2024 Cost Guide for a Home Remodel in Atlanta
The costs to remodel in Atlanta, including kitchen, bath, and whole-home (plus outdoor budgets and permit tips!)
(Above) Remodel by Sweeten general contractor Kimberly in Atlanta. Photo: Tomas Espinoza.
Putting down roots in Atlanta
There’s no denying Atlanta is a booming city. Between 2010 and today, Atlanta has been steadily adding to its population (adding over 5.5 million people during that timeframe!) Now Atlanta is home to over six million inhabitants.
In other words, it’s a great time to settle in Atlanta—from restoring a bungalow in Decatur, adding to a classic Georgian-style home in Druid Hill, or remodeling a loft apartment in the Old Fourth Ward. Sweeten, a free renovation platform that matches homeowners with licensed general contractors and tracks their project, offers this guide detailing costs to remodel in Atlanta as a starting point.
When embarking on a renovation, ‘How much will it cost?’ will likely be your first question. It’s notable in Atlanta that once a renovation budget reaches a couple $100,000s, building a new house instead becomes a major consideration. In this situation, you’ll need to factor in costs to tear down the existing structure and remove debris.
Breakdown of typical starting costs for remodeling in Atlanta
Read on for a breakdown of costs focusing on five categories: full home, kitchen, bathroom, outdoor spaces, and permits.
- Gut renovation: Starting at around $70—$100 psf (per square foot)
- Budget kitchen remodel: Starting at $20,000—$30,000
- Mid-grade kitchen remodel: Starting at $35,000
- High-end kitchen remodel: Starting at $65,000
- Budget bathroom remodel: Starting at $12,500—$15,000
- Mid-grade bathroom remodel: Starting at $20,000
- High-end bathroom remodel and reconfiguration: Starting at $35,000+
- Deck composite: $20,000 or $61 psf
- Wood deck: $14,000 or $44 psf
Two Sweeten general contractors share pricing for recent Atlanta home remodels
A total gut renovation in Atlanta that brings your home down to the studs and dresses it back up again with budget finishes will likely start at around $70 to $100 psf, according to Atlanta-based Sweeten general contractor Dexter.
He recently worked on a renovation that redid everything except for the basement. “We renovated about 85 percent of this house,” said Dexter. It was a 1950s house that involved redoing the siding, repairing, and polishing the original wood floors, remodeling two bathrooms with a custom shower in one and new tub in the other while adding gold-look faucets and an oversized kitchen island with a farmhouse sink. Subsequently, by using high-end finishes and custom elements, that renovation came in $120,000 for the end budget.
Sweeten general contractor Kimberly recently completed a 3,200 square foot farmhouse renovation. The budget was $150,000, which included renovating three bathrooms and expanding the fourth for a larger master suite and a kitchen remodel with custom kitchen cabinets and quartz countertops. From the beginning of the project, Kimberly planned on “making some smart choices to make it look brand spanking new without breaking the budget.” She also collaborated closely with the homeowners who rolled up their sleeves up to do some work themselves to reduce the budget.
Common issues that can increase the price of a gut remodel in Atlanta
One issue common in Atlanta’s older homes is subpar work that might have been completed previously by an unlicensed contractor so you need to be on the lookout for unexpected costs like bringing the electrical wiring of an old building up to code. “The budget could go as high as $225,000,” Kimberly said, bringing the farmhouse reno to about $75 psf.
In addition, another factor that can have a big impact on a budget for an extensive renovation is the age of the house and whether it had lead paint or asbestos, according to Dexter. Anything built before 1978 could have lead paint in it. Anything built between the ‘30s and the end of the ‘80s could have asbestos. That’s why Dexter gets homes built in those time periods tested. Subsequently, if it comes back positive, the removal of lead or asbestos could add a few thousand dollars to your budget while pushing your timeline back.
