Monday, September 7, 2009

How Much Does It Cost to Remodel a Bathroom?

Bathroom remodeling can range from a simple cosmetic upgrade to a major overhaul. Costs also vary with region of the country. Therefore, it's difficult to estimate cost before sitting down with your remodeling contractor. Barry likes to spend an hour or two initially with a prospective client just discussing needs, wants, and wishes in relationship to budget.
If you're just trying to decide whether or not you can even begin the process with a contractor, you can probably figure between $5000-$10,000 for a standard bathroom upgrade that does not involve moving fixtures or removing walls. This might include new flooring, sink and faucet, vanity, lighting, ceramic tile for tub surround, painting, mirror, and accessories like towel bars and paper holder. If you include tub replacement, you'd be on the higher end of that range.
If you're looking at rearranging or enlarging a bath, you might be in the $10,000-$20,000 range. Such projects could involve multiple subcontractors, moving plumbing stacks, re-wiring electric, and disposing of old fixtures and construction debris. If you opt for features like marble countertops or whirlpool tubs, you can easily spend $20,000-$30,000, more depending on your geographic location and your personal preferences.
A Connecticut company called "Simple Additions" publishes an estimator that can give you ballpark figures to see if remodeling is a possibility for you.

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