Cutting Bathroom Remodel Costs is Easier than You Think

From on October 22, 2010 in Bathroom Remodel

Though the economy has pushed many Americans into a corner, bathroom renovations can still be a change we make for the better without breaking the bank. You can hold off on replacing that medicine cabinet and retro tile for only so long. And when that breaking point—that this must change now point—comes, you can move forward with your bathroom renovation without massive stress.

Bathroom Upgrades that Pay Off

For the biggest bang for your buck, add a separate bath and shower. According to a 2010 National Association of Home Builders report released in January, a separate tub and shower are among the top 10 features that builders would most likely include. And costs are not nearly as prohibitive as you think—check out a few price quotes and see how much contractors are willing to discount.

Whether you’re sharing with a partner, or have children sharing down the hallway, a double vanity can be a relatively simple change that goes a long way. Squeeze two sinks into a 48-inch-wide space (IKEA even makes a 39-inch-wide wall model). Pedestal sinks as well look amazing in numbers.

Consider also the impacts that details such as light fixtures, hardware, and finishes make. While bathroom appliances add functionality and beauty to a bathroom, it’s the details that give the room the quality finish and distinction you want in a remodel.

Although the toilet isn’t necessarily the place to add charm, look to floor finishes like bamboo, solid countertops like granite, and wallpaper and cabinet hardware that will last and wow. Flooring installation is especially cheap with bathrooms—you can get estimates showing just how reasonable it is.

Bathroom Remodel Return on Investment

If possible, don’t stop with one renovation—consider adding a new bath. Paul Emrath of the National Association of Home Builders figured in an analysis that an extra bath adds up to 20 percent to a home’s value, which makes adding a bath even more valuable than adding another bedroom.

Remodeling’s Cost vs. Value Report of 2009-10 sites that even a “midrange” bathroom renovation priced at roughly $17,000 can net you 69% of its cost in added value to your home.

In all of the scrimping and saving, minor bathroom renovations can make a huge difference in your home’s value and your daily life. Grab your free estimates and get started today.

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