Remodel Bathroom

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

March 2015

Homeowners have many important questions about their Bathroom Remodeling 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 Remodeling 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 Remodeling project will help you answer these questions. Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan.

Bathroom Remodeling - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Bathroom Remodeling 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 descriptionReplace bathtub, cabinet, sink and fixtures. Add granite countertop. Install new tile surround and floor. Paint walls. Refinish bathtub and sink. Update lighting and electrical. Use above average quality materials and finishing detail.
Project size75 square feet
Material and labor cost$14,711 - $17,162
Material cost$8,325 - $9,713
Do-it-yourself assessmentThe typical Bathroom Remodeling project involves tasks that are best performed by experienced professionals. Good quality Bathroom Remodeling 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 Remodeling 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 Remodeling project can return as much as 67% - 78% of its initial cost
Green ratingBathroom Remodeling projects can employ renewable resources and environmentally friendly construction materials. Efficient lighting, HVAC, insulation and appliance choices can significantly reduce the energy footprint of your home.

Bathroom Remodeling - Project Plan and Details

The following list includes major work tasks commonly performed during Bathroom Remodeling. Use this list to understand the timing and sequence of different steps in the Bathroom Remodeling 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 Remodeling project cost and quality.

Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Bathroom Remodeling 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
Specify FinishesInterior Designer1 to 2 d$533 - $890
Remove Bathroom TileDemolition Laborer1 d$1.88 - $3.14 per square foot
Remove BathtubDemolition Laborer1 d$27.50 - $45.92
Install Bathtub FaucetPlumber1 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$226 - $399
Install GFCI OutletElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$89 - $158 per outlet
Install MoldingFinish Carpenter1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$2.58 - $4.47 per linear foot
Install Recessed LightingElectrician1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$126 - $217
Install Bathroom CabinetFinish Carpenter1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$225 - $405
Paint WallPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$1.05 - $1.80 per square foot
Paint MoldingPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$1.26 - $2.15 per linear foot
Install Granite CountertopsInstaller5 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$53 - $97 per square foot
Install Mortar BedTile Contractor1 d$5.30 - $9.09 per square foot
Install Tile FloorTile Contractor1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$10.11 - $17.29 per square foot
Install Wall TileTile Contractor1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$10.77 - $18.37 per square foot
Install Shower EnclosuresHandyman1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$461 - $842
Install Bathroom FanElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$223 - $378
Install BathtubPlumber2 to 5 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$550 - $991
Replace Switch PlatesElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$11.00 - $18.56


Bathroom Remodeling - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

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

  • To maximize return on the Bathroom Remodeling project, limit cost to no more than 5.5% of home's total, post project value
  • For best resale value, select a taste neutral design for your Bathroom Remodeling
  • 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
  • Match appliances and fixtures to electrical circuit, hot water and gas capacities
  • To minimize risk of electrical shock, have all circuits protected by GFCI
  • Update or restore electrical switches, receptacles and switch plates
  • Perform major Bathroom Remodeling work with permits to help protect value at resale time
  • Avoid costly surprises - before purchase, be sure that all appliances and components can be moved to their final location through existing doorways / passageways
  • Install electrical receptacles inside cabinet where electrical devices are stored

Bathroom Remodeling Project Guide

Project Plan: Bathroom Remodeling

Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Bathroom Remodeling 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 Remodeling project activities, effectively manage milestones and costs - and get quality work at a fair price.

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