Average Bathroom Remodel Cost

The average bathroom remodel costs $8,851, with most homeowners in the Bay Area spending $8,000 to $25,000 for a full remodel. A small bathroom remodel costs $2,500 to $15,000 and a master bath runs $10,000 to $25,000. Bathroom renovations cost $120 to $275 per square foot depending on the quality of materials, labor, and layout changes.

 

BATHROOM REMODEL COST

National Average Cost $8,851

Minimum Cost $1,800

Maximum Cost $40,000

Average Bay Area range $8,000 to $25,000

  • Bathroom remodels increases your home's resale value and have a 65% return on investment.

  • A complete bathroom remodel takes 7 to 14 days or about 1 to 2 weeks.

  • Cost of bathroom depends on material, and if new plumbing is necessary.

Bathroom Remodel Cost Estimator

Price factors include local labor rates, quality of materials and fixtures, changing or expanding the layout, adding fixtures, repairs, and hiring specialists.

 

BATHROOM REMODEL COST ESTIMATOR

Small $2,500 – $10,000

Full $6,000 – $15,000

Master $10,000 – $30,000

  • Installation and labor typically makes up 20% or more.

  • Materials and fixtures regularly account for 60% and up.

  • Hiring a professional designer runs about 5% to 10%.

Small Bathroom Remodel Cost

A small bathroom remodel costs $2,500 to $10,000, with most homeowners spending about $5,000 to renovate 40 square feet or less. Minor bathroom renovations with economical fixtures, basic upgrades, and some DIY work can cost $3,000 or less.

Typical Full Bathroom Remodel Cost

A full bathroom remodel costs $6,000 to $15,000 for a complete tear-out where almost everything is replaced, but the layout doesn't change. Midrange bathroom renovations include fixtures, showers, flooring, lighting, cabinets, wall tiling, painting, mirrors, and more.

 

Master Bathroom Remodel Cost

A master bathroom remodel costs $10,000 to $30,000 or $18,000 on average according to Remodeling Magazine. Luxury master bath remodels cost up to $50,000 and include high-end fixtures, upscale materials, freestanding bathtub, walk-in shower, a double vanity, flooring, lighting, and everything in between.

 

 

Average Cost of Bathroom Remodel Per Square Foot

The average cost of a bathroom remodel is $120 to $275 per square foot depending on the quality of the materials and fixtures, and local labor costs. DIY bathroom remodeling costs as low as $70 to $100 per square foot, but does require some experience when you renovate it yourself.

 

BATHROOM REMODEL COST PER SQUARE FOOT

SizeSquare FeetAverage Cost

3x5   15 $1,800 – $4,100

4x6   16 $1,900 – $4,400

4x8   32 $3,900 – $8,800

5x7   35 $4,200 – $9,600

5x8   40 $4,900 – $10,900

5x9   45 $5,500 – $12,300

5x10 50 $6,100 – $13,700

6x6   36 $4,400 – $9,900

6x8  48 $5,900 – $13,100

6x9  54 $6,600 – $14,800

6x10 60 $7,300 – $16,400

7x9   63 $7,700 – $17,200

8x8   64 $7,800 – $17,500

8x10 80 $9,800 – $21,900

9x10 90 $11,000 – $24,600

10x10 100 $12,200 – $27,400

10x12 120 $14,700 – $32,800

11x9   99  $12,100 – $27,100

12x13 156 $19,000 – $42,800

 

Average Labor Cost To Remodel Bathroom

The average labor cost to remodel a bathroom is $1,300 to $4,300 and up, or around 20% of the total budget for a standard bathroom. Bathroom remodeling contractors charge $40 to $100 per hour on average depending on the type of specialist.

 

 

 

Bathroom Remodel Materials Cost

Bathroom remodeling materials cost between $2,000 to $10,000 on average, or around 60%+ of the overall budget. Prices depend on whether the materials and fixtures are basic and off-the-shelf, or high-end and custom. The bathroom price list below shows a breakdown for a typical remodel.

