Bathroom Remodeling Plans

In some households, remodeling a bathroom isn't a luxury - it's a necessity. This is especially true if everyone's day stars at about the same time. The door outside the room becomes the waiting room. People who later in the day love each other see each other as "the enemy who hogs the bathroom."

For other homes, the bathroom isn't ground zero for World War III. It's simply tired. It needs a major face lift with new flooring, fixtures, and lighting. The most popular remodeling projects are those that add functions to an existing bathroom or add an additional bathroom to the home. For example, a 1 1/2-bath home is upgraded to include a tub. Or a utility room is converted into a second or even third bathroom. Alternately, a new room added to the home is also built to include a bathroom.

Easier remodeling jobs include replacing a bathroom cabinet and sink or adding linen storage. Many people opt to replace a tired tub with a modern tub-and-shower combination. How much will a bathroom remodeling job cost? That depends on whether you are adding a bathroom or simply upgrading the bathroom you have. A new bathroom can eat up $5,000 to $15,000 or more depending on how easy it is to add the room and needed utilities. Upgrading cabinets and fixtures can be done for $1,000 to $5,000. A shower unit can be installed above an existing tub for less than $500.