Slow seasons are the perfect time to dream for the future, and our hope is that some of you are dreaming of your next remodel project! As you start to plan your project, an accurate estimate is key when putting your dreams on paper. We’re here as both an inspiring and informational resource, so we’ve put together a general bathroom remodel pricing guide based on our Duke Street renovation.
After completing the Duke Street remodel, we received numerous inquiries about the cost of turning a row home attic into a primary suite. Without seeing your unique space, we can’t provide a customized quote. We can, though, break down the elements of the Duke Street primary bath remodel and provide you with price ranges. This estimate is based on a third-floor attic space, without a pre-existing bathroom. It does not include any exterior modifications such as windows, dormers, etc. Keep in mind, these numbers are dependent on customer selections. You can spend as much as you want, and the possibilities are endless! This guide is meant to give you a general reference as you plan.
- Electrical ($2,500-$3,500): When adding a bathroom, it’s crucial all the electrical wiring is up to date. This undertaking normally requires new wiring that will need to be installed by a licensed professional.
- Ex. In this remodel, the wiring had to be run from the panel in the basement, up through two floors. This factor is one reason adding a bathroom in your attic can incur extra expense.
- Plumbing ($4,500-$5,500): Similarly, new plumbing will need to be run to the space where you are adding the bathroom. The cost of this will depend on the location of the new bathroom in reference to the sewer main, (located in the basement.)
- Heating & Cooling ($4,000-$5,000): Often in an attic space the most efficient way to add heating and cooling (if it is not pre-existing) is to add a mini-split wall unit. Tapping into your existing heat and AC is another option, however this can hinder the air flow to other rooms.
- Flooring ($500-$2,000): Tile is a popular choice for bathroom flooring. It not only gives the space a high end look, but it’s durable and waterproof. Tile is also the most expensive option, between the type of tile and the installation cost. If you’re looking for something a little more cost-efficient, consider vinyl options. These are easy to install and available at extremely reasonable prices.
- Vanity ($750-$2,500): When budgeting for a vanity, it’s important to consider the bathroom layout, vanity size, and vanity finish. Do you need a double vanity, two individual vanities or a single? Do you like the look of wood or painted? Can you find what you want pre-made, or will you need to design a custom piece? Keep in mind, you can save money by choosing a pre-made vanity, that comes with a countertop and sink. The key to the perfect vanity is to hone in on your unique needs, and ask your designer to find the choice that meets these needs.
- Ex. The above vanities were purchased through Wayfair. They were sold individually and included a 36’’ walnut vanity, marble counter and porcelain sink.
- Price: $719.99/each
- Plumbing Fixtures ($800-$2,000): Fixtures range in price depending on the supplier, brand and finish. Things to consider include style, longevity (yes you can find a brushed gold faucet on Amazon for $29.99 but will it tarnish in six months) and warranty. We love to use local supplier HAJOCA because we can see the product in person, and know we can go to them with any issues.
- Ex. In this bathroom we used chrome plumbing fixtures because of the timeless feel of the home, and elevated the look through style rather than finish.
- Wall Coverings ($1,000-$2,500): There are so many ways to make a statement in a small space. Some of our favorites include bold colors, wallpaper, shiplap or wainscoting, and recently we even had an artist hand paint a mural in one of our homes.
- Ex. This bathroom showcases Goodwin Green, a Benjamin Moore color that brings a moody depth to the space while keeping it cost effective.
- Mirrors ($50-$500): Just like any accessory, you can keep your mirrors simple and inexpensive- or splurge! I always love incorporating thrifted antique mirrors in our bathrooms, because of their individuality. You can also call your local glass shop and ask them to cut a shape or style for you. (For the Chestnut Street remodel, I used Red Rose Glass. They cut the stunning, circular statement mirror we hung in the primary bath). You can also purchase your bathroom mirrors at Target on clearance, or splurge on that Anthropologie style you’ve admired forever. The choice is up to you!
- Lighting ($500-$1,500): Lighting comes in all shapes, sizes, styles and at various price points. Factors to consider include location, wall sconces beside or above the mirrors, pendant lighting, recessed lights, and any chandeliers or flush mounts. Not only is lighting essential to your space, but like any good accessory, it defines your style.
- Tub ($1,200-$5,000): Tubs not only add style to the bathroom, but provide the dream space to relax after a long day. There are many different price points when considering a tub, so nailing down your preferences is key to finding the perfect fit for your bathroom and budget.