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Home Renovation Cost and Pricing Guide

Home Renovation Cost and Pricing Guide

Regardless of whether or not you want to work with our Houston Home Remodeling Company, this home renovation cost and pricing guide will help you develop an initial budget and plan for your project. 

Costs of renovating your home: A few things to consider

  • What will it cost to get the repairs or upgrades done
  • What will the return on my investment be upon sale of the home/property

Home Remodeling even one room can seem like an overwhelming prospect, but tackling multiple rooms or a whole-house remodel requires careful planning, preparation and budgeting. The good news is that you can save a substantial amount of time and money by tackling multiple rooms at the same time. Being able to have labor working on multiple areas of your home at once increases the efficiency of the project and reduces your contractor costs.

Estimating costs on how to remodel a house can be an overwhelming task. There are many factors and multiple variations that contribute to the bottom line of the project, including the size of each room, underlying problems that could arise, the cost of the materials and the extent of the remodel. To give you a good starting point, we’ve gathered information on some of the most popular remodeling projects around your home.

Planning How Extensive Your Renovations Will Be

The amount of work required for your renovations is directly proportional to the cost of the project. Keep in mind that many of your renovations not only add to your ability to enjoy your home, but they also often add resale value and equity. To give you a foundation of what to expect, look at some of the average costs for some of the most popular renovations.

Adding Square Footage/Knocking Down Walls

Removing interior walls and adding square footage are two popular renovations that can make a big difference in how you use your space. Like any project, you can expect to encounter a range of complexity and corresponding prices. For example, knocking down an interior wall costs $300 to $500, with demolition and removal costs factored into the price. Many factors can increase the cost, including:

  • Load-Bearing Walls: These walls help support the home, which means removing them requires careful planning, often with the guidance of a structural engineer. This also requires additional framing and installing a header beam to replace the support that the wall provides.
  • Walls with Mechanicals: If the wall you want to remove has plumbing, cooling or heating ducts or electrical wiring, you can expect price increases.
  • Textured Walls and Ceilings: While tearing out studs typically costs $4 to $6 per square foot, most experts recommend retexturing the entire area to match the old and new areas, which costs more than simpler finishing
  • Got Lead?: Older homes may have lead paint or lath-and-plaster walls, which require longer, more intricate removals that have higher costs.

Adding square footage can cost anywhere from $7,000 to $100,000, with homeowners spending an average of $40,915. Again, this all depends on the extent of the addition and the finishing materials you choose.

Plumbing, Electrical, Structural

The cost of hiring a contractor to remodel a house is one thing, but if you’re changing the layout of your bathroom or knocking down a wall that contains plumbing, you need to hire a plumber, too. Below is a list of the average prices you can expect to pay if you need to have plumbing, electrical or structural work completed:

  • Plumbers: The average cost of hiring a plumber is $299. Plumbers may charge by the job or by the hour. Average hourly costs range from $45 to $150, although calling a plumber for an emergency or after-hours project typically costs more.
  • Electricians: The average cost of hiring an electrician is $322. Like plumbers, many electricians charge by the hour. Typical costs range from $50 to $100 per hour, depending on the amount of experience the electrician has and the intricacy of the work you need to be completed.
  • Structural Engineers: If you’re planning an addition, changing the stairs or knocking down load-bearing walls, you’d be well-advised to consult with a structural engineer to make sure your plans can be completed safely. Homeowners typically spend $512 to hire a structural engineer, according to the national average.

Home Remodeling Permits in Houston

Before you begin any remodeling home projects, it’s important to understand what needs a permit and what doesn’t. We’re here to help you make sure your house is up to code and all necessary items taken care of. 

Areas that cost the MOST MONEY 

Whether they’re living in the home, preparing to move in or getting ready to sell, most homeowners choose to renovate the big money areas first, including the kitchen, bathroom, appliances, HVAC and the roof. When it comes to budgeting for these projects, it all comes down to the materials, quality and complexity of each project you’re planning.

Kitchen Remodel Cost

The average cost of kitchen remodels, based on our projects, comes in at $20,474, with homeowners spending anywhere from $8,000 for small kitchen remodels to $56,000 or more for high-end projects. The National Kitchen and Bath Association estimates that the top expenses include cabinetry/hardware (29%), installation (17%), appliances (14%), countertops (10%) and flooring (7%).

