As an existing homeowner, you know how exciting it feels to remodel your home, especially during special holiday seasons like Christmas.
But the cost of home remodeling may prevent you from making a start if you have no idea of how much your total cost would be.
If you are thinking about remodeling your bathroom or kitchen this home remodeling cost guide will assist you with your budget.
For the bathroom remodeling, these are the areas that we will look at:
For the bathroom remodeling, these are the areas that we will look at:
- National Remodel Cost
- Preparing for your Bathroom Remodeling
- Bathroom Remodeling Options
- Labor Cost for Bathroom Remodel
For the Kitchen remodeling, these are the areas that we will look at:
- Factors that Determine Kitchen Renovation Cost
- Preparing for Kitchen Remodeling
- Estimated Kitchen Installation Cost Breakdown
- Estimated Kitchen Fixture Cost
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- 1 BATHROOM REMODELING
- 2 KITCHEN REMODELING
- 3 CONCLUSION
National Remodel Cost
There are many available options when it comes to remodeling your bathroom. But the total cost will depend on your design, and how much you are willing to spend. The condition of your present bathroom and the type of materials you want to use will also be a determinant of cost.
The National Kitchen and Bath Association list the national average cost of remodeling a large bathroom as $18,000.00. However, it is really the size of your bathroom that usually determines the final cost.
Some bathroom costs $125 per sq. ft. installed, so the bigger the bathroom the more you will pay for remodeling. For example, a Master bathroom with 200 square ft. will cost over $18,000, while a very small bath with about 50 square ft. will cost less than $7000.00.
Preparing For Your Bathroom Remodeling
In most cases, you will have to plan the remodeling of your bathroom project. If you have a small bathroom, you can always seek the help of a contractor.
But for bigger bathrooms, you may need a bathroom designer.
The cost for using the services of a bathroom remodeling contractor or designer is between $1,600 – $5,000. The time frame for your bathroom remodeling can differ because it is based on your design and availability of your chosen materials.
So here are the steps that usually follow after you have consulted your bathroom contractor or designer:
- Order new materials – arrival time for materials depend, again, on availability.
- Strip bathroom – remove and tear down everything including wall papers, etc.,
- Update plumbing and electrical
- Install new flooring
- Installation of lights and accessories
Bathroom Remodel Options
There are many options available to you when considering remodeling your bathroom. As a matter of fact, if it is not necessary, you do not have to completely tear down your bathroom wall.
You can just remove and replace the areas that you would like to renovate. Likewise, in a total remodel, you can choose the options most suitable for you.
These options include:
Your bathroom cannot be completed without a sink. But first, think carefully before planning to include a new sink in your budget. If you really do, the table below shows the various options that are available with approximate costs.
|SINK TYPE||APPROXIMATE COST|
|Pedestal Sink||$50 – $250|
|Wall-mounted Sink||$90 – $550|
|Drop-in Sink||$390.- $800|
|Console Sink||$650 – $1000|
|Vessel Sink||$220 – $400|
|Under-mount Sink||$200 – $850|
Please note that you will need to contact your designer or contractor for an actual cost as these costs are just estimates.
The cost of a bathroom vanity depends on the style, the type of wood, or whether you will have it custom made.
Average basic cost for the unit is between $360 – $600 while installation costs will run anywhere between $300 – $400.
Prices are different among suppliers, so you need to shop around and negotiate to get the best value for your money.
Some homeowners use the most common type of bathroom shower, which is the combination of tub/shower. However, most people use showers instead of bath tubs because they are quicker and use less water. The national average cost for a shower is between $900 – $2000.
There are different sizes and shapes of bathroom shower so the cost of the bathroom shower you chose will be dependent and those factors.
The most common type of bathroom shower that will install the easiest is the 36 x 36 prefab unit which usually cost between $800 – $900 for installation.
These prefabricated units come in acrylic, fiberglass or marble and have different costs. Expect to pay between $300 – $650 for the 36-inch in anyone of these materials.
If you prefer bath tubs than bathroom shower, then the most common type is the alcove tub, which cost around $110- $200.
There is also stand alone tubs that cost anywhere between $450 – $3,500 but this cost will increase if you had the luxury of air bath technology or chromotherapy.
This is also another important aspect of remodeling your bathroom. Here are the costs per square feet for the different type of tiles.
|TILES||COST PER SQ.FT.|
|Ceramic||$1.00 – $2.50|
|Glass||$9.00 – $35.00|
|Porcelain||$5.00 – $20.00|
|Mosiacs||$1.00 – $90.00|
|Natural Stone||$5.00 – $20.00|
For bathroom toilets, you can choose from two bowl options either elongated or round. The sizes are usually 10, 12 or 14 inches but 12 inches is the standard size used by homeowners.
Designer toilets will cost you around $1000 while normal toilets will cost anywhere between $100 – $350.