Basic or budget Atlanta kitchen remodel costs per square foot
The typical quote detailing costs to remodel a kitchen in Atlanta ranges between $20,000 to $30,000 for a 200-square-foot space which includes labor and rough materials such as drywall. This number doesn’t budge all that much because it is mostly calculated on installation rather than materials. In a budget kitchen remodel, it’s a good idea to keep lighting where it is while refreshing the fixtures, according to Sweeten expert Kimberly. For a mid-grade to high-end budget, you should be able to change the location of lights.
Additional material costs include elements such as replacing cabinet fronts, a basic granite countertop, basic lighting, energy-efficient appliances, faucets, and resilient flooring. For example, you could go for a good value kitchen appliance package with a dishwasher, fridge, microwave, and oven for $3,500 from Home Depot. A similar package from high-end brands could set you back $20,000.
Mid-grade to high-end Atlanta kitchen remodel costs per square foot
Mid-grade kitchen: Expect the average mid-grade kitchen renovation to come in around $175 psf or $35,000 for the Atlanta area. A 200-square-feet space would reveal laminate countertops, a 15-square-foot island, semi-custom wood cabinets, and a double stainless steel sink with a standard single-lever faucet. It also contained a built-in microwave, dishwasher, and custom lighting. Keeping your layout the same will be the biggest factor in keeping your budget down.
High-end kitchen renovations came in at around $325 psf or $65,000. A 200-square-foot kitchen would include custom cabinets, built-in sliding shelves, stone countertops, and imported tile backsplashes. The appliances were also kicked up a few notches to include a commercial-grade cooktop and vent hood as well as high-end faucets and a water filtration system.
(Above) Remodels by Atlanta-based Sweeten contractor Kyra
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Basic or budget Atlanta bathroom remodel costs per square foot
For a typical bathroom quote, expect the cost to come in between $12,500 to $15,000. The budget focuses on installation and does not include some key materials. This gives renovators the freedom to shop for what they want while having greater autonomy over their project’s budget. This cost range does include a vanity with a basic granite top, toilet, and tub or shower. Homeowners can shop for finishes such as faucets, tiles, and mirrors. For a project with a lower budget, Dexter advised homeowners to stick to tiles in the $2 psf range and faucets made from chrome or brushed nickel.
Mid-grade to high-end Atlanta bathroom remodel costs per square foot
The average cost of a mid-grade bathroom remodel comes in about $20,000 or $571 psf. This range applies to a 35-square-feet space and installing a new porcelain-on-steel bathtub, ceramic tiles, and a recessed medicine cabinet with built-in lighting. A renovation of this level can add about $13,000 to a home’s value, which recoups close to 65 percent of the project’s cost, according to Remodeling’s Cost vs Value report. Not a bad investment. A popular remodel is taking out the tubs to put in showers. However, avoiding this and working with the layout that you have can easily shave off $4,000 in a bathroom budget.
The average bathroom remodel cost in the high-end category starts at around $35,000. For this budget, you could expand your bathroom from 35 square feet to around 100 square feet and can play around with elements like a freestanding soaker tub and a shower with recessed shelves, a frameless glass enclosure, and body spray fixtures. You’re also likely to afford a double-sink and double-mirror vanity with custom draws and wall cabinets. In Kimberly’s experience, a high-end bathroom remodel typically involves using marble or quartz, replacing a rod and shower curtain with glass and adding elements like double shower heads.
Costs for adding outdoor space in Atlanta
If you don’t mind a bit of humidity, an outdoor area can be used year-round (although, a fan and mosquito netting is a smart addition for summer). Add or renovate your deck or patio and it will be like adding another room to your home.
- The average price for a 320-square-foot deck made from composite is $20,000 or $61 psf, according to the Cost vs Value report. Composite is a mix of wood and plastic, making it more durable to weather and termites than just wood. A project using this material will add about 60 percent of the cost back into your home’s value. If you do use wood, it will reduce your budget by more than 25 percent to $14,000 or $44 psf. A deck made with wood will add 70 percent of the project cost to your home’s value.
The majority of Dexter’s clients chose wood over composite. A recent client had him rebuild a deck and cover it with flyscreen. It was about 300 square feet and the job was done for a total of $20,000 or about $65 psf.
