Chicago land area, the average bathroom remodel costs $16,000 per the Remodeling magazine’s 2011 Cost vs.
Value Report. You may be thinking, “I don’t
have $16,000 to remodel my bathroom.” So
what is a homeowner to do? There many
ways to give your bathroom a face-lift in loo of the average Midwest budget. (Oh
my! My Bathroom needs an upgrade!)
presents an opportunity for the DIY remodelers out there. For instance, let’s say you do not want to
remove a porcelain tub because it will detract from the character of the house
and the room. You might look into
refinishing it for literally pennies on the dollar vs. removing it and
installing a new one. The same goes for
the wall tile. If there is nothing wrong
with the tile and it is just outdated, then tearing it out and replacing it
could run you an additional $1500 in materials not including the labor. Do it yourselfers can find ways to save not
only on the labor but in the coast of materials. Companies like Beautiful Finishes, Inc., Final Touch Refinishers, and ARK Porcelain Refinishing specialize in exactly this! Barring any major defects or damage behind
the tub and tile, and you aren’t redirecting any plumbing, they can go over the
tub and tile with high gloss enamel and it looks brand new for around
$500! They even do custom colors. A great resource to have even if it is the
one thing you have to hire out for.
mirrors don’t need to be custom either.
Your typical home improvement store should carry prefabricated vanities
with sinks that are very cost effective.
Depending on your taste and space you need to fill, vanities can range
from about $200 to in upwards of $1500. Again
if the labor is on you then your budget may allow for some splurging in this
department. Another money saver is to
buy a plain mirror with a wooden frame and stain it to match the vanity.
and blinds and fresh coat of paint go a long way. Fixtures can really make a bathroom pop
especially with the earth tone colors that are popular today without detracting
from the ambiance. Matching sets can run
anywhere from $200 to $600. New toilets
can start around $200 and up.
if you need to remodel your bathroom on a smaller budget, and you are willing
to do most of the labor you could save yourself anywhere between $5,000 to
$10,000 if all goes as planned. Do
yourself a favor and plan ahead. Pick
the items you want to install first, make sure they all go together, thus
eliminating headaches and restocking fees.
Matt Lederer, principal of Mahogany Builders in Chicago offered a thought, saying, “The biggest trend is not a
style. Rather, it’s the confidence in homeowners to invest and renovate,
especially homeowners who are buying new properties with the intention of
making immediate improvements. The trend is supported by the most recent
Cost-Value numbers that show the ROI on bathroom remodels is trending up for
the first time since 2007.”