BATHROOM REMODEL MATERIAL PRICE LIST

ItemAverage Cost

Fixtures $300 – $2,500

Showers $400 – $4,000

Vanity $300 – $3,000

Countertops $200 – $1,000

Light Fixture $50 – $300

Exhaust Fan $30 – $350

Flooring $300 – $1,800

Doors & Windows $200 to $1,500

Paint $50 – $200

Mirror $30 – $500

Plumbing $400 – $2,000

*Prices from Home Depot and Lowe's. Does not include installation labor.

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Bathroom Renovation Costs

An average bathroom renovation costs $2,000 to $5,000 depending on the size of the project and the quality of materials. Renovating a bathroom in stages is much cheaper than remodeling everything at once. Common bathroom updates include fixing damage, repainting, resurfacing, or replacing fixtures.

Bathroom renovations are typically fixing or replacing your current amenities, whereas remodeling involves adding or upgrading fixtures, showers, bathtubs, tiling, and possibly designing a new layout.

BATHROOM RENOVATION COSTS

OptionAverage Cost To Install

Install Shower$800 – $5,000

Install Bathtub$800 – $6,000

Install Toilet$120 – $800

Install Sink$200 – $1,500

Install Cabinetry$500 – $3,600

Install Medicine Cabinet$100 – $300

Refacing Existing Cabinets$200 – $800

Install Shower Tile$300 – $3,000

Install Flooring$800 – $7,000

Install Light Fixture$150 – $1,500

Painting Cost$150 – $500

Install Countertops$450 – $1,500

Install Fan$100 – $400

Install Mirror$200 – $600

Install Hardware$50 – $300

Complete Reglazing$700 – $1,000

Obtain Permits$200 – $800

*Prices include materials and professional labor.

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Cost To Gut & Demolish A Bathroom

The average cost to gut and demolish a bathroom is $400 to $2,000. Prices depend on the room size, type of materials, which fixtures are being removed, if walls are being demolished, and if any damage is found in the subflooring or inner wall structure. You can DIY to save money, but hire a professional to inspect your electrical wiring and plumbing.

Cost To Expand A Bathroom

The average cost to expand the size of a bathroom is $2,500 to $12,500. Expanding a bathroom includes installing new plumbing pipes, rerouting electrical, installing new framing and drywall, adding structural headers, and more. Building a new bathroom addition costs $20,000 to $50,000.

Bathroom Disability Remodeling Cost

A bathroom remodel for disabled people costs $2,500 to $10,000 on average. Making a bathroom handicap-accessible may include grab bars, railings, changing the sink and toilet heights, a walk-in bathtub or barrier-free shower, a handheld showerhead, and widening doorways.

Most first-floor apartments and condominiums should have handicapped-accessible facilities. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers financial assistance and housing grants for remodeling between $7,000 and $39,000 for disabled veterans.

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Bathroom Remodel Cost Breakdown

According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association's breakdown, labor costs are the most significant expense of a bathroom remodel at 20% of the bill. Cabinetry and fixtures follow at 16% each, while design services at 4% are the least expensive.

 

BATHROOM REMODEL COST BREAKDOWN

Item Percentage Average Cost

Installation & Labor20% $1,300 – $4,300

Cabinetry & Hardware16% $1,050 – $3,400

Fixtures15% $1,000 – $3,200

Faucets & Plumbing14%$900 – $3,000

Flooring9%$600 – $1,900

Countertops7% $450 – $1,500

Lighting & Ventilation5% $300 – $1,100

Walls & Ceiling5% $300 – $1,100

Doors & Windows4% $250 – $850

Design Services4% $250 – $850

Disposal & Other1% $50 – $250

Total100% $6,450 – $21,450

Source: National Kitchen and Bath Association

Bathroom Design Cost Estimate

Hiring a bathroom designer costs $50 to $200 per hour for a consultation, with estimates ranging from $1,200 to $4,800 or about 5% to 10% of the project for a complete design. Getting the expertise of a designer increases the chances your ideal bathroom becomes a reality and eases the process.

