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.
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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.