What if an amazing remodel was surprisingly affordable?
For many homeowners, remodeling their bathroom is a high priority. It increases the value of the home while adding more convenience for homeowners and guests alike.
However, remodeling has a reputation for being expensive. Therefore, the big question: just what is the bathroom remodel cost?
The truth is there’s no “one size fits all” answer. But we’ve prepared a comprehensive guide to help you calculate the cost for remodeling your own bathroom!
Bathroom Remodel Cost: Low to High
We’ve prepared a solid guide to help you understand bathroom renovation cost. First, though, you’ve got a big question: just how bad is this going to be?
Obviously, estimates range from low to high. And this corresponds to whether you are doing a modest and low-scale remodel or an ambitious and high-scale remodel.
On the low end, you may be able to remodel your bathroom for anywhere between $2,000 and $2,500. On the high end, though, your remodel may cost between $20,000 and $25,000.
Most bathroom renovations fall between $9,000 to $11,000. With our guide, you’ll be able to estimate your own cost while discovering some surprising ways to drive the overall costs down.
Contractors and Costs
Unless you’ve got some serious hidden handyman talents, it’s best to hire a professional to handle your bathroom renovation.
However, working with a contractor means understanding how contractors work. And as a rule of thumb, the less you know, the more you pay!
First, you need to figure out if you’re hiring a general contractor or a variety of subcontractors. This decision mostly comes down to time vs. money.
You could theoretically save money by hiring a bunch of different subcontractors on your own. But “time is money,” and by the time you personally assembled a motley crew, you may have been better of letting a general contractor handle everything.
Whoever you work with, be sure to get a quote before they begin work. If the quote is acceptable, then you’ll need a contract specifying things like overall cost as well as payment schedules (including things like milestone payments).
Expect the Unexpected
We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but here it is. No matter how thorough you and your contractors are, you won’t be able to predict everything that can happen.
In practical terms, this means making sure extra money is available for when unexpected catastrophe strikes. As an example, your contractors may end up finding annoying things like hidden mold or water damage while they’re working on your bathroom.
The repair costs for these issues may be hundreds or even thousands of dollars. As a safety measure, you may want to take the initial estimate you were quoted and have an extra ten percent or so “just in case.”
Worst case, you’ll be expecting the unexpected. Best case, you’ll have some extra money tucked back for a rainy day.
Now that we’ve talked about how much the cost might be, it’s time to dive into some of the interesting ways that you can keep your remodeling costs down.
A “Light” Remodel
A major factor that drives bathroom renovation cost up is ambitious homeowners. For instance, many people want to add natural light to their bathrooms by adding windows or skylights to the room instead of relying on light fixtures.
Obviously, an extensive renovation like that comes with a pretty high price tag. However, there is an alternative solution that is much easier on you and your wallet!
It’s possible to have your contractor install a solar tube in your home. Such a tube funnels light from places like your attic into your bathroom via a small hole.
As you might imagine, adding a small hole and a sun tube to your bathroom is cheaper than creating a giant hole such as a window or skylight. You’ll get all the natural light you want without all the extra cost you don’t want!
A Tale of Tiles
The “number one with a bullet” choice for bathroom renovations is new tile. And to be fair, new tile is the quickest way to give your bathroom a whole new look.
However, there are many different tiles to choose from. And some of them will break the bank almost right away!
For instance, certain fancy tiles may cost $100 or more per square foot. And if you use this tile throughout your bathroom, then the costs will start adding up very quickly.
The budget-friendly version of a tile renovation is to only use the super-expensive tile for feature walls and decorative borders. For everything else, you can use subway tile.
Subway tile has two powerful things going for it: it goes well with just about anything, and it it quite cheap (usually only $3 or $4 per square foot). Switch to subway tile and watch your project cost estimates dramatically drop down!
Tactical Paint Choices
Earlier, we talked about how you can save costs by using cheaper tile in most of the renovation. But did you know that you can save even more money by simply using less tile?
The truth is that a new paint job goes a long way towards transforming the look of your bathroom. Therefore, you can save a lot of money by simply painting the walls a new color instead of covering every surface with tile.
Obviously, some homeowners will have their heart set on tile no matter what. But it’s good to know what your options are before you set out.
Buying Your Own Materials
We saved the easiest money-saving trick for last. And here it is: buying your own materials.
A general contractor is typically all too happy to grab materials for you. However, they have little incentive to find the best prices on everything because they’re just passing the cost onto you.
Try negotiating with your contractor to provide your own supplies. This small step can make a big dent in your cost.
The Bottom Line
Now you know how much your bathroom remodel cost will likely be. But do you know who can help bring your vision to life?
At 21st Century Services, we are the ultimate authority on helping homeowners achieve their renovation dreams. To see how we can help improve your bathroom, contact us today!