Bathroom renovation prove to be necessary after a bathroom has been in use for a long time. It is a known fact that the bathroom is one of the most essential pieces in a house and arguably one of the most frequently used. Also, due to the fact that so many different systems go into the structure of a bathroom, such as plumbing, electricity, and heating, it is considered the most likely to deteriorate more quickly than any other room in the house.

Are Bathroom Renovations Worth It?

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Taking on a bathroom renovation project can seem like a big hassle. Sure, it is a long process that could take a few weeks to complete, but, at the end of the day, you know you will have the luxury of a brand new, fully functioning bathroom.

If you are still hesitant about renovating your bathroom, consider the benefits of bathroom renovation:

  1. Detecting and repairing problems that would otherwise persist or even go unnoticed.
  2. Increasing your home’s overall value.
  3. Designing your bathroom to your own personal convenience.
  4. Adding more space to your bathroom, or utilizing previously unused space.
  5. Exploring energy-efficient options and implementing them in your bathroom.

How Long Do Bathroom Renovations Take?

You can expect a bathroom renovation in Toronto to be completed in 23 days. If no work is done on the weekends, however, the renovation process can take up to roughly 4-5 weeks.

Generally speaking, though, the amount of time it takes to renovate a bathroom will depend on the renovation contractor, how skilled the renovation team is, and what the renovation requirements are.

What Is Included in Bathroom Renovation Fees?

This question is one of the most frequently asked when it comes to bathroom renovation, and for good reason! There are a lot of variables in a renovation process that it can be difficult to give an exact number on renovation costs. However, it is a good idea to learn about the different elements that are included in bathroom renovation costs:

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Bathroom Measurements and Area

When making adjustments to any part of the house, taking measurements is in order. The first step in a bathroom renovation project is to take measurements and find the exact area in which the work will be done. It is even more important to correctly measure a bathroom because it is usually a small area, so having accurate measurements will allow the contractor and the customer to make the best use of a tight space.

Prefabricated Bathroom Vs. Custom Bathroom

Similar to a prefabricated kitchen, prefab bathrooms are a lot cheaper to install than custom bathrooms. Prefab bathroom is cheaper by an average of 10% to 20% than custom bathrooms. The reason being is that custom bathrooms are built on site which mandates the presence of carpenters, interior designers, and more crew members throughout the renovation process. Also, custom bathrooms can be designed to suit the client’s requirements to a tee because they are built specifically for this particular project.

Nevertheless, the design and the materials for prefab bathrooms are already prepared and have been in use, which, in turn, makes them not as demanding to work with as custom bathrooms are.

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Depending on whether you go for a prefab or a custom bathroom, labour costs play a big role in bathroom renovation price calculations. The costs of labour on their own, assuming the customer provides the materials, will roughly be around $3,000 and can add up to $10,000.

Now, this number varies depending on the renovation contractor’s skill and previous renovation experience. And although it is vital to stay within your budget, labour and the renovation team are things you should not try to save money on for the most part.

Bathroom Parts

Bathroom parts that are calculated in renovation costs include:

  • Waterproofing
  • Shower stall
  • Bathroom fan installation
  • Faucets and fixtures; regular and freestanding
  • Bathroom sink
  • Bathroom vanity
  • New bathroom cabinets
  • New toilet installation
  • Bathtub installation
  • Shower controller

The best shower controllers to install are ones that have a thermostatic mixing valve. What they do is maintain the temperature of the shower water when another water fixture in the bathroom is being simultaneously used. You may also install a non-thermostatic valve even though it is better to install a temperature-controlling one.

Moreover, there are typically two kinds of bathtubs you can install in a renovated bathroom. If you are going with a standard, regular bathroom that does not include many features, yet is considered budget-friendly, you can expect to pay as much $5,000. Whereas for a more luxurious bathtub with mosaic tiles and a linear drain system, your tab can reach up to $7,500. So the price of the bathtub really depends on the type of design you have in mind and the features you are seeking.

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Additional Parts

There are extra elements that can affect the overall cost of a bathroom renovation which include:

  • New floor installation
  • Coffered ceiling
  • Lighting including LED spotlights, pendant lights, and accent lights
  • Electric heated floors
  • Baseboards for cabinets, walls, and bathtubs
  • Crown moulding
  • Mold-resistant drywall for bathroom walls
  • Drywall for the bathtub and/or shower

While there are many flooring options available on the market, the best type of flooring to use in bathrooms is porcelain or ceramic tile, and the total cost of flooring will depend on the size of the tiles, the material from which they are made, and is usually calculated per square feet.

Additionally, flooring and in-floor heating go hand in hand. A feature expected to be a huge trend in 2019, in-floor heating is considered energy-efficient and can save you a lot of money because of how sustainable it is when it comes to generating heat.

How Much Does a Bathroom Renovation Cost?

An average bathroom renovation in Toronto will likely cost somewhere between $7,000 and $17,000 in total. Albeit a wide range, the number ultimately depends on the client’s budget, the amount of labour involved, and the types of materials that will be used in the renovation process.

Here is a breakdown of the main bathroom renovation items and their estimated price:

ItemEstimated Cost
Building permit and paperwork$4,000
Labour$3,000 – 10,000
Bathroom cabinets (MDF and plywood)$350 per linear ft
Shower stall$300 – $900
Standard bathtub$5,000
Luxury bathtub$7,500
Thermostatic shower controller$1,100
Non-thermostatic shower controller$3,000
Bathroom fan and exhaust installation$1,100
Bathroom fan installation without exhaust$400
Electric heated floorsBase of $1,000 for initial 50 sq.ft (+ $200 for every additional 50 sq.ft)
Bathroom faucet$120 – $1,000 depending on material
Baseboards for cabinets, walls, or bathtubs$4 – $8 per linear ft
Crown moulding$4 – $8 per linear ft
Coffered ceiling$14 – $30 per sq. ft
Bathroom vanity$3,000 – $5,000 depending on features
Flooring$6 – $20 per sq. ft
Spotlights$110 including electricity and wiring

Item prices will revolve around the numbers presented above, but could also be more or less given the different factors that can affect the costs.

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Consider Kitchen or Bathroom Renovation Today

Although some homeowners opt to do home renovations on their own, it is recommended that you hire a skilled team of renovators for the following reasons:

  1. You’ll save time
  2. You’ll be satisfied with the results
  3. You’ll save money

So, now that you have a brief idea about the basic renovation expenses for bathrooms and kitchens, get in touch with our team 647-500-3215 to find out what is best for you and your property.