One of the most common questions I get from home owners is whether they should update their bathroom. As in many things real estate, the answer is "it depends".
If you’re planning to remodel your bathroom whether to update the look, increase resale value, add functionality, amenities and storage or a combination of all or some of these it is a great investment to make. Any other reason, not so sure.
The second most common question is how much does a bathroom remodel cost?
The cost of the project depends on a variety factors not just scope. As with most things, there are three levels of bathroom remodeling: good, better and best. The most basic update you can do should start at $10K for a master bathroom and that won't get you very far. At the upper end you can easily go over $50K. Of course, costs are all relative and will depend on a variety of factors, including how old your home is and what kind of renovations have already been done. Remodeling a bathroom from the 1990s is a lot different than overhauling one built in the 1940s with mud-set floors and galvanized plumbing. Older houses most likely have had a series of previous remodels and usually you have to peel back the layers and see what’s there.
As you spend more here's what you might get:
- Better fixtures, like a toilet with better flushing capabilities or faucets with better flow
- New features like flooring, a vanity, a sink, lighting, window treatment and hardware
- A comfort-height toilet
- 36-inch countertop
- Framed mirror that matches the vanity and a recessed medicine chest
- Better quality than from a big-box store
A higher-grade remnant or custom piece of granite, marble or quartz. Cabinets: Semicustom pieces with higher-end finishes — glazed instead of just stained — and decorative details like cabinet legs and intricate door panels. Maybe something made locally or in the U.S. that maximizes every inch in your bathroom for counter space.
You can make moderate adjustments to the plumbing, like moving the faucets or shower, but the toilet will likely stay in the relative same spot. The toilet location is the tree trunk of the drainage lines. If you move that to an opposite side of the room, you’ll then have to change the showerhead, drain and faucet locations. If you can keep that where it is, do it. You might also add separate valves for temperature and flow control and showerhead pressure.Fixtures:You can upgrade the fixtures for ones with higher-quality copper or bronze inside, which will last considerably longer than off-the-shelf units.