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Revamp Without the Ramp-Up: Mastering Bathroom Renovation Costs


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So, you're thinking about redoing your bathroom? Awesome! It can be super exciting but also kinda overwhelming, right? I mean, you're probably picturing this amazing new space with all the bells and whistles. But, let's talk cash because that's a biggie. Bathroom reno costs can vary big time depending on a bunch of stuff: how big your bathroom is, what materials you're using, how crazy you wanna go with the renovation, and where you live.


On average, a basic redo might set you back around $10k to $15k. That's swapping out stuff like the toilet, sink, tub, or shower, and giving the place a fresh coat of paint. But hey, if you're dreaming big and wanna tear the whole thing down to start from scratch, you're looking at dropping $25k or more. That means ripping out everything, maybe even redoing the plumbing and wiring, adding custom cabinets, and going all out with fancy finishes.


Now, let's get into the nitty-gritty and talk numbers! Here's a rough idea of what you might be looking at depending on how big your bathroom is:


  • Small bathroom (5' x 7' or less):

  • Basic redo: $7k - $20k CAD

  • Mid-range redo: $20k - $35k CAD

  • High-end redo: $35k CAD and up

  • Medium-sized bathroom (8' x 10' or similar):

  • Basic redo: $15k - $25k CAD

  • Mid-range redo: $25k - $45k CAD

  • High-end redo: $45k CAD and up

  • Large bathroom (10' x 12' or more):

  • Basic redo: $20k - $40k CAD

  • Mid-range redo: $40k - $60k CAD

  • High-end redo: $60k CAD and up

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If you're ready to go all in, let's talk about what's gonna eat up your budget:


Labor: This is gonna vary depending on how tricky the job is, where you're located, and who you hire. But expect labor to eat up 40-60% of your total budget.


Materials: Fixtures, tiles, countertops, cabinets, you name it - these can range from budget-friendly to sky-high depending on what you choose. Materials usually make up around 30-40% of your total spend. We always suggest getting small samples of the finishes and paint color or accent wall features like wallpaper or wall tile so you get a full sense of how everything will look together before making any final decisions.


Now, let's talk about the fun stuff. The cost of fixtures can significantly increase if you are looking for special features like touchless faucets, trendy unique finishes, steam showers, and custom-made glass enclosures to just mention a few:


  • Toilet: $200 - $1,000+

  • Sink: $100 - $1,500+

  • Faucet: $100 - $1,000+

  • Shower/bathtub: $500 - $3,000+

  • Vanity: $200 - $2,000+

Custom cabinets can be pricey, ranging from $500 to $3,000 per linear foot. Countertops also vary a lot - think $30 - $50 per square foot for laminate, or $75 - $200 per square foot for granite or marble.


And don't forget the little things that add up:

  • Plumbing and electrical work: $1,000 - $5,000+

  • Permits: $100 - $1,000+

  • Design fees: find out more about our Renovation Package!

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When making decisions on your bathroom renovation, is important to have a clear idea of how the space will look once completed, this is why when you choose us to join your bathroom transformation journey, we don't just toss in two 3D design options plus one round of revisions. Nope, we also include a curated shopping list jam-packed with all the finishes, fixtures, and accessories you'll need!


Remember, get a few quotes, stick to a budget, and expect some surprises along the way. It's smart to set aside 10% extra for unexpected costs. Oh, and here are some cool upgrades that might bump up your bill:


  • Fancy tilework: Intricate designs or rare materials can jack up the cost.

  • Freestanding bathtub: Super stylish but can be pricey, especially if it means redoing plumbing and flooring.

  • Smart bathroom tech: Smart mirrors, and digital showers – they're cool but definitely on the splurge side.

  • Custom cabinetry: Adds a personal touch but can get spendy real quick.

  • Heated flooring: Luxurious, yes, but also adds to the labor and material costs.


The takeaway


So, you're ready to dive into a bathroom reno, huh? Well, here's the scoop: dream big, but budget smart. Figure out what you want, set a realistic budget, and shop around for the best deals. Don't forget to stash some extra cash for those unexpected surprises – they always pop up! And hey, splurge a bit on the things that matter to you, but don't blow the bank on every fancy gadget out there. With a little planning and a lot of creativity, you'll have that dream bathroom without maxing out your credit card. If you are on the hunt for a contractor, we recommend our previous article on 4 Things To Consider When Hiring a Contractor For Your Home Renovation. If you are just doing a small refresh, we also have some pro tips on Choosing the Best Mirror for your Bathroom Vanity.


Go ahead, make it happen! 🛁💰


White Dahlia Design Team

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