Ditch that Outdated Bathroom Look for a Modern Bath Palace
Tired of looking at an old, run-down bathroom that has seen its better days? Then it might be time for a bathroom remodel. With a few updates and changes, both large and small bathrooms will be transformed into a modern masterpiece. Continue reading this bathroom remodeling guide to find reasons to remodel a bathroom, popular remodeling ideas, and the costs associated with each.
Why Should I Remodel My Bathroom?
Remodeling a bathroom in your house opens up a world of possibilities. Depending on the room area and location of load bearing walls (which shouldn't be altered unless you are willing to pay a large premium), you may be able to completely change the layout of your bathroom to your dream design. Knock down a wall here; install a knee wall and a walk-in shower there, and voila! A bathroom fit for a king.
Not only will remodeling a bathroom add to your pleasure of using it, but it adds value to your home as well. Most bathroom remodels will recoup 60-80% of the total cost of the remodel. Renovations popular across the country at the time the work is performed tends to add more value to future buyers.
Popular Remodeling Options
When considering a bathroom remodeling project, keep the following options in mind:
- Walk-in showers are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners and prospective home buyers. There are many options available when installing a walk-in shower, from floor-to-ceiling glass to half-glass with tiled knee-walls. Sizes of walk-in showers are only limited to the space you have available.
- Updating a bathroom countertop is a straightforward, economical project that will transform any bathroom instantly. Options range from natural stone such as granite to metal to economical laminates. Upgrading a sink while installing a new countertop saves both time and money when remodeling a bathroom.
- Often times when renovating a bathroom on a budget, homeowners simply upgrade sink and bath fixtures such as faucets, tub spouts, and showerheads instead of replacing the entire sink, tub or shower. Most people are amazed what a modern design faucet and showerhead can do for a bathroom. There are literally hundreds of types, styles and finishes to choose from to fit any decor.
- Upgrading a 1/2bath to a 3/4 or full bath can often get homeowners the most bang for their buck, as long as there is adequate room. All the necessary plumbing is already installed - a contractor simply needs to install a shower (for a 3/4 bath) or tub/shower unit (for a full bath) and make the necessary plumbing connections.
Bathroom Remodeling Costs
The following prices are national averages - actual costs vary slightly depending on your actual location. Each example below includes materials and labor.
- A new walk-in shower using moderately priced materials can cost $3,000-$4,000. A luxurious unit with floor-to-ceiling glass and tiled walls can easily double costs to $8,000.
- Upgrading a bathroom countertop with a new sink and faucet costs $600-$800 for economical upgrades, or as much as $1,500 for stone countertops and a designer sink/faucet
- An economical bathroom remodel consisting of a fresh coat of paint and new sink, tub and shower fixtures costs $600-$1,500 depending on the type of fixtures chosen.
- Upgrading a secondary bathroom to a 3/4 or full bath costs $2,000-$8,000 depending on the unit chosen and difficulty of installation.
- A complete bathroom remodel including a new shower/tub, sink/countertop, toilet and floor renovation costs as little as $17,000 or as much as $30,000 depending on the size of the bathroom and the quality of materials.