The answer is expensive. Every year I like to update what it costs to remodel a bathroom in Philadelphia. I use Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value report. This report is updated every year around the country. I always look at the Philadelphia metro area costs. This includes the suburbs or Philadelphia and the city where costs do differ in terms of labor, with labor costs in Philadelphia being higher. However, we have found over the years that these costs are pretty accurate. There are two possible bath remodeling categories, midrange or upscale. Here are the details:
This involves taking an existing 5×7 foot bathroom and replacing all the fixtures which includes a 5 foot tub, with a ceramic tile surround (4’x4’) , new shower controls, standard white toilet (colors are always more expensive), a vanity with an integrated sink in the solid surface top, medicine cabinet, ceramic floor and vinyl wallpaper. The Philadelphia midrange job cost is $23,083.
This includes expanding the existing master bathroom 100 square feet. This would include a separate shower with ceramic tile, an accent tile strip, recessed shower shelves, body-spray fixtures, and frameless glass walls. There would also be a freestanding soaker tub with high end fixtures, a custom vanity with drawers and a stone countertop with two sinks, custom wall cabinets for extra storage, two mirrored medicine cabinets and lighting. A separate toilet area with a with a humidistat-controlled exhaust fan (the fan automatically turns on when the bathroom gets too humid) and a one-piece toilet. All the fixtures are a color (more expensive). There would be large format ceramic tiles on the floor with ceramic tile base molding and the lighting would include two other layers plus spot and general with a waterproof shower light. Electric in-floor heating is also included. The cost for this bathroom remodel in Philadelphia would be $71,412.
At Teknika Kitchens and Baths our bathroom remodels start at around $40,000. Our bathrooms are usually smaller, but we use higher end semi-custom or custom cabinetry, always include base tile molding, glass shower enclosures and shelves in the shower and usually porcelain or stone tile. Our tile around the shower always goes to the ceiling, which it does not in the midrange bathroom remodel. We also use higher end plumbing fixtures such as faucets and shower gauges and valves. This ensures that there will be fewer, if any, issues in years to come. Bathroom remodeling should happen when you want to change the look of your bathroom design, not because it is falling apart.
Are you planning to remodel a bathroom in Philadelphia next year? For your custom bathroom remodeling estimate using our proprietary method, please call Teknika Kitchens and Baths at 215-922-4414. Visit our website to get examples of how wonderful your bathroom can look with your TKB bathroom remodel.