Dissatisfied by old, drab bathrooms that don’t give the relaxing, pampering experience you desire? You’re not alone. Bathroom renovations are high on the list of projects homeowners dream about.
An upgraded bath from Iron River Construction can provide years of enjoyment. You’ll also get a strong return on your investment—up to 80%—as long as you plan your remodeling project strategically with your budget in mind. Here are some tips to help you do that.
How the Cost of a Bathroom Remodel Is Determined
Before you plunge into renovations, it pays to understand how your remodeling company will determine the level and pricing of your upgrades. Here’s what factors into the estimates you’re seeing:
Age of Bathroom
Older baths tend to need more significant upgrades because wear and tear has taken its toll. Outdated items like lead pipes, asbestos-filled ceiling tiles, and odd-sized windows may need replacement. This adds up to more work, more materials, and a higher overall price.
Bathrooms often benefit from a redesigned layout—such as a knocked-out wall to add space, an added wall to create privacy, or a larger window to bring in additional light. These changes are more costly but make the room more appealing.
A simple remodel that replaces a few key features, such as a new sink and commode, generally costs less than complex, upscale changes such as knocking down walls and installing high-end features.
Plumbing and Electrical
Moving fixtures can require major changes to your home’s wiring and plumbing. Keep in mind that it’s easier for contractors to relocate plumbing for baths on the first floor in houses with a crawl space. Making changes on your second floor will be more complicated. But the payoff can be worth it for a more functional, safer bathroom.
Ways to Make Your Bathroom Upgrade More Affordable
Concerned about your budget? Consider these options to help you manage the costs involved in getting that new bathroom you’re dreaming about.
Do the Remodel in Stages
There’s no rule that says you have to do it all at once. Upgrade a feature or two now, and save up for more changes in the future.
Be Willing to Compromise
A total makeover may be appealing, but it costs more. If you can keep some of the existing layout and features, you can concentrate on the changes that matter most to you — like swapping out an old, poor-performing toilet for an attractive new one.
Save Small Tasks for DIY
Replacing light fixtures, changing out knobs, hanging new towel racks — these types of tasks are often easy and affordable to do on your own, or with a little coaching from handyman videos online.
Do the Big Stuff All at Once
For the more significant renovations, it’s worth turning to the experts. Make the most of your remodeling crew by having them do the major tasks — like replacing the tub/shower and upgrading flooring —at the same time. This limits the amount of times you deal with messy repairs and helps you manage labor costs.
Look for Bargains and Rebates
If you’re not in a rush to remodel, you can benefit from hunting for rebates on high-end items. You can also gather supplies as they go on sale. Small, local hardware stores may offer deals seasonally.
Don’t Skimp on Quality
Cost alone isn’t the only factor to consider. Take into account how well an item will perform for you. Low-quality toilets that leak and fixtures that break aren’t worth it. Spend a little more on top-performing bathroom fixtures to ensure you get lasting results.
Popular Features to Include in Your New Bathroom
Looking for ideas? Here are some of the most popular bathroom remodeling trends we’re seeing among homeowners in our area right now:
Master Suite Bath
Also known as an “en suite,” this is the full-sized bathroom connected to the master bedroom, and it typically has numerous luxury features. Consider adding:
- A spacious walk-in shower with etched tile or stone walls
- A free-standing tub to create charm and comfort
- Spa-like features such as a mini-waterfall in the shower
- Vintage vanities for a pampering feel
Jack and Jill Bath
This full-sized bathroom is located between two bedrooms, with doors into each room for easy access—great for children to share. Make it practical with:
- Colorful wallpaper that adds personality and hides dirt marks
- Added storage space above the tub and in room corners
- Cool industrial hardware that resists wear and tear
- A rustic, comfy rug that absorbs moisture while retaining its color and shape
Hall Bath or Powder Room
Located on the first floor or in the entry area of a home, these spaces are usually half-baths intended for guests. Give them added style with:
- Black fixtures, black paneled walls and décor for a striking look
- Elegant white fixtures blended with natural wood and bamboo for a casual, warm style
- An attractive pedestal sink that catches the eye and saves space
- Bold geometric wallpaper accents in bright, warming yellow tones
Replacing old tiles or carpet can totally transform the look of your bathroom. Whatever you do, opt for a water-proof material that withstands heavy foot traffic.
Customizable cabinetry, luxurious marble tile, gorgeous quartz countertops, and high-end spa fixtures in the shower provide added beauty and relaxation.
Add privacy and beauty at the same time with colored mosaic window glass, or install a large window that looks out on your landscaping.
Check estate sales and resale shops for vintage fixtures like mirrors that you can refurbish to give your bathroom a unique, personalized style.
Check out more bathroom remodeling suggestions here.
Enjoy the Bathroom of Your Dreams
Your bathroom renovation can delight you while being as affordable—or as luxurious—as you desire it to be. Our knowledgeable team works closely with you to create a new bathroom design that fits your home and gives you the relaxing experience you deserve. Contact us to discuss your vision and get a free consultation and estimate on your new bathroom.