Bathroom Remodel Cost Estimator

Calculate how much it costs to do a complete bathroom remodel. Price quote includes: new fixtures (toilet, sink, shower, tub), tile flooring, vanity, sink, countertop, and shelving.

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Removal of old fixtures and installation of new drywall, tile flooring, and optional tile on all walls are included in the price quote. However, plumbing and electric work are not included.

You can choose 3 different trim levels - Basic (for rental apartments), Mid range (suitable for most homes) and Luxury.

Keep in mind that the local cost of a bathroom remodel can vary as much as 20% above national average (for Pacific region) to 18% below national average for East South Central regions of US. Thus, to get location-based pricing, select your region from the options menu.

Average bathroom remodeling costs

Across the US, homeowners report spending $9,500-18,000 to completely renovate a standard size bathroom (8x10).

Its important to note that prices vary significantly, depending on where you live. While the cost of materials is roughly the same across state lines, labor rates can vary up or down by as much as 20-30%

For example, California residents report the highest overall bathroom remodeling prices, with the average being $17,000-25,000 or more to update a medium size bathroom, in areas like San Francisco and Los Angeles.

In the Northeast, areas like New York city, Boston, Washington D.C., etc. will have high rates that are overall similar to cities in California.

Southern states have some of the renovation rates, and average cost of a new bathroom there can be as low as $7,000-11,000 for the same size space. In the Northeast, areas like New York city, Boston, Washington D.C., etc. will have high rates that are overall similar to cities in California.

Cost to remodel a small bathroom

The national average cost to redo a small bathroom is $7,000-10,500. It includes basic updates, using mid-range quality materials and accessories. However, if you can do a lot of the work yourself and just want to make cosmetic updates, like new paint, new vanities, faucet, toilet, and a few accessories, you can spend as little as $2,000-3,500

Shower installation or replacement

A shower replacement starts at $2,300 and can go up to as much as $15,000, depending on what you have in mind.

Tearing out a bathtub and putting in a new shower enclosure costs about $2,000-3,500. If you want to step it up in terms of luxury, the price to install a steam shower starts at $2,650 but can go as high as $5,000 - 8,000 if you want to add fancy frills, like aromatherapy pump, custom shower enclosure, mood lighting, etc.

Major bathroom layout changes

One of the biggest expenses in a bathroom remodel is making big changes to the layout of the bathroom, which usually involves moving piping, and doing electric work. If you can avoid this, you can save thousands of dollars on your renovation.

However, in some cases moving fixtures is necessary to increase the comfort level of using the space. Here you need to carefully plan your budget and have a clear sense of how much these updates will cost.

Making your bathroom handicap accessible can add $2,500-4,500 to the total.

Putting in all new plumbing and moving around the sink and toilet can cost at least $3,000-5,500 extra.

Remodeling a master bathroom

People spend the most money to remodel a master bathroom. Average reported prices start at $15,500 - 22,000. However, you may end up spending as much as $40,000-50,000, depending on the size of the space, moving walls, piping, quality of materials, desired level of luxury, and overall complexity of labor.

Cost of a bathroom addition

Putting in a bathroom addition is also expensive. Average prices range from $20,000 to 35,000+, depending on the location and size of the addition, electrical, plumbing and HVAC work required, etc.

Materials prices

how much is a bathroom remodel When it comes to bathroom fixtures, tiles, lighting and other accessories there is a wide rage of materials to choose from. You can get away with spending as little as $800-1,500 on all new materials and fixtures for your bathroom, to as much as your wallet can handle.

In most bathroom remodels, the contractor will obtain the materials as well. This makes it easier for him to get everything prepared and ready before the work begins, and is often easier for the homeowner.

Usually, your contractor will roll in a 10-15% mark up into the materials prices, as this is how he makes profit. Sometimes the mark up can be as high as 20%.

Its important to note that even if you plan to get all the materials yourself in order to save money, your contractor will still roll in a 10-15% up charge on his labor. Without this, most contractors don't make enough money to make it profitable for them to take on the project.

Another thing to consider when sourcing your own materials is that it may delay the timing of the whole remodel. You will have no control over when materials arrive, any delays in shipment, as well as any damages that may warrant replacement. This may frustrate your contractor who is working under a certain time line to complete your remodel.

Here is how much you can expect to spend on budget friendly to mid range bathroom fixtures and accessories:

Acrylic tub $250-500

Prefabricated shower kit (shower stall with standard base) $350-900

Toilet $100-300

Shower head $35-150

Faucet $40-130

Ceramic floor tile (8x10 bathroom, labor not included) $200-600

Ceramic wall tile (100 sq.ft.) $300-700

Mirror $60-230

Vanity with sink $200-800

Vanity countertop $300-1,000 depending on size and material br/>
Lighting $60-350, depending on the type and number of fixtures

Shelving $80-400

Towel bars, hooks, etc $40-160

Professional labor charges

Contractors who specialize in bathroom remodels charge $65-85 per hour, depending on local labor rates.

Hiring a plumber costs $60-85 per hour.

Electricians charge $65-90 per hour.

