Bathroom on a Budget: Renovation Costs

A bathroom renovation can turn into a big project. When you are dealing with a bathroom on a budget, it will make you clear of items you need and some you may not. It?s best to go into a bathroom renovation with the right frame of mind with a clear budget and time line so it can be done efficiently and carefully.

A good ballpark of price range for a bathroom on a budget can be anywhere between 7,500 to 15,000 and this will all depend on the amenities, fixtures, tiling and lighting of the bathroom project. We discussed earlier about time frames and expectations when it comes to your bathroom renovation as well.

Let?s take a deeper look into what?s involved in a bathroom renovation and see where we can fully elaborate what?s needed and what may not be.

Entire Scope of a Bathroom on a Budget

It?s best to start your bathroom on a budget with a master plan. When you have the full project scope in front of you, it?s easier to plan for mishaps or replacements. In every construction job, there will be modifications and swapping out of fixtures or flooring options.

Basically, if your bathroom renovation is piecework or you decide to do it on an individual a la carte type style, it will inevitably cost more. Taking the necessary steps to plan your bathroom fixture purchases together with factoring in electrical wiring, plumbing and other materials, your costs will help your bathroom on a budget.

Understanding this first and having your contractor help you map out a plan of action will ultimately help you in the long run.

Now let?s dive into specific costs for each item within a bathroom renovation:

  • Bathroom Tiling: this can vary as far as pricing it out, as homeowners will often opt for a more expensive tile or glass option to fill their bathroom space. Generally, the tiles can go from $3 per square foot for the easy to clean, more efficient option and can run up to $15 per square foot for more elaborate, higher-grade tiles.
  • Vanity Sinks: there?s plenty of variety when it comes to vanities for your bathroom. Some are created with a built-in countertop and sink option. Others require a contractor to come in and install the fixtures on your vanity. Retail stores will price out fully-ready vanities from as low as $200 and go up to $2,500-$3,000 depending on its custom build and make
  • Bathtubs: while this might be the easiest fix for a bathroom, sometimes a specialized tub can require some rewiring to allow for turbo Jacuzzi style jets or extra plumbing work if necessary. Your price can start at $100 and go up to $1,000 for the tub of your choice!
  • Toilets: homeowners that redo their bathrooms will often spend more on a custom toilet, as it?s the focal point of any bathroom and your most often-used commodity! For toilets for kids, a self-closing toilet or specialized toilet can cost a bit more, but will pay off in the end. Your prices can be anywhere between $200 to $1,000 depending on how you want to squat.
  • Shower fixtures and enclosures: rounding out your bath/shower space can be a small fix but can also take a lot of thinking through. If there were previous problems with your shower, you?ll want to make sure you get a plumber to come look behind and ensure the plumbing is correct and efficient. This might result in getting a new shower fixture that needs to be updated or tightened before dry walling can commence. Fixtures can cost anywhere between $200 to $1,000 depending on the plumbing involved and how old the bathroom might be. Your shower enclosure can be as little as $2 with a shower curtain or as high as $2,000 if you?re thinking more high-end glass enclosures.
  • Medicine Cabinets: your local hardware or retail store will sell ready-made medicine cabinets that can fit your bathroom?s color scheme and likes. Some medicine cabinets can be fully suspended on your wall or be rest on an existing vanity. Your prices can go from $120 to $500 depending on complexities and intricateness of your cabinet.
  • Other Accessories and Lighting: with any bathroom on a budget, it?s important to remember the little things like lighting and other knick-knacks. Items like towel hooks or bars and toilet paper holders can add up, so be cognizant of the pricing. Lighting can cost anywhere between $20 and up to $300 for specialty lighting or pot lights within your bathroom.

As some of the basics your bathroom on a budget will require, this little guide can help you plan out your bathroom renovation more efficiently.

Join us next time for a more elaborate look at creating your bathroom on a budget with finer detail.