If you’ve decided that the bathroom in your Atlanta-area is ready for remodeling, chances are you have a big question you need to answer before you dive in: “How much is this going to set you back?
How much does a bathroom remodel cost in the Atlanta region? Let’s look at some actual figures for bathroom projects in the Atlanta area—and the factors that influence those costs.
Where These Costs Come From
We’re drawing our figures from the information compiled in the 2019 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com) for the Atlanta, GA area. This independent report estimates bathroom remodeling project costs for five general types of projects: midrange bathroom additions, upscale bathroom additions, midrange bathroom remodels, upscale bathroom remodels, and universal design bathroom remodels. Bear in mind that these numbers are averages, but they will give you a general idea about what to expect for your project.
Midrange Bathroom Addition
If you're looking to add a midrange bathroom to your existing home, here is an example of what might be involved and what you can expect to pay. For this project the report assumes a 6x8-foot bathroom over a crawlspace having poured concrete walls. The vanity top consists of cultured stone with a molded sink and standard chrome faucets. The room also includes a 30x60-inch white fiberglass tub/shower with ceramic tile surround. The tub/shower fixtures are assumed to be a single-lever temperature and pressure-balanced faucet. A white, low profile toilet will be used. The price also includes general and spotlighting, with electrical wiring to code. The room will also include a mirrored medicine cabinet, a linen storage closet or cabinet, painted trim, and a ceramic tile floor. The average cost for this type of project is $46,937.
Upscale Bathroom Additions
Here’s what you expect for a more upscale bathroom addition. You can add a new 100-square-foot master bath to your existing master bedroom over a crawlspace. This will include a 42x42-inch neo-angle shower with ceramic tile walls, accent strip, recessed shower caddy, body-spray fixtures, and frameless glass enclosure. This project also assumes the installation of a freestanding soaker tub with high-end faucets. Also included is a stone countertop with two sinks; two mirrored medicine cabinets with lighting; a compartmentalized commode area with one-piece toilet; and a humidistat-controlled exhaust fan. For flooring, larger matching ceramic tiles will be laid on diagonal with ceramic tile base molding. This project includes general and spotlighting and a waterproof shower fixture. Cabinetry will be a custom drawer base and wall cabinets. The project also calls for extending HVAC and for installing electric in-floor heating. The average cost for this kind of project is $86,615.
Midrange Bathroom Remodels
What if you want to upgrade/remodel an existing bathroom? Here are the assumptions and costs for updating an existing 5x7-foot bathroom. This project assumes replacing all fixtures to include 30x60-inch porcelain-on-steel tub with 4x4-inch ceramic tile surround, and a new single-lever temperature and pressure-balanced shower control. It also includes a new standard white toilet; a solid-surface vanity counter with integrated sink; a recessed medicine cabinet with light; ceramic tile floor; and vinyl wallpaper. The average cost for this midrange remodel runs $20,322.
Upscale Bathroom Remodel
If you want to expand and update your bathroom, here are some starting points. This project calls for expanding an existing 35-square-foot bathroom to 100 square feet within the existing house footprint. It assumes relocation of all fixtures. It also assumes installing a 42x42-inch neo-angle shower with ceramic tile walls with accent strip; a recessed shower caddy, body-spray fixtures; and a frameless glass enclosure. Also included is a freestanding soaker tub with high-end faucets. Other features include a stone countertop with two sinks; two mirrored medicine cabinets with lighting; a compartmentalized commode area with one-piece toilet; and a humidistat-controlled exhaust fan. All fixtures are assumed to be colored fixtures. Flooring will consist of larger matching ceramic tiles laid on diagonal with ceramic tile base molding. The project calls for general and spotlighting including waterproof shower fixture. The cabinetry will have a custom drawer base and wall cabinets. The remodel will call for extending HVAC and for installing electric in-floor heating. The average cost for this project is $64,083.
Universal Design Bathroom Remodel
If you’re looking to shift to a universal design that will allow you to age-in-place this project can help you plan for that. It calls for updating an existing 5x7-foot space so that it is wheelchair-accessible (requiring a zero-threshold, 36-inch-wide door) and installing flat-panel electrical switches at sitting level (36 to 42 inches above the floor). The plan also assumes replacing a conventional toilet with a comfort height fixture featuring elongated bowl and bidet-style seat. Part of the project includes removing the existing bathtub and installing a tiled, walk-in shower (with no lip) with an adjustable showerhead, a foldout seat, a thermostatic mixing valve, and bi-directional glass door.
Also included is replacing the flooring with electric radiant heat beneath new luxury vinyl tile flooring. The Installation of adaptive living vanity with easy-grasp handles and an adjustable mirror is also part of the plan. Additional features include LED lights, an infrared ceiling light, a night-light, and an ultra-quiet vent fan with humidity-sensing controls. Walls will be redone with ceramic tiles of two contrasting color stripes. Finally, the project requires the installation of nine towel bars capable of supporting 250 pounds and reconfiguring storage to be accessible from a seated position. The average cost for this universal design bathroom is $32,892.
Every Home is Unique
Obviously, no two plans are identical. Your specific choices for materials will impact the exact cost. The plan that works for your home may be larger or smaller in scope than those listed above. Still, having these average estimates in mind provide a good starting point and will enable you to adjust your goals for your bathroom remodeling in Atlanta, GA, as necessary. It’s helpful to take these figures to your home remodeling company to show them what you’re thinking about in general terms and asking them how your own design ideas will influence estimates. Then you’ll know what to adjust to meet your budget and satisfy your goals.
By the way, if you’re looking for additional ideas for your bathroom remodeling project, click here to check out 5 bathroom remodel ideas from Atlanta’s historic homes.
[Updated February 2019]
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