Bathroom Remodeling: Deciphering the Costs

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Necessary home improvements
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I’ll confess to bathroom envy. After years of remodeling various parts of various houses, I’ve never gotten around to creating a great bathroom. So, when I see people with large, sparkling bathrooms I think….hmmm…what would it take? Here’s how to break it down.

Bathroom Remodeling Costs Explained

When you hear someone say they spent $15,000 on bathroom remodeling, what does that mean–an elegant retreat or a basic new space? The answer is…it depends. There are a lot of variables that go into the various bathroom remodeling costs, so start by itemizing. You’ll need:

  • A bathtub or shower, plus the fixtures–$500 to $2,000
  • A vanity and sink–$400 to $1,000
  • A faucet, mirror and medicine cabinet–$250 to $700
  • Wall and floor tile–$200 to $1,200
  • The installation–$2,000 to $10,000 or more, depending on the complexity of the project

Bathroom Remodeling and Resale

While bathroom remodeling can greatly enhance your space, you should be cautious in today’s economy. You likely won’t recoup all of your investment quickly, according to Remodeling Magazine, which lists a 74.6 percent return on the average bathroom remodeling. One way to offset the financial shortfall is to watch costs carefully. Here are some inexpensive bathroom remodeling ideas:

  • Go easy on tile–use inexpensive “field” tile in a neutral tone for 80 percent of the area, then splurge on fancy tile for the accent areas.
  • Stick with simple faucet finishes–brushed chrome is elegant and perhaps 30 percent less expensive than oil rubbed bronze.
  • Instead of a high-end vanity cabinet, go with an inexpensive cabinet with a fancy stain.

Yes, bathroom remodeling costs can add up quickly, but there also are plenty of bathroom remodeling ideas for the budget minded. As long as it works for you….it works for you!

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  1. 3 Responses to “Bathroom Remodeling: Deciphering the Costs”

  2. john
    Dec 1, 2010

    Thanks for this article about the Bathroom Remodeling, Deciphering the Costs

  3. jamie
    Dec 2, 2010

    I think some people go way ovrboard on bathroom remodeling, spending thousands needlessly. Afterall, it is just a bathroom….save your money for the kitchen!

  4. Teresa
    Dec 3, 2010

    I would love to expand my master bath and install a garden tub separate from the shower. But this would be quite costly and is not in the near future. For now I am happy with the recently completed dream kitchen.

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