How to Calculate Cost of Bedroom Remodel
Find out if your dream bedroom is within your budget
By Glyn Sheridan
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.
Check with your local building enforcement agency about the cost to obtain necessary permits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
About the Author
Glyn Sheridan is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
Browse By Top DexKnows Cities
- St Paul
Matching a wall color to the furniture involves finding a few colors that coordinate and complement the larger pieces in the room. Find out how to choose the best possible wall color with help from a professional painter in this video on interior painting tips.... Watch Video