short, if you want a diy makeover instead of a contractor remodel, moving the toilet is not for you.  But if you are already tearing out the flooring and walls for other work, moving the toilet is something to think about.

pedestal sink, penny tiles, plank ceiling;

The toilet is probably the hardest thing to move in a bathroom.  In my next post, I'll talk about moving showers and tubs.


  1. Fascinating. I've always been too intimidated to move a toilet. I've seen what's under them and I guess I thought "who'd want to touch that?" You've just opened my eyes to a whole new design solution. Thanks Natalie!

  2. The toilet is one of the most difficult thing to move inside a bathroom, since most it requires a lot of work with the pipes and whatnot. But as you said, it is not really impossible. It’s just a matter of finding the right plumber for the right price. Anyway, I hope you’re enjoying your newly-renovated bathroom. I’m sure the extra legroom is a huge improvement for you guys. Thanks for sharing, Natalie!

    Mindy Powers @ The Plumbing Authority

  3. There really is a big change in your bathroom, and it definitely looks much better now. It’s amazing how a simple rearrangement could open a lot of possibilities for remodeling. Your bathroom now has a lot more space, and is lighter to the eyes. Although it is very difficult to move a toilet, I think the results are amazing. Thanks for sharing this, Natalie. All the best!

    Lovella Cushman @ Perfection Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Ltd

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