How much does a bathroom remodel cost?
Bathrooms are one of the most frequently used areas in the house. It's great to have a beautiful, comfortable and fully functional bathroom. It not only relaxes you after a hard working day, but also adds value to your home if you're ever going to resell it.
How much does it cost to remodel a bathroom? As you can imagine, when remodeling a bathroom there's a lot of options for you to choose from that all influence the final cost. Depending on the bathtubs, custom cabinetry, counters, flooring and light fixtures you choose, the price range can vary widely.
Learn about bathroom remodeling cost factors before setting your budget
In the Atlanta area, homeowners spend between $7,000 to $22,000 on a bathroom remodel. There are a lot of factors which influence the remodeling cost during a bathroom renovation. With a better understanding of what these changes will cost, you can better determine your budget for your dream bathroom remodel.
Tiles, bamboo, vinyl, cork, laminate... You have a lot of options for your bathroom flooring. The most budget friendly floorings available is vinyl, which is easy to clean and waterproof. However, dragging heavy furniture across the surface will probably cause damage and might not be the best option in all situations. Stone tiles are relatively more expensive yet the lifespan of a stone floor is known to span some centuries and will increase your home value should you choose to sell it at some point.
Obviously, custom cabinets are usually more expensive than store-bought ones. The price will also vary significantly depending on the size of the cabinets themselves, the type of material that is chosen, and whether professional installation is needed. Determining the area that you need to install and if there are any unnatural corners can help you estimate the final cost and if you'll need to go the custom route.
Tub and shower stall
The largest expense in a bathroom remodel is the actual tub or shower itself. Depending on the quality and style of the item, the price can vary wildly. In the Atlanta area, the benchmark cost to install a shower stall ranges between $860 to a little bit higher than $1,000 per stall. However, the cost of installing a larger customized shower stall can easily be more than $5,000, including labor.
Many people are surprised to learn that installing a toilet is not as cheap as they think. It can cost up to $650 to replace or install a toilet using most Atlanta home contractors. The average cost to install a toilet is about $400 if you're not adding any fancy features. However, if you want to have a modern model toilet with heated seats, it could end up being $1,000 or more.
On average, homeowners spend between $250 and $600 to have a sink added or replaced. However, depending on the material you decide to go for, the price can be very different. For example, a solid surface material sink which is very durable with high heat tolerance can cost you from $2,100 to $3,400.
Decor and amenities
Each homeowner has different need and taste so it can be hard to accurately price this area. Some homeowners spend quite a bit on decorative details to add character to their bathroom, while others would rather put that money towards amenities, such as steam showers and radiant floor heating.
If your house is old, you might need to be prepared for additional work and hidden costs in your bathroom remodel. Because the wiring, plumbing and other features of your old house might be outdated, extra work may be required to renovate it or bring it up to code. This kind of situation can make your remodeling project more expensive and time-consuming. In addition to the total size of the bathroom, this is one of the most decisive factors in determining final cost.
Last but not least, don't forget that there may be fees for permit applications. Permits are usually required for new constructions, structural changes including additions, electrical work, mechanical work, and plumbing work. Permit fee can be anywhere between $100 to $3000 depending on the situation.
Transfer your bathroom on a low budget
Basic items in your bathroom including sinks, cabinets, light fixtures, toilets, counters, flooring, shower heads, etc, can be changed with a relatively low price. By updating these basic fixtures with a more modern looking elements, you can get a fresh look for your bathroom more easily than you think. If your budget is really tight, simply repainting your bathroom is also not a bad idea to add ambiance to your bathroom.
You need a good bathroom
Whether you just want to have a more relaxing and efficient bathroom space or you're planning to sell your house in the future, a bathroom renovation might be the best investment on your house. A well done home remodel increases home resale value, with a return on investment of up to 80%.
Bathroom remodeling is a skilled and dense work. If you plan to do a full remodel, it may be wise to get a professional home design and builder's opinion. Replacing light fixtures and faucets is not a daunting task, but for large tasks a professional contractor will be well worth your time and investment. Feel free to contact us at (770) 777-1000 for more information or if you're considering a home remodeling project.