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Bathroom Remodel Costs: Design Towards a Budget

Posted by Bryan Echeverria on Jun 4 2018

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You’ve saved up some money for a bathroom remodel but you aren’t sure if it’s going to be enough. This is a predicament that many homeowners face when it comes to remodeling their home, how much will it actually cost to remodel a bathroom. You might hate this answer, but “it depends”. You can give your small bathroom a facelift for less than $10,000, but if you have expensive taste and want the finest materials you can expect to spend upwards of $75,000. If you don’t want to break the bank on your bathroom remodel you need to set a budget you are comfortable with, and this will allow you to select the right materials for your budget. The biggest mistake you want to avoid is blowing the budget on an expensive tub because you might end up with an unfinished bathroom. If you visit sites like HomeAdvisor and Houzz you might be shocked to learn the real price of a bathroom remodel in California. People in Southern California have expensive taste, so materials like marble and hand-painted tiles are common. If you wanted to completely remodel your bathroom for less than $10,000 you might be in for a rude awakening. 

As a General Contractor, our team has remodeled hundreds of bathrooms in the South Bay region of Los Angeles including Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, and Torrance. We’ve seen it all throughout the years and we have several tips to help you save some money and avoid headaches. You can access hundreds of articles to help you with your bathroom remodel, kitchen remodel, home remodel, home addition, and even Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) project by clicking here.

Set a Budget

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You want to get your bathroom remodel off on the right foot, you need to set a budget. A budget will allow you to spend just the right amount of money on different the different components of a bathroom remodel. Don’t forget that bathroom remodeling costs consist of materials and labor, and interior design too if you choose to hire one (you can make all the selections yourself, but the experience is smoother when you hire a professional). An experienced Interior Designer can help you avoid expensive materials that will blow your budget, and a general contractor can help you keep construction costs low. If you don’t have enough money saved up you might need some financing, but you should set a budget first so you can know how much it will take to get your dream bathroom built. Knowing how much money you can afford to spend will help you understand what you can and cannot afford to build.

Look for a Contractor

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After you have settled on a budget you are comfortable with and settled your financing needs, it’s time to look for a general contractor. Are you considering hiring a handyman or home remodeler? You should know that if you expect to spend more than $500 you’ll need a licensed general contractor. So how do you a local pro you can trust? You can get referrals from friends and family, but a quick internet search is just as good. You’ll want to search reviews from sites like Yelp, Houzz, Porch, HomeAdvisor, AngiesList, and even their Facebook page. The best general contractors will have a great presence online. Depending on the size and complexity of your bathroom renovation you might also need Interior Design, Structural Engineering, Engineering Plans, Construction Permits, and Inspections. A professional general contractor will have designers and engineers on staff to handle your project. Once you’ve found a contractor it’s time to schedule an appointment. Traditionally homeowners opt for inviting three different contractors into their home, spending 20 minutes with them, all to get a “ballpark” figure. In our experience, over 90% of these “ballpark” estimates are inaccurate. A home remodeler cannot give you an accurate price without knowing material selections (paint, tile, flooring, countertop, fixtures, etc.). We take a different approach by helping you establish a budget, and our designers help you design a project you can afford to build.

Design & Build

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The fun starts once material selections begins. A bathroom remodel is the perfect time to design and build the bathroom you’ve always wanted so all the selections should match your taste. Your designer will guide you through the entire design process, taking you to the right stores, selecting the right styles, colors, and helping you stay within your budget. As a homeowner you have full control of your budget and the design, interior designers and general contractors are there to guide and help you avoid remodeling mistakes that can be costly. In our experience, the typical Los Angeles bathroom remodel fits between the three price points below.

Good Bathroom Remodel $15,000 - $25,000

  • Value level plumbing fixtures
  • Prefabricated vanity
  • Porcelain tile
  • No structural changes

Better Bathroom Remodel $25,000 - $35,000

  • New ventilation system
  • New shower system
  • Custom vanity
  • Shower Bench & Niche

Best Bathroom Remodel $35,000 - $50,000

  • “The Works”
  • Spa experience at home
  • Luxury shower system
  • Luxury fixtures
  • High-end countertops

Sit Back and Relax

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Once your bathroom remodel is complete it’s time to enjoy your newly renovated bathroom. Did you splurge and decided to build a spa experience at home? Or maybe you upgraded your regular tub for a whirlpool bathtub. It’s time to enjoy your new bathroom and be the envy of the entire neighborhood. You can rest easy knowing that your newly renovated bathroom was designed and built to last for years to come.

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For over 15 years Bay Cities Construction has helped hundreds of homeowners with their bathroom remodels. When you hire Bay Cities Construction you don’t just hire a contractor, you hire an entire team of Pros. With several years of experience, our team has the expertise to help you with Interior Design, Architectural and Engineering Services, City Representation, Permit Processing, and Construction services. If you think Bay Cities Construction is the right team for you, contact us today. We will help you design, engineer, and build your dream bathroom.

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