Bathroom Design Cost

The average cost of hiring a bathroom designer is $4,000.

In this guide

Design planning
Working with a designer
Design fees
Labor
Enhancements
Additional Considerations
FAQ

How much does it cost to design a bathroom?

Designing a bathroom can be a complex process, but often results in a better layout, more spaciousness, higher practicality, and a more attractive appearance. Professional bathroom design can also greatly enhance your home’s value. Bathroom design is often added to bathroom remodeling. It can ensure that your remodeling project has maximum investment value, preventing poor design choices from being made were you to go it alone.

The cost of hiring a professional bathroom designer is highly variable. Cost factors include the complexity of the project and the amount of labor needed. In this guide, we assess the average cost of bathroom design.

Design planning

A bathroom averages about 5'x8' (40 sq. ft.). The average cost of bathroom remodeling is $250 per sq.ft. ($10,000). Design is a separate service and the cost should be added to that of remodeling.

Before you start your remodeling project, you’ll need to decide with your designer what the new layout will be, what materials should be purchased, and what architectural elements, furnishings, and other features should be added during the remodeling process. This should be discussed with your total budget in mind, as well as your plans for bathroom use.

Are you designing and remodeling the bathroom because you want to sell your home? Then your choices should be influenced by current market demands. Designed with sale in mind, you could recoup 60%-90% of your investment. If you are planning to stay in your home for at least a while, your design choices should take your personal preferences and lifestyle into consideration.

Working with a designer

Bathroom designers and general interior designers don’t handle architectural or hands-on remodeling work, but their advice can make big contributions to both. Designers will help you choose a layout, materials, and style that are suited to your goals and budget. A normal interior designer typically provides design services for all room types, while a bathroom designer specializes in bathrooms only. Prices for hiring bathroom designers generally don’t differ from normal interior designers.

The average bathroom remodeling project takes 23 working days (4.5 weeks). The labor of design work usually amounts to 24 total hours. Much of the design work takes place before remodeling starts, and usually consists of initial meetings, planning visits, and drawing up design plans. After that, the designer may come in to check how the remodeling is coming along and make sure the planned design is being carried out. You should expect to have most of the design work done in the month or few weeks prior to your desired remodeling start date.

When hiring a designer, look for NKBA certification (National Kitchen and Bath Association). This will ensure that the designer has an extensive education in the best practices of designing room layouts, planning storage solutions, and the installation of cabinets, plumbing, lighting, and typical bathroom fixtures.

Design fees

Bathroom designers typically charge hourly rates for their services. Below some standard whole-project price estimates are provided, which cover initial meetings, planning, design presentations, additional meetings, and shopping for materials, as well as design documentation, drawings, and digital storyboards.

  • The average cost of hiring a designer to assist with your bathroom remodeling project is $3,000-$4,000. Basic design services can run lower, at $1,400-$2,000.
  • To get only a design plan with no specific prices on specific items included, the average cost is $2,500-$3,000.
  • The added price of getting quotes for actual treatments, features, or pieces is an extra $1,500-$2,200.

Many designers also offer one-time consultations in which they can advise you on what design ideas may be best for your bathroom. The cost of such consultations is generally $225.

Labor

The typical rate for designers is $50-$200 per hour. High-end designers charge rates at the most expensive end of that spectrum, or higher. Professional design services usually amount to 24 total hours of labor ($1200-$4800).

After a remodel has begun, site visits are generally charged by the hour, and have minimums of $100 or so.

The cost of common bathroom design and remodeling upgrades is provided below. Costs include materials and labor:

  • Bathtubs and showers: upgrading to a whirlpool bathtub typically costs $2815. Upgrading your shower stall costs $2000. Relocating and replacing your tub or shower can cost as much as $4800-$5400.
  • Toilets: the cost of relocating and replacing a toilet is $360-$400.
  • Countertops and cabinets: installing custom cherry cabinets with granite countertops costs $3110.
  • Faucets: installing a polished nickel faucet costs $580-$760.
  • Tile: Placing 120 sq.ft. of ceramic tile flooring costs $1320.
  • Light/fan: Adding a light/fan combination costs $245-$265.
  • Medicine cabinets: installation of a recessed medicine cabinet costs $300.
  • Walls: insulation costs $685. Finishing costs $990. Painting costs $100-$290.
  • Electricity: electricians charge $65-$85 per hour. Project pricing depends on project specifics.
  • Plumbing: plumbers charge $45-$65 per hour. Project pricing depends on project specifics.
  • Carpentry: carpenters charge $70 per hour. Project pricing depends on project specifics.

