Bathroom remodel project does not have to break the bank and we have a solution for most budgets. No one wants to use an outdated, dingy and steamy or mildewy bathroom to get ready for their day. By nature bathrooms are utilitarian and get a ton of use by the family every day. Bathrooms are the second most remodeled space in the home. But how much does it cost to remodel a bathroom.
According to online sources homeowners spend an average of $30,000 renovating their master bathroom. Approximately $18,000 was the median cost to remodel a guest or secondary bathroom. And approximately $10,000 was the median cost to remodel a powder room.
For the rest of this article we are going to break down exactly how much bathroom remodeling costs. We will break it down into four sections.
Project cost by scale
ROI return on investment
A major factor for the cost fluctuations in bathroom remodels drastically depends on cabinet selection, drastic changes in the layout and finish choices. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry put the cost of a bathroom renovation at about $35,000. That’s roughly about $875 per square foot for a 40 square-foot bathroom and $350 per square foot for a bathroom that’s 100 ft.². Although another renowned website reported the average cost of a bathroom was $20,000 and that included demolition, updated plumbing and electrical, painting, installation of wall and floor tile in adding new tub and shower faucets and sinks. That’s comes out to roughly $200 per square foot.
Bathroom remodel projects by cost factor.
$2000-$6000 would be a partial bathroom remodel. These projects would be easy and low cost improvements that would increase the value of your home and be completed by yourself as a DIYer.
Partial bathroom remodels include painting or staining the cabinets, removing and installing new countertops and replacing the sink and faucet.
Painting the bathroom cabinets or vanity yourself would cost anywhere between $150-$400 depending on the size of the cabinets and the quality of the paint you choose. The timeframe to complete this project is approximately one day. If you chose to hire professional the cost would be anywhere between $1000-$1500.
Removing and installing the countertops requires a little more know-how but normally is just as easy as the cabinet overhaul if you’re handy. Many times local solid surface countertop fabricators and or supply yards may have scraps of countertops that you could purchase at highly discounted prices. This is a great way to save money as usually cabinets and or vanities in the spaces will be small. You could then take this small piece of material to a fabricator have it fabricated and install it yourself for approximately $500-$600. If you chose a professional the cost would be anywhere between $2000-$3500.
Replacing the sink and faucet prior to installing the new countertop is not as difficult as many may think. Normally if the sink is the same size and shape disconnecting and reconnecting the plumbing is very easy. Replacing the faucet is just as easy except if the shut off valves and hoses are old or have mineral deposit buildup. Many times this will require a professional plumber to replace those items. Licensed plumbers could range anywhere between $100 an hour to $250 an hour.
One option that is gaining traction is epoxy countertops over existing countertops will. Epoxy can be installed over existing tile, solid surface and laminate countertops. The epoxy process eliminates the need for removing existing countertops. There are many pros and cons to epoxy countertops that you can read here.
$6000-$20,000 would be a midscale bathroom remodel. These would be medium to high cost improvements to high cost improvements and would normally require a licensed professional.
Midscale bathroom remodels would include removing and replacing the vanity, removing and replacing the tub shower combo, removing and replacing the toilet, removing and replacing the floor tile.
Most of the demolition work in a midscale bathroom remodel could be accomplished by a courageous DIYer. A dumpster should be rented to dispose of a majority of the trash and normally cost around $100-$200 for a one-week rental.
Replacing the vanity in a midscale bathroom remodel could be accomplished by built-in cabinets or the ever-trending floating vanity. Floating vanities are becoming very popular as a majority of the time they come as a package which includes the cabinet, a solid surface countertop, a sink and a faucet. Floating vanities can range in price from approximately $1000-$4000 depending on the size.
Installing the tub and re-tiling the tub surround in the shower/tub area most definitely requires a licensed professional as waterproofing this area is of the most importance. Installing the tub and tiling the surrounding areas can range in price from approximately $3000-$8000.
Removing and replacing a toilet can absolutely be done by a DIYer. Although we highly recommend a licensed professional. The biggest concern when installing the new toilet is to be conscience of the height of the wax ring so that the toilet does not leak in the future. New toilet can range in price from approximately $100-$400. Installation of a new toilet can range from $150-$400.
Installation of the new floor tile depending on the design and size of tile can range from approximately $4 per square foot to $12 per square foot. Laying tile can also be done by a courageous DIYer but we highly recommend a licensed professional as well.
$20,000-$70,000 would be a high-end to upscale bathroom remodel. These would be high cost improvements and high-end fixtures and finishes. We definitely recommend a licensed professional to perform high-end and upscale bathroom remodels which usually are master bathrooms.
Home remodeling magazine stated homes with a remodeled master bathroom in the high-end spectrum sold quicker at a higher price than homes without.
In a upscale bathroom remodel the existing layout is normally changed from what the homebuilder had built to a more functional built and usable space. Larger Walk-in showers with floating and or freestanding tubs have become the new trend and look very appealing to the eye.
Plumbing fixtures, frameless glass enclosures and tile selections are a majority of the cost in a high-end bathroom remodel. Plumbing fixtures can range anywhere between $1500-$6000. Frameless glass enclosures can range anywhere from $1500-$4000. As far as tile selections are concerned it is very hard to approximate the cost as natural stone can get very expensive.
Your Return on Investment.
Bathroom remodels are in second place behind a kitchen remodel in terms of the return on your investment in your home. Homebuyers have spent an average of more than $3000 to secure a home with a remodeled master bathroom and/or remodeled secondary bathroom. Many homeowners call this the AF: aggravation fee. Whoever goes through the aggravation gets the fee.
Our team at trust company does everything possible to eliminate the aggravation of any of your home remodeling projects. Our 100+ five-star reviews online proves that our customer service and quality construction eliminates fear and aggravation and most home remodeling projects.
Although trust company offers a quote guarantee sometimes unexpected events occur that could raise the cost of the remodel. Some examples of unexpected events include; a history of water damage underneath and behind cabinets that cannot be seen, damage plumbing or electrical inside of the walls, and damage to framing from termite or water damage in the past. We suggest you set aside 15 to 20% of your budget for these unforeseen circumstances. We will do everything in our power and tool bags to eliminate any extra costs during our remodels.
And lastly remodeled bathrooms sells homes.