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When you consider the cost of a bathroom remodel, keep in mind that changing your floor plan has a significant impact on cost. There are various cost drivers in a bathroom remodel but changing the floor plan can add a heavy amount of money to your budget.
After remodeling 100’s of bathrooms, we found that in some cases, changing the bathroom floor plan is necessary to improve the functionality and/or aesthetics of the space. Since changing the floor plan has such a high impact on cost, it should be designed with care. Many contractors shy away from talking about bathroom remodeling while t
he majority of home owners are researching bathroom remodel costs. We published a blog article that directly addresses the topic of bathroom remodeling costs in Southern California.
2) Masonry (Tile work)
Bathroom Remodel Tile Installation Cost- Counter to ceiling back-splash
Bathroom remodeling requires the installation of tile. This is a leading factor in bathroom remodeling costs. Tile costs are heavy on labor; it takes about two weeks to properly tile a bathroom. The preparation work is typically four days, and the tile install is typically five days.
In the attached picture, our Client wanted the vanity backsplash to extend from the vanity countertop all the way to the ceiling. Some homeowners opt to have tile installed on all the bathroom walls, 48” tall.
Other Clients elect to have several walls completely covered in tile. These types of tile design can add a significant cost to the bathroom remodel. The cost of such designs can range from $5,500 to $7,500 depending on the tile and quantity of tile to be added.
This article is not written with the intention to tell readers to install less tile. Simply stated, tile installation is a significant cost factor of the bathroom remodel and you should have your designer design towards a budget.
Moving walls or altering walls is often necessary to make the bathroom larger and more functional. In some cases, installing a pocket door creates more usable space. Walls often house vent pipes, electrical wires, heating vents and other infrastructure items that can be expensive to move.
Moving walls may be needed to increase the footprint of the bathroom. The added function to the space may trump the expense.
The cost of moving a wall can be as little as $2,000 or $8,500 depending on what needs to be relocated with the wall. If the wall is structural, add the cost of engineering, specialty hardware, and labor to retrofit foundations. The cost could elevate to $13,000-$15,000 depending on how much work is specified in the construction plans.
The same can be said about the installation of a pocket door. For pocket door installation, the affected wall needs to be altered so that a void is created to house the pocket door. This means that existing electrical or venting that is within the needed footprint will have to be relocated to create a void for the pocket door to be installed.
You can expect to pay $1,800 - $2,500 for a pocket door including the cost of framing, drywall, labor and the door.
Now that we have covered some items that increase the cost of a bathroom remodel, you may want to learn about common price points for bathroom remodels here in Southern California. This article covers the topic of price levels. California is one of the most expensive places to do business, and this fact is clearly reflected in labor rates and transportation costs in relation to other parts of the country.
I have written an additional article about bathroom remodel costs.
This article will give you a reference of bathroom remodeling costs in California.
The second article is a comparative model. Regardless of your price point, this article reflects costs as a percentage of the total project so that you can gain perspective of how much you can get for your budget. Read our case study article about bathroom remodeling costs as a percentage of the total job. This article explains the allocation of cost by the specific trades, tile installation cost, plumbing costs, electrical installation costs as a percentage of the total cost.
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