 

 

By: Matteo Designs
11' x 8' – Full Master Bathroom Remodel With Plumbing Relocation, Custom Design & Cabinetry.

$30,000

Shower Remodel Cost

Remodeling a shower costs $800 to $5,000 on average to install a new shower stall, while putting in a custom-fitted acrylic liner runs $4,000 to $7,000. For luxury master bathrooms, a soaker tub with a separate walk-in shower remodel costs $5,000 to $15,000.

Home improvement stores sell various premade kits, while companies like BathWraps and Bath Fitter use exact-fit liners for an easy one-day installation for about $4,000. These companies offer free in-home consultations and remodel showers without tearing anything out.

 

By: Ravensworth Custom Home Improvements LLC
Master Bathroom Renovation With Glass Shower Door, Double Vanity, & Tile Throughout.

$30,000

Bathtub Remodel Prices

Installing a new bathtub costs between $800 and $6,000 for both labor and materials. A new bathtub liner costs $1,600 to $3,200 and completely covers your existing tub. The average cost to reglaze a tub is $275 to $559, or between $800 and $1,200 for the tub and shower tiles.

BATHTUB REMODEL PRICES

ItemAverage Cost

Install New Bathtub$1,000 – $2,500

Install Bathtub Liner$1,700 – $2,500

Bathtub Reglazing$275 – $550

Miracle Method Refinishing$475 – $600 (tub only)
$800 – $1,200 (tub and tile surround)

DIY Bathtub Refinishing$30 – $200

Old Tub Removal$85 – $250

Cost To Redo Bathroom Floor

The average cost to redo a bathroom floor is $7 to $20 per square foot or between $800 and $3,500 on average. Flooring installation costs depend on the type of material, demolition and removal of the old floor, and any repairs or replacements to damaged sub-flooring.

COST TO REDO BATHROOM FLOOR

MaterialCost Per Square Foot

Tile$10 – $20

Vinyl$2 – $8

Linoleum$3 – $10

Wood$6 – $20

 

By: Titus Builders
Master Bathroom Remodel - Freestanding tub, Granite, Tile flooring, large windows

Cost of Bathroom Fixtures

The average cost of bathroom fixtures for economy-grade is $500 to $2,500 and between $4,000 and $20,000 for high-end or custom fixtures. The total cost depends entirely on your budget and your tastes.

COST OF BATHROOM FIXTURES

FixtureEconomy & BasicHigh-End & Custom

Toilet$100 – $400$700 – $2,000

Bathtub$150 – $800$1,500 – $10,000

Sink$50 – $400$700 – $2,000

Light$150 – $1,000$1,200 – $4,000

Vanity Cabinet$120 – $800$1,200 – $5,000

*Average prices from Home Depot and Lowe's. Installation costs not included.

Electric & Plumbing Renovation Costs

Relocating or installing new electrical or plumbing fixtures typically costs $100 to $800 or more depending on the upgrade and if the contractors run into any issues. Also, older homes that don't meet current building codes may need new plumbing pipes or electrical wiring to increase power.

Do You Need Permits To Remodel A Bathroom

Bathroom remodeling permits typically cost $200 to $800, which includes the plan review, inspections, the permit, and fees. Pricing is location dependent, and some municipalities charge a flat 1% fee of the total construction costs. The process takes up to six weeks to finish inspections and issue the permit.

Additional fees may occur if your home is in a historic neighborhood. Typically, your contractor takes care of all the permitting and include these costs in their contract. Check with your homeowner's association to find out the local requirements. Without the right permits, it could be challenging to sell your home later.

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Typical Costs To Redo A Bathroom

The average cost to completely redo a bathroom is $6,000 to $25,000 depending on where you live, the size of your bathroom, and the quality of materials. Prices vary for one-day remodels, condos, shower room remodels, basements, and powder rooms.

