By Lance McCarthy
The bathroom. A lot happens in this little room. Teeth are brushed, hands are washed, bubbles and rose petals are applied, beauty is created… A great bathroom can have a huge impact on how well your day goes.
How much does a bathroom cost?
The #1 question we get from people is the ever popular…wait for it…”How much is a bathroom?”
Check out our budget brackets below to get some generic rule of thumb cost ranges.
Level 1: The Facelift $10-25k
- New “surfaces” and fixtures, but no change in floor plan.
- New tub/shower walls and door
- New hardware and mirror
- New countertops
- Painting cabinets
- New flooring
- New light fixtures
- New paint
Level 2: Full replacement $20-40k
- Everything is replaced, and some floor plan changes happen
- New tub/shower
- New vanity/countertop
- New sinks and faucets
- New heated tile floor
- All new surfaces
- Reconfiguring space
Level 3: Full Custom $30-70k+
- Everything is replaced and completely redesigned
- Improved floor plan
- New walls
- Custom cabinet/countertop
- Custom closet system
- Walk-in shower
- Custom lighting features
Of course each bathroom (and client) is unique, and a personalized budget will be developed for your project during a collaborative design process.
Some of our favorite bathroom finish products and design elements:
- Heated floor- no one ever regrets this one
- Free standing tub – corner jacuzzis out; free standing tubs in
- Walk-in shower- glass doors are so 2014
- Frameless glass shower surrounds-ok, so frameless glass is still pretty cool
- Shower faucet options- handshowers and jets and rainheads, oh my!
- Bidet-once you go bidet, you never go back
Pitfalls to avoid
- DIY nightmare. That Home Depot commercial makes it seem so easy. We get a lot of calls from people who discover there is more to a basement remodel than 30 seconds of an exciting song and Josh Lucas’s sexy voice. If this is something you are considering, call me in and I can help walk you through the pitfalls beforehand.
- Too cheap to be true. We find a lot of advertisements out there for cheap bathrooms that trap a lot of people who just don’t know any different. Bathrooms are probably the room in the house where the difference between quality to shoddy is most obvious.
- Tricky tile. The most important part of tile is what is underneath it. On a floor, if the base moves at all, the tile will eventually crack and fall out. In a shower, if the base is not perfectly waterproof, the shower will eventually leak. Both are big time bad news.
- Ancient pipes. On a quick switch out, it is tempting to leave the existing shutoffs and ignore the pipes in the wall. A new $5 shutoff is a lot cheaper than replacing the ceiling below. Think on it.
- Spacing. There are important spacing guidelines when planning where a toilet will go near a wall or vanity, or how close a shower is to a door. These are easy to solve on paper, hard to solve once everything is installed.
This column was originally published in June 2015.
This weekly sponsored column is written by Lance McCarthy of ReTouch, a full-service, client-based contractor specializing in home remodels. For more information about their services, or to view samples of their work, visit their website.