Budgeting for a small bathroom

Over spending is easy, even in small spaces. In this kids bathroom, we had a budget of $8k. We did not go to fancy tile stores, or buy pricey plumbing fixtures, and we still went way over budget.

We purchased our tile, tub, sinks and faucets from Lowes. We used Celia Bedilia vanities and terrazzo vanity tops. We thought we were doing a great job sticking to our budget $4,775.95, for all those items. But then came the labor, and all other building materials…before long we were over budget!

www.celiabedilia.com photo: Liz Donnelly
http://www.celiabedilia.com
photo: Liz Donnelly

The details that make this bathroom crisp and clean, but did not blow the budget: Bead-board, sea-glass tile shower-box inserts, glass subway tile trim, wood plank floor tile, and all the white accents.

KIDS BATH4
http://www.celiabedilia.com
Photo: Liz Donnelly

I have done many bathrooms, but I still amazed at the cost of doing a renovation. I have included the actual numbers for this bathroom below.

I hope that this will help those of you who are contemplating renovations, understand where your money will go!

Budget $8k – Actual Cost $13,065.95

  • Labor (tile, framing, demo etc.) $2,800.00
  • Plumbing (whirlpool tub, 2 vanities, toilet) $1,300.00
  • Electric  (rewire switches, new sconces and whirlpool tub) $900.00
  • Painting – (bead-board, trim, doors and walls)  $1,730.00
  • Sheet Rocking $360.00
  • Building supplies (doors, dura-rock, etc)  $1,200.00
  • Countertop Fabrication $500.00
  • Tile (floor –wood look tile, subway tile, and glass tile)$1,000.00
  • Whirlpool tub & Drain   $870.95
  • (2) Sinks $65       $130.00
  • Faucets (2 vanities, and shower-tub)      $375.00
  • Toilet     $200.00
  • (2) Vanities $600/each   $1,200.00
  • (2) Terrazzo Counters $250/each $ 500.00

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Best, Celia

Budget Bathroom..Yes, it is Possible

How do you keep a bathroom remodel on budget?

  • Make good decisions and stick with them!
  • When you make a choice that fits with-in your budget, move on to the next item. (I have found the best choices are usually your first choices.)
  • What is your budget? This is your first step, do not get a contractor and then go with their budget, bring them your budget!
  • What is the style or look you are trying to achieve? Transitional, traditional…modern.
  • Have you done your research? Do you know what you need, and what these items cost?
  • Do you have a good contractor? Ask to see jobs they have done, if you have not worked with them.
  • Where are you shopping for items? Have you looked into discount options?

I have an $8k budget for a transitional style kids bathroom I am working on. I need two vanities, a sundry dresser, two medicine cabinets, two faucets, a whirlpool tub and shower/tub faucet.

This Celia Bedilia vanity is $600 with top and sink about $1000 (x 2)  www.celiabedilia.com

These Medicine cabinets are great 18×18 $50 (x2) www.overstock.com

This Kohler whirlpool tub is from Home Depot $980 www.homedepot.com

Sundry Dresser $399 www.potterybarn.com

Faucet $98 (x2) www.faucetdirect.com

Kohler $280

Toilet $280 www.faucetdirect.com

Fantastic Tile 10×48 gray tiles $650 for 64 square feet www.tilesdirect.net

Delta BT14496

Delta Faucet $116.00 www.faucetsdirect.com

This is adds up to roughly $4,800 so that leaves $3,200 for installation. I think it is possible, but now I need to get my subs in to give me their quotes.

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Best, Celia