Tile installers cost $35-70 per hour, depending on the type of work you want. Doing custom tile designs and mosaics can cost 3-4 times as much as laying regular wall or floor tile.

Typically, if you are doing a major remodel, its best to hire a general contractor to manage and oversee all other types of labor that need to be done as part of the project. It is much more difficult and often more expensive to look for each type of contractor on your own. GC's have agreements with subcontractors in specific trades and can get you an overall better price.

Its best to hire pros who have a license, insurance and will pull all appropriate work permits from your town.
Pro Tip: if you want to keep your costs down, as well as stick to the original time line for completing the remodel, make sure that you don't change your mind about certain parts of the remodel once the work begins.

Many homeowners are notorious for doing this, and then they are taken aback by extremely high change order fees that the contractor slams them with. However, they fail to understand how difficult, time consuming and unprofitable it is for the pro to make these changes in the middle of the project.

How long does it take to remodel a bathroom?

Doing a major bathroom remodel or putting in an entirely new bathroom can take a long time. On average homeowners report waiting 3-5 weeks for the project to be finished.

In addition to the overall scope of work, the time frame will depend on how busy your contractor is and how he schedules his jobs. Ask this question before you hire a company and get disappointed when they show up to do your bathroom only 2 times a week, or leave your project unattended for 1 or 2 weeks.

If you expect the contractor to come in and work every day, you need to look for a company that is able to provide this kind of service. Usually, smaller remodeling companies, or ones that are just starting out and don't have too many clients will be able to give a lot more attention to your project and will finish it faster.

In general, big home improvement stores, such as Lowe's and Home Depot have very long wait times to complete a big project, such a bathroom remodel. Many homeowners report waiting as long as 3 months to have their bathroom finished!

These places also have a much higher mark up on labor and materials compared to most private contractors. Overall, its best to avoid working with them.

Return on investment

When planning how much you want spend to update your bathroom, consider the return on investment of this project. This is especially important if you want to sell your home in the near future (2-5 years), or are currently prepping your house for sale.

Indeed, refinishing an old bathroom is one of the most desirable projects around the house. It helps attract buyers and significantly boosts house value. In a hot housing market, a new bathroom can recoup over 100% of your investment! On average, a typical bathroom remodel offers about 75-80% return on investment.

There is an important caveat here though: your gorgeous bathroom will not pay off, if it was completed instead of other more pressing projects, such as: heating, plumbing, HVAC, roofing, siding, etc.

If all these items have been checked off, and then on top of this you make your bathrooms look spectacular, then sure, prospective buyers will be thrilled!

How much should you spend on a bathroom remodel

- Mid-range upgrades ($12,000-18,000) get top ROI in most middle class towns around USA. When you spend $55,000+ on a lavish new bathroom, you may not get more than 30-40% back. However, spending this same amount of money in an upscale neighborhood will yield a much higher ROI of 60-70%

-If you have an old home, with only 1 bathroom, its best to invest money into building a second bathroom, instead of updating the one you have. While a bathroom addition typically doesn't recoup more than 50% of its value, this may be a necessary requirement for selling your home at a desirable price.

- Consider your overall house value and sale price. If your house is worth $300,000, it does not make sense to drop $50,000 on a new bathroom. However, if your home is worth a couple of million, than you should spend $50,000-60,000 on your bathroom, to make it look on par with the rest of the house.

- Research the value of homes in your neighborhood, especially those located right next to you. If you have an expensive home with very high-end updates, but your neighbors' houses are much more modest, it is wiser to invest less money and avoid having an over the top bathroom. Most likely you will not recoup its cost. Conversely, if you live in a high-end neighborhood, prospective buyers may be disappointed if they don't see luxury bathrooms in your home.

The rule of thumb is: your total remodeling budget should not exceed the ceiling of your neighborhood home values, otherwise you will not get your money back.

Top bathroom remodeling updates and ideas

Cost of High-end Bathroom Remodel Here are the essentials that realtors and builders recommend including in your bathroom renovation plan:

1. Replace old, dated fixtures (sink, toilet, faucet, countertops): this is an easy, relatively inexpensive fix that goes a long way.

2. Invest into cosmetics rather than big changes: visuals impress the most, so spend money on new paint, wall and floor tile and other elements that have an instant positive impression.

3. Add good lighting: having different types of quality lighting in the bathroom can be a valuable bonus.

4. Replace the old tub with a large walk-in shower: this update remains extremely popular, as more and more homeowners appreciate high-end walk in showers, with steam and other bells and whistles, than traditional tubs (even expensive ones). However, if your home only has one bathroom, you should leave the tub in and replace it, if its old.

5. Install a quality double sink in a master bathroom: this is a highly popular update, especially in high-end homes.

It is best to do some research and consult with your realtor what is most relevant to buyers right now, in your market. These particulars may not be the same across all regions in US.

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    As you can see, there is a lot to consider before any bathroom remodeling project. While many homeowners can handle a few smaller bathroom renovation projects, many need help along the way. If you fall in the latter, be sure to connect with a local bathroom remodeling pro before any transformation is made.