• One Room Challenge - Guest in Spring 2020 - Week 1 Planning Your Renovation

May 07, 2020

This is the first week of ORC Spring 2020 with Better Homes and Gardens

We are doing our master suite with new master bathroom and this will hopefully be the last of our major renovations in our house for a while.  It's been a great distraction during this time and the ORC is always a great motivator to get these home projects done.

Here's a before pic 


Generic tile, the not-good wood look look with this toilet seat and don't get me started on this magenta trim.  

Our goal is to first update our bathroom and add the organic, modern style we love.  Here's our mood board.

The mood board is always the first thing I do with any renovation AND of course a budget.  I'm sharing mine in hopes it can help you as well when you do your next renovation.  Most of us don’t have an unlimited budget so having a financial guide to stick with is important.

Bathroom upgrades can vary depending on the size of your room and the amount of updates you would like.

Simple, more DIY updates such us updating hardware, paint, lighting and bath accessories can be around $1,000-$2,500.

Doing a partial renovation such as updating only the tile and/or vanity would start around $3,000-$5,000.  Depending on the price bracket of the tile and/or vanity you choose and whether you decide to install it yourself or hire someone.

Doing a full renovation – demo, tile, shower and/or bath, lighting, hardware, accessories, glass shower door/enclosure, would start around $10,000.  This varies greatly depending on the price bracket of the items you choose and size of the room. 


Cost variables:


Tile could range from $5.00 a square foot to more high-end tile at $40.00 a square foot and up.

  • Porcelain and ceramic tile ($)
  • Glass tile ($$)
  • Natural stone such as marble, travertine, limestone, etc ($$$)
  • Luxury tile such as hand-painted, brass inlays, decorative, etc ($$$$)


Vanities could range from $500 for a small/powder room veneer vanity to $2,500 and up for a solid wood with real stone countertop such as marble. 

  • DIY vanities such as IKEA Godmorgon ($)
  • MDF and wood veneer vanity ($$)
  • Solid wood ($$$)
  • Custom vanities/builder made ($$$$)


Hardware/fixtures such as faucets and shower systems can range from around $75 for less expensive sink faucet to around $250+ for a higher-end model.  Shower systems can start around $200 to upwards of $1,000+.

  • Big box home improvement or DIY stores such as IKEA ($)
  • Stainless, minimal features ie. shower head and handle only ($$)
  • Additional features ie. Thermostatic shower, additional hand-held shower, spray jets, overhead rain shower ($$$)
  • Luxe features ie. Steam shower, high-end finishes, free-standing soaking tub ($$$$)


Countertop Material

  • Laminate or acrylic countertops are very affordable ($)
  • Porcelain or ceramic ($$)
  • Natural stone such as marble, granite, quartz, soapstone, etc. ($$$)
  • Natural stone in special/ornate cuts/edges/shapes ie. Mitered, waterfall, DuPont, etc. each additional cut or feature here adds up quickly ($$$$)



  • Big box home improvement stores and/or IKEA ($)
  • Popular home décor stores ie. West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Wayfair ($$)


It’s all about balance.  If you can’t get all your wants in one room, then prioritize your must-haves.  If you want that beautiful solid wood vanity that’s at the top of your budget, then maybe you can choose a lower priced tile.  If you want that high-end tile but doing your whole shower in it breaks the bank, then choose this tile as an accent in a shower nook or trim and use less expensive tile for the rest.


Hope this gives you an idea of what to think about if you decide to take on a bathroom remodel.

Don't forget to check out the One Room Challenge blog with all the amazingly talented participants.  You'll surely be inspired to do your next project.

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