Bathroom Renovation Budget – Breaking Down the Costs
This post about our bathroom renovation budget has been a long time coming. I originally wanted to share it after I shared our final main bathroom reveal here on the blog, which hasn’t happened yet. You didn’t miss it! However, our linen cabinet project has taken a lot longer than I anticipated (looking at you, product shortages) and that’s the final piece I’m waiting on for the full room reveal! I didn’t want to wait until then to post this much-requested topic.
Whenever I talk about our kids’ bathroom or main bathroom makeovers, people always inquire about the cost. And it makes sense. If you want to do a similar project in your own home, knowing how much to save ahead of time is a very smart move. But before we get to the line items for our particular spaces, let’s back up and chat about our home in general, because I think that will give some background on our investment choices.
Buying Our House In 2019
When we bought our house in the spring of 2019, we bought it for a great price, under our budget, fully knowing that we were going to put a lot of money into making it our own. It was an old and outdated house in a really nice neighborhood in Chicago, where many homes sell for two to three times our home price.
Because of that, we felt confident renovating the home from top to bottom, living in it, and enjoying it along the way. Then, our hope is to sell it within the next five years for a much higher price tag.
In the summer of 2019, we put a lot of money into Phase One of the home (taking down walls, replacing doors and trim, redoing the electrical, replacing the floors, etc.) and you can read all about those costs in this detailed blog post.
It also might be helpful to see all of the before and afters from our house. You can check them out in our Three-Year Home Anniversary post, right here. It’s crazy how far this place has come in such a short amount of time.
With the majority of our home refinished, we knew that the bathrooms were next on our list. In order to get top dollar when we eventually sell our home, redoing the bathrooms was a must. (Remember this post about where to spend your money to add value to your home?) Plus, we still wanted time to enjoy the new spaces before we move someday.
Budgeting for Our Bathrooms
I had my contractor come out about a year ago to take a look at the spaces and give me a general quote for the labor. He was able to give me a very rough estimate for the labor portion of the project, knowing that we would firm up that number once I had my design plans ready for him to review. Having a rough idea for the labor cost was helpful, because most of the other line items I could research ahead of time, like the vanity, hardware, and more.
Let me add that it’s always a good idea to budget for the unexpected. I would say that you should add at least 10-20% of your total renovation budget to your savings for the project. You never know what might happen when you open walls up, and it’s good to be prepared for the worst. But always hope for the best! Our $25,000 steel beam saga has forever made us more cautious going into big projects.
Finn chatted more about how we budget for big home renovation projects in this blog post and he outlines lots of options that are available. We always like to save cash ahead of time, but that’s just what works for us. Read his post and figure out what might work best for your next big renovation.
Our Bathroom Renovation Budget
My contractor worked on both our kids’ bathroom and our main bathroom at the same time. Therefore, he just gave me one big quote for labor that includes BOTH spaces. So, this is the renovation cost for two bathrooms. I also purchased all of the supplies for each space at the same time, so those are sometimes grouped together too.
Part of my job is working with brands that I love, but we paid for a majority of these bathrooms out of pocket. We always go into a renovation expecting to pay for the entire thing ourselves so we can budget accordingly, and then, if some items are gifted through a partnership, it’s a nice bonus. I included an asterisk if an item was provided by a partner.
- Labor (for both bathrooms): $24,000
- Designer Blueprints: $1,000
- Main Bathroom Window: $2,150
- Kids’ Bathroom Window*: $2,000
- Main Bathroom Tile: $2,200
- Kids’ Bathroom Tile: $582
- Main Bathroom Glass Shower Door: $1,200
- Vanities*: $3,400
- Toilets*: $1,400
- Bathtub*: $850
- Hardware (shower fixtures, bathtub fixtures, faucets, etc.)*: $2,197
- Lighting: $719
- Medicine Cabinet Mirrors*: $640
- Kids’ Bathroom Mirror: $66
- Paint: $150
- Ceiling Fans: $360
- Linen Cabinet (IKEA supplies): $700
- Linen Cabinet (Semihandmade doors, trim, materials, etc.): $1,300
- Accessories (shelving, hooks, shower rod, plants, etc.): $250
Total = $45,164
It’s definitely scary putting that number out there. But at the end of the day, some people will think that’s so much money, while others will think that’s not that much. Investing in our home is our favorite way to spend our hard-earned dollars and I think it’s helpful to have a realistic look at actual numbers.
I don’t share this number for any other reason than to help people understand that before and after makeovers come with a price tag. HGTV makes it seem like you can do a head-to-toe bathroom makeover for $5k, and that’s just not the reality. Of course, labor and materials will be different depending on where you live, what you choose, the size of your space, etc. But, I’m hopeful that by being upfront and honest about our own bathroom renovation budgets, you’ll walk away with a bit more knowledge and confidence going into your next home renovation.
If you want to catch up on these projects, I’ve shared all of the information below. They also include the sources and details for every single item in each of these spaces.
The linen cabinet reveal will hit the blog this Friday and then I’ll be back with the main bathroom reveal later this month. After that, I think we’ll have some organizing posts to tackle and we can officially complete these two spaces. I can’t wait!
The Kids’ Bathroom
- Kids’ Bathroom Before & Mood Board
- Kids’ Bathroom Tile Choices
- Kids’ Bathroom – Cute Shower Curtains
- Bathroom Progress – 2 Weeks In
- Kids’ Bathroom Reveal
The Main Bathroom
- How to Prepare for a Big Home Renovation
- Bathroom Progress – 2 Weeks In
- Main Bathroom Must-Haves
- Main Bathroom Design Plan
- Main Bathroom Mini Reveal
- DIY Linen Cabinet Plan
- DIY Linen Cabinet Reveal – Coming to the blog on Friday!
- Main Bathroom Full Reveal – Coming to the blog later this month!
I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.