Interior Design Giants shows what features to expect for $30,000 to $100,000-plus, to help you plan your luxury bathroom remodel.
This level is also known as a full gut job. Everything will go away, and you’ll put things where you want. You might also punch into an adjacent room for more space or punch out the exterior. The toilet and shower might switch locations, the bathtub might go away and a sauna might come in; all-new high-end fixtures, materials, cabinets, lighting and finishes can be added. The room is likely to be larger. Detailed molding, trimwork and tilework might also be included.
Cabinetry: Solid wood construction with custom finishes and decorative accent pieces.
Tile: Natural marble, limestone or granite, all of which are more labor intensive and difficult to cut. Natural stone requires more maintenance, but every single tile has its own unique character.
Plumbing: High-end finishes and parts.
Amenities: Steam showers and radiant floor heating.
The example shown here, by Case Remodeling, falls into the deluxe category. The cost was around $75,000, and it features radiant floor heating, natural stone tiles, a custom-built vanity and polished-nickel fixtures.
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There’s also a freestanding tub with a freestanding faucet.
Reynolds-Poulin’s project here is another example of a deluxe project (though he considers it midrange). The cost was around $48,000. He removed a fiberglass shower; took out a washer and dryer; moved the toilet, bathtub and sink to different places; and added heated floors. Because this is the only bathroom in the house, it’s used not just by the homeowners but by guests as well, and so they were willing to put a little extra love into it.
The walls are real wood headboard with deep molding. The windowsill is marble. The fixtures are polished chrome with porcelain handles. The toilet cost more than $1,000 alone, says the designer.
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This master bathroom by Marlene Ritland ($35,000) also falls into the deluxe range. The cost included all the tilework and plumbing and about $12,000 worth of custom cabinetry.
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Reynolds-Poulin did this bathroom for $60,000. The 5- by 8-foot space features wallpaper, stained crown molding, porcelain tile floors, a granite countertop on custom cherry cabinets made by a local carpenter and cherry doors. There’s also a vibrant bronze finish on the plumbing fixtures, some glass accent tiles and a frameless glass door. “It’s simple in nature but has some nice colors to it,” he says.
Planning for a Bathroom Remodel
Who to hire: Depending on the scope, you might have an architect, engineers if you’re changing the footprint, a designer and all sorts of subcontractors, like a mason, a tile layer, a carpenter, a plumber, an electrician and a general contractor. It will require permits, plumbing inspections etc.A deluxe bathroom remodel is good for you if: You have the funds, obviously. But at this level, you’re really getting the bathroom you want. Maybe you had been saving up for a new house, but with the economy you decided to stay put. Putting some money back into your home and making it more enjoyable for you is a good investment.Budget breakdown: Once you establish your budget and start hunting for materials, consider the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s cost breakdown as a guide:
- Design fees: 4 percent
- Installation: 20 percent
- Fixtures: 15 percent
- Cabinetry and hardware: 16 percent
- Countertops: 7 percent
- Lighting and ventilation: 5 percent
- Flooring: 9 percent
- Doors and windows: 4 percent
- Walls and ceilings: 5 percent
- Faucets and plumbing: 14 percent
- Other: 1 percent
Of course, it’s up to you where to spend and where to splurge, but this breakdown is a good starting point. Plus, remember to reserve an additional 10 to 20 percent for unforeseen costs that might come up during construction.
When to remodel: You can do a bathroom remodel pretty much any time of year. The most common time to start is during the winter or spring.
How long it will take: Expect a month or two of planning and picking out materials and finishes. Designer Leslie Molloy says many of her clients usually spend about four to six months doing their own research and figuring out their budget and project scope before contacting a designer. Expect three to eight weeks for construction, depending on the scope.
First step: Figure out which of the three levels of remodeling your project falls into, then start looking at photos of bathrooms to figure out what style, materials and amenities you want. Molloy advises not to get too carried away with planning before reaching out to a designer for help. Professionals can quickly assess your goals and budget to steer you toward what will work for you.