How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost?

Here’s a recent e-mail inquiry, probably the most frequently asked questions about remodeling:

What is the average cost to remodel a bathroom including labor? My house is 30 years old. The room size is 11 feet long by 7.5 feet wide. I want a larger tub with shower, one sink with vanity, and one toilet. A very average mid-range bathroom. Price should include tearout of old bathroom.

 

Dear Susan,
Thanks for your interest in the complete service capabilities of David Taylor Remodeling. I’m eager to help you with any type of bathroom remodel you might desire, and I know I and my associates will professionally handle any situation. Any bathroom in a 30 year old home has seen a great amount of use, and today’s lifestyles may make an older design seem outdated. Original basic grade “builder” fixtures will certainly become worn out. And with increased time demands, more and more people are nowadays wanting a quick shower instead of a bath. (If you can claim your home has at least one bathtub, you may benefit for real estate purposes, to list having a “full bathroom”. Your real estate agent can best advise you, whether this matters in today’s market. Let me say this, I see so many folks tolerate mediocre conditions for many years, only to “need” a remodel to increase resale value. That’s wrong! Invest now in your own comfort – return on investment is never 100% – some new owner will likely make changes to suit themselves.) You seem to have the best of possibilities, room for both a full size or larger bathtub, and a separate shower. 11’ x 7.5’ is a very good sized room to work with, including a vanity with sink and a toilet. Do I understand your situation correctly? Are you wanting a shower surround in the bathtub? I’ll be quite willing to meet with you anytime to see your bathroom, to get a better idea of the layout. Fixtures can be moved around the room to improve function and style. As I have written on my website, I advise that I handle the old bathroom tearout, for both my and your efficiency and your safety. As to cost, an average for a complete bathroom remodel is hard to quantify, as each situation is always different. Your sense of style, and choice of fixtures and tile will be different from someone else. The existing rough plumbing layout will be different than other situations. I can say that some recent sensible mid-range full bathroom remodels that I’ve done have come in at between $14,000 and $16,500, which usually includes some substantial plumbing changes and drywall patches. A larger bathtub and a separate shower will increase that cost. I’ve done several higher end bathrooms that have cost up to $30,000. But most importantly, what is your budget? Remodeling is all about you, the customer. If you have a definite monetary ceiling, let’s make a plan to be most cost effective. (I will say, most folks have no real idea of actual remodel costs, they generally think optimistically on the low side. But that’s OK. Hey, I’m the professional in this field, I’m the one to know what things cost, what bang you can get for your buck. That’s what a Contractor does.) A remodeling is your chance to customize your home environment, to get just the feel you want to enjoy your home. Here’s a tip: don’t settle for just average. You can be sensible and still have a beautiful mid-range remodel, as your e-mail requests. The bottom line is that overall success of any remodel is to find a Contractor that you’re comfortable with, one you can trust and communicate with. Let’s meet to see if we mesh, if you think I can help you realize your vision. I might be able to help enable your enhanced lifestyle.

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