Bathroom Renovation: What To Expect

Although a bathroom renovation is a huge undertaking, with forward planning and a budget, your renovation project will be much less of a hassle. You should take into consideration a number of things — your timeline, whether you’ll hire a professional bathroom renovation expert,  if you’ll be doing a complete bathroom renovation or just changing […]

Although a bathroom renovation is a huge undertaking, with forward planning and a budget, your renovation project will be much less of a hassle. You should take into consideration a number of things — your timeline, whether you’ll hire a professional bathroom renovation expert,  if you’ll be doing a complete bathroom renovation or just changing out a few parts, your budget, and more.

First off, we should talk about estimated timeline — for your complete bath reno, you should expect that from beginning to end, it may take 6-8 weeks (more or less, depending on the size of your bathroom remodel project). This can change depending on availability of materials, any problems that may arise and more. If you hire a professional, they should be able to give you a more detailed timeline breakdown. 

Next, you will need to decide whether you will be hiring a bathroom remodeling professional, or if you will be doing the renovation project yourself. This decision should not be taken lightly, and you should definitely weigh the pros and cons of both options before delving into your bathroom remodel. You may save money by not hiring a bathroom remodeling professional, but you will need to keep in mind the time you’ll need to invest, and also have the tools and equipment needed to complete your bath reno as well as the know-how to successfully execute a bathroom renovation.

Finally, you will need to determine your cost. This includes bathroom fixtures, flooring, lighting, permit, and a bathroom remodeling professional (if you decide to go that route). Even if you decide to do the bath reno on your own, after consulting several bathroom renovation DIY sites, you may still need to consider hiring a plumber and/or electrician. Let’s explore some rough estimates of what you may be needing for your bathroom renovation. Remember that prices change depending on your location and the materials you choose. 

Flooring

When estimating flooring costs, you’ll need to include price for removal of your existing floor, any subfloor needs, trash removal, installation and materials. Flooring can have a wide range of costs per square foot, depending if you choose vinyl flooring, tile flooring, laminate flooring or a higher end marble or other option. The labor costs (including supplies, equipment, and old flooring removal and disposal) range from an estimated $10.00 to $20.00 per square foot of your bathroom.

Tubs and Showers

Tubs and showers can also range widely. The cost of a 60″x 30″ standard enameled steel tub is around $150.00; a fiberglass tub of the same size could run somewhere between $500 to $750. A faucet and drain set starts around $200 and can go up past $600 plus. If you are considering installing a walk-in shower, expect to pay at least $1,000, depending on the size of shower you will be needing. Other costs associated with tubs and showers include upgrading wall surroundings, plumbing, labor to remove old materials, and more.

Toilets, Vanities and Lighting Costs

A new toilet can cost anywhere from $150 to $400. Vanities and lighting can change the entire look of the bathroom, so this is something you’ll want to choose wisely. However, there are a range of options in all price ranges, so you can definitely stay in your budget while choosing beautiful fixtures. 

Permits

After you have planned your bathroom remodel project and have a budget in place, you will need to apply for a remodeling permit with your local city government. The cost of the permit varies from city to city.

Now that you know what to expect from your renovation project, you are ready to begin planning, executing, and finally, enjoying your new bathroom.

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