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Your Guide to Understanding Bathroom Remodel Costs

Thinking about remodeling your bathroom? before you get into that, you need to find the purpose behind your bathroom remodel. Is your bathroom old and rusty? Are your tiles slippery and moldy? Do you lack space and basic functionality? Once you’ve answered these basic questions, you’re ready to take on this massive project with a much clear headspace. After that, the most important thing to consider is the ‘bathroom remodel costs’.

You can spend as little as $1,500 to $5,000 remodeling the essentials in a small or medium bathroom. Similarly, remodeling the master bath could set you back by $20,000 or more depending on your style and choices. 

However, if you don’t feel like renovating your bathroom at once, you can start making small, nifty improvements in stages rather than re-doing the whole remodel at once. Overall, keeping the budget and bathroom remodel costs in mind is the right way to approach a remodeling project.


Understanding Bathroom Remodeling Costs


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So, what truly affects the cost of your bathroom remodel? The primary fundamental factor in hiking up the budget is labor. It costs around 20% of your total remodeling cost. Hiring a professional contractor may come with its pros and cons. Pro being professional knowledge and expertise; con being expensive. One way to reduce labor costs is to put in some efforts yourself. A little DIY action is a great way to stay in check with your monetary goals.

Apart from remodeling contractors, other features affect the cost of your bathroom remodel. These include baths, sanitary ware, flooring, light fixtures, and more. Let’s look at all the different aspects that contribute to your bathroom remodel costs


Bathtubs and Showers


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Wherever you can, save than splurge. Especially when considering changing your bathtub or shower while remodeling. Bathtubs are a great add-on to any bathroom remodel, but does your bathroom need one? Statistics show 40% of consumers take out the bathtub from the master all together and sticking to 1 tub per house. You can expect to pay around $500 to $6,000 for a bathtub (based on your budget and style).

Opting for a more massive shower with glass paneling and chrome shower heads should be on everyone’s remodeling list. They save space, money, and give you enough room to add those much-needed dream features while managing your bathroom remodel costs.


Sinks and Toilets


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Save up by updating your sanitary ware rather than buying new ones. Your toilets and sinks, if in good condition, can be refinished. Re-doing these will allow you to deal with one less installation; plumbing, under mounting the fixture, installing the new one, etc.

Choose two-piece toilets or upgrade to one-piece toilets. They are easy to clean, more comfortable for owners, and add value to a modern, contemporary bathroom. 

When it comes to sinks, do you require two vanity sinks? One less sink means one less faucet, installation, and repairs to deal with while remodeling. Plus, more space for cabinetry. There are various sinks one can choose from; Drop-in sinks, pedestal sinks are the cheapest and a practical option for long-term use. They are available in many shapes and colors. 

An easy upgrade to pedestal sinks is under-mount sinks; ceramic and metal. They are a sleek, modern, and glamorous alternative for your bathroom. 


Cabinets and Countertops


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Equally, when deciding on cabinetry, at least choose a better option than just a good one. We advise this because cabinets are used daily by each individual, old or young. Going for cheap plastic cabinets won’t last long and will start to fall apart within just a couple of years. Instead, installing suitable hardware cabinets and vanities will ensure long-term usage and less maintenance, even in a wet environment. It’s best not to skimp on these to save on bathroom remodel costs.

Moving on to countertops. The key while selecting a new countertop is — low maintenance. Do you want to make a statement with your countertop design, or an inexpensive alternative would work too? Laminate countertops resemble natural stone countertops, and they prove to be an economical alternative. 

If laminate countertops are not for you, try looking for ceramic or engineered stone countertops. Not just that, they are easy-to-clean, resistant to molding, and durable. They are also statement pieces that will add a more luxe feel to your bathroom remodel and you can expect to pay around $800 to $900 for your bathroom countertops.


Fixing Fixtures for Your Bathroom Remodel


There’s no harm in choosing chrome finished faucets and fixtures. They are sturdy, durable, and with the right style can elevate any bathroom. Fixtures like faucets contribute upto 15% of your total bathroom remodel costs and are usually in the range of $1,000 or more.

Pay close attention to that faucet. A low-quality faucet may come cheap (literally under $50), but would it last? Investing in a superior quality fixture in the early stages of a remodel is always a great alternative to maintaining those inferior ones repeatedly. Check for the flow, finish, quality, etc. before choosing your desired faucet. 

Pull-down faucets, single-handed and double-handled metal faucets are all in trend this year, and a great add-on to your bathroom design


Flooring and Wall Tiling


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Bathroom tiles add an upscale touch to any bathroom.  Start your floors with inexpensive field tiles in exciting colors and styles. Ceramic and vinyl are the most popular fit in 2020. If you want to take a step beyond basic subway tiles, you can incorporate accent tile or try adding a tile carpet. For an ultra-high-end look, add a wall of Mosaic tiles and statement marble tiles at your bathroom. 

With subway tiles starting at just $2 per square foot, you can splurge on that statement wall that will add to your bathroom remodel costs at around $50 and more per square foot. 


Splurge on Some Additions


We have two words for you: heated floors! Similarly, you can also add unique artworks, rugs, and antiques to lighten up your space all within reason. If heated floors are out of your budget, you can install a heated towel rack or a heated floor mat without breaking the bank. These or any other additions can cost anywhere between $300 to $700.

In the end, understanding bathroom remodel costs is a way for you to comprehend what works for you and what doesn’t during your bathroom remodel.