Considering a bathroom remodel? Read This.
A bathroom remodel always begins with the same two questions. How extensive of a remodel do you want and what is your budget?
Personally, I believe the best place to start with a bathroom remodel is the budget. The budget determines what type and quality of materials and the design of your new bathroom. Setting the budget first will help you to establish the limits you must stay in to complete the project. Knowing what you can spent will be a huge help when you start to select what is actually going to go in your new bathroom. The costs will add up fast, so you may have to make a few compromises during the process.
Bathroom remodel ideas
One of the most popular and least expensive bathroom remodels can be as simple as just changing the faucets, cabinet handles, shower head and other hardware. Change from a nickel-plated or stainless steel look to a copper or brass look.
You could also change the floor covering to a different type of vinyl or tile. Go with a different paint color and use a lighter or darker color. Change out a tub to a shower or vice versa. Consider having your present tub or shower refinished to give them a new look. Refurbishing or “going green” does offer the major advantage of costing a lot less than buying all new fixtures and cabinets. It also good for the environment because of less going in a landfill if the item still has years of service still left in them.
Bathroom remodel cost
The national average cost to remodel an average size existing bathroom is about $15,000.00. This type of upgrade would include a standard size porcelain covered tub with ceramic tile covered surround area, new faucets and shower head, standard toilet, solid vanity counter with new sink, medicine cabinet, tile floor, wallpaper or paint and lights. This price includes products that fall in the mid price range. Higher end products would obviously raise the cost.
This also assumes that you leave all existing plumbing in the exact same place. To relocate toilets and drains can have a significant effect on the cost. Moving these main lines can be very time-consuming and costly.
Do it yourself bathroom remodel.
If you feel that you have the necessary skills to do most of the work or just a part of the remodeling, you can save a considerable amount of money on the labor cost. But, you need to be completely honest with yourself when assessing your skill levels and time restraints. It may cost you less in the long run to have a professional do the remodel to begin with, rather than have them to fix your mistakes.
Remember, that you will be working with pressurized water lines, drain lines and sewage lines and that the work should be done according to the local building codes for your area.
In most areas you can expect to recover about 2/3 of your bathroom remodel cost in the valve of your home increasing.