How Much Does It Cost to Remodel a Bathroom?

National Average Range:
$4,500 - $9,000
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Reviewed by Edgar Gualoto, remodeling expert. Written by Fixr.com.

The bathroom is the most frequently used room in a home. People go there to prepare for their day and unwind at night. It may be used by the entire family, guests, or one person. Bathrooms can be tiny powder rooms or ensuite master baths, with every size and configuration. They can be simple and practical or lavish luxury spaces designed to pamper.

With these size, style, and material variations, there is an incredibly wide range of associated costs with bathroom remodeling. The national average cost range is between $4,500 and $9,000. Most spend $5,500 for a full renovation of a 45 sq.ft. bathroom with a separate tub and shower. This project’s low cost is $1,600 for a partial renovation of a powder room. The high cost can reach $100,000 for a full remodel of a 100 sq.ft. master bathroom with cutting-edge technology and modern amenities.

Cost to Remodel a Bathroom

Bathroom Renovation Prices
National average cost$5,500
Average range$4,500-$9,000
Low-end$1,600
High-end$100,000

Bathroom Remodeling Cost by Project Range

Low
$1,600
Partial renovation of a powder room
Average Cost
$5,500
Full remodel of a 45 sq.ft. bathroom with a separate tub and shower
High
$100,000
Full remodel of a 100 sq.ft. master bathroom with cutting-edge technology and modern amenities

Average Bathroom Remodel Cost by Size

Bathrooms come in an incredible range of sizes. The average size in the U.S. ranges from 30 to 45 square feet for a full bath, while master bathrooms start at 100 square feet. The larger the room, the higher your costs. There is much variation within one size, depending on the materials and whether the previous space has water damage.

Average Renovation Costs for a 5'x7', 5'x8', 5'x10', 7'x7', 8'x10', and 10'x10' Bathroom

Average Renovation Costs for a 5'x7', 5'x8', 5'x10', 7'x7', 8'x10', and 10'x10' Bathroom

SizeAverage Renovation Costs
5’ x 7’$3,500 - $7,000
5’ x 8’$4,000 - $8,000
5’ x 10’$5,000 - $10,000
7’ x 7’$4,900 - $9,800
8’ x 10’$8,000 - $16,000
10’ x 10’$10,000 - $20,000

5’ x 7’ Bathroom Remodel Cost

The average costs to remodel a 5’ x 7’ bathroom range from $3,500 to $7,000. It is 35 sq.ft. This is typically the smallest full bathroom available. You can fit in a tub/shower alcove with a small vanity and toilet. Layouts at this size are usually constrained. The most common layout involves the sink and toilet on one wall. The tub/shower is on the adjoining wall perpendicular to the sink and toilet, with the plumbing located on the same side.

5’ x 8’ Bathroom Remodel Cost

The average 5’ x 8’ bathroom costs between $4,000 and $8,000 to remodel. This room measures 40 sq.ft. This is one of the more common sizes for a full bathroom. You can fit in a tub/shower alcove with a small vanity and toilet. The extra 5 square feet means you can vary the placement more than in the 5’ x 7’ one. So, you can place the sink and toilet on opposite walls or arrange a corner shower instead of an alcove tub and shower.

5’ x 10’ Bathroom Remodel Cost

A 5’ x 10’ bathroom remodel ranges from $5,000 to $10,000. It measures 50 sq.ft. This is considered a large full bathroom. It is large enough for a separate tub and shower or a tub/shower alcove. At 50 sq.ft., you can vary the space’s arrangement. You can use a corner tub or include a double vanity or linen tower.

7’ x 7’ Bathroom Remodel Cost

A 7’ x 7’ bathroom remodel averages $4,900 to $9,800. It measures 49 sq.ft. This is also considered a large full bathroom. It can have a separate tub and shower, but the shower cannot be large. At 49 sq.ft. you also have variation in arrangement of the space. Stall showers with a soaking tub, double vanity, or additional storage are possible.

8’ x 10’ Bathroom Remodel Cost

An 8’ x 10’ bathroom remodel ranges between $8,000 and $16,000. This room measures 80 sq.ft. This is one of the most common sizes for a Jack and Jill bathroom. It connects two bedrooms and has two entrances. At this size, you can include two separate sinks or a double vanity. You can put the toilet into its own closet or vary the space’s arrangement. This size is most often designed for 2 people and is arranged accordingly.

10’ x 10’ Bathroom Remodel Cost

A 10’ x 10’ bathroom remodel averages $10,000 to $20,000. It measures 100 sq.ft. This is one of the more common sizes for a master bathroom. It is ensuite to a master bedroom and usually has no outside entrance. At this size, you can have numerous ways of arranging the space. Because it is usually designed for two people, it is most likely arranged with that in mind. This includes two sinks or a double vanity and extra storage with a separate tub and shower.

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Average Cost of a Bathroom Remodel per Square Foot

Bathroom remodels cost between $100 and $200 a square foot for a full renovation. Most remodels are around $125 for the standard renovation, with high-end remodels costing closer to $200 a square foot. A bathroom “refresh,” a cosmetic or partial remodel, usually costs closer to $80 a square foot. Keep in mind that it is also possible to create a bathroom using high end, luxury materials, as well as things like smart technology in all areas, which can dramatically raise your costs as high as $1,000 a square foot. This is uncommon, however, and most people will ultimately pay between $100 and $200 for most renovations.

