How much does bathroom remodel cost ?

A complete bathroom remodel can be messy, expensive, and time consuming. However, kitchens and bathrooms are the most attractive areas of your home and as such they are worth every dime that you put into them. Hiring a professional contractor who specializes in bathroom remodels will help you complete the work without suffering from extended down time and also help you complete your job within a reasonable budget.

When looking at a total bathroom remodel, there are a few major things that will take up your budget. These include the cost to replace sinks, toilets, tubs, showers, and the floor. The good news is that you can have your remodel done within budget if you are willing to compromise on these items. For instance, if you have to have that garden tub installed, then you choose a less expensive sink. In the end, you will come in under your budget and still have all the amenities that you want. Keep in mind that you can also save on  your overall bathroom remodel if you choose to have everything done at the same time by the same contractor.

Sink Replacement Cost.

Sink replacement is not what it used to be. Gone are the days of the plain old white sinks that simply drop into place on your laminate countertop. Now, there are many different styles of sinks to choose from including vanity sinks that sit on top of the countertop. You can choose from many different shapes, sizes, and colors. The good news is that the majority of these sinks will connect to your water connections in the same way as your old sink so there will be no water pipe modifications needed. However, if you are going to choose a sink that sits on top of the counter, you will want to make sure that it still covers the hole in your countertop left from your old sink. When replacing your sink, plan on spending approximately $300 to $1,000 which includes the price of installation. The overall price will depend on how fancy of a sink you want installed.

Toilet Replacement Cost.

When it comes time to replace your toilet, there are not many options that you have. Although there are some vanity toilets to choose from, your main considerations are the water capacity (how many gallons used to flush), the color, and the height. There are two main toilet heights that will allow for average height people or shorter people to use the toilet. Colors are mainly white and black and the price difference for color is pretty much non-existent. It is recommended that you purchase a toilet that takes less water to flush as it will reduce the amount of water use in your home. Replacing a toilet will cost you approximately $250 to $1,000 which also includes the price of installation.

Floor Replacement Cost.

When it comes to replacing floors, there are two main options that you have. You can elect to use linoleum or go with ceramic tile. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. If a ceramic tile cracks, you will only have to replace that tile; however, if linoleum gets cut or damaged, you will have to replace an entire section. Ceramic tile also has an authentic feel but linoleum is easier to clean as it is smoother. Regardless of your choice, plan on spending approximately $2 to $5 per square foot for linoleum and $4 to $12 per square foot for ceramic tile. This price includes installation.

Tub / Shower Replacement Cost.

There are many different choices that you have when it comes to replacing your tub or shower. You can choose a tub / shower combination or have a standalone shower and standalone tub. Below are a few examples of different tub and shower combinations and approximate cost of each.
  • Standalone Shower – A standalone shower will cost you for the shower head as well as the drain tiles. You can purchase a pre-fitted shower floor or you can have it professionally tiled. The price of installing a standalone shower will also include the surrounding enclosure which is normally made of Lexan or plastic. Price for a standalone shower will be approximately $600 to $3,500 which includes the price of installation. Overall price will depend on how many shower heads or jets you want installed and if you choose a pre-fit floor (less expensive) or a custom tiled floor (more expensive).  
  • Standalone Tub – When going with a bathtub, there are many different styles to choose from. You can choose a pedestal tub or a custom fit tub. You can also choose options such as whirlpool jets (also referred to as a garden tub). For a standalone tub, plan on spending approximately $500 to $4,000 for tub with installation. The price will depend on the type of tub (pre-fit tub on the lower end of the estimate up to a custom fit garden tub on the higher end of the estimate).
  • Tub / Shower Combination – For a tub/shower combination, simply add the price of the shower and tub installations above and you will come up with an approximate price of what it will cost you to install them together. There may be a slight discount if using the same contractor as they can do the work at the same time.

Additional Price Consideration.

When installing a new floor, you can also add a heating element under the floor to keep your feet warm. This will cost you approximately $500 to $2,500 extra depending on the size of the area that you want covered. This feature is becoming very popular and it is better to do it during an entire bathroom remodel as opposed to trying to do it as a standalone project.

There are additional costs that may be involved with your bathroom remodel if you are moving the location of items such as sinks and toilets. There will be additional plumbing work that you will have to factor in so make sure that this is contained in your estimate prior to commencing work on your project. 

To get a better idea of costs, here are some bathroom remodel estimates from professionals.

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