When homeowners begin considering a remodel, the kitchen and the bathroom tend to lead the project charge, before expanding outward.
Why? Because these rooms typically receive the most use on a day-to-day basis, the most wear and tear, and are functional spaces closely tied with improving a family’s quality of life.
Not only that, but these rooms boast the biggest ROI compared to every other space in the house, bar none, and can significantly boost your home’s value when it comes time to sell.
They are also, typically, where most remodeling costs in Maryland lie.
Recent Bathroom Remodeling Costs
According to the Remodeling 2020 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com), a midrange bathroom remodel for a 5×7 foot space in the South Atlantic states rang in at $19,680, while upscale bathroom remodeling costs in Maryland topped out at $62,810, and included the expansion of a 35-square-foot space to 100, using the featured home’s existing footprint.
The midrange figure included the replacement of all fixtures, pressure-balanced shower controls, a standard toilet, solid-surface vanity and integral sink, ceramic tile, vinyl wallpaper, and other basic amenities.
More luxurious materials added greatly to the final cost of the upscale remodel and included frameless glass enclosures, high-end faucets, stone countertops, a compartmentalized commode area, spotlighting, custom cabinetry, and in-floor heating, among many other touches.
Recent Kitchen Remodeling Costs
Kitchen remodeling costs in Maryland were also compiled in the Remodeling 2020 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com). The major kitchen remodeling projects featured in the guide involved the updates of outmoded 200-square foot kitchens.
Midrange costs for the major upgrades clocked in at $65,166 and included 30 linear feet of semi-custom wood cabinets, a 3×5-foot island, laminate countertops, and a standard, stainless steel, double tub sink. Custom lighting, resilient flooring, and a painted wall finish rounded out the improvements.
The upscale costs for a similar workspace were tallied at $129,555. Again, the quality of materials used upped the ante considerably. Custom white cabinets with built-in sliding shelves, a glass-tile backsplash, a built-in-refrigerator, and commercial-grade cooking systems were among the state-of-the-art additions boosting the cost – and the value – of this upscale kitchen remodel.
It’s easy to see how kitchen and bathroom updates can easily consume the lion’s share of remodeling costs in Maryland, with upscale projects swiftly reaching north of $200,000 depending on the size of the room, the extent of the work, and the accouterments installed.
Remodeling the Rest of the Home
Factors contributing to overall remodeling costs in Maryland include:
- House style (townhome, rancher, condo, etc.)
- Room size
- Preexisting conditions or problems
- Materials used
- Scope of the project
- Location, location, location
That last point is particularly noteworthy. Due to a higher cost of living, urban remodeling costs can easily double those in rural areas.
And, of course, older and/or historic homes can be a treasure trove of surprises – including hidden costs and repairs. If you’re purchasing a historic home, there’s the added expense of bringing the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems up to code.
As a rule of thumb, however, it’s almost always more cost-effective to remodel a home instead of purchasing new. Not only will your home remodel provide your family with a more comfortable living space, but it will increase your return on investment in the long run.
If you are considering a full home remodel, Cossentino & Sons Remodeling and Design can help you plan ahead. Our extensive services are geared toward making your house into the home of your dreams. Call us at 410-442-0000 to learn more today.