As I have said before, it is important to know how much you are willing to spend before you consider a remodel, and stick with it. When it comes to a remodel you have to think if you want to just do a face lift or a total gut and remodel. I thought it would help if I broke down the cost of each line item in a bathroom remodel. That way, if you are working towards an estimate for a bathroom remodel you are not surprised when the final cost comes out.
To keep things simple, I am going to break down a complete master bathroom remodel. This will have more entailed than a guest or pool bath so if you are working on a smaller bathroom you can just eliminate elements of the remodel that do not apply to you.
Tear out, Drywall, and Painting: The first part of any remodel is going to be the tear out of all the existing cabinets, shower enclosure, counter tops, etc. If you plan on moving around your bathroom layout you are going to have the additional cost of drywall and framing as well as the cost of moving plumbing, but we will get to that later.
Tear out and drywall is going to cost you around $3,000 to $5,000. This is going to include things like framing shower walls, building a new tub deck, patching drywall from the plumber and electrician, and building shower retainer walls. If you're planning on painting your bathroom it will cost you just shy of $1,000. Most likely if you are moving around your bathroom layout there will be some painting to cover up drywall patches, or if you want to change the color of your current bathroom.
Cabinetry: There is not an incredible amount of cabinetry in the typical bathroom so this will not be your highest ticket item. You can get a double vanity for your bathroom for right around $3,500. If you want a higher grade cabinet this will increase your budget for the cabinetry.
Counter tops: Granite or quartz counter tops are ideal for the bathroom, it just depends on your personal taste and what you want. Grade A granite counter tops can be purchased, fabricated and installed for right around $1,500, if you want to go with a level one quartz consider adding about $500 to that cost. This would also include your standard sink that you picked out at the showroom or fabricator.
Tile Work: This can be your highest ticket item, especially if you have a large walk-in shower. Let's say you do have that beautiful shower, and you want to change out the existing shower for brand new tile. The labor alone could cost you anywhere from $2,500 to $4,000 and then you have to add on the cost of materials. Materials would include the shower wall tile, shower floor tile, thin set, and grout. Depending on where you get your materials from it can cost up to $4,000. If you want the shower to be a show stopper I would not worry about splurging a little on the materials.
Plumbing and Electrical: If you plan on moving around the layout you could spend around $2,400 on the plumbing alone. This would include running all the water lines to the fixtures, installing all the new fixtures, rough in and trim out, and the shower pan. There is minimal electrical work usually in a bathroom remodel but if you are moving around the vanity lighting or adding new vanity lighting you are probably going to be just around $1,000 for electrical work.
Plumbing Fixtures: Plumbing fixtures can vary greatly in price especially if you are deciding on purchasing a new tub or not. Free standings tubs can range anywhere from $1,300 to $1,600, with an additional $1,000 to $1,300 for the tub filler. Then you have the faucets for the vanity and shower, the shower head, towel bars, toilet paper holder, and drain kits. All these items can cost you up to $3,000 depending on the styles you go with.
As I mentioned at this beginning of this blog there is a great deal of work that goes into a bathroom remodel. A full master bathroom remodel can cost you anywhere from $25,000 to $40,000 depending on how much the layout is changing, the selections, and work included. I want you to be prepared when you get an estimate from any kitchen re-modeler and know exactly where the majority of your money is going to be spent. I understand a remodel can be expensive but nothing can take away from the beautiful final outcome of your bathroom.
Hope this helps break it down for you,