Shower Room Renovation Cost

Repairing or renovating a shower room costs $250 to $4,000 depending on the type and what new parts are needed. A whole new shower room installation costs $900 to $2,000+ for both labor and materials.

SHOWER ROOM RENOVATION COSTS

ItemAverage Cost

Showerhead$15 – $300

Shower Door$250 – $500

Shower Pan or Base$400 – $700

Tub & Surround$200 – $1,500

Retiling$2,000 – $5,000

 

 

By: True North Designs
Bathroom Remodel with custom cabinetry, shelving, and walk-in shower

$22,000

Half-Bath or Powder Room Remodel Cost

A half-bath remodel costs $3,000 to $5,000 for a low-end project, while a high-end powder room remodel runs up to $15,000. An average half-bath or powder room is 18 to 30 square feet, and it has just enough space for one sink and a toilet.

High-End Bathroom Remodel Cost

A high-end bathroom remodel costs $25,000 to $40,000 for a complete makeover that includes unique designs, top-quality fixtures, custom cabinetry, additional lighting, heated floors, wall-length mirrors, and plumbing and electrical relocation.

 

 

How Much Does It Cost to Remodel a Bathroom Yourself?

A DIY bathroom remodel costs $1,500 to $10,000, or between $70 and $100 per square foot for low-end fixtures. Remodeling a bathroom yourself typically saves 50% from no labor costs, but you may still need to hire professionals for complicated plumbing and electrical work.

 

DIY BATHROOM REMODEL COST ESTIMATOR

SizeAverage Cost

3x5$1,050 – $1,500

5x7$2,450 – $3,500

6x8$3,360 – $4,800

8x8$4,480 – $6,400

10x10$7,000 – $10,000

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How Much Does It Cost To Remodel A 5x7 Bathroom?

The average cost to remodel a 5x7 bathroom is $4,200 to $9,600, including fixtures, materials, and professional labor. DIY costs with discounted parts start at $2,400. Prices depend on if it's a standard remodel or if the bathroom has unique design features and custom fixtures.

 

How Long Does It Take To Remodel A Bathroom?

Professional contractors take 15 to 25 days, or 3 to 4 weeks to fully remodel a bathroom depending on the size, design, level of fixtures, and if any plumbing changes are being made. Smaller bathroom renovations or refurbishings take 1 to 2 weeks to update.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO REMODEL A BATHROOM?

TypeDays

Minor Renovation5 – 7

Cosmetic Refurbishing10 – 14

Full Remodel15 – 25

What Is The Return On Investment For Bathroom Remodel?

The average return on investment for a bathroom remodel is 65% depending on the type of remodel and the quality of finishes. A mid-range remodel with standard fixtures and a neutral design returns 67.1%, while an upscale remodel with custom fixtures and unique designs yields 60.2%.

RETURN ON INVESTMENT FOR BATHROOM REMODEL

LevelReturn On Investment

Midrange67.1%

Upscale60.2%

Universal Design68.6%

 

Are Bathroom Remodels Worth It?

Remodeling your bathroom increases your home's resale value and helps it sell faster. Most bathroom remodels earned owners a 60% to 67% return on investment. Plus, your overall property value will increase by $13,700 for a mid-range remodel or up to $39,000 for an upscale remodel.

How Much Does It Cost To Retile A Bathroom?

Retiling a bathroom costs $10 to $40 per square foot plus at least $300 for old tile removal, and repairing any sub-flooring or surface damage beneath the tiles costs $1,000 or more. The average cost to retile a 120 square foot bathroom is $1,700 to $3,200.

Bathroom Remodeling on a Budget

The National Kitchen and Bath Association found that 38% of people have smaller bathroom remodeling budgets of $2,500, and only 21% spend more than $7,000. Remodeling on a budget still increases your home's value and has a 67% return on investment. DIY tasks are available, or you can remodel your bathroom in stages to save money.

