Posts Tagged ‘master bath remodel’

How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Really Costs?

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Really Cost?

Bathrooms are easily the most expensive room per SF to remodel. They average bathroom easily contains as many as 30 to 40 different products all with both material and installation costs. Pricing easily varies around the country but in our area the South West, San Diego to be exact. The Cost versus Value report published each fall in the remodeling magazine shares that for a small average bath in our area costs about $19K. This means some are less and some are even more. I tell clients that 12K to 18K is typical and that $20 to $25K is very possible.

What is the Lowest Possible Price for a Small Bathroom?

About four years ago I did a work up for the lowest possible bathroom cost for a simple 8′ by 5′ bathroom and still have it professional installed it was about 8K then probable would cost about 9K now. Obviously we looked at using very economical priced materials that included: a stamped steel tub, plain white tile tub walls a rod and curtain (no shower door enclosure), low cost chrome plumbing fixtures, a simple 24″ or 30″ oak vanity cabinet, the medicine cabinet was the mirror, vinyl flooring and the $89 box store lowest price toilet special. If it was a flip and sell dwelling then maybe but in someone’s own home by the time they add the things they really want and expect in today’s remodeling world the starting price realistically is $12 to $15K.

If it is a shower stall add at least an additional $1K and a shower door adds even more. Many people want the brushed nickel finishes this add at least $500 to even a $1000 to the price tag. Then maybe you want ceramic tile flooring, cherry cabinets or a medicine cabinet and a mirror and a better quality toilet. Well each of these also adds to the price even further.

Can We Do the Bathroom One Area at a Time?

You can break down the bathroom into three major areas and do them individually if needed. The tub shower area is easily the most expensive portion at about 40 to 50% or $6 to $9K+ of the budget or cost. The vanity alcove or corner including: a cabinet, top, bowl, lavatory faucet, mirror, medicine cabinet and light fixture is about 30 to 40% or $4 to $6K+. The rest of the bathroom: the flooring, toilet, accessories and maybe a vent fan is the about 15 to 20% or about $2 to $3K. This break down yields a $12 to $18K total approximate project cost.

Remember this was a simple small bathroom with a single lavatory bowl and a small 30″ or less vanity. If it has a double lavatory bowl add another $2K to $3K+ for additional cabinets, counter top, lavatory bowl and faucet plus more mirror and a bigger or second light fixture or medicine cabinet.

A larger master bathroom retreat; falls into a completely different category and easily start at about $35K and can be $60K or more. Powder rooms or half bathrooms are not very common but do exist can still be remodeled for about $5 to $7K+.

These are typical numbers found in most US remodeling markets. It has been at least 20 or 25 years ago that we could tell a client that there bathroom would only cost $5 to $7K.

Call us if you have any questions we offer No Cost in home consultations where we can further answer any remodeling questions you may have and discuss a realistic price range for your project.

A Master Bath Makeover Can Help Sell Your Home

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Let’s be honest, today’s real estate market is a crapshoot at best. Homes for sale have to compete against a glut of inventory, hesitant buyers and low-priced foreclosed properties.

If you’re selling, then you need to find a way to make your home stand out. One easy way is to spruce up your old or tired master bath. Just a few cost-effective changes can turn an ordinary or lackluster bath into an inviting haven of relaxation and pampering.

Renovating a master bath can have a very strong impact on the overall feel of the house, which could boost its resale value or even be the decision factor for a buyer choosing between many different options.

If your goal is to sell, then your remodel should be focused on getting the maximum return for your dollar. This can be achieved by following the tips below:

  • Avoid falling for flashy trends or spending extra dollars on expensive fixtures and fittings.
  • Renovate with the demographic of your most likely buyer in mind.
  • Choose timeless and classic materials and finishes, which are beautiful and appealing to your target demographic.
  • Play up the emotional value of the bathroom. Women tend to place more importance on bathrooms and are looking for space, beauty and comfort.
  • A frameless glass shower enclosure will visually expand the space.
  • Select neutral toned stone or quartz for the countertops and complementary floor and wall tile. These finishes are also easy to clean and show well.
  • Give the bathroom a special touch to help it stand out in the minds of perspective buyers. This could be a unique faucet, a bright stripe of color on the walls or even just a bouquet of fresh flowers.
  • Pay close attention to the lighting and what mood/emotion it gives the bathroom.

    If you are having trouble selling your house or anxious about putting it on the market, a master bath makeover might just do the trick. Give us a call at (619) 448-2927 to see what we can do for your master bathroom.