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Bathroom Planning Guide: Create A Budget

Considering a bathroom remodel? Learn more about creating a budget and deciding who will tackle the project.

Designer bathroom makeover in relaxed traditional style

How Should You Spend Your Bath Budget?

This chart shows how National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) recommends you divvy up your bathroom remodeling budget.

Creating a Budget

Think about everything that you would like to update, replace and/or add in your bathroom and use these estimates to get an idea of how much your renovation project may cost you.

 

Refresh $200-$5,000

MAY INCLUDE:

  • Paint
  • Vanity update
  • New countertop or sink
  • Refinish bathtub
  • New light fixtures
  • New window treatments
  • Hardware and fixture upgrades
  • One project done by Lowe’s Installation Services

 

Minor Remodel $5,000-$15,000

MAY INCLUDE:

  • New faucets, sink, shower and toilet
  • New bathtub/shower or whirlpool
  • Move fixtures
  • New supply lines, drain pipes, electrical
  • New or additional cabinets/vanity
  • Build dividing walls
  • Replace flooring

 

Major Remodel $15,000+

MAY INCLUDE:

  • New cabinet and fixture layout
  • Adding or removing doorways
  • Moving and/or expanding a bath
  • Redoing plumbing and electrical
  • Upgraded materials, surfaces, finishes
  • Adding skylights and/or windows

Get The Work Done

Lowe's bath designer assisting customer

There are different routes you may decide upon to get the work done for your bathroom renovation. You may hire a professional or take on the project yourself. Learn what professionals can do for your project and review questions to ask before you hire or decide to tackle a DIY project.

 

Lowe's Remodeling Services

Get free design services from your local Lowe’s bath designer, then let Lowe’s-approved professionals install your shower doors, faucets, vanities and more.

Installation is done by screened independent installers and general contractors who are licensed (where applicable) and insured. All installation services are guaranteed by a minimum one-year labor warranty. Have questions? Check out our bathroom remodeling services or visit your local Lowe’s.

 

Other Professionals

You could find a general contractor, design-build firm or subcontractor based on recommendations and endorsements from homeowners in your area. You can also ask family members, friends, neighbors, and coworkers for suggestions. It is always a great idea to ask questions to get a better understanding of the work and the process. Ask the following questions before you hire or to follow up on referrals.

 

Before you hire:

  • Can you work with the budget I have?
  • What is your fee structure?
  • What is the process you follow for a project like this one?
  • How long will it take to do my project?

 

Following up on referrals:

  • Would you use them again?
  • Did the finished project meet your expectations?
  • Did they provide a schedule and meet it?
  • Did they show up for work on time?
  • Were there any surprises, and how were they addressed?
  • Did they keep the job site neat and clean?

Do-It-Yourself

DIY man and woman

Review these issues and questions to see if you are prepared and able to complete a bathroom project yourself. Poorly done remodeling jobs don’t just look bad and turn off future home buyers—they also can create expensive-to-fix safety and structural problems. Most cities and counties require permits for certain kinds of remodeling projects, and some require homeowners to pass proficiency exams before starting the work. Know what is required in your area and make sure your work will pass any required inspections.

 

Before you start...

  • Do you understand the entire scope of the job completely—from budget to materials to code?
  • Do you have the knowledge, experience and tools needed for the job?
  • Do you have the time and temperament to deal with both your day job and the project?
  • Can you deal with permits, licenses and inspections?
  • Brush up on your DIY skills for bath projects.