Figuring Out How Much Your Bathroom Remodel Will Cost

Figuring Out How Much Your Bathroom Remodel Will Cost

Bathroom Remodeling
Additions and Remodels
By Team August 13, 2021

Planning a bathroom remodel is tough work. Even if it’s a simple bathroom remodel, all the various steps in planning and execution take a lot of mental and physical energy. One very important element that you should always be wary of when remodeling pretty much any room is cost. 

Knowing approximately how much your project is going to cost will help you put together a budget and plan out the bathroom renovation process accordingly. Fortunately, putting together a rough budget is not very difficult if you know exactly what changes you are going to make to your bathroom. The key to calculating the average cost of a bathroom remodel is in the details.

Bathroom Remodel Cost Breakdown

Coming up with a bathroom renovation estimate is easier when the different stages are separated and assessed on their own. This will allow you to better understand how much you will be spending at each step of the process and how much you can expect to pay at a particular time. 

Designing and Planning

Bringing An Interior Designer On Board Your Bathroom Remodel

Bringing An Interior Designer On Board Your Bathroom Remodel

Before you can ask “how much does a bathroom remodel cost” it helps to envision what exactly you want your remodel to accomplish. Designing and planning is a relatively flexible stage of the bathroom remodeling process, so it’s a good time to gauge the dent this is going to leave in your wallet. Of course, the dent would be much smaller if you’re doing your bathroom remodel yourself. However, if you do not have much experience in planning remodels or interior design, you may want to hire a contractor to help you out.

Before the labor kicks in, the service costs during the designing and planning stage are something you can factor in first. While there is no set price that all interior designers charge for their services, you can expect to pay from $1,500 to $2,000 for a partial remodel, and upwards of $4,000 for a full one. Do keep in mind that these numbers will vary greatly depending on the kind of professional you are working with, how many years of experience they have, as well as what area of the country you live in. 

Ordering Materials

Experts of the trade will tell you that the material costs for bathroom remodels are going to be 60% of your overall budget. This makes sense considering the many elements at play and the many features and pieces that are probably going to be replaced.

The cost of materials for a small bathroom remodel ranges from $3,000 to $7,000. This includes toilets, showers, and other bathroom fixtures. For a full bathroom remodel, however, you will need to work with a larger budget of approximately $10,000 and upwards (based on the quality and luxury of the materials you choose).

Bathroom Surfaces

The Cost of Floor and Wall Materials for Your Bathroom

The Cost of Floor and Wall Materials for Your Bathroom

This refers to the walls and the floor. Before installing any other bathroom fixtures or furniture the surfaces should already be remodeled and updated.

There is a lot of bathroom flooring to choose from. But regardless of which one you choose, the national average for bathroom floor remodels range from $500 to $2,000.

Bathroom walls cover a lot more surface area, especially if you’re going to be working on a master bathroom. Whether you choose fiberglass, ceramic tiles, or even concrete, the cost to redo the walls in your bathroom will range from $5,000 to $10,000. Keep in mind that this number includes the demolition, material, and labor cost as well. While it is possible to remodel the bathroom walls on your own, it is typically done by masons or tilers. 

Vanity Costs

A Beautiful Vanity Can Be Expensive, But It Doesn't Have to Be

A Beautiful Vanity Can Be Expensive, But It Doesn't Have to Be

A new vanity can either make or break your bathroom remodel. If the shower and toilet are the determiners of bathroom functionality, the vanity is the room’s face. You can find a simple bathroom vanity for around $300. For more luxurious or complex installations, you can expect to pay around $2,000.

If you are working on a tighter budget or are not doing a full bathroom remodel, look for functionality before style. Find a vanity that suits your practical needs more than your stylistic preferences. You can always reface or repaint the vanity to match the interior. However, in terms of functionality, once the vanity is installed it’s going to be very difficult to finetune its core features or size.

Bathroom Shower Costs

Deliberate consideration in your choice of a new shower could make both mornings and evenings a lot more enjoyable. If you are not looking for anything too fancy or aren’t interested in tech evolutions like shower massage panels or a smart shower control system, you can purchase a high-end shower for around $3,000; installation included.

To take your shower experience to a new level you may have to invest a lot more, as acquiring and installing the more cutting edge, high-tech units come to around $7,000.

