By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Today's remodeled bathrooms often include a sink stand instead of a vanity. To completely change the look in any bathroom, nothing makes a more dramatic statement than a high-style sink and stand. It's particularly striking in a powder room, where guests will notice the sleek design of the sink, and in a small bathroom, where it will take up less floor space than a vanity cabinet. Changing from a vanity to a freestanding console involves more than a simple swap because the wall behind the cabinet is exposed, sometimes revealing an unfinished surface. So the best time to install one of these new units is when you plan to redecorate all the walls in the bathroom and replace the faucet, mirror and lighting as well.
The job involves both carpentry and plumbing skills, so it's a good project for a handy homeowner with that experience. A bathroom contractor will charge $1,297 to remove the old vanity, sink and faucet and replace it with a new sink, stand and faucet. You can do the job for $975, the cost of the components, and save 24 percent. The cost of new wall covering, mirror and lighting will be additional.
Removing the old vanity can be tricky, especially if it's a large cabinet in a small space. Be careful muscling it out of the room so you don't damage the walls. For planning purposes, do all of your redecorating first and install the new unit last.
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Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020