Perhaps one of the biggest stumbling blocks you might be trying to get over is which bathroom upgrades you want and what the cost will be.
Costs normally coincide with the degree of change and the number of new features you want. To simplify things and help you get unstuck, why not look at bathroom renos in 3’s? There’s simple, moderate and extreme! Extreme sounds really fun doesn’t it?
What is Your Dream? What Must Your Bathroom Have?
What do you want your bathroom to do for you? Are you expecting a spacious oasis that takes your mind away from the noise of your home and the grind of work? A large, spa-like bathroom with customized and stylish décor comes with a heavier price tag. Of course, if you’re tacking the price onto your mortgage or a line of credit, you might be able to do this.
Figure 1 Ultra modern high end remodelling by Stouffville Glass
Keep in mind that you can always choose one single, high end bathroom feature within your economy bathroom reno.
High end Bathroom Remodeling (Cost: $30,000+)
- Designer tub
- Jacuzzi tub
- Picture window
- New toilet & sink
- New marble top vanity
- Custom cabinetry
- Custom designed shower with ceramic tiling
- 3 panel glass shower enclosure
- Large, custom designer mirror
- New ceramic tile flooring and wall coverings
- Custom, high-end fixtures and lighting
- New ventilation fan
- Large custom vanity
- Crown moulding
Middle of the Road Remodeling (Cost $15,000 – $20,000)
- New soaking or Jacuzzi tub
- New shower
- Glass shower door
- Shower panel with massage
- New granite vanity
- New large mirror
- New toilet and sink
- New vinyl bathroom window
- New fixtures and lighting
Economy Bathroom Reno ($10,000)
- New all in one fiberglass tub
- New toilet & sink
- Fiberboard vanity
- New floor covering
- New Mirror
Here’s good general estimate of the breakdown of costs from Houzz.com.
Design fees: 4%
Cabinetry and hardware: 16%
Lighting and ventilation: 5%
Doors and windows: 4%
Walls and ceilings: 5%
Faucets and plumbing: 14%
Bathroom renos do increase value in your home. However, if you’re not intending to sell for another 10 years, then comfort and economy are probably your main considerations.
Discuss your situation with your bank/mortgage broker and choose the renovation type that makes sense. But don’t be afraid to spend a little to get the features you need. If you’re not content with it, then it isn’t providing the comfort you were hoping for.
The trends in bathroom design are glass enclosure showers, large custom mirrors, custom vanities, and rainshower/massage shower heads. Not that this should sway what you should choose. Although tubs are not in demand, you may prefer a large soaking tub for a relaxing soak in hot water. Whatever works for you!
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