So you’ve decided to remodel the bathroom! You’re in good company, because it’s the most popular home renovation right now!
It’s also pricey. The average is nearly $10,000 according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association. Here’s a breakdown, via House Beautiful.
First Things First: You should know that the bathroom is the most expensive room to remodel per square foot.
Where does that money go?
Start from the bottom
Your flooring costs can vary greatly, depending on what choices you make. Stone or marble floors will start over $2,000 and go up from there. Linoleum or vinyl mark the low end cost-wise, averaging about $1,450 total.
Ceramic or porcelain tile will cost at least $2,000, but it holds up well and comes in all kinds of colors and patterns.
And there’s always under-floor heating, if you want to splurge a little more!
Revamping the vanity
Your bathroom cabinets can make the room look dated, too. New ones will start as low as $500 and go as high as $5,000 or more.
It’s worth noting, though, that in most cases, countertops are sold separately— and they’ll set you back at least $2,000.
Make sure you do your homework, so you can track total costs.
The Main Event
The biggest deal in the bathroom is the spot where you actually bathe, and this can be the most expensive part of your bathroom renovation.
The shower/tub situation tends to be the centerpiece of most bathrooms, which is why it can be the most costly part.
This is also a spot where you have some flexibility. Prices range widely, from $140 bathtubs to showers and tubs that cost thousands of dollars, all with more expensive options available.
But… what if you’re broke?
You can still update your bathroom on a budget. New hardware and fixtures are an easy switch-out, they’re inexpensive, and make a big visual impact. And in the greater scheme of remodeling, paint is downright cheap. Or pick a bigger project.
If the tile in your shower is looking shoddy and the grout is cracking, bring the tile alive by removing and replacing the grout, which starts around $500.
Just plan ahead, and you’ll know what costs to expect whatever your level of reno!