So, you want a new bathroom. I hear you. I do, too. I find myself flipping through magazines featuring images of beautiful bathrooms. Looking at those just fuels the fire, doesn’t it. I tell myself that I couldn’t have that bathroom anyway because it’s the size of a large room. The bathrooms in my house are little better than executive closets! And as much as I love the look of all those bathroom images, I’m not willing to give up an entire room in the house for a bathroom.
But, there’s no harm in admiring those magazine images. There’s also no harm in upgrading the look of your old bathroom. If you can afford a full-on renovation … hey, that’s even better.
The operative word, though, for any change is “afford.” What kind of budget do you need to launch even a minor improvement? I thought I’d pull together a few numbers for you. Usually, even a ballpark figure is helpful in deciding what you’re able to take on.
Adding a new coat of paint in the latest style really is all it takes sometimes. Get rid of a dated color, make the bathroom look clean and bright again … that’s the effect of a coat of paint. If you’re not yet willing or able to change up the vanity, sink, tub, tiles and everything else, then begin with paint. To estimate how many gallons you’ll need, add together the length of all the walls and then multiply that number by the height of the room (from floor to ceiling). That final number is the room’s square footage. As a quick reference, one gallon of paint should cover about 350 square feet.
Paint can run from $20 per gallon and up. Word of advice: don’t go for the cheapest. Price does make a difference in the quality of paint.
Tile can be expensive. But, look at it this way: you’re not tiling the entire bathroom from floor to ceiling. If you’ve got a smaller budget, choose a tile that you love and buy as much of it as you can afford. Use it as an accent in your bathroom design.
Tiles can start at $12 or less per package. Because you can limit the number of tiles you buy, don’t be afraid to go for a higher priced pack.
The Basic Remodel
A basic remodel means that you won’t be re-plumbing anything. You will, however, replace fixtures, install a new sink and vanity, and maybe replace the toilet, too. This remodel will also typically include paint and tile as well as lights and any other fixtures and finishes. These basic changes can run anywhere between $3000 and $15000.
What changes would you like to see in your own bathrooms?