As our residents know, Los Angeles is a busy city. You’re constantly on the move, answering calls, commuting to work, and running from one place to the next. The hustle and bustle of the big city can certainly be draining! So, where can one turn to for privacy at the end of the day? Well, no other room of the house says “privacy” quite like your bathroom.
There’s a reason why bathroom is synonymous with restroom. It is a haven for privacy –the only room of the house where you can be alone without question or compromise. But if that’s the case, than why do so many houses on the market today feature shabby bathrooms?
You’ve moved out and looking for your own place. You find a great deal on a comfy cottage in the valley and you’re excited to see it in person. You arrive and take a tour, only to find that the bathroom is…less than “adequate.” It’s discouraging for sure, but don’t lose hope! The home of your dreams can also feature the perfect bathroom.
But what does perfect mean for you? What colors, textures, and patterns put you at peace? The best part of transforming a room is imagining all of its potential. The bathroom is your comfort zone, it shouldn’t be a shabby one –it should look and feel like you want it to. A beautiful transformation is certainly possible. With a set budget and a bit of planning, you can turn that shabby bathroom into a spa fit for a king and queen.
Let’s face it though; planning a bathroom remodel is certainly easier than it sounds. From setting a budget to hiring the right people, transforming an entire room is no cakewalk.
Fret not! The process is laborious but not impossible, and we’re here to help you every step of the way! The following is a step-by-step guide to creating the perfect bathroom for any home. By simply taking this list into account, you are setting on a rewarding journey toward the bathroom of your dreams.
Bathroom Remodel: Visualize Your Sanctuary
Perhaps the most obvious thing to do before starting your remodeling project is envisioning your perfect bathroom style. Though it may seem straightforward, many make the mistake of jumping head first into the task without having a clear understanding of what they want.
Our recommendation is to adopt and stick to a specific style. Contemporary appears to be all the rage these days with traditional being a close second. This makes sense given current aesthetic trends. Most homeowners today are interested in sleek interiors with straight lines, clutter-free appliances, and easy-to-clean fixtures.
This may not necessarily be your flavor though. Many people still opt for thematic home interiors, and bathrooms are no exception. Here are some of the possible design themes to choose from –keep in mind that these are just ideas to get the creative juices flowing!
Victorian Bathroom Style –
Gold and brass meet porcelain in this 19th century favorite. Decadent is perhaps the most appropriate word to describe this claw-foot tub and fixture accented bathroom.
Tropical Bathroom Style –
Minimally ornamented and full of light, green plants, and white accents, the Tropical bathroom presents a distinctive “island” feel.
Rustic Bathroom Style –
Similar to the country style, but with richer craftsman flair. The Rustic bathroom emphasizes wood, durability, and a DIY expertise.
Scandinavian Bathroom Style –
A plain, no-nonsense style. The Scandinavian bathroom emphasizes straight lines and a clear-cut attitude. No fancy ornamentation necessary, this bathroom speaks for itself.
Industrial Bathroom Style –
A minimalist’s dream, the Industrial bathroom features neutral tones and small pops of rich, contrasting color. Chrome and iron characterize the industrial look.
Mediterranean Bathroom Style –
Grecian elements meet European aesthetics in the Mediterranean bathroom. This bathroom features beautiful rugs, tapestry and elegant terracotta tiles.
Eclectic Bathroom Style –
A laid-back style characterized by nick-knacks and curios. The Eclectic bathroom is not short of color or texture and expresses a cool, appealing vibe.
Perhaps one of the styles above really speaks to you, or maybe you want to mix and match. You may even want to go off the grid completely and design something totally original. Your bathroom is your private space –it should make you feel comfortable. As such, we recommend you take the time to really get a feel for what you want.
Once you have a good understanding of your ideal bathroom style, it’s time to consider remodeling costs.
Bathroom Remodeling Budget
Bathroom remodel Los Angeles costs are certainly nothing to speak lightly of. A typical LA bathroom remodeling project costs roughly $14,500. This budget usually accounts for basic floor work, repainting, and replacing bathroom fixtures for large bathrooms. A project that involves adding a new bath or shower can run about $34,000. A particularly high-end project can cost up to $43,000 depending on how big of a makeover you want.
While these hefty price tags make it seem like financing a bathroom remodel can seriously eat into your bank account, keep in mind that your improvements will add value to your property. It is estimated that a standard remodel recovers more than 100% of construction costs in resell value. In fact, even a bathroom shower remodel project can net you a 90% return!
Moreover, while the figures above seem scary, please note that the average remodel cost is totally relative. The above are just general ballpark figures, to determine our budget more precisely; we have to examine a cost breakdown.
Bathroom Remodeling Breakdown
The average bathroom remodel costs per square foot are as follows:
- 6×6 = $3,500
- 8×5 = $6,730
- 10×6 = $7,200
- 12×10 = $14,000 – $15,000
A small project can cost you $1,250 – $3,500. The budget for this scope is averaged according to the following criteria:
- The job involves roughly 64 hours of work.
- The job involves any of the following:
- Leak repair
- Tile removal and installation
- Countertop replacement
- Installation of new fixtures such as a sink, faucet, and/or mirror.
A large project that involves adding to the size of a bathroom or creating a new bathroom altogether will cost a minimum of $8,000 –not including appliance cost and installation. Bath remodel Los Angeles costs are difficult to determine here because adding a new bath, sink, or shower fixture will also add plumbing labor costs and permit costs to your end budget.
Here are some examples of work done on large remodel projects:
- The job involves roughly 250 hours of work
- The job involves any of the following:
- Building a bathroom out of a carpeted room
- Leveling terrain
- Building a Jacuzzi frame from scratch
- Building a shower, closet, and/or vanity from scratch
- Running new plumbing for created appliances
As an estimate, here are the national average costs for appliance installation and applicable labor. These don’t include the cost of getting a permit (in required), but can provide you with a general idea of what to expect:
- Sink Installation – $130 – $400
- New Appliance Installation (Including Plumbing) – $2,000 – $4,000
- Drain Installation/Repair – $150 – $200
It is a good idea to consider the above estimates when determining your budget. Regardless of your result, you would be well advised to add an extra 10% to the estimated cost in order to account for potential aesthetic changes, unintended damage, and additional labor –you never know what might happen, it’s always good to be prepared!
Bathroom Remodeling Summary
In today’s busy world, finding some alone time is essential. There is no better place to be alone than in your personal bathroom –so why shouldn’t it reflect who you are? Whether you’re interested in vibrant ornamentation, a natural atmosphere rich with plant life, or a clear-cut room with straight lines, you should have your ideal sanctuary.
Thankfully, the contemporary world is full of design possibilities. No matter your desire, the right design and contractor team can certainly make it a reality.
While nothing in life is free, bathroom remodeling doesn’t have to be a complete financial burden. By creating a clear budget sheet and accounting for potential errors, you can make a realistic plan within your means. The best part is that you don’t have to do it alone either!
At Oran Remodeling, we have the expertise to provide you with a realistic budget estimate –regardless of your bathroom remodel ambitions. Our team has over 25 years of experience working in the greater Los Angeles area, and we’re here to help you.