Makeover Bathroom

Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Bathroom Makeover project

March 2015

Homeowners have many important questions about their Bathroom Makeover Project. How much will it cost? How long will it take? What problem areas do I need to watch out for? Can I recover my Bathroom Makeover investment when I sell? Can I do some of the work myself? What can I do to make sure that the work is done right?

Costs, materials and best practices for the example Bathroom Makeover project will help you answer these questions. Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan.

Bathroom Makeover - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Bathroom Makeover project are summarized below. Use higher estimates for larger metropolitan areas and the lower estimates where home prices are below the national average. Adjust costs for substitutions or refinements in the last section. For size differences of up to 25%, scale total costs in direct proportion to the size of your project. Use the adjusted costs as a basis for setting a material budget and for comparing contractor bids (if you choose to have a professional perform the work).

Project descriptionRefinish cabinet doors, cabinet frames and moldings. Regrout and reglaze tile. Paint walls.Update plumbing and lighting fixtures. Use renovation grade materials and above average finishing detail.
Project size75 square feet
Material and labor cost$2,606 - $3,040
Material cost$662 - $772
Do-it-yourself assessmentThe typical Bathroom Makeover project involves tasks that are best performed by experienced professionals. Good quality Bathroom Makeover requires considerable experience, skill and attention to detail. Do it yourself mistakes are noticeable, may be difficulty to remedy and may actually reduce the market value of the project and your home.
First year Return on Investment - ROIReturns vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Bathroom Makeover project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
First year Return on Investment - ROIReturns will be impacted by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Bathroom Makeover project can return as much as 67% - 78% of its initial cost
Green ratingBathroom Makeover projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.

Bathroom Makeover - Project Plan and Details

The following list includes major work tasks commonly performed during Bathroom Makeover. Use this list to understand the timing and sequence of different steps in the Bathroom Makeover project. Click any Task name for a complete written specifications, FAQs and quality checklist for the task - this essential information will help you control Bathroom Makeover project cost and quality.

Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Bathroom Makeover project? If so, it is important create and manage a detailed plan for all project activities.

TaskService ProviderTimeDifficultyBasic Cost Range
Develop Project BudgetGeneral Contractor2 to 15 d$133 - $222
Specify MaterialsInterior Designer2 to 15 d$178 - $297
Develop Bathroom IdeasKitchen Designer5 to 15 d$265 - $443
Remove Bath FixturesDemolition Laborer1 d$8.07 - $13.47
Remove Lighting FixturesLighting Contractor1 d$22.22 - $37.10 per item
Repair Wall DamageDrywall and Plaster Contractor1 to 2 d$187 - $316
Install Cabinet HandlesFinish Carpenter1 d$11.77 - $19.69
Install Trim MoldingFinish Carpenter1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$3.18 - $5.58 per linear foot
Install Door KnobFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$67 - $117 per door
Install Towel BarFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 1 - Basic$51 - $88
Refinish Bathroom CabinetsPainting Contractor2 to 4 dLevel 2 - Challenging$7.69 - $13.02 per square foot
Paint WallPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$1.05 - $1.80 per square foot
Paint CeilingPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$1.18 - $2.02 per square foot
Regrout TileTile Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$10.80 - $18.06 per square foot
Install GFCI OutletElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$89 - $158 per outlet
Replace Bathroom FanElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$109 - $189
Replace ReceptacleElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$36 - $61
Replace Electric SwitchElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$43 - $75
Replace Switch PlatesElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$11.00 - $18.56
Replace Bathroom FaucetPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$170 - $295


Bathroom Makeover - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

Review these tips, design suggestions, options and lessons learned before finalizing your Bathroom Makeover project plan.

  • To maximize return on the Bathroom Makeover project, limit cost to no more than 1.5% of home's total, post project value
  • For best resale value, select a taste neutral design for your Bathroom Makeover
  • For best home resale value, follow a consistent design and decorating theme throughout the home
  • For best resale value, select components, appliances, finishes and fixtures of comparable quality
  • To minimize risk of electrical shock, have all circuits protected by GFCI
  • Install electrical receptacles inside cabinet where electrical devices are stored
  • Update or restore electrical switches, receptacles and switch plates

Bathroom Makeover Project Guide

Project Plan: Bathroom Makeover

Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Bathroom Makeover project? If so, it is important create and manage a detailed plan for all project activities.

This FREE homewyse project guide helps you organize Bathroom Makeover project activities, effectively manage milestones and costs - and get quality work at a fair price.

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