There's just something about a bathroom designed to your exact specifications. It has the heated floors you've always wanted, or maybe the stand-alone tub for soaks after a long day of work. Have you been dreaming of a sauna/shower feature to turn your home into your own, personal spa? That's an option too. It's the beauty of choosing a design-build firm for your own Pittsburgh bathroom renovation. But before you jump right in and hire someone, here are some key perspectives to consider about the process of home remodeling in Pittsburgh.
How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost in PA?
Bathrooms, much like kitchens, can see a wide swing in price points. The national average for a bathroom renovation generally is between $5,100 and $16,000, although this is for a very basic renovation. There are all kinds of variables to consider, including if you want to remove the floor, if you want new cabinets, or if you plan on moving the location of the toilet or shower. All of this plays a major role in how much is it to redo a bathroom.
For a complete renovation, including the floors, tiles, cabinets, and everything (you don't want anything remaining from your previous bathroom), you can expect to pay around $21,044 for a small basic bathroom. This can bump up to over $66,000 for a bathroom remodel with better fixtures.
In our experience, if you want something truly custom with state-of-the-art integrated technology and luxe details, you're looking at $125,000 as a starting point.
As you can see there's a wide price point, which means if you want to save money there are ways to do so, and if you want to splurge there are ways to do this as well.
If you’re considering starting a Pittsburgh bathroom remodeling project, you’re probably wondering how much you’ll need to budget to get everything on your wish list. A realistic cost estimate will help you ensure you get all of the features you want.
What Can I Expect to Pay?
According to the 2021 Cost vs. Value Report, which doesn't include inflation from the Covid-19 pandemic and distribution issues challenging everyone in business, you'll pay an average of $21,044 for a small basic bathroom remodel and at least $66,317 for a step up from that in the Pittsburgh area. Why such a big difference between the two figures? That $21,044 will get you a basic bathtub, a standard white toilet, a solid surface vanity counter with sink, basic ceramic tile flooring, and vinyl wallpaper. If you want a basic bathroom, this may work for you. If you want any sort of custom feature or quality features, this price is not realistic.
According to the 2021 report, for $66,317, you can expect to expand the size of a standard bathroom from 35-square-feet to 100-square feet, plus relocate all of the fixtures. Your new bathroom will feature a separate shower with body spray fixtures and a soaking tub as well as two sinks set in a stone countertop, a custom drawer base, and wall cabinets. Ceramic tile, in-floor heating, faucets, and other thoughtful touches set this option apart. The bathroom will be an improvement and add value to your home.
But there is a third option not mentioned in the 2021 report, the upscale luxe, curated bathroom. You'll need to budget closer to $150,000 for a seamless design from adjoining rooms, comfort control that includes correcting airflow issues, strengthening the subfloor to withstand heavier porcelain tile, technology-integrated products like night-lit toilets, specialty task and mood lighting, and luxe surface finishes. In this arena in which we specialize, labor costs are more because the carpentry staff needs to be highly skilled and trained in handling specialty products.
Size Matters Too
The cost of your bathroom remodel is also influenced by the final size of the room. The bigger it is, the more you’ll spend, particularly if you plan to relocate fixtures. Torn between keeping your bathroom the same size or enlarging it? Let us help you think through how you use it. If you enjoy long soaks in the tub and view the room not just as functional but restorative, you’ll probably want to significantly expand the space to allow ample room for a multi-head steam shower and a soaking tub big enough to stretch out in.
If the standard is what you want then the Cost vs. Value report is a great resource. However, if you have a gorgeous home and want the best in a state-of-the-art bathroom, you should treat it as an investment in your lifestyle and mood.
That's where we come in. If you are interested in remodeling your home in Pittsburgh, we can help you determine the exact costs. When you are ready to get started, let us know. We’ll spend some time talking to you about your needs and wants and provide a realistic estimate for your new bathroom.
What is the Most Expensive Part of a Bathroom Remodel?
In short, plumbing. If you plan on moving the toilet, sinks, or shower. Doing this requires the floor to be ripped up so the new plumbing and (probably) new pipes can be installed and directed to the desired location. It may require certain floorboards to be drilled out to fit the plumbing through, and it's important to avoid anything else that might be in the floor or walls.
Begin Planning Your Dream Bathroom Today
It doesn't matter if you're interested in a half-bath or a master bath, when you want a newly renovated bathroom it's important to do it right. The design process can take 3-4 months in order to nail down your costs and timeline. From the design stage to the complete remodel, Master Remodelers will make your bathroom renovation dreams come true.
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