2018 – 2019 Bathroom Remodel Guide

on people’s room remodel wish lists? A bathroom should be a room in your house where you feel stress-free, organized, and calm, but instead, many homeowners find themselves leaving their bathroom in a hurry.

Custom Remodeled bathroom with a beautiful freestanding bathtub.

Many issues can arise in an outdated or a poorly remodeled bathroom, which can lead to becoming a major source of stress for a homeowner. Laminate flooring can bubble up and tile flooring can chip or break, toilets can leak, grout can become grimy, or maybe the design is simply way outdated and unappealing.

The remodel and redesign of a bathroom can also become quite complex. This is why a bathroom is one room in which you don’t want to cut corners. Due to remodeling factors like plumbing, major damage can occur if not properly installed. While on a cost-per-square-foot basis, bathrooms tend to be one of the more expensive spaces to remodel, it doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune.

Budget Guidelines & Costs to Expect

The rule of thumb when it comes to what you should budget for a bathroom remodel (including materials and installation) is this: the total cost should be no more than 5 to 10 percent of your home’s value. The National Kitchen & Bath Association has broken down a typical bathroom remodel budget to be the following:

  • Labor: 20 percent
  • Cabinetry and hardware: 16 percent
  • Fixtures: 15 percent
  • Faucets and plumbing: 14 percent
  • Countertop: 7 percent
  • Floor: 9 percent
  • Doors and windows: 4 percent
  • Walls and ceiling: 5 percent
  • Lighting and ventilation: 5 percent
  • Design fees: 4 percent
  • Other: 1 percent

Custom bathroom with beautiful tile walls

Below is an estimated breakdown of what types of bathroom improvements you can do within your budget:

Refresh $200-$5,000

MAY INCLUDE:

  • Paint
  • Updating vanity
  • Installing new countertop or sink
  • Refinishing bathtub
  • Installing new light fixtures
  • Adding new window treatments
  • Upgrading hardware and fixtures

Minor Remodel $5,000-$15,000

MAY INCLUDE:

  • Adding new faucets, sink, shower and toilet
  • Installing new bath or shower
  • Installing new plumbing/electrical
  • Installing new or additional cabinets/vanity
  • Adding dividing walls
  • Replacing flooring

Major Remodel $15,000+

MAY INCLUDE:

  • New cabinet and fixtures
  • Enlarging or removing doorways or storage space
  • Moving and/or expanding a bath or shower
  • Redoing plumbing and electrical
  • Upgrading flooring, surfaces, finishes
  • Adding windows and/or skylights

Bathroon Remodeling Cost value Reports

In 2011-2012, a Cost vs. Value report was conducted in which it was found that a mid-range bathroom remodel cost an average of $16,552. About 62% of that cost was recovered. On the other hand, an upscale bathroom remodel cost an average of $52,249. Approximately 56% of those costs were recovered.

Bathroom Updates That Can Make a Huge Difference

If you have some wiggle room in your budget, consider including these updates with your remodel in order to really add more value to your home.

  1. 1. Heated flooring – Not only does heated flooring always keep your floors nice and warm, they also help to quickly dry up any water on the floor; reducing the risk of slipping or falling.
  2. 2. Tile – A great way to incorporate more personality and style into your bathroom is through the use of tile. Tile can be used not only as a flooring option, but can also be added around your sink or in your shower to really make a statement.
  3. 3. Stain-resistant grout – Even though the upfront cost of stain-resistant grout is higher, it will keep your bathroom looking cleaner and nicer for a much longer period of time, while also helping to cut down on cleaning time.
  4. 4. Lighting – Lighting makes a huge impact in both the look and functionality of your bathroom. Consider adding sconces to the side of your mirror to help reduce the amount of shadows that most overhead lighting tends to create. Also consider adding a light in your shower if one is not already present.
  5. 5. Skylights – Natural light is the best kind of light, right? Well a great way to add more natural light into a bathroom on the top floor of your home is a skylight. This is an especially great option if your bathroom is not located towards the outside of your home.
  6. 6. Heated shower mirror – Most would find it convenient to be able to see what they’re doing in the shower, especially when it comes to shaving. Luckily, heated shower mirrors are an available accessory for your shower that will stay fog-free throughout the span of your shower routine.
  7. 7. Curved shower rod – If you’ve ever felt cramped while taking a shower in your bathtub, a curved shower rod is an excellent option to give you a little more space. It also looks pretty cool, too.
  8. 8. Shower niche – Shower niches, or cutouts in your shower wall, are an enormously convenient use of space for your shower. Niches give you a place to store your shampoos, body washes, razors, and other items you store in your shower. It’s also a fantastic place to incorporate some accent tile.
  9. 9. Framed mirrors – A framed mirror can make a drastic difference to the look and feel of your bathroom. It helps to bring the whole design together, while also making it feel more complete. The frame doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive either; even a simple wood frame can change the whole feel of the room.
  10. 10. Cabinet hardware – Cabinet hardware is often an overlooked aspect of bathroom design. Add new handles and pulls to your cabinets to really pull together the design of your bathroom.

