Budgeting for a remodeling project can be a tricky prospect. It is usually difficult to foresee all of the unknown details that you’re likely to encounter along the way. Planning for a residential bathroom remodeling project can be among the most difficult of all house projects because of the various specialized elements involved. It’s easy to run up the costs while remodeling a bathroom, so before you begin, there are some important matters to pay careful attention to.
An average remodel job in a bathroom will include a new vanity, shower/tub, floor, walls, and plumbing fixtures such as the sink and the toilet. A more extensive bathroom remodel is going to include the items mentioned above, but also relocating fixtures, enlarging the room, and high end upgrades on countertops and fixtures. If your pockets are deep, you’ll have no problem spending $25,000 or more during the process. However this is not the case for most people, so others may need to carefully plan and budget in order to not break the bank.
GC or DIY
One important element that will go into determining how much your bathroom remodel is going to cost is whether or not you’ll be hiring a general contractor, hiring subcontractors yourself, or doing everything yourself. The more work you are capable of doing without professional help, the more you’re going to save on labor costs. If you have extensive construction experience and feel comfortable doing plumbing and electrical work, then the obvious route to take is DIY. If you can do some of the work, but not all of it, then it may be smart to personally act as the general contractor. By doing this, you have control of the project and will be responsible for hiring plumbers, electricians, etc. By doing it this way, you will also be responsible for filing permits, dealing with inspections, and personally ensuring the work is done properly every step of the way.
If you want to be completely hands-off, then hiring a general contractor is the way to go. He will be responsible for everything from start to finish – though this is the most expensive path, as you’ll be paying for the labor costs for everything along the way.
Hiring a general contractor can have two significant benefits. The first being the contractor’s accounts at supply houses. If they are willing to pass their savings on to you, you’ll benefit. The other is their expertise and willingness to accept responsibility for the job. If you hire a skilled and reputable general contractor, you can attain peace of mind about the fact that your bathroom is gutted, dismantled, and remodeled properly.
Choosing fixtures is a place in the process where many people run up their budget. It’s very easy to go shopping and make choices without considering your wallet until after you’re done. But if you’ve set a budget for fixtures, stick to it. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t allocate the project’s budget however you want. If you want splurge on some items and skimp on others, that can often be a good way to make decisions. Prioritize the fixtures that are most important to you and start there. Once you’re satisfied with those items, see how much money is left in your budget and spread that out over the remaining fixtures. Another thing to keep in mind when selecting fixtures is long term costs. While it may not be helpful to your short-term budget, it may be a good idea to spend a little more on high efficiency fixtures that will save you money over time.
Tile and Countertops
Another important decision to make for both design and budget is the type of tile and countertop to be used in your bathroom. The more tile and stone, the more expensive the remodel is going to be. So if you want to save money, you may want to use ceramic on the floor and use a shower stall instead of floor to ceiling tile in order to cut down on your costs. Tile and countertops can be very beautiful and appealing if selected properly though, so if you have a little room in your budget this may be a great place to splurge. Regardless of how much you spend on this element, it’s very important to include this in your plan and budget.
When laying out the design of your new bathroom you should remember that the simpler the remodel is, the cheaper it’s probably going to be. To keep your budget small, avoid moving walls and relocating plumbing and electric. Even items that may seem simple like turning a single sink vanity into a double, moving the toilet, or adding a light switch or outlet, are going to quickly run you over your budget. The reason is that these items often require bringing in subcontractors to do complex work that they otherwise wouldn’t have to do. It’s also good to be aware that making a bathroom bigger is also not as simple as it sounds. If you move the wall of the bathroom you’ll likely need to relocate all of the plumbing and as well as potentially solve load-bearing issues.
Contact Dirt Connections Today for Solutions to Your Bathroom Remodeling Questions
Budgeting and executing a remodeling plan involves a lot of work and attention to detail that you may not be familiar with or capable of doing on your own. Dirt Connection’s experienced contractors will help you save time and money in the process of building or remodeling a charming bathroom. Whether you need a remodeling, relocating, or refreshing your project – Dirt Connections is here to answer questions and generate working solutions. Call us today or contact us online for a free estimate – don’t wait any longer to get a foothold on your important projects.