Your bathrooms are some of the most heavily-utilized spaces in your house, and therefore need to be built and equipped to handle years of daily use. Aside from the kitchen, they’re perhaps the most important room or rooms in your home. So when it comes time to remodel your bathroom, it’s important to not only make sure you choose quality products and a modern look that you’ll be happy with for many years to come.
However, in doing so it’s easy to get carried away. If you’re not careful, remodeling costs can spiral out of control and exceed your budget fairly quickly. Want to avoid the hassle of running out of money before your project has even finished? Here are some of the factors in a bathroom remodel that can have a major impact on the cost of your project.
You’ll have a seemingly-endless number of options when it comes to choosing your countertop. While granite is a popular choice these days, it’s also one of the more expensive. You might be better off going with a laminate or synthetic countertop that can provide you with durability but a lower cost.
Bathrooms rely on tiles. Whether you’re re-doing just a sink backsplash or entirely re-doing your shower, the cost of your tile will fluctuate wildly. Different materials will vary in cost, as will the overall cost of the project if you hire a contractor to install the tile for you.
Want to move the toilet and sink? That will add a good chunk to the cost of your remodel, as you’ll have to run new plumbing lines and move the fixtures themselves. This adds a long time and a lot of money to your project.
Much like countertops and tile, you’ll have a ton of options when it comes to the cabinetry in your bathroom. Certain materials will cost more, as will purchasing custom-made cabinets versus simply purchasing a store-bought solution from your local home improvement warehouse.
You’d be shocked how much life you can inject into a bathroom by simply changing the lighting. However, some light fixtures can cost a fortune, and upgrading technology to include things like ground-fault circuits can also add to the cost. Not to mention it’s strongly advised you hire an electrician.
Has your house been re-piped with copper? If not, now might be a good time to do so. However, a re-pipe is also a huge investment. But you may want to consider making it if you notice that the plumbing in your walls is starting to degrade and wear out.
The sky’s the limit when it comes to bathroom amenities these days. Whirlpool or jetted bathtub? Becoming much cheaper and more common. Heated floors? Possible. Steam unit? Yep those exist too. However, they all add costs to your remodel that you should carefully consider before purchasing.
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