As a kitchen and bath designer I frequently run into homeowners that simply can’t believe the cost associated with remodeling a bathroom.
Most people understand the costs of renovating a kitchen, and somehow don’t seem to question it that much. All that furniture quality cabinetry and gleaming equipment just seems to be worth a pile of money. But who wants to spend good money on a bathroom??
According to Remodeling Magazine, the average cost for remodeling a 5 foot by 7 foot bathroom here in the Atlanta area, was $14,784 in 2010. We actually are getting a bargain since the average cost over the rest of the country was $16,142 for the same time period.
Let’s look at what makes a bathroom remodel cost as much as it does.
First, there are more skilled trades needed to remodel a bathroom than a kitchen.
Most kitchen projects involve a carpenter to remove the old cabinetry and install the new. Usually a plumber is needed to hook up a new sink and faucet, and sometimes an electrician to hook up task lighting or general lighting.
By contrast, all bath projects require a plumber, as water is a big part of a bath project. Do you want to remove that light fixture above the mirror and replace it with more decorative wall sconces? That sounds simple enough, but your electrician will most likely make a few holes in the wall fishing wires from one place to another. After all, you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. But who will patch the holes? Probably not the electrician. He will leave that to a skilled tradesman that does sheetrock work. And once the patch is in place will you want it painted? Probably. Another skilled tradesman will be called on to do that. And will you have tile in your bath? Another trade. A mirror on the wall and a shower door? Another trade. A stone countertop? Yup. Another trade.
So you can see that there are a lot of skilled trades required to make a bath renovation come together. And since our average bathroom is only 5 by 7, only one person at a time can fit in the room to work. That means bath projects typically take longer to complete than kitchen remodels. Sometimes twice as long. Some of that time may be spent waiting for building inspectors to certify that all work is being done up to code.
You did make sure that your contractor was getting building permits for this job, right?
Look for next month’s discussion on building permits, the homeowner’s best defense against poor workmanship.
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