Having enough bathrooms to support your family is an essential aspect of a home. When your situation isn’t entirely fitting your needs, you always have the option of adding a new bathroom to your home.
Adding a new bathroom will bring additional steps and complexities that you wouldn’t have if you were updating an existing one already in your home. However, that isn’t to say it won’t work! After nearly 25 years in the industry, we have broken down the ins and outs of creating a bathroom where there isn’t one and how you can easily add one to your home remodel.
Difference Between a bathroom addition and an update
There are quite a few significant differences between adding and updating an existing bathroom. Some of which are listed out below. The most notable difference is the cost between the two project types. An addition will start around $30,000 and can finish upwards of $60,000, depending on the scope of your project. If you are adding a bathroom while also remodeling the same area, you can expect to spend around $30,000-$45,000. However, if you only add a bathroom, the cost will likely be closer to $50,000-$60,000.
While these costs can seem high, you can typically expect to see a 52% return on your investment when you add a bathroom to your home!
The scope of each project varies greatly, so bear in mind that these may not all apply to your project specifically.
Where do we see additional bathrooms added most often in a home?
We have seen them everywhere, but the most common places have been in basements and removing space from the garage to add a new bathroom to the home.
Where is the easiest place to put a new one?
The easiest place to add a new bathroom is where one already exists. If you are building out an additional bathroom in your home, the easiest place to add it will be near the current plumbing. As you get further away from existing plumbing, the price increases.
What is the typical cost difference between adding and updating?
The typical cost difference will depend on the scope of the overall project (size, finishes, design elements, etc.). We tend to see an additional cost starting around $20-$25,000 and going up from there.
What is the cost breakdown?
Concrete break for plumbing roughs, framing, electrical, drywall, vanity installation, faucets, toilets and shower pans, HVAC and exhaust fan, waterproofing, tile, additional furniture pieces like linen cabinet or floating shelves, shower door, and wall finishes.
How to plan out a bathroom addition in your home remodel
A bathroom addition starts with an idea and builds from there. You will want to work with a company that can work through your remodel vision with you and brings your ideas to life. When you meet with a potential remodeling partner, you must be explicit in your desire to add a bathroom to your home. By introducing this need upfront, your partner will incorporate the bathroom into your remodel and be able to design it exactly as you’d like it and price it out appropriately.
Understanding the scope of your project is an essential first step in having a remodeling experience that meets or exceeds your expectations. Be sure that you are clear in your wants and needs for your home, particularly when the scope of your project involves adding additional rooms such as a bathroom.
For an amazing bathroom addition experience you can reach out to us to schedule your design consultation or for more information!