Looking to remodel your bathroom but don’t know where to start and how much it will be? Typically, a large bathroom remodel will cost anywhere between $5,000-$10,000 depending on the size of the space and the material you have chosen. So today we are going to look at what goes into a bathroom remodel and why it costs so much.
What is a 5×10 Bathroom?
A 5×10 or 50 square foot bathroom is a large space, usually designated for a master bathroom. The size of the space allows for multiple design choices, such as a shared half or ¾ bathroom, but most commonly, it is used as a full bathroom.
Benefits of a Remodel for my House Value
Remodeling your home provides two main benefits, which are updating your existing look and increasing your home’s value. Updating the aesthetics of your home is not only invaluable for preventing your home from getting a stale look, but updates will ensure the material and structural integrity of your home. It is key that you check the components of the home periodically and repair/update any weathering or old areas.
Difference Between a Remodel vs Renovation?
The primary difference between a remodel and a renovation is the definition. Renovations update the look and feel of a room or structure without changing its original purpose. Its focus is updating old or broken items and restoring them. For example, renovations to a bathroom will not change its function as a bathroom. On the other hand, a remodel can alter the function of a room, such as changing a bathroom into a storage closet, an office space, or an even larger bathroom.
Components of a Remodel
There are many components of a remodel, and each comes with an associated price tag:
For a new toilet remodel, you will first need to remove the existing toilet. After your previous toilet has been removed, the plumbing needs to be sorted out to accommodate the new toilet. Afterward, your new toilet is installed and flooring or tile is replaced to create a more seamless look. Toilets cost around $100-$300 for a new model, but newer models can be purchased around the $2-3,000 price point with a wide range of features.
Vent and Fans-$160
Vents and fans are necessary to create proper ventilation throughout the space. You will be paying for the size of the fan and the placement of the vents. If your home already has existing ductways, you can save a fair bit of money. After your connections are made, you will have to have your bathroom inspected to ensure compliance with your city.
Lighting fixtures can greatly transform the room and change the atmosphere and spacing. They also require oversight to setup as your wiring needs to be kept out of reach of any water to avoid accident or injury. The cost of lighting fixtures will change depending on the intensity of the lights and the material of the fixture themselves.
Sinks cost roughly $300-$600 depending on the size and material of the sink. Your previous sink will need to be removed and disposed of which will add to your installation cost. Also, depending on the installation method of the sink, you will have to pay more for the installation cost. Pedestal sinks are the cheapest to install, then drop-in and undermount sinks are the most expensive to install.
Entry and doors are valuable for allowing free movement in your bathroom. You need to account for the available space to prevent your entry from being blocked.
Replacement windows can cost anywhere from $300-$500 each, depending on the size of the windows themselves. This cost will also go up depending on the strength of the glass itself and how reinforced the window is from impacts.
A shower will cost anywhere from $800-$1,000 depending on the size of the shower and the material you have chosen. This price tag also includes removal of the existing shower and replacing it with a new one. Added features such as niches, cubbies, or custom spout heads will increase the final price.
Vanities typically cost anywhere between $400-$3,000 and your final price will depend on the material you have chosen. Granite, Cultured Marble, Travertine, Concrete, Laminate, Composite, Ceramic, or Porcelain are all common materials. When choosing a vanity material, you want to select a material that is durable as your vanity will see heavy use. Natural stone such as granite, marble and travertine are popular choices, but can be quite expensive. Quartz and composite materials are great alternatives as they are much lighter, but won’t break the bank.
Labor Costs/Types of Contractors
There are multiple contractors that will help with your bathroom remodel. Here is what they can assist you with:
An HVAC technician can assist with your ventilation setup and anything else that falls under their umbrella. Many HVAC techs are equipped to handle HVAC appliances but can also do electric work and plumbing if needed. However, compared to a dedicated electrician or plumber, HVAC techs can be very expensive, averaging $75-$150, so it is recommended that you use them to handle ventilation issues only.
An electrician can help you sort out any electrical connections you need in your home. This is necessary for setting up outlets and wiring necessary light fixtures. If you do not hire an electrician, you risk the danger of crossing or exposing wires to water or any moisture that exists in your bathroom. An electrician costs anywhere from $25-$40 an hour for their services.
If you don’t want to paint your bathroom yourself, you can always hire a painter to accomplish the task for you. Hiring a painter will ensure that the space will look seamless and even compared to doing it yourself. In addition, a painter will use primers and apply several coats to ensure that the painter adheres to the surface. While waterproofing is impossible, they will employ what measures they can to ensure that the paint lasts as long as possible. Painters are quite expensive, averaging $70 an hour for their services.
A carpenter can handle any fabrication needs for your remodel. This involves making cabinets, vanities, doors, and shelving. In addition to fabrication, they can provide aesthetic flairs and customizations that you request. A carpenter costs anywhere from $30-$90 an hour depending on the complexity of the job and their overall skill level.
A plumber is an invaluable contractor to have on hand as your bathroom has many plumbing elements to sort through. A plumber ensures that your fixtures such as your sink, toilet, bathtub and shower all function properly. They will also inspect your existing plumbing setup and check for leaks or issues before your remodel fully completes. Plumbers charge anywhere from $25-$150 depending on the complexity and their skill level.
Final Cost of Remodel
The final cost of a bathroom remodel is anywhere between $5,000-$10,000. This accounts for any changes you make to your home’s structure. Afterward, there are demolition and removal costs, coupled with implementing wall and tiling. After your groundwork has been laid out, you can add in fixture installations such as your bathtub, shower, sink, toilet, and vanity.
General Remodel Tips
Here are some general remodel tips to ensure your next remodel goes more smoothly:
Do What You Can
There are many elements of your remodel that cannot be fulfilled on your own. However, there are some things such as painting, flooring, and some fixtures that you can install on your own. If you feel confident, DIY as much of the bathroom as possible before a contractor comes and completes it.
Choose the Right Material
The right material will always be a balance between aesthetics, function, and price. When choosing the material for your bathroom, always keep a mind on this balance and try not to go over budget or too cheap. Finding the right balance is important otherwise you may have to replace the material more often than you’d like.
Avoid Moving Existing Plumbing
If you can avoid it, try not to move your existing plumbing setup. If you have to, this can add additional costs to your remodel as a plumber will need to setup new lines to accommodate your desired setup.
Storage will always be an integral part of your bathroom, so add as much as you can. Use recessed walls, add shelves, create niches, and do whatever is possible to add storage to your bathroom. The more storage you add to the space, the less cramped it will feel.
Use wainscot beadboards to create an antique look and also protect the lower section of your walls from added moisture or water. If you don’t like the beadboard look, you can accomplish the same with tile, so long as you create a barrier between water and your wall.
It can be intimidating to remodel your bathroom, but rest assured that with proper planning, it is very straightforward. So contact your nearest contractor and transform your space into the bathroom of your dreams.