How Much Does a New Toilet Cost?

How Much You Can Save If You Install Your New Toilet Yourself

How Much You Can Save If You Install Your New Toilet Yourself

Toilets are pretty straightforward when it comes to calculating their cost — there’s the unit and the installation. There are different kinds of toilets to choose from which have their own unique benefits. For example, the low-flush (or low-flow) is your standard unit that is designed to waste less water. They range from $400 to $600 dollars and are typically one of the more affordable options. For something more stylized there you have the wall-mounted toilets, which can cost upwards of $1,500. 

The average cost for toilet installation is anywhere from $200 to $400, though this number varies depending on how experienced your plumber is and the kind of what is his skill level as a professional.

Bathroom Plumbing Prices

Even with the highest quality plumbing pipes can still wear out over time through the corrosive nature of water. With a full bathroom remodel, though, it’s definitely impossible to avoid. Replacing old pipes and plumbing fixtures costs a national average of around $6,000 and upwards of $10,000. But keep in mind that this number also includes the bath, shower, and sink replacements as well. 

Many plumbers charge by the hour so you will need to consult with them about how long it will take to update the pipes and plumbing features if you are doing a full remodel. This also depends on how fast they work, which depends on experience.

Light Fixtures and Electrical

Factoring In Lighting Fixtures and Electrical Into Your Bathroom Remodel

Factoring In Lighting Fixtures and Electrical Into Your Bathroom Remodel

The lighting in your bathroom must not only be stylish but also practical. Getting the lighting right is not only a matter of it looking good but also working the way it is intended. Updating the light fixtures is not a very labor-intensive task, but for more complicated units you may need professional help. In general, you can expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $200 for good quality bathroom light fixtures; installation labor costs not included.

The cost of hiring an electrician to install new lighting fixtures, outlets, and check the wiring in your bathroom will vary from specialist to specialist. Some charge per project, others do it by the hour. You can expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $200 per hour. For a partial remodel, where you may want to change a few lighting fixtures or update the outlets, the electrician should take no more than three hours. For a full remodel, most electricians will charge by the scope of the project, from $500 to $600. 

More Accessible Bathroom Remodel Ideas

If you are looking for a more inexpensive bathroom remodel there is a lot you can work with. Budget-friendly bathroom updates are out there and you can use them to make some quick and easy improvements to refresh your washroom.

Reface the Tub

Discolored, grimy bathtubs that do not look very pleasant to bathe in happens as a result of water and soaps slowly corroding the paint. By refacing your tub you can restore its gorgeous white color and help it work in a sleek, modern interior. Refinishing a tub typically costs around $50 to $500 and considering how the tub is one of the most visible surfaces in the bathroom, it is definitely worth the price.

Refresh the Cabinets

Cabinets, be they in the kitchen or bathroom, are always in use and have a tendency to fall apart after years of being slammed closed. Refreshing the exterior of the cabinet is a relatively small bathroom renovation cost but it will make a huge difference in the overall interior. For more basic cabinet resurfacing, which would include minor repairs, as well as mending the paint, the cost would come around to $300. On the other hand, if you’re looking for something more specialized and in-depth, such as completely replacing the cabinet door, changing up the layout, or applying a more advanced finish, you may need to pay upwards of $500 and more.

Install the Toilet Yourself

If you don’t shy away from more advanced DIY projects, then this can be a great way to learn about your bathroom and the intricacies of plumbing. All you really need to do is follow the manufacturer’s instructions and you get to save the $150 to $350 you would have paid for the installation.

Accent Walls 

For stylistic flair that doesn’t break the bank, consider creating an accent wall. All you need is to paint, stencil, or wallpaper one portion of a wall to create some extra heterogeneity in the bathroom and make the interior more complex.

Get Rid of Grout Staining

One thing that can really tarnish a bathroom interior is grout stains. What were once gorgeous and vibrant walls are now tainted with grime-covered crevices. Instead of replacing the tiles, you can simply get special cleaning services to help you brighten them up and restore your bathroom’s original sheen. But to keep your tile grout maintained in perfect condition, you can’t always rely on someone else. You’d be very surprised to know that there are a lot of little tricks and hacks you can make use of to keep your tiles and grout looking fresh, without any stains ruining the gorgeous sheen of the surface.


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