There is little question that remodeling a bathroom more than pays back the dollar investment with greater enjoyment and improved efficiency. In terms of dollar payback, the latest report from Remodeling magazine shows that, on average, bathroom remodels recoup two-thirds of their cost at resale time. The payback is best achieved with a “modest” remodel, which involves a 5-by-8-foot bathroom that makes use of white fixtures and a neutral color scheme for the tile, a two-piece toilet, a cast-iron tub with a ceramic surround and sliding glass doors, a stock wood-cabinet vanity with a granite countertop, and a ceramic tile floor. The general cost for this type of remodel is around $9,000, but the cost rises with higher-grade choices.
You may be surprised at how much of your present bathroom can be salvaged. If the basic layout works—the fixtures are placed comfortably apart and there is enough room left for storage and towel racks—then you can keep your basic plumbing and only replace fixtures. STELTON LUMBER provides services for homeowners as well as industrial and commercial contractors. For more information, please call 908-487-8555 or see us at 1354 Stelton Road, Piscataway.
HINT: Many homeowners are forsaking the use of a seldom-used bathtub in favor of a larger shower.