Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Bathrooms, Design, Remodeling | 0 comments

how much does a bathroom remodel cost

When homeowners start to consider remodeling their home, one of the first questions we get asked is, “How much does it cost?”

Our response is always, “Well, it depends. Let’s talk about what you have in mind, first.”

Unfortunately we’ve found that too many new-to-remodeling homeowners underestimate the real costs of remodeling any area of the house. Bathrooms are no exception. Perhaps that comes from the abundance of DIY home-improvement television shows (we aren’t exactly sure), but we feel strongly that the more we help educate our clients and friends about the real costs associated with remodeling, the better off everyone will be.

Here are a few factors that make up any remodeling bid:

You are hiring a professional contractor.

A professional contractor is more than a guy in a pickup truck. We have overhead just like any business and this includes professional items like insurance, licenses and additional training. We also choose to work with quality subcontractors who have the same overhead, just like us. For the one-man handyman, these items often are neglected. Many one-man shops don’t carry insurance (or not enough), and they don’t keep up with the professional training that allows them to maintain licenses and/or stay current with building codes and best practices.

While the cost of hiring a reputable contractor is almost always more than a one- or two-man handyman, you are getting a firm that specializes in a particular niche of construction. When you hire a remodeling company, like us, you also get our expert tile installers, plumbers and electricians. We pride ourselves in NOT being a jack-of-all-trades.

Issues behind your walls are identified and fixed.

If there is any water damage or mold discovered, we won’t just cover it up (or turn the other way). A professional remodeling firm will actually do the work to correct the issues.

Additionally, a professional remodeler will also take into consideration the age of your home in his estimate. When we work on older homes in Portland, the wiring and plumbing may need to be replaced. This is particularly important in the bathroom and kitchen – where many changes have occurred to the code to improve outlet safety (i.e., prevent fires and shock) and to accommodate newer appliances.

Having said all of that, perhaps the biggest factor in answering the “How much does it cost?” question comes down this:

The selections you make matter.

Because there is such a wide range of products on the market for bathrooms today, it also means that the cost associated with remodeling your bathroom can vary greatly. A fiberglass tub insert is going to cost less than a fully-tiled walk-in shower. Additionally, tile also varies in price significantly. Subway tiles can cost a few dollars per square foot while other tiles on the market can cost $70 or more per square foot. Granite countertops, soaking tubs, radiant floor heat and multi-head showers will all affect the final cost of a bathroom remodeling project.

How much does it cost to remodel a bathroom in Portland?

Now that you understand what factors affect a bathroom remodeling project, let’s take a look at the Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report ( to pinpoint the answer to this question. This annual report compares the average cost of 35 home remodeling projects locally, regionally and nationally.

In 2014, the average cost to remodel a mid-range bathroom in Portland is $16,771, and $52,549 for an upscale renovation.

If you are considering a bathroom remodeling project, talk to your contractor about what you want in your bathroom – from the style to features. We understand that it is difficult to be so forthcoming about your budget, but when the contractor knows your budget, he can make suggestions about the products you can include so you get the bathroom you want – within your budget. Remember, your contractor is there to guide you in making wise selection choices so you can enjoy your newly remodeled bathroom for years to come.

The complete data from the Remodeling 2014 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at


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