4 Widely Popular Bathroom Updates and What They Cost

4 Widely Popular Bathroom Updates and What They Cost


The bathroom (along with the kitchen) is the most popular room in the house to remodel to incorporate luxury items and personal touches. A magazine-worthy bathroom can increase your home’s value, but more than that, it can provide you with immediate resort-style luxury at home. Right now the exciting trends are toward traditional and contemporary style bathrooms with eye-catching and unusual features. Let’s take a look at what is popular right now and what it will cost to have one of these gorgeous bathrooms in your home.

Modern wall tiles and subway tiles. Subway tiles are a classic and have been used in bathrooms for almost a century. Right now the trend is to shake up those subway tiles and use colors like gray and cobalt along with the traditional white. Modern wall tiles such as faux bois, floral patterns or glass are also dominating the remodel market. Depending on the tile, expect the cost for materials to run approximately $10 to $15 per square foot. If you are hiring a professional to do the work, generally expect another $700 in labor.

Heated floors. Imagine getting out of the shower and stepping onto a warm floor instead of freezing tile. Installing radiant heat in flooring is becoming more and more popular in the bathroom in both warmer and colder parts of the country. This luxury upgrade can actually lower heating costs in your home, as many homeowners find that they can lower the thermostat, since the floors are already warm. Expect heated floors to cost roughly $600 for every 100 square feet.

Creative metal. Metal fixtures, lighting and sinks are beautiful and popular features to incorporate into the bathroom. Oil-rubbed bronze, hammered copper and cast iron are all materials that add interest and elegance. Look at faucets, cabinet pulls and door handles that match and accent your bathroom’s décor or a sink that draws attention to its design. A copper vanity sink averages from $120 to $300 for a DIY remodel. Expect installation costs of approximately $300 for labor.

High tech. Bluetooth streaming audio or social media in the shower and self-cleaning, heated toilets are all being used in bathrooms these days. There are wireless speaker showerheads and amplifying tiles that broadcast your playlists. If you are interested in adding this luxury to your residence, Kohler’s Moxie Showerhead runs an average of $250, and installation costs will run about the same amount, depending on your ZIP code. Toilet technology is going to vary depending on the features, with a basic self-cleaning flush like the OptiMax from American Standard having a retail price of $249, or Kohler’s Numi, complete with a foot warmer, at over $6,000. Expect basic toilet installation to run about $200, while the more high-tech versions (requiring wiring) will be closer to $500.

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