The cost to remodel a bathroom in the Dallas area ranges from an average of $19,000 for a mid-range remodel to $62,000 for a project with upscale fixtures and finishes, according to the latest survey from Remodeling magazine. And you could expect to recover 67 or 68 percent of what you spent on the job when you sold your home, in addition to the lifestyle dividends you’d enjoy while living there.
According to the Cost vs. Value Report, a mid-range remodel of a bathroom in the Dallas area costs an average of $19,408. On resale of your home, you could expect to recoup $13,295 of that amount, or 68.5 percent.
To calculate the average cost, Remodeling started with an existing 5-by-7-foot bathroom. All the fixtures would be replaced: a new 30-by-60-inch porcelain-on-steel tub with a surround using 4-by-4-inch ceramic tile; a single-lever temperature- and pressure-balanced shower control; a standard white toilet; a solid-surface vanity countertop with an integrated sink; a recessed medicine cabinet with a light; ceramic tile on the floor; and vinyl wallpaper.
Bathroom Remodel, Upscale
An upscale bathroom remodel and expansion would cost an average of $62,074, according to Remodeling’s report. Your home would increase in value by an average of $41,690, meaning you could recoup 67.2 percent of your costs when you sold the house.
The remodel of an existing bathroom would involve taking a 35-square-foot bathroom and expanding it to 100 square feet within the existing footprint of the house. As part of the expansion and remodel, all of the fixtures would be relocated. The shower would be a 42-by-42-inch neo-angle shower in the corner with a frame-less glass enclosure. The shower area would be tiled with ceramic tiles and an accent strip and have a recessed shower caddy and body-spray fixtures. Continuing in the spa-like vein, the bathroom would have a free-standing soaker tub with high-end faucets. The vanity would have a stone countertop with two sinks and two mirrored medicine cabinets above, with lighting. The one-piece toilet would have its own private enclosure. The new bathroom also would include a humidity-sensing exhaust fan. The floor would feature ceramic tiles, matching the shower tiles but larger, laid on diagonal with ceramic-tile base molding.
The general and spot lighting would include a waterproof fixture in the shower. The cabinetry would feature custom drawer bases and wall cabinets. The heating and cooling system would be extended to the new space, and the floor also would have electric heating under the tiles.
Bathroom Remodel, Universal Design
All the talk about people being able to “age in place”—staying in their homes instead of having to move to a facility for senior citizens—brings up the issue of modifying a house to make it easier for someone with mobility, strength, balance, and vision limitations to live there. “Universal design” features in a home make it easy for anyone—with limitations or not—to move about comfortably.
So, for the purposes of the Cost vs. Value Report, a remodel that incorporates universal design would involve an update to a 5-by-7-foot bathroom. The doorway would be 36 inches wide, with no threshold, for ease of passage in a wheelchair. Flat-panel light switches, which are easy to operate with an elbow or closed hand, would be installed at sitting level, 36 to 42 inches above the floor. The toilet would be of comfort height with an elongated bowl and bidet-type seat. The bathtub would be replaced with a curbless, walk-in, tiled shower with a bi-directional glass door, adjustable showerhead, thermostatic mixing valve, and fold-out seat. The new flooring would be luxury vinyl tile, with electric radiant heat underneath. The vanity and cabinets would be of a height accessible to someone in a wheelchair, and the door and drawer handles would be easy to grasp. The mirror would be adjustable. The lighting plan would include LED lights, an infrared ceiling light, and a night light, and the bathroom would be equipped with a humidistat-controlled, ultra-quiet exhaust fan. Ceramic tiles with two contrasting color stripes would be installed on the walls. The room would have nine towel bars that would double as grab bars to support 250 pounds.