What’s the cost of a bathroom remodel?

Is your bathroom no longer making you happy? Do you feel like you’ve walked right into an episode of the Brady Bunch or the Love Boat every time you go to wash your face or brush your teeth? You don’t need to put up with the ‘70s nightmare any longer. It may well be time to remodel that bathroom.

Houzz has a few suggestions for doing just that. Let’s take one particular case that they outline and extrapolate from that. First, it’s important to realize that the scope of the project hinges on many different factors – not just budget, which admittedly is a predominant one. It also depends on the amount of time you’ve been in the house and how often you’re planning to stay there. Now let’s look at the basic level of remodeling – there are three, according to design consultant Leslie Molloy. Those are good, better and best. Let’s check out good, shall we?

A basic bathroom remodel runs from $3,000 (DIY) to $12,000. For that amount, you should expect to not be able to move any plumbing around, but possibly replace fixtures and other materials with off-the-shelf products from IKEA and the like. “Off-the-shelf options have gotten a bit better in recent years,” designer Lynn Madyson told Houzz.

These options may include low-end granite and marble countertops, partial tile jobs on a bathtub and shower area, wall painting, and refinishing and painting cabinets if you don’t choose to go with off-the-shelf units. In addition, you should expect to use basic, off-the-shelf products when it comes to lighting, fixtures and finishes. They’ll probably need to be replaced every five to seven years.

Here’s a tip: accessorize to draw attention away from the stock, off-the-shelf stuff.

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