|Half Bath Budgets|
A half bath makeover includes complete replacement of the basic plumbing fixtures, flooring, vanity cabinet, and accessories including towel bars. It also includes repainting the room. The estimated cost of a 24 sq. ft. half bath makeover as described is about $3,000. The estimate doesn’t include tearing into walls to move major fixtures, replacing damaged subflooring, or making other major repairs that can double the final total.
If that’s not enough money, you can add 50 percent or more to the total for a deluxe half bath makeover to include a single-piece toilet, ceramic tile floor and wainscot (half way up the wall), and upgraded vanity and fixtures. The total costs can be $5,000-plus. Add more for any needed structural or plumbing repairs.
These calculations are based on typical labor markets, such as the Midwest, and not prices you’d pay for laborers in major cities or booming regions. In all of my examples, the cost of labor is about half the total cost. If you do it all yourself the materials cost for the basic half bath makeover example is about $1,500 and is $2,500 to $3,000 for the deluxe version.
The reality check is that remodeling a half bath with a makeover will cost about $150 to $250 sq. ft. depending on how fancy you want it. Compare that figure to your estimate.
As you estimate costs remember to consider the local labor market. In booming areas where housing costs are at a premium and the labor market is tight you will probably need to pay a premium for good labor and even some materials. In slower areas where labor is less expensive you may save as much as 20 percent on any labor costs, though probably not much on materials. If in doubt, ask a building contractor about the local labor market.