There are many important aspects of home improvement, but one of the most critical areas is the bathroom. Bathrooms don’t always receive the attention that kitchens and living rooms do, but they should. After all, the bathroom is one room that inhabitants and visitors are all likely to use. Perhaps that’s why bathroom remodels are one of the few major renovations that still pay off when trying to raise the value of a home. However, whether you’re trying to make your home more valuable or just more comfortable for you and your family, remodeling the bathroom is an excellent place to start. The question is: how much is it likely to cost?
The costs of remodelling a bathroom will always differ depending on factors like the dimensions of the space and the materials that you choose. In fact, bathroom remodels in the United States can cost anywhere from $2500 to over $22,500. There’s no way to know exactly what your remodel will cost, but you can arrive in the ballpark by looking at the costs of specific tasks. Here are a few of the most common:
Installing a New Bathtub
Bathtubs can easily be considered the centerpiece of any bathroom that includes them (there’s a reason it’s not called the toiletroom, after all). If you are remodeling to increase the value of a home, at least one bathtub–especially in the master bathroom–can make your home more appealing. It is possible to spend less than $1000 on a new bathtub installation, but if you want to put in a quality tub you should budget for closer to $3000. Expensive bathtubs may cost two or three times this amount.
Redoing the Bathroom Floor
Putting in new bathroom tile is one of the most common bathroom remodels, but it can also be costly. High-end estimates for having new tile installed land around $7000, and you’ll have to pay for the tiles themselves as well. It might be tempting to redo your bathroom with glass mosiac tiles, but these normally start at more than $6 a square foot. Instead, consider using a few mosaic tiles to accent a floor of cheaper porcelain ones.
New Showers and Toilets
Water fixtures didn’t always receive the same amount of attention that they do now, but homeowners are becoming increasingly conscious of the energy their buildings use. Apps like Homeselfe have become popular to conduct quick and easy energy audits, providing homeowners with many strategies for lowering their monthly utility bills. One such strategy is by replacing showerheads and toilets with low-flow variants that use less water. Low-flow showerheads alone can save up to 43% of the hot water your shower consumes, and most are under $100. It is possible to purchase a low flow toilet for less than $200 (and they can save over 5000 gallons of water annually).
While the cost of a full bathroom remodel can be in the tens of thousands of dollars, it is easy to replace a few key features for considerably less than that. Start small and approach high-priority areas first if you want to transform your bathroom while staying within a reasonable budget.