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Renovate Bathroom

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

January 2014

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

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Bathroom Renovation - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Bathroom Renovation 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. Replace tile surround and floor. Paint walls. Refinish bathtub and sink. Update plumbing fixtures. Use renovation grade materials and above average finishing detail.
Project size75 square feet
Material and labor cost$10,107 - $11,792
Material cost$5,657 - $6,599
Do-it-yourself assessmentThe typical Bathroom Renovation project involves tasks that are best performed by experienced professionals. Good quality Bathroom Renovation 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 - ROIResults vary widely and can be affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Bathroom Renovation project in an appropriate neighborhood can return 93% or more of its initial cost.
Long term 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 Renovation project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
Green ratingBathroom Renovation projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.

Bathroom Renovation - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

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

Bathroom Renovation - Project Plan and Details

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

TaskService ProviderDurationDo-it-yourself difficultyTarget cost
Develop Project BudgetGeneral Contractor2 to 15 dLevel 2 - Challenging$140 - $234
Specify MaterialsInterior Designer2 to 15 dLevel 2 - Challenging$190 - $317
Specify FinishesInterior Designer1 to 2 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$190 - $317
Remove Bathroom TileDemolition Laborer1 dLevel 1 - Basic$1.25 - $2.09 per square foot
Install Bathtub FaucetPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$255 - $453
Repair Wall DamageDrywall and Plaster Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$33 - $57
Refinish Bathroom CabinetsPainting Contractor2 to 4 dLevel 2 - Challenging$7.45 - $12.52 per square foot
Refinish Wood MoldingPainting Contractor2 to 4 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$7.45 - $12.52 per linear foot
Install Radiant Floor HeatFlooring Contractor1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$7.10 - $12.76 per square foot
Install Mortar BedTile Contractor1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$5.95 - $10.25 per square foot
Install Tile FloorTile Contractor1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$10.70 - $18.72 per square foot
Install Bathtub TileTile Contractor1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$7.00 - $11.69 per square foot
Install MirrorsGlazing Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$88 - $146
Install Bathroom FanElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$307 - $524
Install Wall Mounted LightingElectrician1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$198 - $343
Replace Bathroom FanElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$307 - $524
Install GFCI OutletElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$65 - $114 per outlet
Replace Bathroom FaucetPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$230 - $407
Replace GroutTile Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$13.90 - $23.57 per square foot
Reglaze SinkPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$325 - $551


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