On average, a bathroom remodel costs between $4,578–$13,138, with most homeowners spending $8,858 or about $125 per square foot. For a small bathroom remodel, you could spend as little as $2,500 to $6,000 whereas a large master bath remodel can run $15,000 to $35,000. Get free estimates from bathroom remodelers near you.
The bathroom is the most used room in the house, and now that you finally have the time and/or the money, a remodel can make all those necessary trips in there a better experience. It can also increase the sales value of your home considerably with an average return on investment of 70%.
On average, a bathroom remodel costs between $4,578–$13,138, with most homeowners spending $8,858 or about $125 per square foot. For a small bathroom remodel, you could spend as little as $2,500 to $6,000 whereas a large master bath remodel can run $15,000 to $35,000. The cost vary considerably depending on how much remodeling you want to do, how large the bathroom is, and the cost of labor and materials. A bathroom addition can cost more than double that of a remodel, so those estimates are not included here.
|National Average Cost||$8,858|
|Average Range||$4,578 to $13,138|
If you’re pricing by the product plus labor on each stage of the remodel, expect to pay standard costs, but also be aware that the longer a remodeling company has been in business, the likelier it is that you can get a better deal on the total. This is because they are well connected with many of the local companies in that industry, and as such, can build you a package deal made up of contractors whose work they admire and whose prices fit your budget.
The following list reads in order of cost. The numbers for each service are the average, nationwide costs for a 125 sq. ft bathroom.
|Bathroom Option||Average Prices|
|Install Shower||$500 – $5,100|
|Install Bathtub||$400 – $4,100|
|Install Toilet||$120 – $500|
|Install Sink||$200 – $1,500|
|Install Cabinetry||$1,100 – $3,600|
|Install Tile||$900 – $3,500|
|Install Flooring||$800 – $7,000|
|Paint Walls||$300 – $800|
|Install Countertops||$900 – $1,800|
|Reface Cabinets||$300 – $600|
|Install Fan||$150 – $400|
|Install Hardware||$50 – $300|
|Electrical Wiring||$65 – $85 /hour|
|Plumbing||$45 – $65 /hour|
When looking at the overall cost, labor costs the most, and your location, job conditions, and budget will affect the end price.
|Remodel Type||Average Cost|
|Small Remodel||$2,500 — $6,000+|
|Midrange Remodel||$6,000 — $15,000+|
|Upscale Remodel||$15,000 — $62,000+|
Small bathrooms cost a lot less to completely remodel due to less materials used and less labor for installation. The design of the bathroom doesn’t change at all, but everything is made to look better with paint; new fixtures and flooring; and repaired, refaced, or repainted cabinets, shower, and tub. A small or minor bathroom remodel costs about $2,500—$6,000.
As mentioned, you can save a lot in remodeling costs if you leave the bathroom design as is. For example, moving a shower, sink, or toilet to another corner of the bathroom could triple your plumbing costs. The plumber will need to do a lot of extra work under the bathroom flooring to rework the pipes and waste lines, and if the floor joists go in the wrong direction, you have the additional cost of paying an engineer to fix it.
The design of the bathroom doesn’t change, but almost everything is replaced—a new shower/tub and toilet; new flooring, cabinets, fixtures, lighting fixtures, and wall coverings. A midrange bathroom remodel costs about $6,000—$15,000 for a 100 sq.ft. bathroom.
The master bathroom is completely renovated, and most of the large items like the cabinets, shower/tub, and toilet are replaced and moved to other places in the space. Plumbing and electrical work is replaced, along with everything from the midrange remodel list above. An upscale bathroom remodel costs starts at $15,000 and can go as high as $62,000.
Stock cabinets will cost four to five times less than custom-made ones. On average you can expect to purchase and install cabinetry for $400–$600 for a 36” unit. Many home improvement stores sell ready-to-assemble bathroom cabinets plus the sink and hardware. A RTA vanity cabinet with one sink can cost $200, while a large number of custom-made cabinets with sinks can cost up to $20,000.
To find out which of your favorite distributors offers the best deal, pick a standard, ready-to-assemble cabinet with a door and three drawers plus the composition, hardware, finish, and warranty; and ask each distributor for pricing, along with prices for a pre-assembled unit. Installation labor will cost you about 50%–70% of your cabinet cost. Custom cabinetry can use all available space better, but it will stretch out the remodel time by about twelve weeks, depending on the size of your project, and can cost up to $2,000 per cabinet.
Cabinet refacing costs around $300–$600 for a small bathroom remodel. If you have more than the standard two cabinets in your bathroom, you can save by having them refaced rather than replace them. General choices range from ready to finish to melamine. Bathroom cabinet and drawer handles can cost from $2–$20 each.
Most bathroom designers recommend installing tile or stone slab—marble, travertine or granite—for the bathroom floor, because they don’t absorb moisture. The average cost or bathroom flooring installation is $800–$7,000 depending on what you decide on. Keep in mind that some tile can be slippery when wet, so check for the tile’s COF or slip-resistance rating and make sure it’s higher than 0.60. Many remodelers opt for painted wood, hardwood, vinyl, or laminate instead, with the latter two costing about $5.50/sq. ft. installed.
