If your bathroom is starting to feel cramped, you may want to consider expanding it to give you more room. The idea of expanding a bathroom is very appealing, but it involves a lot of work and can become quite expensive very quickly.
The cost of expanding a bathroom averages from $7,000-$25,000 and could be more depending on how large you want to expand it and what other improvements you would like to have done. The process consists of a lot more than just knocking down some existing walls and throwing up some drywall. It can be a very extensive process which involves moving plumbing and building onto your home, depending on the size of the addition you are planning.
The prices listed above include mainly construction costs, if you plan to add marble floors, or special tile to the walls that will increase the amount greatly. Also adding to the final cost are any light fixtures, faucets and other items that you add to the design.
When planning this type of remodel, it is important that you have a basic idea of what you would like to have done. Save pictures from magazines that have features or designs that you like or print out any features that you’ve seen online that you would like to incorporate into your design. Do not go into this process without having a basic idea of what you would like the end result to look like. Having a layout will prevent you from choosing items that you are really not happy with; it will also avoid impulse additions to your design. Know what you want and it will make the entire design process so much easier.
When you’re ready to start looking for a contractor to work with, do your research. Make sure to choose a contractor that is certified and well experienced in the type of work that you will be doing. Many contractors now have websites that you can visit to learn more about what services they offer. Some also include reviews from previous customers as to the quality and how they were to work with.
Once you have compiled a list contractors that seem to have all of the qualities you’re looking for, start contacting them to get written estimates for the work that plan on having done. It is important that the estimate include all of their fees that way there are no surprise add-ons once the job is complete. Do not feel intimidated or settle for the company that offers you the lowest price, sometimes the lowest estimate can turn out to be the most expensive when all is said and done.
This is a very time consuming and stressful endeavor, it is important that you hire people who you feel are competent to accomplish the vision you have for your new bathroom. It should be something that you are pleased with and comfortable in once the work is completed. If you follow your heart and do your homework you should be rewarded with the bathroom of your dreams.