Bathrooms finish options have become much more sophisticated over the past several decades. They are no longer dominated by utilitarian spaces displaying low cost choices. Instead, many modern baths have become the place where you can feel excited to start and end your day bathing, dressing, and grooming. With the right layout and style, your bathroom can become the comfortable and relaxing environment you need to achieve optimal self-care and enter the world with pride and confidence.
The process of getting your Philadelphia bathroom to that level will likely require a design and remodeling project, which can be as comprehensive as you want it to be. The primary goal is to transform your bath to meet your lifestyle needs and current tastes, but it should be seen as an investment. Design and remodeling is an educational and personal journey that is worth doing right if you want to achieve your goals, especially when you focus on self care.
As with any residential improvement project, bathroom remodeling is an investment, as well as an opportunity to enhance your quality of life and increase the long-term value of your home in Philadelphia.
Fortunately or unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all or ‘best layout’ remodeling plan for bathrooms, and the cost for your project can vary dramatically depending on the existing surroundings, the size of the bathroom and the scope of work you intend to complete. The cost for your Philadelphia bathroom remodel is also driven by the type and quality of materials, fixtures, and finishes you choose and whether you want to make any structural changes that may impact adjacent rooms - rather than maintain the existing footprint. For example, a major upscale transformation of an owner’s bathroom (formerly a master bathroom) that increases the square footage of the bath footprint will cost significantly more than upgrades to a hall bathroom with more conservative materials and installation methods.
After all, it’s only a bathroom… Of course, it simply depends on your expectations. Is there good potential in changing your bathroom for the better? If not, then less design is needed. Regardless, the first step in planning a custom bathroom remodel is to establish a preliminary budget and clarify your project priorities. If your project budget is the most important consideration and your investment target is below the thresholds referenced here, you should consider trying to complete the design work yourself and then working directly with a small contractor. You may need to reduce your quality expectations for your selections as well.
Alternately, if you do have the budget required and you feel that the moderate investment in working with a professional design team would benefit your bathroom, then design-build may be your best option. One reason to use a design-build remodeling team is that we can help you find the balance between what should be your two primary objectives: to make sure that your investment is well leveraged, and to open your vision to new design possibilities.
In order to guide you in establishing an initial budget for your upcoming project, here is a look at the average costs for remodeling a high quality bathroom in Philadelphia:
To update an existing 5-by-7-foot bathroom with standard selections while leaving the layout of the space as-is, the typical range will be cost $40,000 to $70,000, with an estimated return on investment (ROI) of 50%. A bathroom renovation at this level typically involves upgrading all electrical and plumbing fixtures, including a mid range designer style toilet; a high quality cast iron bathtub with a ceramic tile surround; a marble or solid-surface vanity top; quality cabinetry; all brass shower control fittings; and quality hardware accents. This range may include a premium paint finish or wallpaper, in addition to a complete floor replacement with ceramic or vitreous tile material. A common strategy to bring costs into the lower end of the range can be achieved by maintaining the original locations of some of the fixtures.
To take your project to the next level, you may want to consider expanding a smaller bathroom or renovating your owner’s suite to create a luxury environment. The cost for a major bathroom remodel in Philadelphia is about $70,000 to $90,000, with an estimated ROI of approximately 56%. This price range gives you the latitude to relocate your fixtures and install a new walk-in shower with a frameless glass enclosure, tiled walls, recessed shower storage, and spa-style water fixtures. You also can create a compartmentalized commode area so that your toilet has a separate small room to increase the privacy and comfort of your bathroom design. Luxury remodeling for a Philadelphia bathroom can also include custom cabinetry, stone countertops, a stand-alone bathtub, accent lighting, high-end flooring, and electric in-floor heating for an extra dose of coziness. If you are adding square footage to your bathroom, you will also need to consider options for HVAC and rerouting your plumbing and electrical lines.
If you have older relatives visiting or your goal is to successfully age in place in your current Philadelphia home, remodeling at least one of your bathrooms with a universal design is worth considering. In terms of design approaches, universal design refers to a specialized approach focused on creating a space that is accessible to a wide range of people of varying ages and abilities. Sometimes it involves implementing a layout that can be navigated easily by household members or guests who utilize a wheelchair or walker. Other common features in an aging-in-place bathroom include a large, curbless or low curb walk-in shower, a comfort-height toilet, grab bars in strategic locations and storage that can be accessed from a seated position. The average cost for renovating a bathroom with a universal design is about $40,000 to $70,000, with an approximate ROI of 55% in the Philadelphia area.
There are two separate options here: creating a new bathroom in your house where one did not exist before, or actually building a bathroom addition to your home (increasing your home’s size). Needless to say, remodeling a non-bathroom space to become a bathroom is more complex than renovating a bath. Building a bathroom addition to your home is an even more involved project. The additional costs come from the need for additional infrastructure where it currently doesn't exist, such as expanding your HVAC, electric, and plumbing systems. The average cost for building either of these new bathrooms depends on the conditions. Costs range from $70,000 to $130,000 for adding a mid to high end bathroom with the higher end encompassing some of the structural requirements for expanding your home in a bath addition. As always, the features and materials you select will impact your cost. The average ROI for a bathroom addition is about 45% in Philly.
Budgeting for a bathroom remodel—or any custom home improvement, for that matter—can be a complex process, from setting realistic expectations about the price of labor and materials to exploring potential cost-saving measures. At Bellweather Design-Build, we understand how difficult it can be to manage a budget while designing a bathroom remodel that sufficiently captures your unique vision. From the start of your project, our clients have access to our full team of professionals, who provide unique insights into your remodeling plan and present customized value-engineering options to ensure that your Philadelphia project stays on budget while accomplishing your personal goals.
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