When it comes to a bathroom remodel it is usually a case of champagne taste with a beer budget. The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) recommends a bathroom remodel budget in the region of between 5 percent to 10 percent of the total value of your property. The budget variance will be determined by which bathroom you want to remodel: master, en suite, kids’ bathroom, or guest bathroom. What follows here is a generic idea of what bathroom remodel costs are. This will help you to determine if it is worth your while to get the professionals to come around and give you a quote on the cost of a bathroom renovation.
As with just about everything these days, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an influence on costs. Materials have been in short supply so prices have increased quite a bit. Depending on how soon you want to start, there may also be longer lead times for procuring the materials.
Costs will vary in proportion to the extent and complexity involved in the bathroom remodel. The cost to remodel will also depend on if the project is a DIY or if you will need to hire a professional. Basic small bathroom remodels will set you back around $2,500. A fairly comprehensive updated bathroom project will cost in the region of $10,000. High-end, luxury revamps, usually reserved for the master bath, are north of $30,000, give or take some smart technology accessories.
It’s a good idea to break the total cost down into the different elements of the remodel:
There are many websites that have free online cost calculators for you to play around on and gather plenty of good advice. As a rule of thumb, allocate 15 percent of the budget to flooring and 15 percent to fixtures. If opting to paint the walls, allocate 5 percent of the overall budget.
An acrylic shower will cost about $500. Stone floored showers and a shower with built-in seating and a glass swivel door will run to around $4,000 to $5,000 depending on the materials and square footage.
Countertops need to be hardwearing and waterproof and will cost anywhere from $200 to $100 depending on whether they are laminate, post-form, wood, or marble. It will also depend on whether they are a standard shape and size or bespoke.
Bathroom vanities usually have a sink, faucet, and counter. They cost between $300 and $3,800 depending on size and finish quality. Custom, made-to-measure, double vanities, with his and her sinks and drawers, will be upwards of $5,000 to $10,000 or more.
Choosing a toilet is more about flush strength and durability rather than style. Basic toilets cost around $80. Meanwhile, sleek modern toilet prices can be as high as $8,000. One important factor to consider is toilet seat quality.
Linoleum is waterproof and easy to clean, and at $4.00/sq ft, it is the best/cheapest option. Thereafter, flooring type and quality will determine the price with wood going at around $200, depending on the bathroom square footage and floor plan. Find out the total square footage of the bathroom as the cost will include extra tiles in the event of tile breakages. Be wary of tiles with patterns for the floor and walls as the patterns need to line up. You may need to buy extra tiles to achieve that as well.
Be sure to source proper bathroom paint that is moisture and steam-resistant. Bathroom paint is also good for kitchens. Buy enough paint for two coats. The paint will cost somewhere between $350 and $750.
Water and electricity don’t mix. Therefore, plumbing and electricity jobs are best left to licensed, certified professionals. Depending on the scope and complexity or your requirements and fittings, budget $1,500 for materials and $16,000 for installation in the hope you don’t spend it.
Remodels need a combination of DIY (like painting) and specialization (like plumbers and electricians). Professional labor will cost between $50 and $100 per hour. Budget for 20 hours, again in the hope that you won’t need to spend that much.
Before remodeling it’s important to have a vision of the finished bathroom. If your budget doesn’t stretch that far, save up until it can, or come up with a new bathroom remodel design. Remodeling a bathroom piece by piece, as and when the budget allows, can end up costing more. Besides, it is also inconvenient and irksome for homeowners. The best quote to get is from a one-stop-shop bathroom remodeling company that might give a discount for completing the project all in one go, which they prefer.
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