Labor Costs For Remodeling Bathroom
Your labor cost will depend on the contractual service of your choice. And it also depends on the state that you are in. However, the national average labor cost for remodeling a bathroom is as follows:
- Bathroom Designers – $60.00 – $200 per hour
- Tile Installers – $ 00 – $15.00 per hour
- Carpenters – $65.00 – $80.00 per hour
- Plumbers – $50.00 – $70.00 per hour
- Electrician – $65.00 – $85.00 per hour
The final cost of remodeling your bathroom depends on you. Remember to shop around before making any huge decision.
What is the cost to remodel a kitchen? To answer this question, there are several factors that need to be considered, such as size, space, type of materials, and kitchen design.
Some homeowners spend between $13,000 – $32,000 to remodel their kitchen. But according to the FXIR website, the national average cost for a 200 sq.ft. kitchen remodel is $20,000.00.
But if you are considering a major kitchen remodel, expect to pay up to $45,000. Smaller kitchen remodels may attract a cost of up to $5,000.00 – $15,000.00
Factors That Determine Kitchen Renovation Cost
Some of the factors that determine the cost of your kitchen remodeling are as follows:
- Length of project
- Amount of work to be done
- Is it DIY or will you hire contractors?
- What look are you aiming for?
A Look At Your Budget
The most important factor for consideration is your budget. This should be your main concern because it tells how much you can spend for materials, contractors, design, etc., So everything with your kitchen remodeling will be based on your budget.
Between 70 – 80 percent of the amount you budget will be spent on materials. So chose your materials wisely so that you can save on cost. Another way to save on cost is to do some of the work yourself, like tearing down walls, removing counters, etc.
When budgeting, set aside extra money for unforeseen circumstances. These include electrical, plumbing, and pest control problems that may pop up.
Also, try to work within your budget or else you might find yourself like many other homeowners who have ended up in debt because they fail to follow their set budget and went overboard.
Preparing For Your Kitchen Remodeling
- Find a reliable and affordable contractor
- Sign a contract
- Read Reviews from other home owners
- Shop around before purchasing materials
- Do some of the prepping yourself
- Set aside a little more than the budgeted cost
Estimated Installation Cost Breakdown
Here is the installation cost for some of the major items that you may wish to install.
|Cabinets||$1,000 – $3,500||$4,000 – $6,500||$7000 – $9,000|
|Sinks||$550 – $1,600||$1,600 – $2000||$2100 – $2500|
|Appliances||$150 – $350||$550 – $650||$750-$950|
|Countertops||$1000 – $1500||$2000 – $4000||$5000 – $7000|
|Flooring||$800 – $1500||$2000 – $2700||$3000 -$4000|
Estimated Kitchen Fixture Cost
The cost for cabinets will differ based on the type and finish. For instance, if you are planning to use refinished, custom, semi-custom, remodel, or stock cabinets.
Refinished cabinets mean that you will remove the old cabinet drawers, and doors, then stain and re-paint them. This will cost you between $1,500 – $3,800.
Custom cabinets are cabinets that you make from scratch with your own design. You are looking at cost between $600 – $1,800 for custom cabinets.
Semi-Custom cabinets are cabinets that are already made but you can customize them to suit your taste. The estimated cost will be between $200 – $2000.
Refaced cabinet are cabinets that you will need to remove the old front, doors, and veneers and replace with new ones. $4,500 -$9,100.
When remodeling your kitchen cabinet, keep in mind potential buyers, just in case you plan on selling the house. Therefore, choose a cabinet that complements the furniture in the house.
There are different types and styles of kitchen sinks available on the market. Here are a few options with their costs.
|Farmhouse Apron Sink||$240|
|18 x 30 Stainless Steel Undermount||$300|
|22 x 33 Stainless Steel Drop In||$270|
|22 x 33 Composite with Mocha Drop In||$425|
|22 x 33 Composite with Truffle Finish||$260|
|22 x 33 Cast Iron FarmHouse||$825|
|22 x 33 Cast Iron Drop In||$250|
You can also choose different materials for your sink to match your existing house materials or you can buy a separate type of material to set your kitchen apart from other parts of the house. Here are some of the options that are available with their estimated cost.
- Stainless Steel – $150 – $750
- Cast Iron – $300 – $900
- Solid Surface – $2,200 – $3,500
- Quartz – $800 – $1,200
Granite and Corian are durable counter tops but they are very expensive while Formica may be cheaper but doesn’t give the home a sophisticated look. Some homeowners chose to use tile, which is very sophisticated but will need a lot of maintenance and care. Cost of tile countertop can be estimated to $1000 – $4000.
You can use vinyl or linoleum flooring but these will not add much value to your home, although they are more affordable compared to other choices. Most homeowners use tiles, granite or wood for their flooring to increase the value of their home. However, these tend to be the hardest to maintain and most expensive.
While Vynl and linoleum will cost approximately $1000 – $1500; wood and ceramic tile will cost you anywhere between $1300 – $4000.
When it comes to purchasing your appliances, again, it’s all up to your preference. You can choose from different brands. It is best though, to invest in appliances that will last for very long and have a guarantee.
Bathroom and Kitchen remodeling are two of the best investments that you could ever make so do not hesitate to start your remodeling project. Apart from the benefits that you will reap if you plan to sell your house, you will also enjoy the comforts of your new kitchen and bathroom.