Buyers on TV house hunting shows may not be able to overlook unattractive bathrooms, but plenty of real-life buyers don’t have the same problem. Many of us buy Northern Virginia homes with outdated or just plain ugly bathrooms and eagerly make plans to renovate them.
Although you may know that you want to get rid of the aqua toilet or add a steam shower to the bathroom, it can be difficult to estimate just how much your renovation will cost. These remodeling estimates will help you determine how much money you’ll need to spend to create a modern, attractive bathroom.
Remodeling an Existing Bathroom
You can expect to pay $66,935 for an upscale bathroom remodel in the Washington, DC, metro area, according to Remodeling’s 2020 Cost vs. Value Report. That figure includes:
- Expansion of a 35-square-foot bathroom to 100-square-feet within the home’s existing footprint
- Relocation of all fixtures
- 42 x 42” neo-angle shower with ceramic tile walls and a frameless shower enclosure
- Recessed shower caddy and body spray fixtures in the shower
- Free-standing soaker tub
- Two mirrored, lighted medicine cabinets
- Stone countertop with two sinks
- Custom drawer bases and cabinets
- Commode compartment with one-piece toilet
- Exhaust fan
- Ceramic floor tiles with electric in-floor heating
- General and task lighting
- Extended heating, venting and air-conditioning systems
Adding a New Bathroom
If your home doesn’t have enough bathrooms, or you don’t have a master bathroom, it makes sense to consider a bathroom addition. Although bathroom additions are costlier than remodels, they may increase both the current and resale value of your home.
Remodeling estimates that an upscale bathroom addition will cost $90,871 in our area. The addition includes all of the same features of the remodeled bathroom but adds the new room over a crawl space. If you can’t build over a crawl space or lower level and must construct the room from the ground up, your addition will probably cost more than the estimate.
Variables to Consider
Of course, your actual costs will vary depending on the size of your bathroom and the features and amenities you choose. If you don’t need or want a 100-square-foot space, you’ll save a little money, while a larger bathroom will obviously increase your budget.
If you want certain features, such as a stained glass window, waterproof TV or a fireplace, you’ll also need to allot more money for your renovation budget.
Smart home features make your bathroom more comfortable, but they do come at a price. For many homeowners, the value of smart features more than makes up for a small bump in the budget. Smart home features can be used to:
- Automate Your Shower: When you’re ready to take a shower, simply click an app on your phone. When you walk through the bathroom door, warm water will already be flowing from the shower. Smart showers remember your temperature preferences, ensuring that the water is never too hot or cold.
- Adjust the Lighting: Turn the bathroom lights on or off or adjust their intensity with voice commands or your smartphone.
- Install Motion-Activated Faucets: Motion-activated faucets offer convenience and may help you reduce your water bill.
- Upgrade Your Toilet: Manufacturers offer an array of interesting toilet features including heated seats, automatic lights, self-cleaning options and built-in bidet features.
Are you ready to upgrade your bathroom? Schroeder Design/Build can help you create the ultimate guest or master bathroom. Contact us to discuss your needs.
Reeves Journal: How Smart Tech is Changing the Bathroom
Remodeling: 2020 Cost vs. Value Report