With the exception of the Kitchen, Bathrooms are the most expensive room in the house to remodel. The reason is the fixtures and finishes. Your selections of these materials has a big influence on the price of your project.
For example, a standard good quality Kohler “Highline” comfort height toilet runs about $250 (at a retail warehouse store) for the bowl, tank, shutoff, supply line and seat. Kohler also makes a one piece toilet called the “Gabrielle” that runs about $600 (colored, Contractor price without seat or hardware) for the toilet alone. Which are your tastes?
Tub enclosures have three basic choices of materials. The Cultured Marble Family, the Corian Family, and Tile Family (information about tile showers). all three have different pricing, but they could all be considered expensive to the average homeowner.
Plumbing fixtures such as a lavatory faucet can run from $29.95 to well over $500 for one fixture! Tile and natural stone can run from $.79 a square foot (don’t even think about buying that stuff) to over $10. Which one do you want?
Having said that, the prices listed below include good quality, but not the highest end fixtures and finishes. Please keep in mind that these are APPROXIMATE prices, and pricing can vary anywhere from 10% – 50% depending on your particular situation.
Standard Bathroom Remodel
This would include an approx. 8×5 bathroom removing everything and replacing with new in the same locations. Standard bathtub, 36″-48″ vanity, “Granitex” cultured marble shower enclosure and top, tile on the floor, toilet, mirror, plumbing fixtures and medicine cabinet. Accessories and light fixture installed but furnished by OWNER. Approx. $9,000 not including tax. Add about $11,000 to upgrade to a tile surround ans stone top.
Standard Master Bathroom Remodel
This would include an approx. 12×8 bathroom removing everything and replacing. Large Tub and Shower, 72″ to 84″ long vanity, “Granitex” tub area, shower enclosure and vanity top, tile on the floor, toilet, mirror, plumbing fixtures, and medicine cabinets. Accessories and light fixture installed but furnished by OWNER. Approx. $15,000 to $25,000, not including tax. A tile and stone finish vs the “Granitex” adds about $2,500 to the price. Click HERE to see an example of a “Granitex” master bath, and HERE to see an example of a tile master bath.
Standard Tub and Vanity Top Replacement
Tear out tub and surround down to bare studs. Replace tub, install new “Granitex” cultured marble surround and matching top, new shower valve and lavatory faucet, new custom shower door. Approx. $5,000 not including tax. Add about $750 to upgrade to a tile surround.
Standard Tub to Walk-In Shower and Top Replacement
Perform same as above, only re-locate shower drain to center and change to a 2″ waste line. Add custom shower floor or pan, Install 71″ custom shower door. Approx. $5,500 not including tax. Add about $1,000 to upgrade to a tile surround.
Tub / Shower Combination to a Large Walk-In Shower
Remove the existing tub / shower combination and replace with a large “Granitex” cultured marble shower with glass partition wall and open entry. Includes a $1000 allowance for shower components. Approx $15,000. Add about $3,000 to upgrade to a tile deck and surround.
Naturally, these prices can change due to your specific situation, but this will at least give you an idea of basic ballpark prices. There are Contractors out there who will do these projects for less, but I suggest you click on my Registrar of Contractors article to learn more, and then check with the AZ Registrar to see if they are licensed and view their complaint record. If they are licensed, ask to see see a certificate of insurance for Liability and Workers Comp policies listing YOU as the certificate holder.
Next, check references. Call at least 3 previous customers (I provide 30) and ask a lot questions about how the Contractor performed. Who did the work? How was the communication? Did they stick to a schedule? Did they have a detailed contract? Did they meet your expectations?
Simply comparing contractor by price alone is a big mistake. Do some homework so you don’t end up with a horror story like the kind you hear and read about all the time. Only you can protect yourself!