Can I move bathroom fixtures?
In remodeling this bathroom my customer asked me if I could center the toilet in the available space. Below, you can see it was slammed up against the far wall. So this article will tell you about moving bathroom fixtures.
The drain pipe is the problem
The limiting factor anytime you move a bathroom fixture is the drain pipe for that fixture. The drain pipe for the vanity is a scant 1-¼ inches in diameter, while the shower drain is 2 inches. Both of these situations allow us some movement of the fixtures.
Yes, moving bathroom fixtures is possible
In these cases, we can extend or shorten the drain pipe, but we must maintain the downhill slope. Makes sense, right? Water runs downhill, not uphill. If you want to move the drain more than a few inches you’ll have to also replace the floor. This will give us access to the joist bay beneath.
Since replacing the floor is standard for a bathroom remodel you should be able to move fixtures around without too much problem. Why were they placed as they were when the house was built you ask? Probably the reason is their current placement was a matter of convenience for the contractor. Crossing to the next joist bay takes some extra effort, so it wasn’t done.
Can I move the toilet too?
But moving the toilet drain, which is 4 inches, is another matter entirely. This big drain pipe only moves awkwardly with limited movement without rearranging the whole stack, which might be outside a standard bathroom remodel. Also, the drop on a toilet drain is more vertical, so that’s why your movement options are limited.
In the case of this remodel, we only needed to move the toilet about 2 inches to accomplish our goal, which was easily completed with available fittings. The picture of two 22.5 degree bends gave us a 2 inch move of the toilet on this job.
You can move the vanity also
Also, it’s common to want a new wider vanity, which would mean moving the sink drain for a single sink or adding a drain for a double sink. As was mentioned above, this can be done easily. And the wider vanity could also require the toilet to move, so keep this impact in mind and expect to pay a little bit extra for these modifications.
Moving supply lines
One thing I haven’t mentioned so far is the issue with the cold and hot water lines. When you move a toilet the cold-water supply line might have to move a little too. When moving a vanity both the hot and cold-water lines will have to move.
Best contractor for moving bathroom fixtures
Many home remodelers can accommodate your request because they have experience in all of the needed disciplines to make this happen. You see the tile shop, being just tiles installers can’t do this, nor can a plumbing outfit, unless they also employ carpenters and tile setters. But home remodelers are experienced in all these areas.
So yes, when doing bathroom remodeling you can move the bathroom fixtures, just talk it over with your contractor to find out what they can do for you. If you’re in the Havertown vicinity, please give me a call and I’ll be happy to go over the options with you.