Adding stone to a concrete slab for a patio will start at about $12 psf, according to Kimberly. If you want to add lighting and ceiling fans, then add another $5,000 to your budget for fixtures and wiring. An outdoor kitchen could range from $5,000 to $20,000. “In Atlanta, people plan spaces for entertaining purposes,” said Kimberly.
Building permit fees are often calculated by the square footage of your project, or the overall cost. To see how your area’s permits are calculated, check with your local building department. Your general contractor will likely put an estimated amount in your initial budget before a final amount is calculated. “There’s no rule of thumb when it comes to the cost of permits,” said Sweeten contractor Dexter. “Some areas I can pull a permit for $50, but the same job in another county could cost $200.”
It isn’t just the cost of the actual permit that needs to go into the budget. You also need to pay your contractors for the time it takes them to pull the permit. In some Atlanta counties you can file electronically; in others, a contractor or architect needs to go in person with paper plans, said Kimberly. A typical fee for someone to file your permits ranges between $300 – $1,000.
The cost of building permits for the city of Atlanta, the area including and immediately surrounding downtown, is $7 per $1,000 for construction. Electrical, plumbing, and mechanical permits also have their own fees, which start between $75 – $175 per project. Your general contractor will know the costs and will file your building permits on your behalf.
Permits vary greatly in different areas. Neighborhoods like John’s Creek and Alpharetta typically have more fees to consider. Permit fees are less expensive in Sugar Hill in Gwinnett County and Forsyth County.
Remodeling your home in Atlanta? Sweeten can help!
To confirm a budget, a general contractor will want to see the site for a more accurate assessment of costs. Having your “must-haves” and “nice-to-haves” list paired with a realistic budget will have you on your way to your dream home. Now that you know the costs to remodel in Atlanta, post your project on Sweeten and we’ll match you with vetted local general contractors to provide estimates for your remodel, plus we’ll support you throughout your project duration. Meet with your contractor to develop an accurate budget, and you’re on your way to the home you’ve always wanted.
Some more resources to prepare for your remodel:
- Remodeling an old house? Here’s what you should know from energy efficiency to layout changes.
- Atlanta Kitchen Remodeling Costs
- Atlanta Bathroom Remodeling Costs
- Do I need an architect? Sweeten can guide you in this article about when you need an architect.
- Ultimate Guide to Hiring a General Contractor
Sweeten handpicks the best general contractors to match each project’s location, budget, scope, and style. Follow the blog, Sweeten Stories, for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, start your renovation with Sweeten.
Answers to common homeowner questions
How much does a gut renovation cost in Atlanta?
Atlanta-area homeowners can expect gut renovation costs in the range of $70 – $100 psf. This covers bringing a home down to the studs and adding budget finishes. Gut renovation costs increase when using luxury finishes, rewiring the electrical, doing extensive plumbing work, or solving old home problems like lead paint or asbestos.
How much does it cost to remodel a house in Atlanta?
Remodeling costs for Atlanta homes starts between $70 – $100 psf. This increases based on the complexity of the work, if any corrective work is needed for wiring or plumbing, or if there will be significant changes to “wet rooms,” like kitchens, bathrooms or laundry rooms.
How much does an Atlanta kitchen remodel cost?
A low-end Atlanta kitchen remodel starts at $20,000 – $30,000. These costs cover a 200-square-foot space, with labor and rough materials like drywall. Mid-range kitchen remodels start at $175 psf, or $35,000, and increase if you change the layout. For high-end kitchen remodels in Atlanta, costs start at $325 psf, or $65,000.
How much does it cost to remodel a bathroom in Atlanta?
A basic bathroom remodel in Atlanta costs between $12,500 – $15,000. This range accounts for installation with budget-conscious purchases. Mid-range bathrooms bring costs to $20,000 or $571 psf. For more luxurious bathrooms, Atlanta homeowners can expect to pay around $35,000 to add square footage, custom plumbing features, and high-end fixtures.