Bathroom Remodeling Budgets

There are many reasons you may be considering an update for your bathroom. These may include outdated colors or design, inefficient layout, or it may be to help your home's resale value. The big question is, "what will it cost?"

Determining what a remodel will run is naturally affected by many factors such as the quality of materials, the size of the bathroom and whether you will perform any of the labor. Additionally, the age of your home and its plumbing can make a difference.

A simple rule of thumb is to figure about 10% of your home's value for the cost. So, for example if your home is worth $300,000, then $30,000 might be an appropriate figure for the job.

Here is the manner in which the National Kitchen & Bath Association breaks down a typical bathroom remodel budget:

  • Labor: 20%
  • Cabinetry and hardware: 16%
  • Fixtures: 15 %
  • Faucets and Plumbing: 14%
  • Countertop: 7%
  • Floor: 9%
  • Doors and windows: 4%
  • Walls and ceiling: 5%
  • Lighting and ventilation: 5%
  • Design fees: 4%
  • Other: 1%

Of course, this is certainly not the same for all homes, as some areas of your bathroom may need more attention than others. Therefore, it's important to explore the specifics of your project, your home, and your individual requirements.  It is up to you when choosing the components to decide how much you're willing to spend.

A bathroom requires a lot of durable materials, fixtures, plumbing, lighting, and more, so you generally spend more per square foot in a bathroom than any other space in the house. The good news is that you also tend to recoup on average 100% of the costs in resale value. Most important, is that regardless of whether you intend on selling your home or not, every day that you enjoy your new bathroom you will benefit from your investment.

There are also varying degrees of renovation. With a partial bathroom remodel you can replace certain items, such as cabinets, countertops, faucets, and toilet. Doing a basic renovation maintains the existing structure and layout. A mid-range project allows you to use better quality materials and perhaps include other features like a larger shower. With a complete bathroom remodel you might redesign the layout and structure of the room precisely as you want it and include higher end materials that are more durable and unique.

Like most things, a larger budget allows flexibility to choose materials and design features.  If you can't afford everything you'd like in your dream bathroom, and then focus on the items that will make the biggest impact to your satisfaction with your bathroom.

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