Builder-Grade Bathroom Redo Inspiration – Blue and White Bathroom Redo

Builder-grade homes can sometimes get a lot of flack for being boring. But one great thing about a builder-grade home? It provides the perfect canvas for custom updates.

Take it from Katelyn Herman, who bought her home in 2019. While it was built in 1947, updates lacked charm. “Everything is builders grade and basic, including this guest bathroom,” Katelyn says. “It was fine, but nothing special and didn’t have much personality.”

That was ok for a while, but spending more time at home in the past year made her itch for something with a little more pop. “The longer I was at home during quarantine, the more the blandness of it started to bother me,” Katelyn says.

Katelyn’s boyfriend, Gabe, moved in with her last summer, and this proved to be the perfect first project for the couple to do together. On the walls, they installed beadboard paneling that went about halfway up the wall, then painted the area above a bright blue with a stenciled white pattern that gives the look of wallpaper. “We were surprised, but really shouldn’t have been, at how bowed some of our walls are,” Katelyn says. “The house was built in 1947, so it is to be expected, but I never noticed until trying to align the beadboard panels. Thankfully my partner is a patient man and great at math.”

Katelyn installed the faucet herself, but hit a bit of a snag when she couldn’t fix a small but persistent leak. The couple hired a plumber to make the fix, and Katelyn was able to pocket some knowledge for her next DIY. “Now I know I have to seal the drain inside the sink and under the gasket on the bottom side,” Katelyn says.

Something similar happened when the couple tried to swap out the light fixture. When they pulled the old one off the wall, they saw that there was actually no electrical box beneath it. That meant the easy swap became a little more complicated. “Electrical work is outside of both of our comfort zones, so we opted to have a professional install and center the new fixture,” Katelyn says.

Finally, they added new pulls to the vanity, a new towel ring, and a fresh shower curtain. The total cost for the project — including the labor of the plumber and electrician — was $850.

The new bathroom strikes just the note Katelyn was going for. “I love how it feels simple but pronounced simultaneously,” she says. “It’s the first project Gabe and I have done together since deciding to live with one another, so it’s a little extra special.”

In fact, working together made the project easier in a lot of ways. “I am not math savvy, so the accurate measurements and fractions for the boards wouldn’t have been possible without him; he hates painting and has never stenciled anything before, so the pattern wouldn’t have been possible without me,” Katelyn says. “I think we did a good job of deciding

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1920s Bathroom Transformation – Gray Bathroom Redo Idea

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Storage, style, and functionality play a big role in the quality of your bathroom. In a perfect world, renovating your bathroom would consist of fun, simple tasks like laying a fresh coat of paint or trying out a new shower tile. But sometimes it takes a lot more than that, as was the case with Jill Sevelow’s recent bathroom renovation.

Jill’s apartment was built in 1926, and the bathroom definitely looked like it had suffered through decades worth of damage. As she describes it, it had old, crumbling tile on the floors and walls, a “pitiful” vanity and clunky medicine cabinet, and dated hardware. Nothing about the bathroom was aesthetically pleasing. “I painted the walls mauve and threw a chandelier up there and tried to make the ugliness go away,” Jill says, but she still didn’t love the look of the bathroom she had to use every day.

The catalyst for a full change came when Jill’s upstairs neighbor’s toilet leaked, causing enough wall and ceiling damage that everything had to be removed — and when experts came in to repair the wall and ceiling, they found a leaking pipe that had been letting wastewater drip into the walls. So, “BE GONE, all of the plaster walls, I said! It’s time,” Jill says. 

In the bathroom renovation, the plumbing and wall repairs obviously came first, so the new tile, toilet, sink, and medicine cabinet that Jill ordered sat for 46 days before being installed. “That 46 days meant I changed the bathroom color choice three times,” Jill says. Ultimately, a soft gray (Benjamin Moore’s “Gentle Gray”) was the color that felt right. 

Since the bathroom’s footprint is small, Jill figured out ways to make it more functional. She slightly altered the layout to make it more practical for daily use by buying a more narrow toilet and a wider console sink to replace the old wood vanity. (She also chose to go with a wider, but sleeker, medicine cabinet over the sink that offers enough storage to make up for what she lost in giving up the vanity.)