Enhancement and improvement costs

Radiant floor 1 heating

Having radiant floor heating is a big comfort in the winter, when tile flooring can feel unpleasantly cold. This typically costs $80-$120 for a 40 sq. ft. bathroom ($2-$3 per sq. ft.).

Steam shower

Steam showers are generally regular showers with the added feature of producing steam. This effectively makes them shower/sauna combinations. Installing a steam shower costs $2,500 on average.

Custom accessories

Custom accessories can be built in your bathroom as a part of its new design. Crafting built-in shelving starts at $154 per linear foot. It costs between $400 and $610 on average to build a bathroom vanity. Building natural stone countertops cost $40-$120 per sq. ft.

Skylight

Adding a skylight in your bathroom can create a great source of natural light without sacrificing privacy. The average cost is $450-$1,500.

Additional considerations and costs

Relative expense

Bathrooms are some of the most expensive rooms to remodel, due to the plumbing and electrical work necessary, as well as the cost of bathroom materials and elements such as countertops, tiles, bathtubs, and showers. The cost of a bathroom remodel is typically 280% higher than a bedroom remodel.

Tips

When you are in the planning process with your designer, be sure to discuss important elements like adding storage or choosing colors to paint the walls. Such things will have a big impact on how well your new bathroom works for you, and how it makes you feel.

Extra services

A professional designer may send an assistant in their place on some visits, or have the assistant take care of some aspects of the project. Assistant rates generally run at $50 per hour. If you live in a remote location or outside of a designer’s service area, they may charge you a travel fee. Expect $75 per hour of travel.

FAQ

  • How much does it cost to get a new bathroom?

The average cost of having a new bathroom put in is around $250 per square foot, so the average cost of a new bathroom is around $10,000. Larger bathrooms will likely cost more, while smaller baths will cost less.

  • How much does it cost to build a new bathroom?

The average cost to build a new bathroom is around $250 per square foot for all materials and labor. This makes the average cost of a new bathroom around $10,000 installed.

  • How much does it cost to remodel a small bathroom?

The average cost to remodel a new bathroom that has been taken down to the studs is around $250 per square foot. For the average small bath of 24 square feet, this makes the total cost $6,000. Half baths or ¾ baths may cost less.

  • How much does it cost to renovate a master bathroom?

The average cost of renovating or installing a new master bathroom taken down to the studs is around $250 per square foot. For the average master bathroom, which is around 160 square feet, the cost averages $40,000.


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Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Alpine, TX
-41%
Athens, GA
-9%
Bakersfield, CA
-6%
Beaverton, OR
+15%
Blackfoot, ID
-41%
Bozeman, MT
-18%
Carrollton, TX
+14%
Champlin, MN
+8%
Denver, CO
+1%
Dupont, WA
-1%
Fair Lawn, NJ
+26%
Gonzales, LA
+5%
Henderson, NV
+10%
Houston, TX
+24%
Huntsville, AL
-17%
Irving, TX
+10%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Litchfield, ME
-17%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Marietta, GA
+10%
Medfield, MA
+43%
Merrick, NY
+36%
Milford, MA
+38%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Naples, FL
-3%
New York, NY
+77%
Olathe, KS
+9%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Pompano Beach, FL
+2%
Raleigh, NC
-3%
Ridgewood, NY
+35%
Round Rock, TX
-5%
Salt Lake City, UT
-6%
Smyrna, GA
+10%
Tucson, AZ
-19%
Visalia, CA
-19%
Washington, DC
+23%
West Palm Beach, FL
-2%
Wilmington, NC
-8%
Winchester, VA
-20%
Wyandotte, MI
+16%

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