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How Much Does a Home Remodel Cost in the Finger Lakes/Rochester Area?

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, Feb 15, 2021 @ 09:02 AM

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Have you been thinking about remodeling your Finger Lakes/Rochester area home? Whether you want a new master bedroom suite or need to update your kitchen, a home renovation enhances the value and function of your house. Although remodeling costs vary depending on the size and scope of the project, these cost estimates will give you a general idea of what you can expect to pay for home renovations.

Major Midrange and Upscale Kitchen Remodels

Kitchen remodels were the most popular, and the most expensive, type of home renovation in a 2019 Houzz survey. That’s not surprising since even basic cabinets, countertops and cabinets can be a little pricy. If your kitchen needs plumbing and electrical upgrades, and you opt for custom cabinets, stone countertops and high-end appliances, you’ll pay even more. Of course, you’ll get a beautiful, comfortable kitchen with the latest appliances and amenities by increasing your budget

In our area, you can expect to pay $66,619 for a major, midrange kitchen remodel, according to Remodeling’s 2020 Cost vs. Value Report. Remodeling bases that price on a 200-square-foot kitchen with these features:

  • 30 linear feet of semi-custom wood cabinets
  • 3’ by 5’ custom island
  • Laminate countertops
  • Double-tub stainless steel sink with standard single-level faucet
  • Energy-efficient range with vented hood
  • Built-in microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage disposal
  • Custom lighting
  • Resilient flooring

A major upscale remodel will cost $132,515, according to Remodeling’s estimate. For that price, your kitchen will include: 

  • 30 linear feet of top-of-the-line custom white cabinets with built-in sliding shelves
  • Stone countertops
  • Glass tile or ceramic backsplash
  • Built-in refrigerator
  • Commercial-grade cooktop and vent hood
  • Wall oven and built-in microwave
  • Undermount sink with designer faucets 
  • Water filtration system
  • General and task lighting
  • Tile or similar flooring that looks like wood

Your actual costs may be more or less than these estimates depending on the size of the space and the features you want to add to your dream kitchen

Bathroom Renovations

As one of the most used rooms in your home, bathrooms are subject to a lot of wear and tear. In fact, 31 percent of homeowners surveyed by Statista said that they renovated their bathrooms because they deteriorated or were broken down. Thirty-three percent of homeowners noted that they just couldn’t stand their bathrooms any longer. If you’ve lived with an outdated bathroom for years, you probably understand exactly how they felt. Older bathrooms tend to have outdated décor and don’t offer innovative features that make the space more comfortable, like heated floors or steam showers.

Remodeling estimates you’ll spend $20, 825 for a midrange bathroom renovation for a 5’ by 7’ room. Your renovation will include:

  • A porcelain-on-steel bathtub with ceramic tile surround
  • Standard white toilet
  • Single-lever temperature and pressure-balanced shower control
  • Solid-surface countertop with integral sink
  • Recessed medicine cabinet with light
  • Ceramic tile floor

If you’d like a more upscale renovation that involves expanding the bathroom to 100 square feet and relocating the fixtures, you can expect to pay $65,823 in our area. That figure is based on these features:

  • Free-standing soaker tub with high-end faucets
  • Stone countertop with two sinks
  • Two mirrored, lighted medicine cabinets
  • Neo-angle shower with ceramic tile walls, body spray fixtures and frameless glass enclosure
  • Compartmentalized commode with one-piece toilet
  • Custom cabinets
  • Ceramic floor tile and base molding
  • General and spot lighting
  • Heated floors

A universal design renovation makes sense if you plan to age in place or someone in your family is disabled or has mobility issues. Remodeling puts the cost of a universal design renovation at $34, 127

During the renovation, the door to your 5’ by 7’ bathroom will be widened to 36” to allow easy access for wheelchairs. The bathtub will be replaced with a curbless, tiled walk-in shower with seat. Radiant heating placed beneath luxury vinyl tile flooring will keep your feet warm on the coldest winter days. Other features include a night light, infrared ceiling light, vanity with easy-grasp handles, adjustable mirror, and storage that is accessible from a seated position.

Do you want to add a brand new bathroom to your home? Adding a new bathroom over a crawl space will cost you $48,327 for 6’ by 8’ mid-range room, or $89,294 for a 100-square-foot, upscale master bathroom addition.

Master Suite Addition

A master suite addition makes sense when you want to increase the number of bedrooms in your home or your current master bedroom is cramped or unattractive. Creating a mid-range 24’ by 16’ suite over a crawl space will cost you $135,432, according to the report, and will include:

  • Carpet in the bedroom
  • Tile floors in the bathroom
  • Walk-in closet and dressing area
  • Freestanding soaker tub
  • Separate ceramic tile shower
  • Double-bowl vanity with solid-surface countertop
  • General and spot lighting

If you’d like a bigger space, a 32’ by 20’ foot master bedroom addition over a crawl space will cost $275,528. Remodeling bases that estimate on these features:

  • Sleeping area with lounge/sitting area
  • Custom bookcases and built-in storage with millwork details
  • High-end gas fireplace with stone hearth and custom mantle
  • Walk-in closet/dressing area with natural light
  • Linen storage
  • Walk-in shower with dual shower system
  • Freestanding soaker tub
  • Two sinks in custom vanities with stone countertops
  • Luxury one-piece toilet in separate compartment
  • In-floor heating
  • Custom wall finishes
  • Five-foot long hospitality center with under-counter refrigerator, bar skin, microwave, custom cabinetry and stone countertop

Basement Remodeling

Renovating your basement offers an excellent way to add extra living space to your home. Give your guests the privacy they deserve with a lower-level bedroom suite, or turn the entire lower level into a home theater, game room or family room. 

Home Advisor estimates that a basement renovation may range from $11,012 to $150,000 or more, depending on the extent of the project. Your costs will increase if the basement is unfinished and will need walls, doors, soundproofing, plumbing and electrical work. Adding high-tech home theater products, installing a sports simulator or building a luxurious recreation of your favorite pub will also add to your costs.

Are you ready to remodel your home but aren’t sure where to start? Our Remodeling a House, Creating a Home eBook offers plenty of remodeling tips and suggestions. When you’re ready to proceed with your plans, give us a call. We’ll help you create a comfortable, attractive space that more than lives up to your expectations.

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Topics: Rochester NY, Bedrooms & Master Suites, Home Remodeling Costs