Bathroom remodeling can be a costly project, but there are many ways to manage the cost. You do need to keep in mind that there are many variables to consider, such as the size and existing condition of your bathroom, your location, the timeframe in which you want the project to be completed, and so on. However, it is possible to figure out a ballpark figure based on common remodeling tasks.
For a 35 to 40 square foot bathroom, which is about average for most households in the United States, you will need to do the following (or pay someone to do them for you):
- Install a toilet.
- Apply wall material, which may be moisture-resistant wallpaper made of vinyl, or latex paint.
- Install a tub and shower unit.
- Install ceramic tiles around the tub.
- Install a counter-sink combo.
- Install a shower control.
- Install a mirror-medicine cabinet combo.
- Install ceramic tile on the rest of the bathroom floor.
For most bathroom remodeling projects, $16,000 to $17,500 should be sufficient to cover these tasks, but not much else. If you want to add more personalized touches or technical features, you will need to increase your budget considerably. Keep in mind also that this figure is appropriate for a fully functional but somewhat basic bathroom. For something really fancy, such as the type of bathroom you see on the photograph accompanying this article, you would probably have to spend $20,000 or even more.
Location matters more than you would think. All other factors being equal, the bathroom remodeling tasks outlined above would cost an estimated $18,000 in California and other states in the Pacific Northwest. In the Southern states, a similar project would cost considerably less, with the bill probably coming in closer to $15,000. In any case, you could cut your costs somewhat by shopping around for deals and comparing different supply companies.