A small bathroom remodel doesn't have to be expensive and it can be worth it toimprove the functionality and aesthetics of the space.
It’s estimated that we spend 30 to 60 minutes a day in our home bathrooms — a significant portion of our lives. So why not make it a nice place to be?
A small bathroom remodel can cost as little as $1,000, while luxury remodels can cost more than $30,000. If you’re looking to brighten up that hour of your day, this guide provides a breakdown of the costs of renovating your bathroom, as well as money saving tips to get the most out of your remodel.
First, let’s discuss what qualifies as a small bathroom. Small bathrooms can be anything from a half bathroom — only a toilet and sink — up to a full — toilet, sink, tub, and shower. What makes them small is their square footage. These bathrooms typically come in between 15 and 40 square feet.
Compare that to a large bathroom, which is usually between 110 and 210 square feet. Large bathrooms are most often considered the primary bathrooms of the home because of their size, regardless of whether or not they are attached to the primary bedroom or suite. (More on how to calculator square feet here.)
But don’t be fooled — small bathrooms can still get high-end, luxury makeovers. Here’s a breakdown of the average small bathroom remodeling costs, based on the scope of the remodel:
The above chart shows the wide range of bathroom remodeling budgets, so what exactly makes the difference between a $1,000 bathroom remodel and a $30,000 one? The following are the biggest factors in determining the overall cost of your small bathroom remodel:
Most bathroom remodels will include the above factors, but some will also have to contend with these additional ones:
For homeowners who want to save money on their small bathroom remodel, these tips can serve as a starting point. But remember, obtaining multiple bids from contractors and maintaining open communication with your vendors is the best way to stay on budget for your remodel.
If your bathroom sink is cracked but all you care about is getting a new tub, consider this: home improvement is not home maintenance. Buyers expect homes to be in good working condition when they purchase it, so while that new tub might be nice, the cracked sink could be a reason they offer under your asking price.
There are a plethora of options available for bathroom remodeling. Don’t be afraid to use budget materials, especially if they allow you room in your budget to complete your entire renovation — not just part of it. Your contractor or interior designer can help you choose the best materials for your budget and needs.
Installing your bathroom upgrades yourself can be a frugal option for some homeowners, but only take on this work if you’re a confident DIYer. In a recent survey of Orchard’s field staff, only one respondent recommended that homeowners take on the work themselves.
Ironically, hiring a contractor to complete home improvements can sometimes save you money — especially if you shop around for the best deal. Aim to get at least three different quotes to ensure that you secure the best rates for your small bathroom remodel.
Waste not want not, or so the saying goes. Repurposing existing elements could include keeping the existing layout, reusing fixtures, refinishing or painting cabinets, and updating hardware. However, it's important to evaluate the condition and functionality of each element before deciding to repurpose them, as outdated or damaged components may not provide the desired aesthetic or function in your renovated bathroom.
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about small bathroom remodels answered:
The cost of a small bathroom remodel can vary depending on the extent of the renovation, quality of materials, and location. On average, a small bathroom remodel can range from $5,000 to $15,000. However, it's important to note that the actual cost may be higher or lower based on individual project specifications.
There are many cost-effective options for a small bathroom remodel. Here are a few to get your started:
While small bathroom remodels can be tackled as DIY projects, it's recommended to consult or hire a professional contractor, especially for tasks that require plumbing or electrical work. Contractors have the expertise to ensure the project is done safely, efficiently, and up to code. They can also provide valuable advice on design and cost-saving options. However, if you have experience and feel confident in your abilities, you can handle certain aspects of the remodel yourself.
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