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How Much Does Home Improvement Cost

As the project owner of one of the highest rated remodeling companies in the country, I know this is not a simple question. My company has remodeled over 1,000 projects and I have estimated over 5,000 including projects like bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and whole home renovations. These estimates have ranged from $4,500 to $245,000.

Home Improvement Cost

Creating an Accurate Estimate

Price will vary depending on the size of the space to be remodeled, scope of the work, and complexity of each task performed (from design to demo, framing, plumbing, electric, ca rpentry, tile work and so on). There are many unforeseen factors such as:

  • existing structural condition
  • site location
  • time frame
  • type of materials used
  • fluctuations in the price of building materials

These can all affect the estimated cost of a home remode ling project and lead to an increase in the initially estimated cost of the project. The remodeling cost may also increase if the scope of work includes high - end remodeling work with amenities such as radiant heated floors, installation of glass or natural stone tiles, custom trim work, etc. These "upgrades" are costs that are included in your remodeling estimate as optional upgrades. There are several costs to consider when you remodel. Before you start the work you should take the time to assess these cos ts. If you don’t, you could expose yourself to the risk of spending more than you may have wanted.

5 Factors for Remodeling Cost

Until the design is completed your project is intangible. You can request bids from a numb er of different contractors, but until they all have the same design to bid on, the estimates will not be comparable as each company may have their own standards and conception for the project. Do they really understand your vision of the project and did t hey include everything you want? This should be a question that you are asking when reviewing this type of proposal. Having the design completed before obtaining bids on the installation is ESSENTIAL to ensure you get the best value for the project you had envisioned. With a completed design, you have also already confirmed all of the finish materials. Do you want your contractor to give you an allowance for contractor grade products, choosing from a limited selection of limited quality, or would you like t o work with an award - winning designer with years of experience working with the top - industry rated products? Our design team is knowledgeable on trends, products, and will be there to design within the budget you specify.
This should include the cost of direct labor (full - time employees), the cost of indirect labor (sub - contractors), the cost of construction materials (drywall, screws, nails, adhesives, internal plumbing, internal wiring , lumber, etc), cost of overhead (the company’s day to day operations), and profit (well that’s why we are in business)!
This can include anything from appliances to cabinets, countertops, tiles, flooring, hardware, lighting, plumbing fixtures, accessories, etc. Finish material cost is affected by many factors; starting with quality, manufacturer, material, finish, country of origin and so on. Let me give you a few examples. There is a 20% difference in cost between a faucet finished in Chrome and the same model in a Brushed Nickel, and with cabinetry, there is a 15% upcharge if you switch from a maple wood species to cherry ...if you add a special glaze or finish to that, the cost can also increase by another 10%.
This cost will vary depending on the type of permits needed and total value of the project and your t ownship’s rules. For a standard kitchen or bathroom project, you usually need building, plumbing, and electrical permits. General work should be performed by a licensed contractor, while plumbing and electrical work should be performed by a Master Plumber and Master Electrician that are registered with your township. The township requires them to pay an annual fee for them to check their insurance and credentials to ensure your safety. Some townships may also require a third party underwriter for inspection s as well.
A good estimator will spot many potential issues in your home and will point them out during his visit, however, there are some problems that cannot be diagnosed until everything h as been gutted. Here are some of the most common issues that we encounter: Rotten wood (joists, studs, subfloor), code violations, hidden leaks, cracked pipes, or termite damage. It is difficult to tell if you will have unforeseen issues or how much they w ill cost to repair, but I do recommend that my clients budget for 3 - 4% of the value of th e project for this - just in case something does arise.
If you would like to schedule an in-home site evaluation, we charge a small consultation fee of $75 which will cover our time and travel expenses. You may ask why we charge this fee when many other contractors may not? Because we are one of the highest rated contractors in the area, as a result we are in high demand. To best serve our customers, our fee allows us to maximize our time with homeowners such as yourself that are serious about moving forward with a remodel. Please keep in mind that this fee is refundable/credited to your project if you sign with us for either design services or remodeling services as well!
With this fee you will receive:

In-home Site Survey

We measure the existing conditions of your project and take photos for documentation, as well as discuss your project scope with you, including design ideas, budget, costs, technical challenges, and solutions.

Labor Estimate

We provide a detailed proposal including a work schedule with a written warranty on all labor associated with your remodel including a schedule/project duration for all the work in a .pdf format.