The caliber of the materials you choose has a huge impact on the look of your kitchen and the cost. For example, consider the following average costs in each major category:

Cabinet Replacement Cost:
  • Stock cabinets ($80–$400/each)
  • Semi-custom cabinets ($150–$1,000/each)
  • Custom cabinets ($500–$1,500/each)
  • Refinished cabinets ($1,400–$3,500/total)
Countertop Replacement Cost:
  • Concrete ($2,600 –$5,300)
  • Laminate ($1,200–$2,000)
  • Solid surface ($1,500–$3,000)
  • Stone ($4,000–$8,000)
Flooring Replacement Cost:
  • Laminate ($2,500)
  • Ceramic tile ($1,750)
  • Vinyl ($1,000)
  • Stone ($2,000)
  • Wood ($4,000)

Houston’s Most Common Kitchen Renovations

There’s a wide range of options for remodeling your kitchen. Below is a list of some of the popular projects based on the scale of the remodeling job.

  • Small Kitchen Remodels: Small projects typically cost $8,000 to $15,000 and include projects such as upgrading to environmentally friendly lighting, faucets, appliances and windows. Other popular projects include adding storage, installing a counter extension and knocking out a wall to combine the kitchen and dining area.
  • Mid-Range Remodels: Most people opt for a moderate remodeling job that includes upgrading the faucet and sink, adding a new tile backsplash, painting the walls and ceilings and refinishing the existing cabinets. For $10,000 to $15,000, you can expect to do some of the work yourself, leaving only the necessary tasks to the pros. Additionally, at this price point, your countertop options include less-expensive materials such as laminate or tile. For $15,000 to $30,000, you can leave most of the work to the professionals, install custom cabinets and invest in higher-end counters such as granite, stone, wood or metal.
  • High End Kitchen Remodels: For a price of $30,000+, you can choose custom cabinetry, granite counters, high-end EnergyStar appliances, new overhead lighting, hardwood flooring and a new sink and faucet.

Bathroom Remodel Cost

The Hall bathroom average cost sits between $6,000 and $14,000. Like kitchen renovations, bathroom remodeling projects come with a wide range of prices depending on the caliber of the cabinets, counters and fixtures you choose. For example, installing new cabinets can run anywhere from several hundred dollars for a modest stock vanity to $13,000 for a large custom job. The following list provides an estimation of what each component runs, depending on whether you choose basic, mid-range or high-end options.

Basic Bathroom Remodeling Fixtures

Stock cabinets, laminate or tile counters, and basic tubs, light fixtures, shower heads, sinks and toilets all offer a fresh look with relatively low price tags.

  • Bathtub:$350–$1,700
  • Cabinets: $1,400–$3,500
  • Countertops: $1,000–$2,000
  • Flooring: $800–$2,000
  • Lighting Fixtures: $120–$900
  • Shower Hardware: $150–$400
  • Sink: $190–$900
  • Toilet: $130–$300
Mid-Range Bathroom Remodeling Fixtures

Semi-custom cabinets cost a little more, but you get more choices regarding the finish and size. Solid surface or granite counters and upgraded fixtures add a stylish look for a higher price.

  • Bathtub: $2,600–$4,100
  • Cabinets: $4,700–$7,000
  • Countertops: $2,800–$4,100
  • Flooring: $2,500–$3,600
  • Lighting Fixtures: $1,100–$1,700
  • Shower Hardware: $400–$1,500
  • Sink: $1,400–$2,300
  • Toilet: $340–$480
High-End Bathroom Remodeling Fixtures

Custom cabinetry is the gold standard for rooms with odd dimensions, and it usually comes in exotic wood choices with the greatest variety of finishes. Granite, stone and quartz counters are popular choices, along with luxe fixtures such as jetted tubs and multiple showerheads.

  • Bathtub: $6,000–$8,000
  • Cabinets: $8,000–$13,000
  • Countertops: $5,000–$6,500
  • Flooring: $5,000–$7,000
  • Lighting Fixtures: $2,500–$4,000
  • Shower Hardware: $1,500–$4,000
  • Sink: $3,500–$6,500
  • Toilet: $550–$780

The team at Home Remedy Houston is here to educate first, and give you a great experience second. If you have any questions regarding this information or need any assistance, please let us know. Cheers!