Bathroom Renovations 101

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Is your bathroom seriously dated? Is the layout awkward and unnatural? If so, it may be time for a renovation. Whether you’re just moving into your home or preparing to put it on the market, there can be significant upside to updating your bathroom. Giving your master bathroom or powder room a refresh could even pay off in a higher listing price down the road. However, before you enlist professional help, it’s important to know the basics.  

Here are 4 things you should know before starting your bathroom renovation.

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1) Get a clear picture of your budget.

At our firm, average powder room renovations tend to cost between $7,000 to $8,000, and bathrooms usually are $18,000 to $25,000. Master bathroom renovations are typically $40,000 and up. Of course, how much you spend ultimately depends on your personal tastes and budget. More customized features will naturally increase the pricing for materials as well as for installation.


2) Know your project scope and timeline.

The scope of your project will determine your timeline. A simple refresh is more cosmetic in nature and will take less time, while a full renovation can take several weeks. Here’s a little breakdown to help you determine what type of project you are tackling.


Small refresh: Approximately 30 days

  • Replace vanity or faucet

  • Update shower plumbing

  • Replace vanity wall sconces

  • Wallpaper, paint, or add new decorative finishes

  • Add extra, decorative storage


Full bathroom renovation: 6-12 weeks (sometimes longer depending on customization)

A full bathroom renovation could require mechanical, plumbing, and cosmetic work.

  • Possibly move plumbing, electrical, etc.

  • Enlarge the space and/or move walls

  • Replace tile (field and decorative)

  • Upgrade shower or bath

  • Add heated floors or specialized shower features

  • Incorporate seamless glass and other luxury features

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3)  Find the right team to execute your project.

When assembling your team, there are several things to keep in mind. Look the firm’s portfolio to get an idea of their past work. Does your project scope seem comparable? Do you like their overall aesthetic? Reach out to the professionals and ask a little bit more about their process. Is it collaborative? What does their intake form or conversation entail? If they mention a detailed onboarding process, odds are, they’re customer service-oriented and can execute within a wide range of design styles. Ultimately, it’s important to make sure that the company is enthusiastic about your space and your ideas.


4) Create a wishlist!

Now, for the fun part! Start dreaming, and create a list of your must-haves. Go down the Pinterest rabbit hole, and find inspiration to help you determine what your top priorities are. Do you absolutely need marble countertops? Or is a steam shower calling your name? Creating a list in order of importance will help you allocate your budget accordingly during the renovation process.

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