Planning a home renovation in Phoenix? Sweeten outlines the costs to expect; including kitchen, bath, and whole-home (plus hardscape budgets and permit tips!)
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Whether your Phoenix home is a contemporary, mid-century modern, Spanish mission, or anything else, a renovation is your ticket to making your home your own. The first step on that journey is to estimate costs to expect for your Phoenix renovation project.
Sweeten offers this Phoenix renovation cost guide as a jumping-off point to help start your project. It gives you a general idea of what major renovations costs to plan for; from the kitchen to bathroom to outdoor hardscaping.
The keyword, though, is general. Every home is unique, and every homeowner differs in their tastes, so no two budgets will be the same. Sweeten contractors will want to sit down with you and inspect your home to reach an accurate number.
Sweeten matches home renovation projects with vetted general contractors, offering advice, support, and up to $50,000 in renovation financial protection— for free.
Here’s a quick overview of costs for some standard renovation projects in Phoenix:
- Gut renovation: Starting at $75—$100 per square foot (psf)
- Low-end kitchen remodel: Starting at $15,000
- Mid-range kitchen remodel: Starting at $25,000—$30,000
- High-end kitchen remodel: Starting at $45,000—$50,000
- Low-end bathroom remodel: Starting at $10,000—$15,000
- Mid-range bathroom remodel: Starting at $20,000 or $570 psf.
- High-end bathroom remodel and extension: Starting at $40,000
- Adding hardscaping/pavers: Starts at $30 psf
Phoenix home renovation costs per square foot
A total gut renovation in Phoenix (bringing your home down to its bare bones and remodels it to your liking,) starts at $75—$100 psf for a home with low-range finishes. This means installing materials such as laminate flooring and countertops, value-brand appliances, and basic tiles from big box stores like Home Depot. These scenarios, however, are dependent on the scope of work and existing conditions.
Although a gut renovation is a big project, consider doing it all at once— this saves money and is more efficient. You’ll also have your dream home much quicker than renovating room by room.
How much a Phoenix kitchen remodel costs per square foot
- A low-end kitchen in Phoenix will typically start at $15,000. To achieve this price, a rip-and-replace will keep the layout the same—oven, sink, dishwasher—to avoid the added cost of new plumbing and gas lines. You should also look for prefabricated cabinets, and shop for value appliances, tiles, countertops, and faucets at big box stores.
- For a mid-range kitchen in Phoenix, expect the starting costs to be between $25,000—$30,000. According to Remodeling‘s Cost vs Value report, the average mid-range project comes in at around $65,000. More than half of that —60 percent—is a return on investment adding to your home’s value.
For a kitchen at this budget, you can remodel a 200-square-foot space with semi-custom cabinets, a stainless steel sink with a standard single-lever faucet, and shop around for a low-grade quartz countertop. You could also add a kitchen island, but the layout of anything involving a pipe or electrical wire will need to stay the same to keep costs down.
- A high-end kitchen renovation starts between $45,000—$50,000 while, according to the Cost Vs Value report, the average budget comes in at over $132,000. Over 60 percent of that is added to your home’s value. At this level, you can go for the big-ticket item of custom cabinetry (which could take up half that budget!) You can also consider high-grade stone countertops, a commercial-grade cooktop and vent hood, imported tiles, designer faucets, and a built-in water filtration system.
How much a Phoenix bathroom remodel costs per square foot
- A low-end bathroom for Phoenix typically costs between $10,000—$15,000. Like kitchens, the best way to achieve a value budget is by keeping the layout the same. Plumbing fixtures remain in the same location. Limit your use of tiles to the floor and to part of the wall (rather than from floor to ceiling). Shopping for your materials at big box stores will also keep your budget low.
- A mid-range bathroom costs around $20,000 or $570 psf for something around the 35 square foot mark, according to the Cost Vs Value report. You could purchase a porcelain-on-steel bathtub and ceramic tiles. There’s also the option of a recessed medicine cabinet with built-in lighting. Changes to the layout or plumbing will add to the budget. A project like this will add close to $14,000, or almost 70 percent of the budget to your home’s value.
- Expect an upscale bathroom to start at $40,000. The average budget for a high-end bathroom comes in around $63,000 for Phoenix or $630 psf, according to the Cost Vs Value report. That includes an expansion from 35 square feet to 100 square feet. The new bathroom can have features like a freestanding soaker tub. You can have a shower with recessed shelves, a frameless glass enclosure, and body spray fixtures. Your budget can also afford a double sink and double-mirror vanity with custom draws and wall cabinets.
Hardscaping for the outdoors
Phoenix is a great outdoor city in the fall, winter, and spring. With a few bells and whistles—like misters, fans, and shade—summer outdoor living is possible too. Adding or renovating hardscaping such as patio floors, retaining walls, and pavers starting at $30 psf.
Permit costs in Phoenix
Different counties and towns around Phoenix have different fee schedules. Fees are often calculated by the total cost of the project or the size (square footage).
Fees in Gila County are tied to the cost of the project. For example, a project with a budget of $60,000 will cost a little over $700 in permitting fees. A project that is $20,000 will cost about $320 in fees. Electrical, plumbing, and mechanical permits each start at $25.
In Maricopa County, fees for additions or alterations start at $110. If your project involves electrical, plumbing, or mechanical then it will attract at least another $60.
Ready to plan your own renovation in Phoenix?
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