You should know that the bathroom is the most expensive room to remodel per square foot. It’s because you’re fitting a lot into that small space: plumbing fixtures, tile, a tub, toilet and vanity. In fact, $46.3 billion will be spent on bathroom remodels this year, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association. But you can expect to shell out between $5,927 to $14,136.
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Everyone has had an encounter with a dark, ’70s nightmare. And it’s true: New cabinets can give the room an instant facelift and increase your storage. They usually cost between $2,000 and $5,000, including installation, according to Improvenet.com. Stock cabinets of the shelf, like those at home centers, are the lowest pricedâ€”but have limited styles and finishes (and can start as low as $500). Semi-custom versions you can order through manufacturers will give you more options â€” wood types, finishes, and size â€” are more middle-0f-the-range. And custom cabinets will give you the most quality for your buck. Itâ€™s worth noting, though, that in most cases, countertops are sold separatelyâ€” and theyâ€™ll set you back at least $2,000.
The shower/tub situation tends to be the centerpiece of most bathrooms, which is why it can be the most costly part. Tubs start at $140 and can run as high as $10,000 and over. The cost of a shower stall can vary greatly, since the tile you choose will determine so much of the price (see the chart). Frameless glass shower doors, which cost $900 to $1,300, are more attractive than a shower curtain and make the room seem bigger. And the icing is an amazing shower head: Prices here vary widely as well, with the out-of-the-box options costing around $50 and super-luxe, multi-head options costing closer to $2000.
Vinyl and linoleum flooring have come a long way over the last few years, and theyâ€™re the cheapest way to cover your floor â€” averaging $1,450, according to HomeAdvisor. Ceramic or porcelain tile will cost at least $2,000, but it holds up well and comes in all kinds of colors and patterns. Marble and other stone tile range widely in price, but expect to pay $2,300 and up. If you want to splurge, an extra $675 to $1,045 will get you in-flooring heating.
It doesn’t take a lot of money to liven up the walls with a new coat of paint, or brighten up the room with new light fixtures. If the tile in your shower is looking shoddy and the grout is cracking, bring the tile alive by removing and replacing the grout, which starts around $500. Some tubs and showers can be replaced with a new model for about $500.
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