Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling by the Numbers
by Dan Derkum
The 2014 survey for bathroom and kitchen remodeling is in. I’m not going to bore you with lots of discussion – just the facts for all you busy folks out there. I’ll provide the question and the top answers. The answers in blue represent the adjusted Orange County, California figures. The national average size for a bathroom is 40-50 square feet. The national average size for a kitchen is 70-100 square feet. The very bottom might surprise you regarding tubs. Remember:
- This is across all 50 states.
- Beautiful Orange County, California, along with the remainder of California, is super regulated and super taxed. Here, in general, costs typically run about 40%-60% higher than most of the nation.
- Once again, according to the survey, this is what you and your neighbors were doing during 2014.
1. What is the dollar value of the average bathroom remodel?
a. Top answer (57%): National Average $25,000 . . . Orange County Average $35,000 to $40,000
b. Next answer (37%): National Average $25,000-$50,000 . . . Orange County Average $35,000 to $80,000
2. What is the dollar value of the average kitchen remodel?
a. Top answer (50%): National Average Over $150,000 . . . Orange County Average $210,000 to $240,000
b. Next answer (37%): National Average $25,000-$50,000. . .Orange County Average $70,000 to $160,000
3. Which universal design elements are clients asking for in a bathroom?
a. Top Answer (24%): Comfort Height Toilets
b. Next Answer (21%): Grab Bars
c. Next Answer (17%): Zero or Very Low Shower Threshold
4. Which universal energy-efficient products are clients asking for?
a. Top Answer (27%): LED Lighting
b. Next Answer (26%): Energy Efficient Windows
c. Next Answer (14%): Energy Efficient Doors
5. Which universal types of storage are clients asking for?
a. Top Answer (43%): Linen and Pantry Closets
b. Next Answer (18%): Pantry for Medicines
c. Next Answer (16%): Deep Drawers
What’s the biggest change over the last several years? Tubs aren’t being used anymore. Clients are ripping out whirlpools and putting in large walk-in showers. If they are replacing tubs, they’re putting in deep soaking tubs. I personally see this all the time and have been doing this for many years. Clients want big, 2-people, fully-tiled showers with lots of amenities.
About the Author
Dan A. Derkum is the owner of DAD's Construction, a leading South Orange County, California design-and-build remodeling and renovation contractor.