I own a condo townhouse and am looking at putting a bathroom in the basement as my teenage daughters are outgrowing the one bedroom they share and I'm thinking of making the basement fully functional. There is no existing plumbing or anything so this is starting from scratch.
I have a very good idea of how much this could cost. I'm a single mom and I do have a job but anything over 12k is almost impossible for me to afford. I'm smart enough not to go for the cheapest estimate, but realistically how much can 12k get me? One contractor came in under 10k but that's because I told him I might consider using my long time plumber. The area would be the minimum that the building code would allow, so really not a big bathroom.
In my opinion, you have the right mindset! I wish more customers knew what you know about the price for quality vs cheap work. In saying that, I feel you can have a very nice bathroom for your budget. I have done bathrooms for almost 10 years and I would say the average price where I have started from scratch (no tear out required) has been in the $8000-11000 range.
A lot is up to you as far as what types of materials you buy (ie: tiles, vanity, etc.).
Hope this helps !
Your in the ball park! Great to know that your investigating all avenues. As you are starting from scratch, a building permit will have to be taken out especially from your plumbing contractor. This is required by law, and no one should tell you otherwise. Permits protect both the contractor and the homeowner. Added security knowing that the job is done correctly. We have installed more than 1400 bathrooms since 1987, no two are the same, all custom.
Based on the information you have provided in your inquiry you can have a 3 piece bathroom build in your basement from scratch as follows:
- Three piece bathroom complete with a standup corner shower unit will cost you approx $6,000 to $7000.00
- A three piece bathroom complete with a walk in shower with double hung glass doors will cost you between $8,000 to $9,000. In this price you can have a beautiful bathroom that you will enjoy for years to come.
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