How to Calculate Cost of Bedroom Remodel

How to Calculate Cost of Bedroom Remodel

Find out if your dream bedroom is within your budget

By Glyn Sheridan

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The cost to remodel a bedroom depends upon the room's current condition and whether or not you will be reconfiguring the room's dimensions. A simple remodel that consists of new paint and carpeting costs substantially less than enlarging a bedroom or combining one or more rooms to create a new bedroom. Remember, too, that large remodeling projects can help or hurt the value of your home when you go to sell.

  • What You Need to Know
  • Sit down and create a few preliminary idea sketches of the proposed new bedroom. Once you have a good idea of what you want check the current material price list from a lumberyard.
  • An experienced general contractor can help determine if your budget is reasonable, given the scope of your remodeling project.

Step 1:

Check with your local building enforcement agency about the cost to obtain necessary permits.

Step 2:

Get estimates from subcontractors for new plumbing and wiring if you're adding a bathroom or installing new outlets or switches. Add the cost of new fixtures, such as a bathtub, shower, sink and commode if you're remodeling a master bedroom that includes a private bath.

Step 3:

Calculate the additional cost of demolition and trash disposal if you're changing the configuration of the bedroom. For large projects, rent a steel dumpster by the day or the week, and your local trash authority will deliver it and pick it up.

Step 4:

Estimate the actual construction materials and labor costs, including excavation if an addition is desired, concrete work for a foundation that matches the original structure, dimensional lumber for framing, ducts and roofing materials. Record the prices of new windows and doors, including closet doors. Add the costs of wall insulation if the bedroom will have one or more exterior walls.

Step 5:

Add finish materials, such as floor covering, drywall and paint or wallpaper and built-in cabinets and closet organizers. Fixtures add up quickly when you're choosing custom lights or ceiling fans and doorknobs. Calculate the amount of trim you will use around the base of the room, around the doors and windows and at the top edge of the walls if you're installing decorative moldings.

Step 6:

Establish a budget for new purchases to make your interior feel new. New furniture and electronics, for example, can drastically impact your bottom line; furniture, televisions, mattresses, and other necessary bedroom items can add up.

  • Tips & Warnings
  • If you're doing the bedroom remodel by yourself, consider the cost of buying or renting the tools you'll use to complete the project, such as power saws, nailers, a hammer and nails, a drywall lift, paint rollers and the necessary hand tools to install plumbing, wiring and ducting.
  • Find out about licensing requirements. In some communities, you can do some or most of the work yourself, but in others, electrical wiring, plumbing and heat and air installation require a licensed professional, which will increase the cost of the project.
  • Figure in the cost of an architect or an engineer if your bedroom remodel will include moving load-bearing walls, or if you're adding an addition to your home for the new bedroom. Any time you change the structure of your home, you alter the structural integrity and some communities may require a detailed professional plan.

About the Author

Glyn Sheridan is a regular contributor to DexKnows.

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