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Bathroom Remodel Cost: Low-End, Mid-Range & Upscale 2017-2018

Creating a Functional & Beautiful Bathroom on Any Budget

It’s amazing how such a tiny space can have such a big impact. People don’t spend a lot of time in the bathroom, but they want it to be functional and stylish.

No matter how large or small the space or how big your budget, you can turn your old bathroom into a space that has everything you need and adds value to your home and makes it easier to sell it if you are in the process of staging your property.

Low-End or Low Cost — Budget Remodel

Even if you’re on a tight budget, you can make some major changes in your current bathroom to up the “Wow” factor. Because it’s a small space, the need for fewer materials enables you to do more with less money. The key is to put your money in the right places.

mid-sized traditional master bathroom By Enviable Designs

How low can you go and still create a beautiful space? Believe it or not, you can take $500 and turn an outdated bathroom into a modern space. The challenge lies in how much work you’re willing to do to cut down on labor costs. Instead of replacing, the focus is on refinishing and repainting.

One of the focal points in a bathroom is the vanity or sink. If you have an old-fashioned pedestal sink, you don’t have to throw it out and replace it with something new. In fact, it can add character to an older home. Just repaint it with ceramic paint and it will look brand new.

If you have one of the more modern vanities with storage under the sink, you can sand it down and repaint. You can also repaint the sink to make it shine.

For any kind of bathroom sink or vanity, focus on updating the faucets, if you have a little extra money. For only $100, you can modernize what you already have. To avoid spending any more money than you have to, prime the current faucet, paint it and lacquer it to create a modern look for even less.

Light Fixtures is the next place you want to put your money. A lot of older homes only have overhead lighting, which won’t do much for you when you’re getting dressed and applying makeup or fixing your hair.

New lighting fixtures over the sink will do wonders for the space. Replacing current lighting can be quite inexpensive if you can do the work yourself, with light fixtures going for $100 to $200 for basic designs.

Traditional Bathroom with Vanity Lighting By Gast Architects

If you must install lighting where none had previously been, you will have more work to do and must hire an electrician in most cases. However, the pay-off will be worth it, because good lighting is one of the most requested features in a bath.

master bathroom with custom painted insert cabinets and beautiful light fixtures By JCA Architects

Flooring is another important component of updating a bathroom. In such a small space, you can afford to go upscale on this feature and still not spend a lot of money. On the other hand, you can choose something economical to keep your budget low.

Homes with wood floors in the bathroom can easily be re-sanded and stained. Just don’t forget to put a sealant on the floor to protect it from humidity and water damage. Polyurethane paint does a good job of preventing damage to wood floors in a bathroom. Make sure you apply multiple coats for adequate coverage.

Bathroom with wooden floors and angled freestanding bath tub By International Custom Designs

The ideal flooring for bathrooms is tile. Choose clearance tiles for a fraction of what you would normally have to pay for the newest designer tiles. Just select a basic pattern that doesn’t look too trendy and it will hold its value longer.

Pure white caeserstone tub surround and porcelain tiles By ID by Gwen

Storage is an important part of any bathroom, and a lot of older spaces lack this important element. In a small room like the bathroom, you have to look up to add storage. Install a cabinet over the toilet or open shelving to make the space look bigger. Add a medicine cabinet over the sink with an attached mirror. You can even purchase wire baskets to place over the toilet tank or on the floor to create storage where nothing else will fit.

Space maximizing bathroom cabinets By College City Design-Build

A breakdown of your costs for this updated space is as follows:

Refinishing the bathroom sink or vanity: $20 to $50

Replacing bath faucets: $200

Installing new light fixtures: $200

Installing new tiles: $500 to $2,500

Adding storage: from $100 to $1,000

For around $1,000 to $2,500, you can completely recreate your bathroom, which is the price most homeowners will love. Of course, this assumes you can do most of the work yourself and you don’t have any plumbing or electrical issues to deal with.

Mid-Range

If low-cost bathroom remodels are all about working with what you have, mid-range updates are about spending your money wisely. You’ll do more than just refinish and repaint, but you won’t be starting from scratch. The focus here is to know what to work with and what to replace.

