A Point by Point Comparison of Kitchen Versus Bathroom Remodelling

By: Nick Pateman

Bathrooms and kitchens have a cult following by millions of people across the globe.  A person can spend £24,000 on a cedar fence and no one will make a comment; however, if they spend the same amount on a bathroom or kitchen they will receive numerous compliments.  Bathrooms and kitchens have a cult following by millions of people across the globe.  A person can spend £24,000 on a cedar fence and no one will make a comment; however, if they spend the same amount on a bathroom or kitchen they will receive numerous compliments.

The areas are significant to a home for specific reasons – the kitchen involves sustenance, socialising with family and enjoy the company of friends.  A bathroom, on the other hand, deals with taking care of a person’s body.  The fact is that both bathrooms and kitchens matter to a person and their home.  Taking this into account, it can be difficult to determine which room should be remodelled first.

“It is often the case that people will choose the remodelling project based on resale value and if there are store discounts available.  With potential tax refunds burning holes in one’s pocket, we often get asked where to place the money and what to spend it on?” says the managing director of Zenstone.

To answer that question, this article will provide information on the considerations to make when deciding between a bathroom or a kitchen renovation.

1.  The Cheaper Room

The bathroom is undoubtedly the cheaper renovation option.  According to statistics, the average mid-range kitchen remodelling project will cost approximately £19,000 and major kitchen remodels will be in the range of £60,000.  If we utilise the same statistical data, mid-range bathroom remodelling projects will cost approximately £2,000 less than kitchen projects.  Moreover, a major bathroom addition will cost approximately £40,000 – at least £20,000 less than a major kitchen makeover.

While labour and materials are similar between the bathroom and kitchen renovation costs, it is seen that greater floor space in kitchen renovation projects will increase the cost.  Bathrooms, on the other hand, will cost at least 50% less than the kitchen remodel because they are smaller.

2.  The Less Disruptive Renovation

When considering which remodelling project is less disruptive, the answer is the kitchen.  Of course, this is a close call as all bathing and eating activities are equally significant; however, if you had to do without one of these rooms for a prolonged period it would be easier to live without the kitchen.  It is much easier to make concessions for eating facilities than it is for a bathing area, such as eating at restaurants or using a microwave outside of the kitchen area.  When it comes to a bathroom, there are no other options even if the contractor calls for a portable lavatory you will need to find another method of bathing.

3.  The Faster Option

Bathroom remodelling projects have been noted to be less time-consuming than a kitchen renovation.  Statistics show that the minimum number of days spent on a mid-range bathroom remodelling project is approximately eighteen days, whereas the predicted timeline for a mid-range kitchen is one month.  The more realistic timeframe for a kitchen, however, is two to six months depending on the size and items to be completed.

4.  The Resale Issue

The kitchen is considered the “heart of the home”; therefore, it can also be considered the heart of the property resale value.  Make no mistake that, after the exterior images, the next picture advertised on real estate websites is the kitchen in the property.  This is typical because the kitchen is where the real estate agent can place focus on buyers or potential renters.  In addition, the kitchen is often the area where a real estate agent will set up their information during open houses – a further statement that kitchens are highly significant to the property.

The Bottom Line

Details regarding the kitchen and bathroom remodelling debate are provided below, allowing you to make an informed decision in this situation.  However, the information can be summarised to the fact that kitchen remodelling projects are far more expensive and invasive than bathroom renovations.  However, renovated kitchens do tend to offer homeowners greater property resale value and satisfaction than the remodelled bathrooms.