Shower walls are usually tiled. Ceramic tile installation costs about $5-$10/sq. ft. installed. Check the grade level of the tile you’re about to install—grade 3 is only good for walls, but grades 1 and 2 are good for floors. Tile also has a water absorption rating—the lower the number, the more water resistance it has. Tile installers charge $5–$10/sq. ft. and a typical bathroom tile remodeling project will run you $900–$6,500.
Most child-free homes don’t use the tub anymore, but having one can help sell a home to those with young families. Some Realtors go so far as to say selling a home without a tub will make it harder to sell and recommend a shower/tub combination in a remodel. The average cost for shower and tub installation is around $200–$13,000 depending on many factors.
Reglazing the tub can cost $200–$300. The cost of replacing fixtures or tile can be low, while the cost of replacing a shower or tub comes closer to $3,000, with $1,000 of that going toward plumbing costs and the rest toward the tub and the wall treatment (usually tile). A jetted bathtub can cost up to $5,000. If there’s only been a shower or tub in place before, a shower/tub combo might cost more to install because of the additional plumbing required.
On average you can expect to pay $130 to install or replace each toilet. These are available with a 10”/12”/14” base, and a height of either 15” or 17”. Newer, higher-end models include a high tech, self-cleaning toilet with overflow protection and a motion-activated seat, built-in nightlight, self-deodorizer, and hands-free flushing. However, the new high tech models may set you back a few thousand dollars.
Installing or replacing sinks costs between $150–$750, with an average cost of around $500. Double vanities have a much higher appeal to house buyers, so if you have any space at all to do so, add this feature in. An alternative can be to install a wider sink with two faucets.
Expect to pay $60–$100/sq.ft. for bathroom countertops installation. The type and quality of the countertop will determine the price of its purchase and installation, with glass as the highest-priced material and laminate, Formica, or tile at the lower end.
Solid surfaces like marble can scratch easily and need to be resealed every few months, while laminate can peel and fade in color. Natural stone looks good but needs a fair bit of maintenance. Engineered stone requires less. Quartz, depending on its quality, is low maintenance but can be hard to find in sizes small enough for vanities. Uninstalled, it costs about $75/sq.ft.
Depending on the extent of your remodel, you could pay anywhere from $12 to over $10,000 for bathroom fixtures. Here are some broad price ranges for common fixtures:
On average, to paint bathroom walls you will spend around $300–$800. Other than the shower/tub areas, satin or semi-gloss paint is oftentimes a preferred choice to tile because it’s easier and less costly to update. ConsumerReports.org says “Don’t waste money on bath-specific paint. Our testing reveals that any interior paint with good scores in mildew resistance ... holds up well. At $28 per gallon, it’s over $40 less per can than premium bath-specific paints.” Learn more about the costs of interior painting here.
The bathroom fan is vital because without one, high humidity can cause damage to paint or wallpaper, and even drywall and wood. Some fans even include motion-activated lights or heat-exchange. In some states, you have to have a fan to bring your remodel up to code. HGTV.com says “Plan to spend $80 to $400 for a new ventilation fan. Add another $250 to $500 for professional installation by an HVAC contractor.”
A good bathroom designer costs between $400–$2,500 and can save you up to 30% of your final cost due to diligent pre-planning. He or she will help you nail down your final choices and be able to show you samples and the finished result with drawings or on design software, to give you a visual of the finished product. This can be very helpful in ruling out certain ideas you thought would look great, but the software shows you they wouldn’t.
A designer can also be of great help if you are designing the bathroom for an older or disabled person. Most bathroom designers can remodel the bathroom to fit the needs of those in the home.
One of the newer reason as to why people are remodeling their bathrooms is to turn them into spa-like places of rest and comfort. For many, that includes new features like high-tech showers, mood lighting, digital controls, built-in sound, LED lighting, and showerheads with speakers. An electrician will have to wire all that, and possibly have to bring older wiring and outlets up to code in the process. To bring you electrical work up to code and install new lighting, you can expect to pay around $65–$85/hour.
Your plumber may find that when (s)he pulls up the flooring, the pipes below are rotting, or there is a lot of mold. Older homes will have to be brought up to code at an average cost of $45–$65/hour. Some plumbing needs may include:
The more concrete your budgeting numbers before you start, the more likely you are to stick to them. Some remodeling companies like San Diego Remodel Works, CA, recommend spending months in the pre-planning stages. They say the closer you are to including every single item in your budget, like faucets and hardware, the more accurate the quote you can get. Because they have been in the remodeling business for years and know the cost of everything off the top of their head, they’ll be able to put an estimate together much faster than a newer contractor.
Based on the Remodeling 2018 Cost vs. Value Report, you’ll recoup approx. 56%–80%:
However, these are the average numbers by combining all the costs and sales numbers around the nation. Mortgage companies will not give buyers bigger mortgages if the cost of your house per square foot is much higher than all the recent sales around you, so you might not get back much of your investment.
Many contractors are knowledgeable about energy-saving, environmentally friendly products. Some states offer rebates on your purchase of energy-saving vent fans, lighting, or tech products. Also consider adding as many energy-saving features to your remodel as possible.
Expect the whole process to take about three months, to happen in the following order:
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