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7 things to know about small bathroom remodeling costs

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The cost to remodel a bathroom is tied to the size of the bathroom. As the size of the bathroom increases the cost of remodeling increases along with it. A smaller bathroom means less materials necessary for the remodel. Also a smaller bathroom means that there will be less labor involved when you do the remodel. The question of how much does it cost to remodel a small bathroom is not a hard and fast number. Many different things go into determining this cost. We have broken it down into the 7 things to know about small bathroom remodeling costs.

No amount that you can find online is going to be the one that will be the cost for your own bathroom remodel. If you do more than a standard one to one replacement type of remodel in your bathroom the costs can go up significantly. Every fixture you move increases the cost of your remodel. Changing out the lights for ones that are greatly different increases the cost as well if it requires any electrical changes.

1. Materials

Costs are also pinned to the type of material that is chosen. The difference in a bathroom remodeling project that is low cost and one that breaks the bank is all about the things that are chosen. The price difference between hand carved marble from Italy, and laminate purchased at your local hardware store is the difference between low cost and high cost. When figuring out the cost for your small bathroom remodel first determine the materials that you are going to put into the new space.

2. Contractors

When deciding to remodel a bathroom the basic decision must be made to serve as your own general contractor, or to hire one. If you hire a general contractor they will manage the entire process, but you will need to add that cost into your estimate. If you do all the coordination and some of the work yourself, you can find a lot of savings. If you use a contractor, get a written schedule and ensure you also get an itemized list upon completion. There are benefits and drawbacks to both ways of remodeling your small bathroom.

3. Region

As you compare costs remember that the cost for your particular small bathroom remodel may not be the same as what you find online. The costs you will encounter will be less in the south and more in the west and northeast. Always check local stores or regional distributors for the most current prices. Even then, if you explore local stores, antique shops, and second hand stores you can often find the best value.

4. Extent of the remodel

The costs for a remodel that are given below, and that you can find in other places online is the price for what is considered a standard remodel. A standard remodel is when it is doing the minimal amount of work in the bathroom, putting in a toilet, a tub with a tile surround, a solid surface double sink, a new vanity, redoing the floor, and refreshing the wall treatments. The approximate costs that you will find are based on the assumption that your remodel is standard. This includes the assumption that the materials you choose are average in cost, and that labor is at the normal rate for each type of contractor.

5. Labor costs

Labor is a considerable expense, by doing as much of the work possible yourself you lower the overall cost of your remodel. This is only true up to a certain point, and you have to be careful not to lead yourself into much greater costs if you make mistakes. Making a fair and objective evaluation of your own skills is an important part of deciding what labor you can do yourself. Also remember that in all remodels there are building codes that must be adhered to. Even if you do the work on your own, it is usually better to have a licensed professional review all work to make sure it is within code.

6. Age of the home

Another consideration is the age of the bathroom. The older the bathroom the more expensive the remodel is going to be. When dealing with older bathrooms the pipes and wiring are often things that must be dealt with. Old plumbing and old wiring must be brought up to code. Depending on the age of the home the walls and floors must be brought up to code as well. All of these fixes add considerable expense to your remodel. Even in a normal situation you should always prepare for the unexpected by adding 10% to 15% to your budget. In the case of an older home, increase this to 20% to 25%. If possible find out what pipes and wiring lead into the bathroom for a clue on what is going to need to be upgraded.

7. Cost Breakdowns

The average cost in 2015 for a small bathroom ran between $3500 to $7000. The cost breakdown of a standard remodel is as follows:

  • Bathtub $400-$1500
  • Cabinets $1200-$3500
  • Countertops $900-$2000
  • Flooring $800-$2000
  • Lighting $120$-900
  • Shower $450-$2000
  • Sink $190-$900
  • Toilet $130-$250

These totals are not hard and fast rules, prices change, labor costs change. As things change the following can be used as a general guideline when determining costs.

  • 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