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How Much Does A Remodel and Home Renovation Cost?

While it is difficult to estimate without going into the details of your specific project and calculating all the costs involved, you can get an idea of how much you might spend by considering the scope of your project and average costs for your area, whether North Georgia (including Cumming, Gainesville, Alpharetta, and Suwanee) or anywhere in the United States. 

While these numbers vary depending on your remodeling contractor and are subject to change, particularly in today’s market, first let’s try to get a idea or a starting point by making some generalizations for the cost of an average whole house renovation then we’ll dig into the costs of specific projects. Many of these numbers can be found for anywhere in the U.S. in the most current Cost Vs. Value report.

For the average 2,500 square foot home, a whole home renovation can range anywhere from $25,000 to $450,000 and up depending upon the number of rooms, square footage, grade of finishings, appliances selected, etc.

A mid range remodel ($100,000-$175,000) can include interior and exterior painting, new landscaping, plus a kitchen remodel (depending on appliances) a minor bathroom remodel and possibly new flooring.

A high end remodel ($175,000-$450,000) can include everything above, plus custom or high end cabinetry and more expensive appliances. A project in this range may also include some structural alterations with updates to the layout, electrical, plumbing, HVAC systems, and foundation repairs. 

Ultimately, there are many factors that contribute to the bottom line, including:

  • Which rooms are going to be remodeled
  • The size of each room
  • Any underlying problems that will need to be corrected
  • The grade and cost of materials to be used
  • The extent of the remodel

But the biggest factor is likely to be the appliances and cabinetry selected (if a kitchen is involved) along with any structural repairs, followed by labor.

calculating home remodeling costs

Digging a little deeper, here’s what homeowners can expect to pay for specific home renovation projects done by Michael James Remodeling here in the North Georgia and Atlanta areas. Note: we’ve used the 2021 numbers from costvsvalue.com which tend to be inline with our own.

Kitchens and bathrooms will cost the most while bedrooms, and living rooms usually fall on the lower end of the scale.

Kitchen: The caliber of the materials you choose has a huge impact on the look of your kitchen and the cost. The average cost of a mid-range major kitchen remodel in North Georgia is $82,170, while the average cost of a higher-end major kitchen renovation here in the Atlanta area is $166,765.

Bathroom: Like kitchen renovations, bathroom remodeling projects come with a wide range of prices depending on the grade of the cabinets, counters and fixtures you choose. A major bathroom remodel typically costs about $27,718 and tops out at $81,680 for a higher end renovation with spa-like touches such as a steam shower.

Electrical updates: If you’re replacing an old panel and outdated wiring as a part of your renovation project, expect to spend $6,000 to $12,000.

Replacement siding: Any great remodel includes an exterior upgrade. Expect to pay $20,614 on average for new fiber-cement siding.

Replacement windows: If you plan to replace windows and frames to add to the beauty of your remodel and save on your energy bill. The average cost of new windows in North Georgia/Atlanta-metro is $21,358 for vinyl, $25,504 for wood, and $35,983 for aluminum cladded. 

Basement: Remodeling the basement can be a big job or a small job, depending on the condition of the area and the remodeling house plan. Factors such as installing floors, building walls, adding electrical or plumbing lines and furnishing the room all contribute to the overall price. Adding bathrooms and kitchens, if desired, will involve the largest costs (see above).

Decks: An average wood deck will cost $16,955 while a composite is typically $23,834

New roof: The cost of protecting your newly remodeled home from the elements with a new roof will run you anywhere from $29,543 for asphalt shingles on a 2500 sq ft home to $48,827 for a metal roof.

Finally, it is generally a good idea to add 10-20% to all home renovation budgets to account for any changes and  potential issues uncovered during the process. When you do a home renovation, it can become necessary to bring everything up to current code specifications. In an older home, this can mean new plumbing, new wiring, and structural repairs.

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Return on investment (ROI)

Ah yes, the phrase that makes spending thousands of dollars on your home just a bit easier. There is no question that the pleasure you, your family, friends, and guests will get from your newly remodeled home can more than justify the expense. But, there is peace of mind knowing the checks you write for your home renovation can pay dividends down the road.

