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Basement Bathroom: Cost Breakdown

Just a follow up to my post on the basement bathroom build and a few more pics of the actual process.

Just so you have an idea of the space as it looked – unfinished. The wall on the left was built several years ago. It separates this bathroom from the office on the other side.


Prepping for plumbing…


Mr. Restyle dug this all up himself…


then filled it and poured concrete.


After that was dry, heused self-levelling concrete to finish it off.


The shower gets started…



So not the entire process but gives you a better idea of the before and after.

basement bathroom

Here’s the cost breakdown. Remember, most of this stuff was either obtained from thrift stores or at significant savings from big box stores (look for discontinued or clearance items or shop the sales for savings!) and various other sources. We search everywhere! In Canadian dollars:

Vanity                     $50
Antique cabinet  $100
Faucet                    $80
Toilet                     $140
Shower                  $900
Concrete                $100
ABS                          $ 30
Jackhammer           $80 (used for concrete floor)
Exhaust fan             $50
Heated floor           $120
Shower valve         $200
Shower tile             $200 (including grout)
Floor tile                 $300 (including grout)
Miscellaneous        $300

Mirror                        $25

Towel bar                    $15

Vanity light                 $40

GRAND TOTAL:         $2730


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Total Basement Bathroom from Top to Bottom

UPDATE: See the updated post on this project with a complete cost breakdown. It’s all right here.

Hello all. There’s been a lot of activity in the household. We built a bathroom in the basement completely from scratch. Mr. Restyle did all of the walls, ceilings, flooring along with the install of shower, sink, toilet and tiling! So incredibly proud of him as he’s never done this much before. There are lots of pictures in this post but that’s because there are several different DIY, upcycled, recylced elements to this bathroom. I hope it inspires someone to do it yourself with existing materials.

This bathroom did not exist as the basement was unfinished when we purchased the house. Hubby installed in-floor heating. I don’t have pics of that part but I’m sure he does. If anyone out there is interested, we can create a separate blog post on how this was done. I love the grey tile we picked out for the floor.


The heated floor is controlled by this:


The ceiling is a drop-down as our house is wired to the max and that requires easy access. The ceiling tiles are actually made from drywall. We opted not to use pre-made ceiling tile in the bathroom. The Mr. cut, primed and painted them himself. The small circles in the ceiling are lights. The 2 large circles in the picture are built-in speakers because, well, he’s insane and wants access to music from almost everywhere. This bathroom is for the boys, so whatever they like, I’m okay with.


Every new element that we use in our renos is sourced at significant discounts. Suffice it to say, we sometimes have to buy things for projects that we don’t plan on working on for quite some time and we have stuff everywhere. I will be so happy on the day we are completely done, if there is such a thing! Shower was his vision. I admit I love it. He did the tiling, lighting, plumbing, everything himself.


shower headshower2.jpg

He’s quite proud of his soap niche-lights and all.


So what role did I play in this room? Well, this! An old dresser turned into a vanity and instead of having a built-in closet, I choose this old cabinet that I painted white.


A large basket of flowers sits on top.



Here’s a closer look inside.


I used to travel a lot for work and I can’t be the only one who brings hotel soap home, right? I thought they’d look pretty in this glass jar.

shell and soap

The fixture above the vanity is a clearance sale item. The mirror is a thrift store find.

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This $5 wicker hamper was another thrift store find. I couldn’t believe how much these actually retail for! I removed the old plastic lining that was inside and used the fabric from a thrift store shower curtain as a new liner. The baskets inside the cabinet are also lined with the same fabric.


Finally, a couple of retro magazine ads that we picked up at a vintage fair last spring. Framed and ready to be hung (sorry for the reflection from the lighting in the next 2 pics).



I am really pleased with how this bathroom turned out and comments from friends and family have been that it’s beautiful and they love the mix of old with modern. This is the best looking bathroom in the house now!


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