How To Save on Bathroom Renovations

Keeping your overall costs down generates a higher return-on-investment. Make your bathroom renovation more affordable with these money-saving tips:

  1. Remodel in stages: Remodel your bathroom in stages instead of all at once. Replace broken or inefficient parts first and then move on to other sections as more budget becomes available.

  2. Avoid moving the tub, toilet, or shower: Moving fixtures requires additional plumbing work that costs much more and adds several days to your project.

  3. Buy materials yourself: Many DIY pros advise paying for a consultation or design services only, then purchasing the parts on clearance from local home improvement stores.

  4. Reuse or resurface fixtures: If your toilet, sink, cabinets, or bathtub isn't broken, consider reusing them. Another option is to refinish, resurface, or repaint the old fixtures, which cuts costs in half and makes them look new again.

  5. Reglaze and regrout old tiles: If the tiles aren’t cracked or chipped, don’t replace them. Reglazing tiles gives them a new surface finish in any color for around $800. Using intensive cleaning agents, then adding a layer of fresh grout makes them look like new.

  6. Pick open shelves instead of cabinets: Not only are open shelves cheaper, but they create a sense of having more space in your bathroom.

  7. Choose affordable alternatives: Choose off-the-shelf fixtures and materials over custom pieces. For example, a walk-in shower with only a shower curtain barrier saves you the added costs of installing a sliding shower door.

  8. Do some DIY: Tasks such as removing old fixtures, ripping out old tiles and tubs, or painting the walls will speed up the process and help reduce your overall costs.

 

Ideas To Avoid

  1. Don’t install laminate countertops unless you’re doing a low-budget, fast remodel. Non-porous stone or tile counters last longest.

  2. Don’t put wallpaper inside a bathroom because it won’t last long due to the humidity. Painted walls are better if you’re on a tight budget.

Remodel Your Bathroom All At Once, Or In Stages?

Major bathroom remodels take weeks, so it’s better to do the entire bathroom all at once because it’s used often. Only remodel a bathroom in stages if you are limited in budget and have another full bath available to use. There's nothing worse than doing a renovation without having a fully functional bathroom.

Instead of one update at a time, group the larger tasks at the same time to save on labor costs. For example, if you're installing a tub and new tile floor, do it together.

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Bathroom Remodeling Ideas

When planning your new bathroom, discovering ideas and design trends is an essential part of the process. Consider these ideas recommended from professionals:

  • Choose textured bathroom flooring materials that are non-slip and non-porous.

  • Glazed flooring surfaces are easier to clean and more stain-resistant than natural stone.

  • Select larger tiles where possible. Larger tiles are a popular design trend and have less grout to clean later.

  • Install towel bars on the back of your bathroom door in a small bathroom to save space.

  • Use painter’s tape to mark the heights where you want to hang your mirror, shelves, and towel racks after the contractors finish the walls.

  • Choose a ventilation fan based on your bathroom's location. Large, loud fans add a sense of privacy, but may wake others up at night.

  • Choose a corner sink or pedestal sink for small bathrooms to save space.

  • Vanity and built-in sink combo sets offer the most storage space, but take up the most area.

  • Floating vanities offer a completely open floor space beneath for variable storage.

  • Install more mirrors or increase the size of your existing mirrors to make the bathroom feel more spacious.

  • Install a shower bench for sitting, shaving, storage, and to enhance the functionality of a shower.

  • Add a luxury massage-spray showerhead with extra features.

 

 

Green Bathroom Remodeling Ideas

You can create a more environmentally friendly bathroom by selecting energy-efficient fixtures and accessories. For example:

GREEN BATHROOM REMODELING IDEAS

ItemCostDescription

Faucet Aerators$3 – $12Reduces the flow of water without reducing pressure saving water and energy.

Shower Aerators$15 – $30Low-pressure showerheads lower your water bills.

Touchless Faucet$90 – $500Automatic faucets are easy to turn on (and off), saving water.

Bidet Toilet$1,200 – $1,800Washes below the belt and eliminates the need for toilet paper.

