If Your Bathroom's Style Peaked in the 80s, Then a Redo Just Might Be for You!
Even with all of the remodel shows out there and the ubiquitous DIY blogs about how beautiful you can make your bathroom with just some old plates and reclaimed wood — all of which is shown through time lapse photos — it seems you have the one house left with a mauve and black tiled loo. Have you ever pondered from your rose hued tub, "Are interior designers psychopaths?!"
The average size bathroom in the average size American home is about 120 ft2. If you're sick of staring down ugly, outdated bathroom tiles and fixtures, a complete bathroom renovation is probably within your financial reach. Better yet, a smartly done bathroom remodel gives you one of the best returns on your money when you're ready to sell. So, if you're sick of hiding your old bathroom beneath layers of mats, a distracting shower curtain, and wall-to-wall art, then here's a few things to consider.
For a complete remodel of your full bathroom, you'll need to factor in the cost of materials and labor. You can expect materials to include new fixtures, tiles, cupboards, and countertops. Materials will cost you $8,000–$10,000, depending on your locations and the quality of supplies and materials used.
The labor involved is usually twice the cost of materials for the project. The benefit of hiring a pro is that he or she knows the right sub-contractors to do the tile work, the plumbing, the painting, etc. Also, they are properly equipped for the job, have adequately sized vehicles to pick up and deliver supplies and materials, and can demo and haul away debris. And, any inspections that may need to be done after the fact will pass through the correct channels.
Keeping the footprint of the bathroom intact as well as buying your own materials with the input of your contractor can save you money. Doing your own demolition can save you some cash too. Things can get very expensive when you start moving plumbing completely around. But don't penny pinch too much and short yourself on the quality of materials. Your bathroom is exposed to a lot of extremes: heat, moisture, deep cleans, other things I shall not name. Scrimping will only cost you more in the end.
Going the DIY route can be a big cost saver, but if you don't have a very good grasp of what you're doing and how to execute it, you're only being penny wise, pound foolish. If material is ruined by improper installation, it will need to be ripped out and replaced, causing you to not only spend more money on replacement materials but more man-hours to fix it, or perhaps even more money because now you do have to hire a pro. Even if it's a few years down the road when tile begins to crack and fixtures begin to shift or leak.
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