First, you need to know how much you can expect to spend; The average cost for a mid-range bathroom remodel is $16,000 to $20,000. A good rule of thumb is to keep your remodeling project between 5 and 10 percent of the value of your home to get a good return on your investment.

Expect to spend most of your budget on cabinetry, fixtures and plumbing with labor taking the biggest cut if you can’t do some of the work yourself.

Flooring and countertops will be the next priority with lighting, updating doors and windows, and painting the walls and ceiling being the lowest-cost items on your budget.

What makes a mid-range remodel stand out? The details are what will create a luxurious space without breaking your budget.

For instance, when focusing on flooring, consider adding heated flooring.

While this feature feels high-end, it’s actually an affordable addition. It’s also practical because it helps dry out the room and prevents slips and falls.

Heated Bathroom Floors

Choose stain-resistant grout to go with your tiles. While it does cost a little more than traditional grout, it pays off because your floors and shower stalls continue to look good for longer, with less cleaning required.

Lighting is one of the most important elements in a mid-range remodel. Even if you have a bathroom with no windows, you can install a skylight to let in natural light. Fixtures just above the basic, but not high-end, are also a good investment.

Bathroom with skylights for natural lighting By RW Anderson Homes

With a mid-range remodel, you’re going to want to replace the vanity if it’s old and outdated. Choose a stylish design, but you don’t need custom unless you have an odd-shaped room. It should have a nice sink, and double sinks are a must-have for the master bath.

The next place to focus on is the shower. Tile adds an attractive feature to the space while protecting your walls. It’s possible to have a pro refinish your existing tub or shower, but you may also have to budget in a replacement. To save money, you can buy a shower-tub combination, which will eliminate the need for tiling and cut down on maintenance.

A breakdown of expenses for this project is following:

Radiant heat: $400 to $800

Flooring: $400 to $1,000

New lighting: $200 to $400

New vanity: $500 to $1,000

New tiling: $3,000 to $6,000

How much you spend should depend more on how much of the work you do as well as what kind of deals you get. While you don’t need to buy the most expensive options on flooring, tile and the vanity, you don’t want to go with the most basic design either.


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Top 5 Designer Tricks to Creatively Expand Your Bathroom Space

Today, bathrooms have become so much more than just a functional room in your home. Bathrooms are special personal spaces, and we love to decorate them.

Whether creating a look of lavish luxury, ultra modern simplicity, a romantic sensual haven, or a relaxing spa, physical space is often an issue.

Many of us do not have huge bathroom spaces that we see in designer idea books, so the first step to achieving your own dream bathroom look, is to give your space the visual illusion of expansion.

Once your bathroom feels larger, you will be amazed at how many more decorating options you will have to play with.

tiny-bathroom-design

Here are 5 secret designer tricks to visually expanding your bathroom’s space. Be sure to consult with your designer or contractor to make sure that these tips will work in your particular space:

1. Take your shower tiles to the ceiling.

shower tiles

Regardless of how small your shower space is, laying the shower tile to the ceiling will create an illusion of more space. When the tile goes all the way up, it does not create a forced break at the wall that the eye tends to notice and concentrate on.

Also, consider laying tiles vertically rather than horizontally, as this will also help draw the eye up to the ceiling. With this trick, you can even use dark tiles if you would like, without worrying that they will make the area look crammed and small.

2. Go for the extremes in tile size: Large or Mosaic

marble-tiles-bathroom-with-a-large-designer-sink

For a larger-than-life feel in your bathroom, use large tiles. They will help visually expand the space, where as small or even medium size tiles will break it up too much, making it look much smaller. This is especially true for the floor.

While you may think that putting small floor tiles on a floor makes sense in a tiny bathroom, the opposite is actually true. If your floor can support big tiles, go for them.

Big tiles will also mean less busy-looking grout lines. If you decide to go for large floor tiles, do not use ceramic ones, as they will be more likely to crack.

Instead, use marble or another polished stone. For this look to work, be sure that tiles do not have any patterns on them, as this will kill the bold expansive look you are trying to achieve.

Lastly, you should use the same color grout as the color of tiles, using contrasting colors will also ruin the visual effect of a bigger space.

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