Materials Budget

A Good, Better, Best budget analysis for the cost of finish materials in a .pdf format.

In Showroom - Design Consultation - 1 Hour

Get professional consultation with one of our qualified interior designer and discuss design concepts with material and budget review.
We look forward to scheduling an In-Home Estimate with you soon!

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Sample Remodeling Projects and Prices

Below are some sample remodeling projects with their associated costs per square foot. Please keep in mind that these cost estimates can vary greatly from project to project depending on the room size, configuration, finishes, fixtures, structural work, and the many other variables as discussed above. However, we hope that these examples and cost estimates will help you plan a realistic budget for your next remodeling project; furthermore feel free to contact us if you have questions about unique scenarios, finishes, and other remodeling ideas. We are always happy to help - our job is to make your dream renovation project come true!

Scenario 1: STANDARD BATH WITH TUB(+/- 50 SF)

Bathroom with white tub Bathroom with white tub

BEFORE

AFTER

This scenario illustrates the cost associated with remodeling an existing 5’x7’ bathroom with a tub. In addition to the initial consultation and design of the space, your bathroom will be completely demolished, plumbing and electric will be updat -ed to meet the current code requirements, and they will be relocated as per new design plan. We replace all the existing fixtures including new tub, toilet,vanity, lighting, accessories, faucets, ceramic or porcelain tiles, etc. Also included in the installat -ion is a recessed medicine cabinet or surface mo -unt mirror installation, new trims and base mold -ing, painted walls.Details

Design Cost ExpensesDesign Cost

$750 to $1,000

Material Cost ExpensesMaterial Cost

$6,700 - $19,400

Labor Cost Expenses Labor Cost

$10,500 to $12,800

Permits & Inspections Cost ExpensesPermits & Inspections Cost

+/- $500-$700

Unforeseen Issues ExpensesUnforeseen Issues

+/-$500

Total Cost regarding bathroom designTotal Cost $18,950 to $21,450

Scenario 2: STANDARD BATH WITH WALK IN SHOWER (+/- 50 SF)

STANDARD BATH WITH WALK IN SHOWER STANDARD BATH WITH WALK IN SHOWER

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AFTER

This scenario illustrates the cost associated with remodeling an existing 5'x7' bathroom with a walk in shower or converting a bathroom with tub to a walk in shower. In addition to the initial consultation and design of the space, your bathroom will be completely demolished, plumbing and electric will be updated to meet the current code requirements and relocated as per new design plan. A custom walk in shower will be installed. Renovation will include new ceramic or porcelain tiles installed on bathroom floor, shower walls, shower floor , new toilet, new faucet , vanity, lighting, accessories, faucets, ceramic or porcelain tiles, etc. Details

Design Cost ExpensesDesign Cost

$750 to $1,000

Material Cost ExpensesMaterial Cost

$7,800 - $19,400

Labor Cost Expenses Labor Cost

$12,600 to $15,900

Permits & Inspections Cost ExpensesPermits & Inspections Cost

+/- $500-$700

Unforeseen Issues Expenses Unforeseen Issues

+/-$500

Total Cost regarding bathroom designTotal Cost $22,150 to $25,950

Scenario 3: MASTER BATH WITH TUB AND SHOWER (+/- 100 SF)

MASTER BATH WITH TUB AND SHOWER MASTER BATH WITH TUB AND SHOWER

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AFTER

This scenario illustrates the costs associated with a 100-square-foot master bathroom. In addition to the initial consultation and design of the space, your bathroom will be completely demolished, plumbing and electric will be updated to meet the current code requirements and relocated as per new design plan.Install a new custom walk in shower with ceramic/porcelain tile walls with accent strips, a recessed shower niche, hand held shower, rain shower or body spray fixtures, and a frameless glass enclosure. We can also install a custom deck mount tub or standalone soaking tub, double vanity with a stone countertop. Details

Design Cost ExpensesDesign Cost

$1,000 to $1,250

Material Cost ExpensesMaterial Cost

$10, 900 - $27,400

Labor Cost Expenses Labor Cost

$16,700 to $21,400

Permits & Inspections Cost ExpensesPermits & Inspections Cost

+/- $700-$900

Unforeseen Issues Expenses Unforeseen Issues

+/-$500

Total Cost regarding bathroom designTotal Cost $29,800 to $33,550

Scenario 4: STANDARD KITCHEN REMODEL (+/- 100 SF)

