Is It Cheaper to Gut a Bathroom or Rebuild It?

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As a homeowner, you must be frustrated to see the state your bathrooms are in. You know that bathrooms and kitchens, when they are remodeled and attractive, can be a great tool to add value to your home. But even when you are not thinking of selling, you want to enjoy the home by updating these spaces when needed. When it comes to the bathroom, you may be interested in knowing how much it would cost you to gut it and then how much you would have to put in to leave it looking modern and new.

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How much should you expect to pay to have your bathroom gutted?

Removing everything from an existing bathroom and bringing it down to the studs is a big job that involves knowing how to deal with plumbing and electrical installations and preserve any plumbing or electrical needed for the new bathroom. It also includes the cost of removing fixtures and other materials that tend to be quite heavy.

The average cost to gut a bathroom down to the studs can run around $15 to $60 per square foot. This adds up to about $500 to $2,300 for an average-sized bathroom. You may attempt to do the gutting yourself and save some money, but you have to have some construction knowledge and experience to avoid messing with the plumbing and leaving your kitchen or another bathroom without running water or causing a flood.

How much should you expect to pay to rebuild a bathroom?

What you can expect to pay to have your bathroom rebuilt can range between $5,000 and $35,000. Although if you are envisioning a spa-like bathroom with all the trimmings, including a jetted tub, a bidet, a large walk-in shower with many showerheads, a glass chandelier, custom vanities, lighting, and mirrors, and marble floors or marble slabs in the shower. If you select high-quality materials all around, you can expect the cost to increase to $50,000.

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How much does it cost to convert a powder room into a full bathroom?

If you have the space to turn a powder room into a full bathroom, you should consider it since it will add comfort and value to the home. If you decide to do it, you can expect to pay between $5,000 and $20,000, depending on whether you are taking advantage of an existing space or need to build an addition. You should also consider the difficulty of adding new plumbing and drain lines.

It is possible to keep costs down if you plan the new bathroom with the tub near existing plumbing. If you are dealing with a small space, you may forgo the bathtub altogether and just go for a shower. If there is already a bathtub in another bathroom in the house, adding a shower will add just as much value to the property as another tub. If your extended bathroom is on the main floor near other living areas or the kitchen, use extra sound insulation to preserve privacy.

Although it may be cheaper to gut a bathroom and start from scratch, it is not always the best option. Rebuilding a bathroom can be a better investment because it can add value to your home and last longer. When considering whether to gut or rebuild your bathroom, it is important to weigh all of the factors involved to make the best decision for your situation.

Before starting the project, Admer Construction recommends you find the right contractor to do the job. Otherwise, the numbers may go through the roof, and you may not be satisfied with the result.

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