How People Upgrade Their Main Bathrooms, and How Much They Spend

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The latest Houzz Bathroom Trends Study reveals the most common budgets, features and trends in master baths. Now about that tub …

Bathrooms are nearly the most popular room to renovate, just after kitchens. After all, these are important spaces where we spend a good amount of time — several hours a week, in fact.

The 2016 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study, from a research team led by Nino Sitchinava, Houzz’s principal economist, reveals that homeowners renovating their bathrooms are craving stylish, beautiful spaces, with luxurious finishes and big showers. It also found that fewer than half of homeowners who own bathtubs and renovated their master bathroom actually use their tubs.

The study surveyed more than 2,100 Houzz users in the U.S. who own homes and are in the midst of a bathroom project, have recently completed one, or are planning one for 2016. Read on for more insights about how homeowners are upgrading these private spaces.

How much will it cost me?
Perhaps the most important consideration for people embarking on a bathroom renovation is how much it will cost. Obviously, the answer will vary widely depending on the finishes selected, as well as the region, since the price tag for labor and materials differs quite a bit by location. On a national basis, the most common budget for, as well as the actual cost of, a master bath renovation is $10,001 to $25,000. Plenty of people spend more, and plenty less, but the majority of master bathroom projects cost between $5,000 and $50,000.
We just can’t stand it anymore.
Why renovate the bath? Often, it’s because the homeowner can’t stand the old one anymore. That was the top trigger — cited by 46 percent of renovators — for embarking upon a bath renovation. A close second was finally having the money to do so. Some quotes from surveyed homeowners who had had it with their bathrooms:

  • “Mirrors! Seven-foot mirror on wall over sinks. Mirrors on two sides of Jetta tub. Mirrored closet doors.”
  • “Airplane bathroom-sized shower with no light!!”
  • “1972 decor with shag rug, flowered wallpaper, fake marble tub and counter, fluorescent lighting; never use tub; poor storage in vanity.”

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