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How can you estimate the cost of remodeling a bathroom?

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The cost of remodeling a bathroom largely depends on its size, as this will dictate the number and size of the fixtures that will be installed. Apart from the fixtures, other cost factors include plumbing, lighting, ventilation, doors and windows, walls, ceiling, floor cabinetry, hardware and labor if a contractor will be hired for the project.

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The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) placed the average cost of bathroom remodeling at around $16,000 in the years 2011 and 2012. The general rule is that the budget for the project should be no more than 5 to 10 percent of the home's value. Once the budget is determined, the NKBA recommends the following breakdown for the project.

  • Labor: 20 percent
  • Cabinetry and hardware: 16 percent
  • Fixtures: 15 percent
  • Faucets and plumbing: 14 percent
  • Countertop: seven percent
  • Floor: nine percent
  • Doors and windows: four percent
  • Walls and ceiling: five percent
  • Lighting and ventilation: five percent
  • Design fees: four percent
  • Other: one percent

The prices of the fixtures themselves can make estimating the cost of remodeling a home a bit tricky, as the cost can vary greatly depending on the model. For example, the cost of installing a bathtub alone can cost around $400 to $1,500 with low-end brands, $2,600 to $4,100 for mid-range brands and $6,000 to $8,000 for high-end brands.

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