There are many reasons you may want to remodel your home. You may want to update the look, increase resale value, or even add functionality.
However, the scope of a project depends on more than that. It comes down to material selections, customization, cabinetry options, the size of the room and the home value (prior to remodel). It’s normal for homeowners to be curious about what they’ll get out of their project with the amount they invest. Below is a breakdown of the approximate cost for each type of bathroom remodel and the features related to each budget.
The Basic Bathroom Update
May run $3,000 to $15,000
What you might get: You probably won’t be able to move any plumbing around, but you could update plumbing and lighting fixtures, tile, flooring and your shower with stock, or off-the-shelf products.
Countertops: At this level, most homeowners are installing low-end granite or cultured marble as it fits well within the price range outlined.
Tile: Don’t expect to go crazy with tile options at this budget. However, you could do a bathtub or shower area with ceramic tiles or standard white subway tiles.
Walls: Updating your bathroom with a fresh coat of paint that better suits your style is the most affordable choice. Many paint companies offer virtual examples via their site – so you’re able to see how the color looks in your space before committing.
Cabinets: If your cabinets are in good condition, you might just want to refurbish them. If that’s not an option, you’re looking at off-the-shelf units as custom cabinetry can stretch your budget considerably.
Lighting, fixtures and finishes: Within this price bracket, you’re looking at off-the-shelf products. Do keep in mind that the majority of plumbing fixtures at this level have plastic pieces on the inside, and will likely need to be replaced every five to seven years.
Mid- to Upper-Range Bathroom Remodel
May run $16,000 to $55,000
Why the broad range? Well, the saying “location is everything” doesn’t just apply to realty. When remodeling, your location dictates materials, cost of labor and project scope.
What you might get: Your scope may include better features like flooring, a vanity with a tower (center cabinetry on top of the vanity), updated sink(s), lighting, window treatments, hardware, countertops, and even a framed mirror to match your cabinetry.
This budget also allows for a few more adjustments to the layout. Perhaps you have a tub that is tucked away in the corner and never gets used? You may be able to put in a slightly larger shower in its place.
Countertops: A higher-grade granite, marble or quartz.
Cabinets: If you’ve been looking to update your cabinetry, this range allows you to incorporate semi-custom pieces with higher-end finishes (glazed instead of just stained along with decorative details like furniture-like cabinet legs and intricate door panels).
Plumbing: You can make moderate adjustments to the plumbing, like moving the faucets or shower.
Lighting fixtures: Get ready to remove those 1990’s gold fixtures that are a common eye soar. This price range allows you to upgrade to higher-quality fixtures.
Tile: At this level porcelain will be your new best friend – and it has plenty of benefits. It’s more durable than ceramic and slip resistant, and there are more color, size and design options. You can really get creative as well! You’ll have the option of doing more interesting borders and accent tiles, and you can tile the entire room instead of just a shower or bathtub area.
The Deluxe Bathroom Remodel
May run $56,000 to $100,000-plus
Also known as a full gut job. If you’re in this budget range, get ready to start at the top of your wish list and work your way down. You might also be able to expand the space or add an adjacent walk-in closet. Simply put, the higher your budget, the more your Pinterest “Dream board” can come to fruition.
Cabinetry: Get ready to be as detailed as you’d like. Solid wood construction with custom finishes and decorative accent pieces are possibilities.
Tile: A Vegas hotel restroom is within reach. Tile at this range could include natural marble, limestone or granite. Just keep in mind that natural stone requires more maintenance, but the unique character it brings to the room is well worth it for some.
Plumbing: High-end finishes and parts.
Amenities: Steam showers with heated towel racks and radiant floor heating.
Lighting, fixtures and finishes: At the lower end of this budget, you’re looking at semi-custom lighting pieces that match your high-end finishes. The higher your budget, the more possibilities you have; like a custom chandelier with lighting that adjusts to the rooms temperature.
It’s always a good idea to consult with a professional. Sharing your needs and wants at the beginning of the process will give you a realistic budget for your project. Additionally, you can reference Hanley Wood’s Cost vs. Value report for a list of various projects and their cost throughout the U.S. Here’s the report for the Dallas-Fort Worth area.