Tips for Planning Your Bathroom Remodel Budget

Planning a Bathroom Remodel Budget

If you’ve ever considered a bathroom remodel, you may have wondered why it costs so much. Is it worth it? Or is it just money down the toilet?

That depends.

In this post I’m going to review the budget of my recent bathroom remodeling project. You can learn more about the project here.  Then,  I’ll give you a few tips for planning your next bathroom remodeling budget. To keep the posts short, I’m going to make it a 2 part post.

A Word on Project Location

Keep in mind, this project was located in a small town in North Florida. Cost of goods and labor can vary a great deal from one regions to another. The budget will probably be quite different if you live in New York City or Silicon Valley.

Rebuilding a shower, step 1: Prep shower floor with waterproof membrane
The Budget

I won’t bore you with a line item budget, but I will break down the fees based on category:

All Trade Labor*- $6968
Design fees- $2000
Plumbing, fixtures, lighting, paint, materials- $1120
Tile and Cabinetry- $3880

Grand Total: $13,968

*this includes carpentry, tile specialist, plumber, and electrician

Step 2: Cementitious backer board over the waterproof membrane
Trade Labor

Each of the providers will include some of their trade-specific products in the cost of their labor. For example, the carpenter may include drywall, nails, lumber, etc. Tile installers usually include the cost of grout in their labor. The carpenter happened to be the most expensive of the group, a little over half the total labor cost, but tile installation can also be very expensive. In this case, the tile was about 1/3 of the total labor cost.

Make sure that you hire competent contractors.  When you are planning a shower with a tile floor, it is imperative that you find a great tile contractor. This particular installer guaranteed his work. Meaning that if there were any leaks or issues with the tile, he would come back and do the repairs at no additional cost. That is a rare commodity in the construction world. And to emphasize just how labor intensive a shower remodel is (at least one that is done well) I am including photos of the shower at various stages in the rebuilding process.

Step 3: Add a waterproof paint-on film
Design Fees

Design fees includes payment for the work required to design the space, interact with the clients, any required travel, hire and coordinate contractors on the client’s behalf, and make purchases for the client. It’s the “labor” portion for the designer. This is the portion of the project that kitchen and bath showrooms and Big Box stores tell the customer that they do for “free”. Repeat after me, “There are no free design services.” Your “free” or “complimentary” design service is not free, though. Trust me, the designers are paid for their services, at kitchen and bath showrooms, they receive a commission for their work. And it’s usually quite large.

Step 4: Waterproofing is complete, now the pretty stuff can be added!

Plumbing, lighting, etc. speaks for itself. For this job it includes the grab bars, the shelf, all of the plumbing fixtures, the shower caddy, the toilet paper holder, and the mirror.

The tile and cabinetry here are the wholesale price for these items. I purchased four different types of tile, including pencil liner tiles and glass mosaics, which can be expensive. The cabinets used for this project were very high quality cabinets, so they were a little more expensive.

Almost there!
finally! a beautiful, new shower!

So, what can you do to plan your bathroom remodel budget? Stay tuned! The next blog post is going to give you some fantastic ideas on planning your next bathroom remodel budget! In the meantime, grab your free copy of “3 Biggest Design Mistakes and How to Avoid Them” here. If you’re ready to book your consult with Paradigm Interiors, what are you waiting for? You can do that here.

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