Faith & Mike's Master Bathroom: What it Really Cost — A Budget Breakdown

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Name: Faith and Mike
Type of Project: Master Bathroom Creation
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Type of building: 1920s, multi-level, single family home

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I've been sharing our master bathroom creation, and last week I posted our final reveal. Today I'll revisit our initial budget and explain any differences in costs. I'm afraid it's probably going to be a bit more squirrelly than you would like, though, since this was just one small part of a much, much larger home gut renovation. 

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For instance, I still don't have a way of telling you exactly how much we spent on labor. Our entire home renovation cost somewhere in the realm of $90,000 (which we financed with a construction loan bundled with the mortgage on our quite under-market house). That included a 300-square-foot addition, a new kitchen, major foundation work, two new bathrooms, tons of new drywall, new plumbing, and new electrical service. 

This method doesn't work out terribly well, but one way to do it is to calculate by square footage of the house. If you do that, then the total labor costs just for the bathroom come out to the number I share below. Also, this bathroom would have of course been much less expensive had we not been starting from scratch in a bare room, with no plumbing or heating running to it. 

Even so, I don't think we did too badly! Hope you've enjoyed following along, and be sure to ask if you have any questions. 

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Budget Specifics

LABOR ESTIMATE

    Our contractor: Tom Eastwood of Cornerstone Construction

  • Demolition: This was all us! I have the scars to prove it too. 
  • Construction, Framing, and Drywall: Our contractor. 
  • Plumbing: The plumber was subcontracted through our contractor. 
  • Electric: Ditto. 

LABOR ACTUAL

  • Rough estimate of expenses in framing, drywall, electric, and plumbing, including all building materials and windows. Based on total cost of home reno: $2700
  • Painting: One thing we didn't budget for at all was painting, given that we wanted to paint ourselves. But we realized this was unrealistic and we needed help. Overall, on primer, paint, and professional painters, we spent about $300 on the bathroom. 


DESIGN & PERMITTING ESTIMATE

    Our design costs were high for the entire house, because so much work needed to be done. We worked with a lovely and civic-minded couple, who shared our modern sensibilities and really helped us visualize how the home would all come together:

    Our architect: Tim Lai and Eliza Ho of Lai Architect

  • It's hard to itemize the design costs, but I think it's fair to say that for the bathroom it was about $1000, including permitting. 
DESIGN & PERMITTING ACTUAL

  • No change.


FIXTURES ESTIMATE
FIXTURES TOTAL
  • No change.

CABINETS AND COUNTERTOPS ESTIMATE

    We bought our bathroom fixtures at the same time as our kitchen cabinets, and this was during IKEA's 20% off kitchen sale. So we were motivated to use as much kitchen stuff as possible! We used kitchen cabinets, a butcher block countertop, and a kitchen sink in the bathroom.

    • Three 24-inch AKURUM cabinets, IKEA - $405
    • ABSTRAKT Drawer Fronts, IKEA - $468
    • VARDE birch butcher block countertop, IKEA - $129
    • Butcher block countertop, finishing and sealing - $80
    • Epco aluminum pulls - $47

    CABINETS & COUNTERTOP TOTAL
    • No change.

LIGHTING AND MIRROR ESTIMATE
    LIGHTING AND MIRROR TOTAL
    • No change.
FINISHES ESTIMATE
FINISHES TOTAL

  • No change

FLOORING ESTIMATE
FLOORING TOTAL
  • No change

OTHER ESTIMATE
    • Shower glass - $800
    • Robe hooks - $8

OTHER TOTAL

    • The shower glass went up a bit because we chose a white channel instead of chrome. (A decision I'm very happy with!) 
    • Total: $950



ESTIMATED BUDGET TOTAL. WITH DESIGN BUT WITHOUT LABOR & CONSTRUCTION:

  • Total materials & design cost: $5,100. 


FINAL BUDGET TOTAL, WITH LABOR & CONSTRUCTION:
  • Total cost of bathroom portion of overall home renovation: $8,632. (see above for more details on parsing out the bathroom labor portion)

Readers, Check out the full series to see the whole renovation process, step-by-step. And tune in next week for Faith and Mike's final thoughts on their renovation.

(Images: Faith Durand)

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