As you’re preparing to undertake a bathroom remodel at your home in New Jersey, one of the first steps is developing a budget for the project.
In order to do so, you must first identify what you hope to accomplish with the renovation, also referred to as your priorities for the project. Are you looking to simply beautify the space or update the style? Do you want to replace aging bathroom components with newer models that are more functional, energy efficient, or provide better performance? Do you want to expand a small hall bathroom into a larger space to suit a new purpose? As you envision how your bathroom will look after the remodeling project, you also want to keep an eye on your budget and explore what you steps you can take to improve the return on investment (ROI) for your project.
How Much is a Bathroom Renovation in New Jersey?
Once you have your priorities identified, along with the individual projects you want to address during your bathroom remodel, you can start to narrow down the cost. In general, the overall project will depend primarily on the scope of work, the size of the bathroom, and the types and quality of the materials you plan to use. Here is a brief overview of the average cost to remodel a bathroom in Morris, Essex, and Union counties:
Hall Bathroom Renovation
One common space New Jersey homeowners renovate is the hall bathroom, which is typically a ¾ bathroom. The average hall bathroom is a compact space—up to about 40 to 50 square feet—that includes a small vanity with a sink, a toilet, and either a shower or tub.
Unless you are simply refacing a vanity or changing surface-level design elements, your bathroom remodel will include a demolition so you can start the project with a fully gutted space. The cost to demo a bathroom is between $300 to $500 to remove old materials, such as tiles, vanities, bathrooms, showers, and other components, and dispose of them properly. Some bathroom remodelers may also opt for a deconstruction method where the intent is to salvage at least some of the materials for future use.
Including your bathroom demo cost, the average price to renovate a small, hall bathroom is between $20,000 and $30,000. That typically includes minor framing, electrical work, insulation, trimming and new plumbing for replacement fixtures that keeps them in their original locations. The cost also covers a variety of standard materials and finishes, including a shower with porcelain tile, an all-wood vanity with drawers, quartz counter tops, American Standard bathroom fixtures, and a framed mirror above the sink. Permit fees, decorative light fixtures, and other external stylistic elements are not included.
Master Bathroom Renovation Costs
If you’re remodeling a master bathroom, or any bathroom that is larger than 5-by-8 feet, the average cost ranges between $35,000 and $50,000. That includes much of the same work encompassed in a small bathroom renovation, such as demolition, debris removal, trimming, framing, and installing insulation, sheet rock and wonderboard. For that cost, however, you can incorporate minor plumbing relocation if you want to change the position of certain bathroom components. You also may want to upgrade the electric system, faucets, and shower in your bathroom or add a bathtub to enhance the function and comfort of the space.
Upscale Master Bathroom Renovation
To transform an outdated or basic master bath into a luxurious room, the renovation cost is typically between $65,000 and $90,000. For that price, you can reconfigure and optimize your bathroom, which includes relocating walls, plumbing lines, and electrical wiring. An upscale bathroom remodel also tends to involve replacing your windows for newer, energy efficient models; creating a spacious walk-in shower with custom glass; putting in a whirlpool tub; and installing porcelain or natural stone tile flooring. You may also want to increase the storage space by adding a linen closet and make the room more comfortable and cozy with a heated floor. Other decorative and structural elements that are common in an upscale master bathroom include crown molding, a double vanity with upgraded lighting, and quartz, granite, or marble counter tops. You can take comfort and luxury to the next level with additional lavish features like a wall-mounted TV and gas fireplace.
Individual Bathroom Component Costs
To get a better idea of how much your bathroom remodel in North Jersey will cost, it can help to figure out the price for individual bathroom components and prioritize what you want to tackle during your renovation. Here are a few examples of the cost for various bathroom remodeling elements:
- Bathroom tile removal and disposal. The cost for labor to remove your bathroom tile and dispose of it properly is about $2 to $4 per square foot.
- Installing bathroom flooring. The cost for your new bathroom floor depends on the material you choose. Porcelain or ceramic tiles cost an average of $5 per square foot, although there is a wide price range depending on the quality of the tile and whether it’s custom-made. Luxury vinyl planks or tiles range from about $2 to $5 just for the materials.
- Bathroom vanities. Installing a new bathroom vanity costs an average of $1,500, although the price can vary depending on whether you choose a premade/stock or custom-built unit.
- Walk-in shower. A walk-in shower can cost between $1,000 to $7,000 depending on the size and features you choose. Luxury elements such as customized natural stone tile, a spa-style shower head, heated floor, and flip-down sitting benches will put you on the higher end of the range.
Budgeting for Your North Jersey Bathroom Renovation
While it’s good to research costs while preparing for your bathroom remodel, you won’t be able to develop a detailed budget until you’ve contracted with a New Jersey remodeling company, designed your bathroom renovation, and made selections regarding the floor plan, fixtures, and finishes. When you partner with JMC Home Improvement Specialists for the project, you are included in every step of the design process until the drawings are finished, which enables you to help control costs and stick to your intended budget.