In the Atlanta metro/North Georgia area a typical kitchen remodel will yield a 50-74% return on investment, while a bathroom renovation on average returns 51-65% in additional value.



More Than Cost

Remember, whether you’re researching contractors online or getting recommendations from friends, get quotes from multiple contractors. Invite contractors and designers into your home to discuss your remodeling requirements. Take into consideration not only the price but also, the contractor’s ability to complete the job, per your specifications and needs. A good contractor, if found earlier enough in the process can help make all the steps of planning your home renovation from budgeting to design much easier.

See: How to find the best remodeling contractor.



How long does it take to completely renovate a house?

A complete renovation can take anywhere from 2 to 8 months. This varies widely depending on many factors. We can give you a better idea of the timetable when we discuss the details of your project.

How much should I spend on a home renovation?

How much you spend on your renovation depends on what you want and what’s comparable to your neighborhood values. Since you might get back up to 80% on some remodeling projects, it’s better to invest enough to match your homes standards and values.

What is the difference between a house rehab, remodel and renovation?

Rehab, renovate and remodel are often used interchangeably. However, rehabs tend to imply extensive repairs and cleanup.

How do I get a better estimate of my renovation costs?

Send us an email or give us a call. We can set up an appointment, a phone conversation, or a Zoom call to discuss your project and give you an estimate of the cost.


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No More Cold Feet

Of course, one of the biggest benefits of a radiant tile floor is that you won’t have any more cold feet when you get out of your shower. There are few things more unpleasant than stepping out of a nice warm shower onto a freezing tile floor. This can be especially bad in the wintertime, when cold feet can become agony.

Heated tile floors will keep your toes nice and toasty when you get out of the shower and during those early morning chills. Best of all, studies have shown that keeping your feet warm can play an important role in regulating your overall body temperature. A heated tile floor can make your overall bathroom experience more comfortable simply by warming up your toes.

Fewer Microbes

Most people who don’t have heated tile floors cope with that chilly tile by putting down bath mats. This helps to keep water off the floor, which can eliminate slipping hazards, and it provides a barrier between your feet and the cold floor. The problem is that these bath mats can become a breeding ground for microbes.

Mold, mildew, and other microbes love environments that are warm and damp, and bath mats make the perfect environment for them. Depending on how often you wash your bath mat, you could be stepping out of your shower onto a thriving colony of germs. Because heated floors eliminate the need for bath mats, they could make your bathroom more hygienic.

Fewer Allergens

If you struggle with allergies or asthma, forced air systems could cause you a lot of problems. These systems heat your house by blowing warm air into the room through vents in the floor or ceiling. The problem is that this blast of air can kick up dust and allergens, not to mention providing a system of ducts for all these allergens to collect in.

Radiant heating doesn’t blow dust or allergens around, and it can do much more than just warm up your feet. In fact, a radiant heat system can warm up your bathroom by as much as five degrees without any forced air assistance. Using these systems can reduce the amount you have to use your forced air system, keeping your allergies and asthma at a minimum.

More Uniform Heating

One of the other major downsides of a forced-air heating system is that they tend to heat rooms unevenly. We’ve all experienced times when we were sitting under a vent that was blasting hot or cold air on us. We were uncomfortable, but the people on the other side of the room might feel perfectly fine.

Radiant heating systems can help to eliminate these cold spots in your bathroom. The mesh or tubing is distributed evenly throughout the floor, meaning every area will get the same gentle warmth. As you move through your bathroom, you’ll stay at the same perfect level of comfort, rather than sweating in one spot and freezing in another.

Greater Energy Efficiency

Now at this point, you may be thinking that offsetting forced air systems with radiant heat is fine and good, but what will it cost? Although you will be able to use your forced air system less, you will have to pay for the extra electricity or gas to heat that system. The good news is that you could actually save money on your utility bills by using a radiant heat system.