Here's a simple clean secondary bathroom that has been remodeled by Renewed Remodeling

Secondary Bathrooms

While master bathrooms are usually allotted a larger budget and are a higher priority, it’s also important to not forget about the condition of your home’s powder rooms or the kid’s and guest bathrooms. To maximize the value of your secondary bathrooms, follow these recommendations:

  • Streamline and be more adventurous in the design. Especially for a powder room, it is essential to simplify the design in order to make the most use out of the limited amount of space. Add a pedestal sink instead of a large vanity. Also, by incorporating a round toilet as opposed to an elongated one, you can save valuable space in the powder room. Secondary bathrooms also allow you to be more adventurous with your design. These are the perfect rooms to experiment with darker or unique paint colors and interesting floor designs. And, because these rooms are smaller, these changes will be much less expensive than it would be to make the same changes in a master bathroom.
  • Focus on the accessories. Focus on the slightly smaller, but still statement-making accessories you can add in your spare bathroom that will make an impression. These features could include anything from cabinet hardware, to faucets, to mirror frames, to towel rings or bathroom hooks.
  • Focus on durability. Especially if one of the secondary bathrooms is used by kids, make sure to choose surfaces and fixtures that can handle lots of wear and tear. Install scratch resistant countertops and high-quality cabinets that won’t ding or scratch easily. And, because it’s kids using the space, they won’t care if the materials are high-end or not.
  • Don’t forget the bathtub. Most homeowners, particularly those with small children, still want to have a bathtub or shower/tub combo available in at least one of the bathrooms. There are many affordable options available to those who are either looking to add a tub or just update the one currently in the bathroom.
  • Remember ventilation. Proper ventilation is key in order to prevent mold and mildew buildup. Consider investing in a ventilation fan that operates through the use of humidity sensors, so that you know humidity levels are being kept under control.

You should always seek a remodeler with knowledgeable of what building codes must be met and which permits may need to be acquired

Building Codes & Permits

One of the many benefits of hiring experienced professionals to remodel your space for you is that they are knowledgeable of what building codes must be met and which permits may need to be acquired. Professional remodeling also reduces the risk of future issues.

For example, maybe you want to install a multi-head shower. While you may think all that would require is maybe some re-routing of plumbing and then the installation of the shower heads, you’re not exactly correct. With multi-head showers, you may have to get a bigger water heater in order to produce enough hot water for both heads. Luckily, professionals are able to run a First Hour Rating (FHR), which measures how much hot water is produced in an hour, in order to determine whether a larger water heater would be necessary.

Remodeling aspects like this are a great example of the usefulness of experienced professionals.

Think About Accessibility During Bathroom Design

Often overlooked are the accessibility aspects of design. It’s usually not until a remodel has been finished that these missteps are noticed, which is why it is crucial to think about these things before you get started. These design aspects include factors like height, storage, and mobility.

For example, if you or your spouse are above average height and find most features of bathrooms too small or cramped, you’ll want to make sure to address these issues when remodeling. Or, if you or a family member’s mobility is hindered, you’ll also want to make sure the design allows for easier navigation and that items that may be needed are easily within reach.

For Your Wichita, Kansas Bathroom Remodel Needs

No matter how elaborate or simple you want your new bathroom design to be, Renewed Remodeling can meet all of your wants and needs. We pride ourselves on our craftsmanship and expertise. We’re here to help make your bathroom remodel experience stress-free and enjoyable!

We provide services to Wichita, Kansas and surrounding areas.

Give us a call today or visit us online to discuss all of your bathroom remodeling needs!

(316) 518-2580

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