One Room Challenge: Bathroom Remodel Budget

Bathroom Remodel Budget

A few weeks back I covered how to plan your bathroom remodel budget. One thing that I did not talk about is planning for contingencies. I usually like to plan for 10-15% of the budget for “whoopsie daisies”… Like “Whoopsie daisy we didn’t expect THAT to happen.” This project is no exception to that rule. So, what were the contingencies in this project? Drywall repair and extra wall paper. The good news is that I was able to recoup some of the budget for the tile re-glazing. In the end we fell right in that sweet spot of 10-15% of the total budget for contingencies. The total budget breakdown is at the end of the post, but keep in mind that this is a DIY project. I did not have to pay any design fees to myself and the labor costs were relatively low compared to what a regular consumer might expect to pay because I have ongoing relationships with several of my contractors. However, the prices of the products I have listed are retail prices.

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Where We Splurged
Wall Paper

Wall paper is always a splurge. The cost of wall paper is expensive. A specialty wall paper with a large print will be even more costly because there is a pattern to be matched. Then, you need to pay for installation. And yes, I highly recommend having a professional install your wallpaper. This is extremely important when you have a large pattern and when the paper itself is expensive. All things considered, we used a modestly priced paper, but in the end I had zero desire to do the installation.

Dwell Studios “Plume” in Spa Blue
Plumbing Fixtures

These gold and brass tones are all the rage right now, so they are not cheap. Could I have used good ‘ol stainless or chrome, sure, but jeez I just really wanted the touch of glam that only a pop of gold can bring to the table. You can usually expect to pay about 10-15% more for gold tones than for the silver tones right now.

Delta “Trinsic” in Champagne Bronze

The hardware is from the very fashion forward Worlds Away line, but come on, they were so worth it! Acrylic and brass with a retro vibe.  And they’re huge!! They will just really give the vanity and closet door some personality and I know we will enjoy them for years to come!

“Chapman” Hardware by Worlds Away

Again, this piece comes from Worlds Away. The white lacquer is just so glamorous and the curved edges just add so much detail to the space.

“Amelia” White Lacquered Mirror by Worlds Away

Where We Saved

We were able to save some money on the vanity because we got a ready-to-assemble (RTA) one-piece vanity. Now, don’t be mistaken, this is a very good quality vanity. It has dovetail drawer construction, all plywood construction, solid wood doors, and cushion close doors and drawers. However, it is shipped in a flat box and I assembled it, which means we saved on shipping and on labor costs. I would not recommend using RTA for a large kitchen, but for a bathroom vanity, it can be a great way to save hundreds, even thousands of dollars.

Tub and tile surround

As I have mentioned in previous posts on bathroom remodeling, I am a big fan of reglazing tile. Our tile was still in pretty good condition and reglazing was an option. It is an economical and environmentally friendly option. By saving the tub and tile surround, we saved thousands of dollars in materials and labor on our overall bathroom remodel budget. Better yet, we helped keep a lot of waste out of the landfill.


We needed to replace the exterior door because it had several cracks in it. We live in Florida and solid wood exterior doors do not have a very good lifespan. This door had lasted 50 years, probably 20-30 years longer that it should have. The other issue with the exterior door is that there are no windows in the bathroom, so no natural light. With the new door, I wanted to bring in some natural light. So, we looked around, but found the best price at Home Depot. We decided on a single lite French door with rain glass.

Counter Tops

This saved us pretty big and can save your bathroom remodel budget as well. If you are stuck on the idea of a particular style or a particular stone type for a bathroom vanity and you buy an entire slab just to get what you want, you could pay upwards of $200/sf for counter surface. If, on the other hand, you just keep a color range in mind, you will have a lot more options and you will be able to shop remnants. Most small bathrooms like this one, only require about 1/3 of a slab and quite frequently, you will be able to find a remnant in just the size you need. Again, the caveat, you have to have an open mind and you might not get exactly what you want. In our case, I got exactly what I wanted, a lovely light gray low contrast quartz.

Total Budget Breakdown

Below, you will find the breakdown for the costs associated with the remodel. The total cost of the remodel was $6388.50, but keep in mind these are estimated retail costs and did not include any design fees or project management fees or cost for demolition. If those were added the budget would significantly increase. I spent at least 12-15 hours in the planning phase of the project and another 15 hours managing the project.

If you’re thinking about remodeling a bathroom and want some help planning, you can book a complimentary Design Style consultation and we’ll help you get started on a plan! Next Week: The Rebuild

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