Do you want to update your bathroom and make it more aesthetically pleasing and functional?
To create a budget for your next bathroom remodel, you’ll want to follow Consumer Reports’ general rule of thumb that the remodel (from materials to labor) shouldn’t cost more than 5-10% of your home’s value.
We will use the 5-10% rule as a baseline for the average bathroom remodel costs. Remodeling Magazine’s 2020 Cost vs. Value report states that the average cost for a bathroom remodel in the Middle Atlantic region (including New York) is around $22,158.
Why does it cost so much to remodel? The National Kitchen and Bath Association breaks down the costs into the following percentages:
- Labor fees: 20%
- Cabinetry and hardware: 16%
- Fixture installation: 15%
- Faucets and plumbing: 14%
- Flooring: 9%
- Countertops: 7%
- Walls and ceiling: 5%
- Lighting and ventilation: 5%
- Doors and windows: 4%
- Design fees: 4%
- Other: 1%
So, if New Yorkers are spending around $22,158 on average for a bathroom remodel, your average costs guidelines will look like this:
- Labor fees: $4,432
- Cabinetry and hardware: $3,545
- Fixture installation: $3,324
- Faucets and plumbing: $3,102
- Flooring: $1,994
- Countertops: $1,551
- Walls and ceiling: $1,108
- Lighting and ventilation: $1,108
- Doors and windows: $886
- Design fees: $886
- Other: $222
It might feel overwhelming to look at all these costs. However, keep in mind that these costs are for a total bathroom overhaul. You might not want to allocate money towards certain costs (i.e., you’re okay not hiring a designer for the job, or you want to tackle reflooring your bathroom yourself), which can decrease your average remodeling costs.
We’ll cover the major four costs in the budgeting breakdown and see where you could potentially cut down costs through DIY:
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Upgrading Cabinets and Hardware
Cabinetry is the focal point for many bathrooms. It’s no surprise that many renovations are focused on changing up the cabinetry to make a big difference in the appearance of your bathroom.
We’ll list a few ways you can upgrade your cabinets:
Swapping Out the Hardware:
Changing the hardware (e.g., knobs and pulls) for your bathroom cabinets is an easy and affordable way to upgrade your bathroom yourself.
Refinishing your cabinets to be a different color or stain is an excellent way to keep the average costs of your bathroom remodel down if you’re comfortable doing so.
For example, you can remove the existing stain or finish by sanding them down with lower-grit sandpaper then smoothing them with higher-grit sandpaper. Another option is to strip the cabinets with a chemical solvent; follow the instructions carefully since this method can be hazardous.
To stain your cabinets to a darker finish, you can use a gel stain and protective topcoat or a polyurethane option.
If you want to paint your cabinets a different color, it’s important to clean and sand them, always use a primer, and pick an enamel-type paint designed for cabinets.
Refacing cabinets means keeping the cabinet frames and swapping out their doors and drawer fronts for a different style and/or color. Since you’re changing the existing material, refacing can be more expensive than refinishing cabinets.
While refacing cabinets is possible to DIY, it’s good to remember that it can be expensive to redo mistakes. Weigh your pros and cons before taking action.
If you’re ready to reface your cabinets, you’ll want to:
- Size your new cabinet doors and drawer fronts properly.
- Once you’ve acquired the parts, remove the old doors, drawer fronts, and/or hardware you’re not using.
- Then sand, clean, and apply a wood veneer to the empty cabinet boxes.
- When finished, install your new cabinet doors, drawer fronts, and hardware.
Want to renovate your cabinets completely? Ripping out cabinets, replacing them entirely, and moving them to another location is best left up to the professionals.
Your bathroom is full of plumbing fixtures, and if you want to upgrade them all, it can quickly add up in remodeling costs. We’ll go over various bathroom fixture types (excluding faucets, which we’ll do in the next section), including toilets, bathtubs, and showers.
When upgrading your toilet, you can opt for either a standard toilet or one with smart features or a bidet attachment. Replacing a toilet is challenging but doable for homeowners. If you want to move your toilet, definitely hire a professional plumber to move the plumbing pipes as you want to ensure your plumbing systems and flooring stay intact.
We all love a relaxing bath, and changing out your bathtub could improve your experience. A professional plumber can help you replace your fiberglass or acrylic bathtub with a marble or cast-iron one. They can also help you modernize your bathroom with a walk-in or jetted/whirlpool bathtub.
Changing your shower head to a newer, more luxurious type is an easy and achievable DIY. However, if you want to retile your shower or install a custom shower, it will most likely require the help of a professional.
Are you tired of your old faucets? You have a few options for freshening up their look:
Painting Your Faucets:
If you like the style of your faucets, a fresh coat of paint could be all you need to have an updated bathroom. Make sure to apply your paint carefully, or hire a professional to do it for you. Otherwise, it could badly chip in a few years.
Changing the Style:
Maybe you want to entirely replace your current faucet with a touchless or double-handle faucet. In this case, you’ll probably need to hire a professional to install it correctly. Additionally, your costs may increase if the plumber has to remove a potentially rusted or broken faucet, adjust the sink, and/or change the waterline.
Paying for Labor Costs
With almost 20% of your renovation budget going towards labor costs, make sure you’re choosing your contractors carefully. You want your renovation done the right way—the first time, or else you could risk blowing your budget with an unknown variable.
You can find a high-quality bathroom renovation contractor by sourcing three estimates and choosing the one who:
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