A small bathroom sometimes needs a little updating to make it not only feel larger, but also to make it feel like a part of the home. Small bathrooms are less expensive to remodel in comparison to a master bathroom, but costs depend on factors such as the extent of the remodeling job, plumbing and decorations. As with any remodeling project, obtain a permit from the city planning or building office and make sure that there are not any specific building codes that your bathroom must meet to be approved.
Paint and Supplies
Painting is a quick method to update and refresh a bathroom in need. You can do the painting yourself or hire a professional painting service. The most obvious needed supply for a painting project is paint, but not just any paint. Bathrooms require latex semi-gloss paint with a mildew-resistant formula to prevent growth behind and on top of the paint surface. As of publication time, the average gallon of this type of paint starts at $20. On top of the paint itself, you need paint rollers, paintbrushes, an edging tool, painter’s tape, tarps and a paint tray.
Tile and Flooring
You must remove outdated flooring and tile in a remodeling project. Ceramic and stone tiles are versatile and durable flooring options, but they are expensive in terms of both product cost and labour. A cheap alternative is vinyl, but you will need a high quality vinyl to achieve the look and durability of tile without the cost. The average vinyl flooring ranges from less than $1 to more than $12 per square foot, according to Lowe’s.
If the bathroom is severely outdated, large fixtures such as vanities, tubs and toilets may need replacement as well. Measure the space of the bathroom before pricing large fixtures, because unless you intend to remove walls and expand the bathroom, your new fixtures must be similar in size to the old ones. As of publication time, you can expect to pay more than $400 for a new, basic bathtub, up to $300 for a toilet, and from $70 to more than $400 for a vanity. When replacing all of the large fixtures in a bathroom, purchase similar styles so that the bathroom coordinates well.
Hardware and Accessories
Changing hardware and accessories can update a bathroom without the high cost of replacing large fixtures. Replacing a faucet, for example, is a quick update that makes a big difference in the bathroom. The average cost for a bathroom faucet ranges from $20 to more than $200 as of publication time. The style, size and materials factor into the cost.
Updating other hardware in the bathroom such as handles, light switches, lighting and mirrors are additional costs a homeowner can expect to pay in a bathroom remodel. When on an extremely tight budget, try removing hardware pieces and repainting them as an alternative to replacing the hardware entirely.
Nowadays, it is estimated that for a whole bathroom remodel varies around at $9,000 for mid-scale and $25,000 for high-scale remodels.The costs also varies by region, the South has the lowest average cost, about $7,800. The average cost in the Midwest is nearly $9,000. The average cost in the West and the East is about $9,500.