Restore Small Bathroom

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

March 2015

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

Small Bathroom Restoration - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Small Bathroom Restoration 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 size45 square feet
Material and labor cost$9,207 - $10,742
Material cost$5,850 - $6,825
Do-it-yourself assessmentThe typical Small Bathroom Restoration project involves tasks that are best performed by experienced professionals. Good quality Small Bathroom Restoration 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 Small Bathroom Restoration project in an appropriate neighborhood can return 93% or more of its initial cost.
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 Small Bathroom Restoration project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
Green ratingSmall Bathroom Restoration projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.

Small Bathroom Restoration - Project Plan and Details

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

Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Small Bathroom Restoration 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 Tile MortarDemolition Laborer1 d$1.60 - $2.68 per square foot
Repair Dry RotCarpenter1 to 4 d$184 - $320
Install Bathtub FaucetPlumber1 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$226 - $399
Repair Wall DamageDrywall and Plaster Contractor1 to 2 d$187 - $316
Refinish Bathroom CabinetsPainting Contractor2 to 4 dLevel 2 - Challenging$7.69 - $13.02 per square foot
Refinish Wood MoldingPainting Contractor2 to 4 d$7.40 - $12.49 per linear foot
Install Radiant Floor HeatFlooring Contractor1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$4.16 - $7.36 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 Bathtub TileTile Contractor1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$14.55 - $25.34 per square foot
Install MirrorsGlazing Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$9.42 - $16.83 per square foot
Install Bathroom FanElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$223 - $378
Install Wall Mounted LightingElectrician1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$314 - $560
Refinish BathtubPainting Contractor1 to 3 d$715 - $1,206 per fixture
RegroutTile Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$10.80 - $18.06 per square foot
Replace Switch PlatesElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$11.00 - $18.56

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Small Bathroom Restoration - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

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

  • To maximize return on the Small Bathroom Restoration project, limit cost to no more than 4.6% of home's total, post project value
  • For best resale value, select a taste neutral design for your Small Bathroom Restoration
  • 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
  • Install electrical receptacles inside cabinet where electrical devices are stored
  • Use bright lighting to make a small room appear larger
  • Use furniture, fixtures and accessories scaled appropriately to the room size
  • Decorate with light color shades to make a small room appear larger
  • Mount hardware and accessories on back of door to make best use of space in a small room
  • Choose wall mounted elements with narrow depth to maximize spaciousness in a small room

Small Bathroom Restoration Project Guide

Project Plan: Small Bathroom Restoration

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

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


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