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How Much Does a Whole Home Remodel Cost in Portland?

Posted by Lane Cooper on Dec 13, 2021 7:34:00 AM

The prospect of a whole home remodel can be exciting—even if many aspects are relatively unknown, including the cost. Below is a look at a few average prices of remodeling jobs that are typically included in a whole-house remodel. Keep in mind that the figures below are based on collective data for the Portland metro area; actual figures may vary. As a next step toward understanding what such a makeover could cost for your home, contact local architects, builders, and design-build companies like COOPER Design Build. We have a long history of creatively remodeling and expanding homes in the Portland, Oregon area.
Every year, Remodeling Magazine publishes it's annual Cost vs. Value Report, which provides informative estimates about remodeling projects across the country. The following list of projects assumes a major remodel of your home. More comprehensive remodels would, of course, run higher. Adding a bathroom with midrange fixtures, doing a major remodel of a kitchen with lower-priced appliances, adding a wood deck and a nicer front door, and installing vinyl replacement windows could be done for about $160,000-$180,000.

However, a higher-end remodel including a new upscale primary suite, a new separate bathroom, a gourmet kitchen makeover, a flagstone patio with an outdoor kitchen and pergola, a new entryway, and wood replacement windows could easily push $500,000.

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Primary Suite Addition

A midrange primary suite addition has everything you need with good quality and not a lot of extras. You can expect a moderately-sized sleeping area with a walk-in closet. The bathroom is built to be comfortable, with a separate tub and shower and Jack and Jill sinks. The average cost for an addition of this size generally falls between $140,000-$160,000.

Upscale Primary Suite Addition

A 32-by-20-foot upscale primary suite addition would be considerably more luxurious. With the extra space, you’ve got room for a sitting area, fireplace for those cold, windy nights. Although you’ll love the walk-in closet and built-in bar setup, the bathroom is where this project really shines. All high-end Calacatta marble, if that’s your preference. You’ll feel like you live in a high-end hotel when you soak in the freestanding tub or wind down in the shower. Average costs for upscale primary suite additions land somewhere between $275,000-$325,000+.

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Bathroom Additions

If your bedroom is great but the bathroom is not, you may be able to get away with adding a new bathroom. This price point offers a small space designed to meet those basic needs for hygiene in a hurry. A three-piece bathroom includes a stylish but simple tub and shower combination, tile flooring, basic toilet and a single sink. Retrofitting but not expanding a 35-square-foot bathroom with universal design features would cost about $35,000-$40,000+.

Upscale Bathroom Remodel

Expanding an existing bathroom to 100 square feet and using upscale fixtures and finishes costs less than adding an entirely new luxury bathroom. Here, you’ll notice the difference in investment with a separate tub in the flat, freestanding style that is so popular currently. The shower still features ceramic tile, but now it has the full-body sprayers everyone’s talking about. Vanity with stone countertop in a trendy quartz or granite gives you storage and style in one. Average cost: $65,000-$75,000+.

Major Kitchen Remodel

The type of kitchen remodel you choose depends on what you have and its condition. This project removes everything existing (except plumbing and wiring) and installs new replacements. You’ll get mid-priced cabinetry in a choice of colors and styles and a lower-end appliance package. Laminate countertops cover 30 linear feet of space, with a new island for added convenience and function. Average cost: $60,000-$80,000+.

If you want something more, you can totally get it for about $125,000-$150,000+. Bid that low-end laminate goodbye, in favor of something way more exciting like marble, quartz, or colored concrete. Everything is designed for the professional chef, from the high-end appliance packages to the small details like faucets and cabinet hardware.


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How Much Would a Whole House Remodel Cost?

The cost of a whole home remodel depends on the rooms you want to remodel and the types of upgrades you expect. You can do bathroom remodeling for $35,000 to $75,000, based on your home and your expectations for the finished space. Kitchen remodeling costs more, as much as $150,000+ for a major overhaul. The total could be around $200,000 or more than $500,000.

If you’re not sure what it means to remodel your entire house at once, think about it as a single structure that deserves to look like everything fits together. When you remodel piece by piece, you may end up with rooms that don’t flow gently, or layout issues that don’t work well as the decades pass. A whole-home remodel takes a look at all of these things and reconsiders the home in a way that fits your life now, as well as what you want it to be in the future. You’ll end up with a cohesive look and function that feels totally different, perfectly tailored to the way you want to use it.

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How Long Does a Whole House Remodel Take?

As a general rule, you can expect to spend at least nine months on your whole home remodel, from the start of design to the finish of construction. As you consult with remodeling contractors, be sure to ask about an expected timeline. Don’t forget that the time for your project may not include the time you need to get on the schedule. That’s why you should start early, and pick a time for the project that fits with your needs and your schedule. A whole house remodel is a big project, and it will change the way you live for a time. It’s one of the most important things to think about when planning a whole house remodel.

How Much Does It Really Cost to Remodel a Home?

Remodeling a home costs anywhere from $200 to $500 per square foot. If you look at a range so large and feel like you’re not getting anywhere, you’re not alone. That’s why you need to have your project assessed by the professional contractors you consult. You’re not likely to get an accurate basement remodel cost breakdown by searching online, especially not one that takes your existing basement into consideration and fits everything that you plan to do with it. There are lots of ways to manage a budget during a whole house remodel, and you could easily double the price by choosing the most upscale materials and designs.

Should You Buy a New House or Remodel?

The decision to buy a new house or remodel is highly personal, related to your needs. The good news is that there are a few ways you can tell which way you’re leaning. If you love your neighborhood–your neighbors, the kids’ schools, the street at sunset, or that lovely tree in the backyard–you may be in a good place to remodel. By comparison, if you don’t love the neighborhood, or if your lot makes it difficult to remodel or expand, you may want to consider both options to see which one works best for you.

Although room remodel cost is a big factor in your decision-making, it’s important to focus on your comfort and contentment as well. As the whole house remodel designers and contractors, we at COOPER Design Build are prepared to help you get the most out of your home in the Portland area, now and in the years to come. Schedule a consultation today to get started!

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Remodeling Investment, Whole Home Remodeling