Similarly to our “How much does it cost to remodel my kitchen?” blog, bathrooms are an incredibly important part of your home that can dramatically increase the value of your house in the long run. The two big things that sell houses are kitchens and baths. There are not many places in ones home that you spend quite as much time or receive as much functionality as you do in the bathroom. When investing time and money into your home it is important you do so on areas that are essential for day to day living and that provide the most functionality.

If you are contemplating a bathroom renovation there are a few things to keep in mind;

Size

The size of your bathroom will give you the first indication on the scope of your project. The bigger the bathroom the more material you will need but also the more space you will have to be creative.

Plumbing

Is there any plumbing that will need to be moved? Keep in mind that if you’re trying to keep your budget low; moving plumbing can become costly. Due to the high cost our advice is to get multiple bids to ensure you are getting the best price you can, but make sure the work is quality too. A water leak will probably cost more money than you saved on the cheapest plumber.

Scope of Work

Are you looking to upgrade whats there? Or are you looking to tear up everything and start over? For a cheaper less invasive bathroom renovation you can simply replace your vanity, mirrors and lights as well as a fresh coat of paint. When it comes to replacing tubs, doing tile, or redoing showers the price increases substantially in a bathroom renovation.

Lighting

The addition of more lighting or moving current lighting can make a big difference in the look of your bathroom! You could get an electrician to install new can lights or change location of electrical boxes. This depends on the height of your attic above your bathroom. Usually this will cost between $150-$300 per can light.

Tile

The tile you choose can make or break the look of your bathroom! It is important for the end result to look clean, functional, and for the colors within the space to not clash. It is not uncommon to use ceramic or porcelain tiles on the floor and shower walls. For a higher end finish, stone tiles such as travertine, look and feel great as well as marble. Marble can be affected by chemicals more than other stones but it looks stunning when used correctly!

A cost effective and classic look is using subway tiles, these have been used in high and low end finishes for the last 100+ years. Their versatility and aesthetic matched with the right grout color can make any bathroom look great!

To get an idea of price for tile work, get the area in square footage of your bathroom floors or any areas that you want tiled such as inclosed showers or walls. The demolition of all the existing tiles and supporting materials plus removal should cost anywhere between $10-$20/SF. Installing new tile and either hardiebacker or mold tough gypsum drywall for support will range from $15-$25/SF.

Showers and Tubs

Bath tubs and showers are another important part of any master bathroom. Although there is a new trend of eliminating a master tub with a large shower, if you have another tub in the home or a master in-suite bathroom you’re options are open. There are simple $300 vinyl tubs or $1000+ soaking or jacuzzi tubs that you can go with as long as your space permits them.

Normally the cleanest look for a new shower is an all glass frameless door (Please see cover photo for example.) Although it is the costlier than a framed opaque door it gives your bathroom a true high end feel. Expect to pay anywhere from$1,400 -$2,500 depending on your shower door size.

Vanities

In regards to you bathroom vanities, there are several options which you may purchase off the shelf. IKEA & Home Depot/Lowes have various options all under $1,500 usually with the countertop included. There is always option to have them custom made by either by a carpenter or a local custom cabinet company.

In conclusion, there are numerous possibilities in what you can choose to do in your bathroom(s); from the type of finish to the arrangement of the space. There is an option for almost any budget as long as you’re willing to be creative. No matter what improvement you choose for the bathroom, it will not only increase the experience you have each and every-time you use it but also will increase the value of your home!

What we are seeing as contractors is a full bathroom remodel in a standard bathroom with a vanity, toilet, and tub will usually run anywhere from $6000-$12,000 depending on if you change the layout and the materials you go with. This price can be lower if you only change one or two items and it can go up if you change the layout completely or install a bathroom where there wasn’t one before. A 5-piece master bath (sink, sink, toilet, tub, shower) will probably cost more than a standard 3 piece full bath in the hallway for example.

There are so many variables when it comes to different bathrooms that we can only give you broad ideas and prices through this blog but if you would like a more detailed explanation on any of these items listed above, feel free to contact us with your questions!