Low-flow Toilet$90 – $500Modern low-flow toilets provide ample flushing power while saving water.

Eco-friendly Shower Curtain$30 – $200Curtains made from hemp, cotton, or polyester blends are a great alternative to toxic PVC vinyl curtains.

Skylights$500 – $3,000Embrace better, natural lighting by installing skylights to save electricity.

Grey-water System$700 – $4,000Reuses water from sinks, baths, showers, and washing machines to irrigate your garden.

Eco-friendly Cabinets$80 – $3,000+Made from sustainable wheat board, timber, or bamboo, and are non-toxic.

Eco-friendly Flooring$2 – $20 per square footSustainable flooring materials are often non-toxic, like cork, bamboo, or recycled glass tiles.

 

Questions To Ask A Bathroom Remodeling Contractor

  1. How many bathroom remodels have you done like this before?
    Every remodeling project is different, and contractors may specialize in certain kinds of jobs. Ask about their expertise upfront to get the best results.

  2. Can I see a portfolio of your past bathroom remodeling jobs?
    Ask to see photos and examples of their past work. Ask the contractor for references to contact and read their reviews in detail online.

  3. Are you licensed, insured, and bonded?
    Verify upfront that all contractors and subcontractors are licensed, insured, and bonded, and that their information is up to date.

  4. Who's the project manager, and will you use subcontractors?
    General contractors may appoint a supervisor or project manager to run the day-to-day process of your remodel. Be sure to meet them upfront. If your contractor hires specialists, verify their licensing and insurance, and ask upfront what will be subcontracted.

  5. What hours do you and your crew work?
    Ask what time their work day starts and ends. Some contractors like to start very early, while others will stick around late. Also, ask if they clean up at the end of each day.

  6. What permits do I need, and will you obtain them?
    If a contractor doesn't know which permits you need, or is not willing to get them, it's a sign they may be unlicensed. Once the permits are acquired, ask to see them before the project begins.

  7. What’s your payment schedule like?
    Avoid making any payments upfront. Never pay in full, and all payments should be made for work completed or at the end of each milestone.

  8. What does your warranty policy include?
    Coverage of 1 to 2 years after finishing the job is an average timeframe.

  9. How do you handle damages that happen on the job?
    Don’t sign a contract with someone who won’t take responsibility for mistakes during construction.

Getting Quotes & Signing An Agreement

After researching, meeting with multiple contractors on-site, asking questions, verifying state licensing and insurance, going through the project details, and comparing estimates, it's time to select a contractor and get everything in writing. Look for the following information in your contract:

  • Precise beginning date, deadlines, and schedule for each task.

  • Details for who handles the cleanup afterward

  • Explanation of who takes on the responsibility of protecting finished surfaces during construction

  • Itemized list of all permits, materials, and labor involved.

  • An explanation of how they’ll notify you of any unexpected costs.

  • List of all the construction tasks they’ll complete along with the prices of each.

  • Full warranty description.

  • Description of all flood tests and pressure tests they’ll perform for new fixtures and plumbing.

  • Penalties when the contractors don’t meet their deadlines

Bathroom Remodel Process

  1. Plan the layout, and make a list of all the updates desired.

  2. Research all the materials and fixtures you want, and have a good idea of any custom elements.

  3. Research contractors and get at least three in-person estimates.

  4. Agree on budget and timeframe, and sign the contract.

  5. Plan the design, get permits, and order the materials.

  6. Contractors start the tear out by gutting everything and fixing any unexpected problems such as leaks or mold.

  7. Rerouting plumbing or electrical updates if fixtures are changing locations.

  8. Installing flooring, tiling, paint, fixtures, and lighting.

  9. A final walkthrough to ensure everything has been completed to your satisfaction.

Now that you know how to plan and budget your bathroom remodel, get free estimates from remodeling contractors in your area. Compare prices, reviews, and past work quickly and easily here on HomeGuide.

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