Average Cost to Remodel a Bathroom

as of October, 2017 $16,000 midrange, materials and labor

How Much Does it Cost to Remodel a Bathroom?

Planning to remodel a bathroom (or two)? You're not alone; bathroom renos were the second most popular home remodel in the first quarter of 2017, outdone only by kitchen remodeling. Chances are, you're looking to:

  1. create a functional space with more storage,
  2. upgrade your bathroom in terms of looks, luxury, or eco-friendliness
  3. increase your home's eye appeal and resale value
  4. all of the above

You can expect the cost to remodel your bathroom to range anywhere from $3000 to $30,000 or more. "That's a pretty broad spread," you're probably thinking. "What does it mean to me?"

Here's a quick run-down of the basic factors that will push your bathroom remodel toward the lower or higher end of the price range:

Bathroom Remodel Cost Factors

LESS EXPENSIVE BATHROOM REMODEL

MORE EXPENSIVE BATHROOM REMODEL

"Off the shelf," stock

Custom built

Standard quality or discounted materials

Top quality, latest style materials

Keep same floor plan

Move plumbing or expand footprint

Repair or refurbish some existing features

Replace everything

Do part of the work yourself

Hire professionals for all tasks

Basic fixtures, single sink

Built-ins. Double sink

Partially tiled walls

Fully tiled

Check out the approximate costs for 3 types of bathroom remodel -- budget, midrange, and high end -- and what you can expect from each.

$3,000 - $10,000 BUDGET BATHROOM REMODEL COST

Bathroom Feature

Remodeling Options

Plumbing Fixtures and Fittings

Refinish existing fixtures OR replace with inexpensive options like a kit shower.

Countertop

Install inexpensive materials: laminate, cultured marble, or low-end granite.

Electrical

Install stock energy-efficient LED lighting overhead.

Flooring

Keep current floor. OR cover (floating floor) or replace with standard-grade ceramic tile.

Vanity and Storage

Refinish vanity or install new contractor-grade unit of laminate or low-end stained wood. Add laminate storage cupboard or shelves.

Miscellaneous

Paint bathroom walls.

Splurges

Framed mirror. Quality cabinet hardware. Luxury shower head.

 $10,000 - $20,000 MIDRANGE BATHROOM REMODEL COST

Bathroom Feature

Midrange Remodeling Options

Plumbing Fixtures and Fittings

Install better, more efficient fixtures. Possibly separate tub and shower.

Countertops

Replace countertops with mid-range granite, marble, or quartz. Build a backsplash of glass tile or other high-end material.

Electrical

Install higher-grade lighting. Add exhaust fan/heater.

Flooring

Replace floor with better quality ceramic or porcelain tile.

Vanity and Storage

Install value-grade vanity, storage, and shelving. Add medicine cabinet.

Splurges

Decorative tile insert or entire wall, wainscoting, towel warmer, OR jetted tub. Fog-free mirror.                                      

$20,000 - $30,000 + HIGH-END BATHROOM REMODEL COST

Bathroom Feature

High-End Remodeling Options

Plumbing Fixtures and Fittings

Install luxury-grade fixtures and fittings. Add a steam shower and/or sauna

Countertops

Install countertops of granite, quartz, marble, other stone, or metal. Build a backsplash of tumbled marble or glass tiles.

Electrical

Install high-end sconce lighting.

Flooring

Install floor top-of-the-line porcelain tile, travertine, or marble, with underfloor heating.

Vanity and Storage

Install custom solid wood vanity, storage, and shelving.

Splurges

Luxurious tile design with borders and accents. Radiant underfloor heating. Polished-chrome, nickel, or bronze fittings with porcelain handles.

Cost Breakdown

  • Materials -- A major bathroom remodel will involve replacement of most or all of the existing: plumbing fixtures (toilet, tub, shower, basin, etc.), tub/shower surround, countertop, floor, and cabinetry.
  • Supplies -- Supplies include necessities such as accessories, adhesives, fittings, finishes, and sealers.
  • Labor -- A high-end project will normally be overseen by an interior designer or a bathroom design specialist. Your general contractor will be responsible for coordinating the services of other tradesmen. For a budget project, do some finish work (such as painting) yourself. All plumbing, electrical, and construction work must be done by licensed professionals to code. Labor costs may increase if problems such as corroded plumbing lines or mold must be solved.
  • Cleanup -- Bathroom remodeling often starts with substantial demolition. Before your contractor begins work, confirm the charge to clean up and dispose of old plumbing fixtures, countertops, cabinets, and other construction debris.
  • Building Permit -- Depending on the extent of the work, your remodeling contractor may need to pull a building permit and pay the required fee.
  • Estimate -- The initial estimate, which may include an onsite inspection, is often free.

Get the Most for Your Money

Save money and hassle -- avoid moving plumbing, especially the toilet position.

Reduce the cost of your bathroom remodel by shopping carefully for materials. For example, purchase a vanity online or from a big-box store. Buy discontinued tile at a bargain price (just make sure to get enough to cover future tile repairs, as well).

Install WaterSense shower heads and bathroom faucets to reduce water bills.


Cost to Hire a Remodeling contractor

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