Radiant heat systems tend to be more energy-efficient than forced-air systems thanks to their design. Heat rises, so radiant heat systems have to put off less heat to get the room to a comfortable temperature than forced air systems with ceiling vents do. They can also cycle on and off without involving a heat pump and compressor, saving you money and keeping you more comfortable.

No Wasted Space

One of the biggest struggles with adding extra heating systems to your bathroom design is figuring out where to put the components. If you have floor vents, you have to arrange your furniture so those aren’t blocked. And if you’re using space heaters, you wind up with unattractive units hanging on your walls or sitting on your floors, taking up space.

Radiant heat systems are completely invisible and don’t take up any extra space in your home. Because they live under the floors, they blend in seamlessly with your layout. You can get the extra comfort you need without having to work around an unwieldy heating system.

It is important to note that if you decide to use a hydronic radiant heat system, you will have to find someplace to put the water heater for that system.

No Extra Noise

When you walk into your bathroom, you want it to be a relaxing, spa-like experience. This should be someplace you can breathe and unwind, escaping from the noise and demands of the outside world. Unfortunately, that can be a little hard to pull off if you’re listening to the buzz and whoosh of a forced-air heating system.

Other heating systems can be annoyingly noisy, but radiant heating systems are completely silent. In particular, electric systems make no noise, heating your floors without a whisper of extra sound. You can relax in the oasis that is your bathroom without having to tune out extra noise.


If you’ve ever lived with another person, you know that we all have different preferences when it comes to comfortable temperatures. You may like things toasty warm, while your partner may swelter in those temperatures. Heated bathroom flooring can eliminate fights over the thermostat, since they’re completely customizable.

Your radiant heat system will come with a thermostat that you can set to whatever temperature range is comfortable for you. As we’ll discuss more in a moment, you can even set schedules so the system heats to a different temperature depending on when you and your partner each get ready. And don’t worry – these systems never get hot enough to burn even the most sensitive toes.

Scheduling Features

As with any heating system, radiant heating systems take time to warm up. So it may seem pointless to have one of these systems if you’re still going to have to walk on a freezing floor while you wait for it to warm up. But these system designers aren’t about to let you live with cold feet every morning.

Heated tile floor controls usually come with a scheduling feature that allows you to program when you want your system to kick on. If you have to get up at 7 in the morning and you know your system takes about fifteen minutes to heat up, you can set it to turn on at 6:45. Your floors will be heated to perfection by the time you’re ready to get out of bed in the morning.

No Maintenance

One of the best things about installing a radiant heat system is that you’ll never have to do any maintenance on it. Because these systems live under tile floors, they aren’t exactly accessible. This means that designers create them to last for a lifetime without any ongoing maintenance needs.

Once again, hydronic heating systems can be a little different in this regard. The boiler that heats the water for your system may need attention from time to time, although this is rare. But for the most part, these systems are set it and forget it, providing ongoing comfort in your space for the duration of their life.

Improved Home Value

When you’re doing a bathroom remodel, one of the factors you need to think about is how it will impact the resale value of your home. You want to create something that you will enjoy, but also something that will get you more money when it comes time to sell your house. In general, bathrooms and kitchens tend to bring the most extra resale value to homes, especially when they’re luxurious.

Heated flooring says to a buyer that your home is built for luxury and comfort. When you list your home, adding that feature to your description could get you more viewings and even a higher sale price. These systems may well pay for themselves thanks to their extra energy efficiency and the value they bring to your home.

Discover the Joys of Heated Tile Floors

Heated tile floors are a fantastic way to make your bathroom more comfortable all year round. They can provide a more even heat and may even reduce the amount of allergens and microbes in your bathroom. They can also save you money on utility bills and improve your home value, paying for themselves in the long run.

If you’d like to discover the joys of heated tile floors for yourself, check out the rest of our site at Michael James Remodeling. We are here to bring your vision of your dream home to life in your kitchen, bathroom, basement, and more. Chat with us today and discover what to expect when you experience renovation the Michael James way.


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3473 Thompson Bridge Rd. Gainesville, GA 30506

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