The importance of a bathroom in the modern home can be easily overlooked. The bathroom is the very thing that originally defined a modern home - the inclusion of a plumbing system and clean running water. For this reason, it could even be said that the bathroom is the most important part of a house.
Why should you remodel your bathroom?
1. It’s where you start and finish each day.
2. It offers solitude and serves as a great hiding spot.
3. It’s where inspiration strikes.
4. It's the perfect place to decompress.
Bathroom remodels have some of the highest return on investment of any work you can do in your home!
How Much Does It Cost?
Before diving into the particulars, let’s look at how much a remodeling project costs as a whole. For a bathroom that’s about 6×8, the average cost comes to approximately $15,000.
A cost break down is listed below.
Almost all bathrooms need storage for extra shampoo, soap, towels, and cleaning products. While some bathrooms avoid cabinetry altogether, most benefit from a vanity or storage cabinet. Existing cabinetry can be refinished as a cost savings, or new cabinets can be chosen from a range of big-box and specialty stores. Expect to pay anywhere from $250 to $3,000 for cabinetry, depending on the size of the space and the selection of the style.
Many first-time remodelers are surprised to discover that a countertop doesn’t always come attached to the chosen vanity. This opens up a lot of possibilities for customization, allowing buyers to choose and install a countertop they really love that suits their needs instead of being locked into a preselected combination. Depending on the size and material of the countertop, in addition to the costs for the sink cutout or custom edges, expect to pay between $200 and $1,000 for a bathroom counter.
Faucets and Plumbing
This cost will vary significantly depending on how recently your home was built or updated, the style and material you choose, and permit or labor costs in your area. If the in-wall plumbing isn’t that old and shut-off valves are all functioning well, the plumbing costs may be minimal, especially if you’re just replacing a sink and toilet and can DIY. Selecting the material, finish, and style of the faucets will also affect the cost, but beautiful faucets can be found in a wide range of prices.
Older-home plumbing can be complicated, and often the discovery of problems with the plumbing, such as leaky or rotted pipes, can throw a remodel into a renovation and drive up the costs considerably. If you’ll need the help of a professional, this cost can be as much as $1,000 higher. The average cost range for faucets and plumbing is between $250 and $1,450.
Updating the toilet, sink, and tub or tub/shower enclosure can make a huge difference in the appearance of a bathroom, especially if the existing fixtures were particularly dated. Fixtures can be purchased in home stores, specialty stores, or online, but if you’re not planning to replace the flooring it’s important to choose a new fixture with the same or a slightly larger footprint than the old one. You’ll also want to pay attention to the placement and height of plumbing connections, as changing the location of the plumbing hookups will press the budget significantly. Fixtures range in cost from $200 to as much as $1,800 for specialty options.
For any homeowner, a bathroom upgrade or remodels is an expensive undertaking. Therefore, a remodeling project should be viewed as a great investment. Bathroom remodels breathe new life into your home and make it a better place to live in for you and your family and if you plan to sell in the future, they maintain great resale value.