On the floors, Jill added hex tile in a floral pattern; for the shower walls, she picked classic white subway tiles — a huge upgrade from the crumbling tile that had been in place before. A new shower head and tub faucet in a satin nickel finish complement the new sink. Jill also added in a simple white light fixture in place of the large chandelier she’d installed before.

The whole bathroom’s vibe is a little bit vintage, a little bit modern — a perfect fit for this 1920s apartment that’s living a 21st century life. Jill had to do a lot of browsing to get there, though: “I Pinterested the hell out of bathroom ideas for a good month before purchasing,” she says.

In total, the entire project cost Jill $8,800. This covered all

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2020 Bathroom Remodel Cost | Average Renovation & Redo Estimator

Average Bathroom Remodel Cost

The average bathroom remodel costs $8,851, with most homeowners spending $5,578 to $15,138. A small bathroom remodel costs $2,500 to $15,000 and a master bath runs $10,000 to $30,000. Bathroom renovations cost $120 to $275 per square foot depending on the quality of materials, labor, and layout changes.

Average Bathroom Remodel Cost Chart

Bathroom Remodel Cost
National Average Cost $8,851
Minimum Cost $1,800
Maximum Cost $40,000
Average Range
$5,578
to
$15,138
  • Bathroom remodels increases your home’s resale value and have a 65% return on investment.
  • A complete bathroom remodel takes 15 to 25 days or about 3 to 4 weeks.
  • DIY remodels cost $1,500 to $10,000; however, hiring a pro would be only 20% of the total cost.

Consult with a bathroom remodeler to get free and accurate estimates near you, or check out our guide below for estimates, breakdowns, budgeting, and ideas.

Bathroom Remodel Cost Estimator

Bathroom remodeling cost estimates range from $3,000 to $30,000 with most contractors charging $5,000 to $15,000 depending on the room size. Other price factors include local labor rates, quality of materials and fixtures, changing or expanding the layout, adding fixtures, repairs, and hiring specialists.

Bathroom Remodel Cost Estimator Chart

Bathroom Remodel Cost Estimator
Type Average Cost
Small $2,500 – $10,000
Full $6,000 – $15,000
Master $10,000 – $30,000
  • Installation and labor typically makes up 20% or more.
  • Materials and fixtures regularly account for 60% and up.
  • Hiring a professional designer runs about 5% to 10%.
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Small Bathroom Remodel Cost

A small bathroom remodel costs $2,500 to $10,000, with most homeowners spending about $5,000 to renovate 40 square feet or less. Minor bathroom renovations with economical fixtures, basic upgrades, and some DIY work can cost $3,000 or less.

Small Bathroom Remodel - Upscale design with double sinks, wood cabinets

By: Titus Builders
Small Bathroom Remodel – Upscale design with double sinks, wood cabinets

Typical Full Bathroom Remodel Cost

A full bathroom remodel costs $6,000 to $15,000 for a complete tear-out where almost everything is replaced, but the layout doesn’t change. Midrange bathroom renovations include fixtures, showers, flooring, lighting, cabinets, wall tiling, painting, mirrors, and more.

White and Gray Master Bathroom Remodel with Luxury Fixtures and Custom Tile Shower.

By: Eco Design Pro Inc
White and Gray Full Bathroom Remodel with Luxury Fixtures and Custom Tile Shower.

Master Bathroom Remodel Cost

A master bathroom remodel costs $10,000 to $30,000 or $18,000 on average according to Remodeling Magazine. Luxury master bath remodels cost up to $50,000 and include high-end fixtures, upscale materials, freestanding bathtub, walk-in shower, a double vanity, flooring, lighting, and everything in between.

High-end master bathroom remodel with light-colored accents, and walk-in shower

Average Cost of Bathroom Remodel Per Square Foot

The average cost of a bathroom remodel is $120 to $275 per square foot depending on the quality of the materials and fixtures, and local labor costs. DIY bathroom remodeling costs as low as $70 to $100 per square foot, but does require some experience when you renovate it yourself.

Average Cost of Bathroom Remodel Per Square Foot Chart

Bathroom Remodel Cost Per Square Foot
Size Square Feet Average Cost
3×5 15 $1,800 – $4,100
4×6 16 $1,900 –
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