Cost Guide And Materials
Home Remodeling Costs
When beginning any home remodeling projects, there are various costs and services you must consider. Home remodeling projects include the need for general contractors, plumbers and electricians. In addition to these necessary workers, there are the various types of building materials you should consider as well. Whether remodeling a bathroom, kitchen or basement, it is always important to consider all possible factors to establish a realistic budget for your project.
Select Your Remodeling Project
When remodeling a bathroom, you must consider all the work you need done. If you are using the existing plumbing, a general contractor should be able to tackle the entire job. A large factor to weigh when remodeling a bathroom is available space. This is important when considering the size and type of sink, tub or toilet you're using. A pre-framed tub is a cheap and efficient option that allows for customization. You should also consider your flooring. The two most common bathroom floors are linoleum and tile. Linoleum is the cheaper option, but using tile gives you endless options for patterns and colors, as well as getting a longer lasting product. Tile back splashes are another common way to add visual appeal and uniqueness to your bathroom. For a professional total remodeling your bathroom, expect to pay a few thousand dollars.
Many of the same rules apply for remodeling a kitchen. If the existing plumbing is being used, just in the case of the bathroom, a general contractor should be able to tackle the entire job. If you plan on replacing appliances such as ovens, dishwashers or refrigerators, but not the countertop, make sure they are the same size. If multiple items need fixing or changing, and your countertop is old, it may make financial sense to replace it rather than cutting into it or shaving it down.
Although some kitchen floors are wooden, tile is very common. Tile back splashes are also very common above the countertop. Rather than hiring a contractor to run back and forth, it is infinitely more inexpensive to bundle a whole kitchen job together. Kitchen cabinets are one of the most costly items to replace. For an entire new set of cabinets, expect to pay in the thousands, not including labor. To have your cabinets resurfaced, including a color change, can cost less than half the cost with the same end result visually.
If your house has old, leaky or damaged plumbing, it may be necessary to call a plumber in addition to the general contractor. Some jobs must legally be performed by a licensed plumber. The same goes for electrical work; if the existing wiring must be altered in any way, you will need an electrician. These more specialized contractors generally charge a little more an hour than your general contractor, but insisting your general contractor does all the finishing work can save you significant money.
If you are remodeling a basement, there are more variables to take into consideration than anywhere else. The first question that must be answered is whether the basement is already finished or not. If it is not already finished, this creates much more work. First of all, you can almost guarantee the need for an electrician. In addition, a previously finished basement is already framed—a task that is very labor intensive as well as material intensive. To save money, consider paneling instead of sheetrock for walls, and indoor/outdoor carpet for the flooring. The more elaborate the renovation, the higher the cost.
Last updated on Jan 20, 2016