The average bathroom remodel costs $10,436 Most homeowners spend between $5,968 and $14,905. You can spend as little as $3,500 to $7,000 updating the essentials in a small or medium-sized bathroom. On a large or master bath, you could spend $25,000 or more. Labor averages 50 percent of the total project price at about $65 per hour. Expect pricing to vary regionally up to 20 percent due mainly to labor. Material prices stay roughly the same across the country.
If your would-be sanctuary is a major sore spot, you’re not alone. Bathrooms are second only to the kitchen on people’s wish lists of rooms to remodel, especially since the current economy-induced deferred maintenance has pushed so many past their 20-year lifespan. “At that age, bathrooms really start to get tired,” says Art Donnelly, president of Legacy Design Build in Mount Sinai, New York. “Leaky toilets, grimy grout, loose tiles—you name it, it’s probably an issue.”
Knowing how or where to start with a bathroom remodel can be overwhelming for any homeowner with big dreams but no information. Questions swim around their head about exactly where to start with the project: on a small scale like updating the lighting or hardware (racks, mirrors, vanities) or more major projects like replacing the shower and bathtub. It can be overwhelming if there isn’t a plan in place or a budget to keep everything level when first calling a professional in. Many people don’t know where to start, and they end up jumping in, spending too much money and coming out with a finished project much poorer and less satisfied than when they started.
When updating your bathroom, don’t forget to redesign with the environment in mind. Low-flow toilets, sinks, and shower heads will not only help you conserve water, but they’ll also save you money. Plus, water-saving shower heads and faucets often cost the same, if not less, than traditional ones. So you won’t have to spend money to save money here.
Pedestal sinks can saver or waste space depending on the arrangement and storage options of your bathroom. If you want to open up floor space, they’re an excellent choice. However, they don’t offer the storage that vanity cabinets provide. If your bathroom lacks storage but you have your heart set on a pedestal sink, include open shelves or a tile-lined niche behind or adjacent to it. Alternatively, consider using cabinetry 16 or 18 inches deep, instead of the usual 21 inches, to maximize your floor plan.
I love the doorless design, alley type shower, and intend to build it into our new house next year. Especially the “Open Walk In” last picture. Of note are the high windows for natural light, double shower head, spacious shelving and controls that aren’t positioned directly under the shower head. Nothing like getting sprayed with freezing cold water when trying to turn on the shower in the morning. I intend to position my next shower controls in a more logical (and warmer) position – more toward the open doorway.
That’s why we’re here, to give you the tools you need to transform that dream into a reality. With inspiration like this as a starting base, let us lead you on the journey towards your dream bathroom. We have statistical information on the cost of a half-bath and full-bath remodel for you to consult, along with more than enough information on things homeowners need to know and prepare for before tackling a bathroom remodel.
Here’s a word of warning, though. It’s going to take more time than you think. Why? Your bathroom may be the smallest room in the house, but you’re going to have to paint slowly and gently around the window, the tub or shower, the sink, the mirror, the toilet, the switchplates, the wall corners, and the floor. This takes time and patience (and a good supply of painter’s tape), so make sure you keep this in mind when planning your renovation.
Focus on durability. The surfaces and fixtures will likely get lots of wear and tear, especially if children use the room. Plastic laminate flooring and countertops are durable and inexpensive, plus the kids likely don’t care if they have high-end materials. As for fixtures, you still want high-quality construction, including all-brass parts and a PVD (physical vapor deposition) finish that resists scratches, but go with basic chrome, rather than pricier nickel or bronze. On the walls, choose an interior paint that resists mildew.
Your creativity will show with adding or replacing floor tile and wall tile with a bathroom remodel. The choices of polished or textured, subtle or bold, patterned or solid and single- or multi-colored are just the beginning of your options. Modify the traditional brick pattern to install subway tile vertically, or consider a herringbone layout to add visual interest to simple tile designs.