STANDARD KITCHEN REMODEL STANDARD KITCHEN REMODEL

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AFTER

If the layout of your current kitchen is agreeable to you, the cabinets, countertops, sink, backsplash, faucets and flooring may simply need to be replaced. With this, plus a fresh coat of paint on the walls and ceiling and the addition of new, moderately priced appliances the project could be complete. In this scenario, virtually all new cabinets or appliances would remain in the same, or nearly the same location. The basic kitchen remodel would include semi-custom cabinets and a level 1 or 2 granite or quartz countertop. A soffit might be removed to allow taller cabinets. Details

Design Cost ExpensesDesign Cost

$750 to $1,250

Material Cost ExpensesMaterial Cost

$16,200 - $30,900

Labor Cost Expenses Labor Cost

$15,700 to $19,400

Permits & Inspections Cost ExpensesPermits & Inspections Cost

+/- $700-$900

Unforeseen Issues Expenses Unforeseen Issues

+/-$500

Total Cost regarding bathroom designTotal Cost $32,900 to $34,550

Scenario 5: UPGRADED KITCHEN REMODEL (+/- 200 SF)

UPGRADED KITCHEN REMODEL UPGRADED KITCHEN REMODEL

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AFTER

This scenario assumes that the layout of the kitchen will be changed dramatically. Maybe a wall will be removed to open up the space, some appliances will be relocated, plumbing will be moved and /or an island or a peninsula will be added with an overhang to allow for extra sitting. Taller wall cabinets will be installed, a new lighting plan will include recessed lights, task lighting, and pendant lights over your island/peninsula. New millwork will be installed – Everything will be painted, and a beautiful backsplash will be installed.Details

Design Cost ExpensesDesign Cost

$1,200 to $1,500

Material Cost ExpensesMaterial Cost

$19,800 - $33,460

Labor Cost Expenses Labor Cost

$19,800 to $24,350

Permits & Inspections Cost ExpensesPermits & Inspections Cost

+/- $700-$900

Unforeseen Issues ExpensesUnforeseen Issues

+/-$500

Total Cost regarding bathroom designTotal Cost $41,500 to $46,850

Scenario 6: PREMIUM KITCHEN REMODEL(+/- 200 SF)

PREMIUM KITCHEN REMODEL PREMIUM KITCHEN REMODEL

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AFTER

This scenario assumes a high end – award winning contender renovation with or without major changes in the layout. A premium kitchen by dRemodeling exudes style, sophistication, prosperity and success. It has double functionality- it is and enjoyable formal space and also accommodates healthier eating habits. Cabinets will be custom or semicustom line. Cabinets featuring flush inset, frameless, or beaded inset cabinets with deluxe under-mount soft-closing drawers. High-end American woods like Cherry and Maple with rich, dark stains or specialty painted and glazed finishes for your cabinets.Details

Design Cost ExpensesDesign Cost

$1,500 to $2,750

Material Cost ExpensesMaterial Cost

$37,800 - $53,260

Labor Cost Expenses Labor Cost

$27,800 to $44,350

Permits & Inspections Cost ExpensesPermits & Inspections Cost

+/- $700-$900

Unforeseen Issues Expenses Unforeseen Issues

+/-$1000

Total Cost regarding bathroom designTotal Cost $67,900 to $86,850

Scenario 7: BASEMENT REMODELING (+/- 200 SF)

BASEMENT REMODELING BASEMENT REMODELING

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AFTER

This scenario illustrates the cost associated with remodeling an existing basement. Basements can provide valuable additional living space relatively economically when compared to a first floor addition or the addition of another story. We can transform your basement into whatever additional type of space you desire. The three biggest concerns with basements are adequate headroom, moisture control, and egress. The simpler the existing space the less it will cost. Likewise, the more amenities you would like to include such as an added bathroom, kitchenette/bar area, added windows and/or doors.Details

Design Cost ExpensesDesign Cost

$1,500 to $2,750

Material Cost ExpensesMaterial Cost

Labor Cost Expenses Labor Cost

+/-5,500

Permits & Inspections Cost ExpensesPermits & Inspections Cost

Unforeseen Issues Expenses Unforeseen Issues

Total Cost regarding bathroom designTotal Cost

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