Kitchens and bathrooms are the two spaces that always need remodeling at some point during the lifespan of a home. This is why “how much will it cost?” is the most popular question asked of remodeling firms.

Every project is unique, so there’s no way to know an exact cost before digging into your design and construction details. But when needing a rough estimate to adjust expectations and plan budgets, the remodeling industry turns to the Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report ( as a trusted resource for realistic pricing.

The Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report has been compiling nation-wide renovation data since 2002. This information is based on information from professional and experienced remodeling contractors, so we at Mosby Building Arts confidently share this information with homeowners seeking ballpark figures. The report provides a realistic starting point for a conversation about your project.

Here we share with you the Remodeling 2018 Cost vs. Value Report descriptions and average costs of certain types of kitchen and bathroom remodels in the Metro St. Louis area.

Kitchen Remodeling

Midrange Major Kitchen Remodel

“Update an outmoded 200-square-foot kitchen with a functional layout of 30 linear feet of semi-custom wood cabinets, including a 3-by-5-foot island; laminate countertops; and standard double-tub stainless-steel sink with standard single-lever faucet. Include energy-efficient wall oven, cooktop, ventilation system, built-in microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and custom lighting. Add new resilient flooring. Finish with painted walls, trim, and ceiling.”

Job Cost: $65,882
Resale Value: $36,789
Cost Recouped: 55.8%
MOSBY NOTE: Reconfiguring a kitchen layout requires detailed drawings and construction. New cabinetry, an island and additional lighting also add to the increased budget of a full remodel. See more kitchen remodels here.

Major Kitchen Remodel

“Update outmoded 200-square-foot kitchen with 30 linear feet of top-of-the-line custom white cabinets with built-in sliding shelves and other interior accessories. Include stone counter tops with imported ceramic- or glass-tile back splash; built-in refrigerator, commercial grade cooktop and vent hood, wall oven, and built-in microwave unit. Install high-end undermount sink with designer faucets and water filtration system. Add new general and task lighting, including low-voltage under cabinet lights. Install tile or similar flooring that looks like wood”.

Job Cost: $130,045
Resale Value: $68,133
Cost Recouped: 52.4%
MOSBY NOTE: Upgrading to custom cabinets, high-end materials and fixtures, and specialized appliances within a reconfigured layout is what differentiates this project from the Remodeling 2016 Cost vs. Value Report’s Midrange Major Kitchen Remodel. See an example of a similar Mosby kitchen remodel of this type

Bathroom Remodeling 

Midrange Bathroom Remodel

“Update an existing 5-by-7-foot bathroom. Replace all fixtures to include 30-by-60-inch porcelain-on-steel tub with 4-by-4-inchceramic tile surround; new single-lever temperature and pressure-balanced shower control; standard white toilet; solid-surface vanity counter with integral sink; recessed medicine cabinet with light; ceramic tile floor; vinyl wallpaper.”

Job Cost: $20,166
Resale Value: $ 12,769
Cost Recouped: 63.3%
MOSBY NOTE: This type of bathroom remodel is often referred to as a “pull and replace.” No major changes to the structure or placement of plumbing are performed; it is simply replacing and upgrading surface materials and fixtures. See an example of a similar Right Bath by Mosby remodel of this type.

Upscale Bathroom Remodel

“Expand an existing 35-square-foot bathroom to 100 square feet within existing house footprint. Relocate all fixtures. Include 42-by-42-inch neo-angle shower with ceramic tile walls with accent strip, recessed shower caddy, body-spray fixtures, and frameless glass enclosure. Include a customized whirlpool tub; stone countertop with two sinks; two mirrored medicine cabinets with lighting; a compartmentalized commode area with one-piece toilet; and a humidistat-controlled exhaust fan. Use all color fixtures. Use larger matching ceramic tiles on the floor, laid on the diagonal with ceramic tile base molding. Add general and spot lighting including waterproof shower fixture. Cabinetry shall include a custom drawer base and wall cabinets for a built-in look. Extend HVAC system, and include electric in-floor heating.”

Job Cost: $63,272
Resale Value: $41,935
Cost Recouped: 66.3%
MOSBY NOTE: Reconfiguring or expanding a bathroom layout requires detailed drawings and construction. Moving the plumbing lines, using custom or high-end materials and increasing electrical also add to the increased budget of a major bathroom remodel. See an example of a similar Mosby bathroom remodel of this type.

Please keep in mind that the above information from Remodeling 2018 Cost vs. Value Report is a starting point for exploring your kitchen or bathroom remodeling project. To continue the discussion, call the Mosby Building Arts office at 314.909.1800 or contact us here.