The exact amount you pay varies on your location, the bathroom’s state, and how invasive your project is. Moving plumbing, expanding the space, or using high-end fixtures raises the cost. Leaving fixtures where they are and using lower-grade materials lowers the price.

Cost to Remodel a 35, 40, 50, 60, 80, and 100 Sq.Ft. Bathroom

Cost to Remodel a 35, 40, 50, 60, 80, and 100 Sq.Ft. Bathroom

SizeAverage Costs (Labor Included)
35 sq.ft.$3,500 - $7,000
40 sq.ft.$4,000 - $8,000
50 sq.ft.$5,000 - $10,000
60 sq.ft.$6,000 - $12,000
80 sq.ft.$8,000 - $16,000
100 sq.ft.$10,000 - $20,000

Cost to Renovate a Bathroom by Type of Bathroom

Bathrooms come in many shapes and sizes, but they also come in different types. This can be as simple as a designation for how you plan to use it, such as a half-bath versus a powder room. Or, it can be more descriptive like a master bathroom, guest, or wet room. Most types have cost ranges tied to their size first and use second. This means overlap and room for personalization between bathrooms, which impacts your final costs.

Full and Partial Renovation Costs by Bathroom Type: Half-Bath, Powder Room, Mobile Home, Guest, Wet Room, Master, High-End…

Full and Partial Renovation Costs by Bathroom Type: Half-Bath, Powder Room, Mobile Home, Guest, Wet Room, Master, High-End…

TypeFull Renovation CostsPartial Renovation Costs
Half-Bath$1,500 - $4,000$1,200 - $1,800
Powder Room$1,500 - $4,000$1,200 - $1,800
3/4$2,500 - $6,000$2,000 - $2,700
Small$2,500 - $6,000$2,000 - $2,700
Mobile Home Bathroom$3,500 - $10,000$2,800 - $5,000
Guest$3,500 - $10,000$2,800 - $5,000
Full$3,500 - $15,000$2,800 - $6,750
Jack and Jill$7,000 - $18,000$5,600 - $8,100
Wet Room$10,000 - $25,000$6,250 - $15,000
Master$10,000 - $40,000$8,000 - $20,000
High-End$20,000 - $100,000$10,000 - $50,000

Half-Bath Remodel Cost

The price of a half-bath remodel is between $1,500 and $4,000 for a full remodel. Your costs are closer to $1,200 to $1,800 for a partial remodel. A half-bath contains only a toilet and sink. The sink may be in a vanity, on a pedestal, or wall-hung. They measure 15 to 20 sq.ft. on average and are usually laid out with the toilet and sink facing the entrance door. Some older homes may also have the toilet and sink on opposite ends of a narrow space. No matter the layout, the fixtures require a set amount of space to pass code.

Powder Room Remodel Cost

The cost of a powder room remodel ranges from $1,500 to $4,000 for a full remodel. A partial remodel costs $1,200 to $1,800. Powder rooms are half-baths. They are usually placed off a foyer or other entryway. They are typically used by guests and visitors rather than family. They contain only a toilet and sink.

¾ Bath Remodel Cost

The price of a ¾ bathroom remodel is between $2,500 and $6,000 for a full remodel. A partial remodel ranges from $2,000 to $2,700. It has a toilet, sink, and stand-up stall shower. They typically measure between 25 and 30 sq.ft. This is also sometimes considered a small bathroom. It fits in areas where a full one cannot but still allows full function. It is frequently added to mudrooms, basements, and in-law apartments.

Small Bathroom Renovation Cost

A small bathroom remodel averages $2,500 to $6,000 for a full remodel and between $2,000 and $2,700 for a partial remodel. They are usually ¾ baths. They measure between 25 and 30 sq.ft. and contain a toilet, sink, and shower, with the sink usually installed in a small vanity. This type usually fits into spaces too small for a full bath while offering many functions.

Mobile Home Bathroom Remodel Cost

A mobile home bathroom remodel averages $3,500 to $10,000 for a full remodel. A partial remodel costs between $2,800 and $5,000. Most mobile homes have at least one full bathroom. Many larger mobile homes have two. It has a tub and shower, toilet, sink, and some storage. Sizes range from 35 to 50 sq.ft., depending on the mobile home size and number of bathrooms.

Guest Bathroom Remodel Cost

The average cost of a guest bathroom remodel is between $3,500 and $10,000 for a full renovation. A partial renovation costs $2,800 to $5,000. They are usually full bathrooms ensuite to a guest bedroom. They are sometimes a full bathroom in a hallway and meant for guests staying nearby. They are usually between 35 and 50 sq.ft. and have a tub, shower, toilet, and sink. The sink is frequently installed in a vanity with a countertop to provide the guest with sufficient storage space.

Full Bathroom Remodel Cost

A full bathroom remodel costs between $3,500 and $15,000. A partial remodel ranges from $2,800 to $6,750. It can be any size with a single door, toilet, sink, and bathtub. This tub is usually a tub/shower combination, but it can have a separate tub and shower in some cases. There are many ways to lay out a full bathroom, and most homes have at least one. This is the most common configuration.

Jack and Jill Bathroom Remodel Cost

The average cost to remodel a Jack and Jill bathroom is $7,000 to $18,000 for a full remodel. A partial remodel averages $5,600 to $8,100. It is located between two bedrooms. It has two entrances, two sinks, and is designed for two people. It has a separate tub and shower or a tub-and-shower alcove installation. Frequently, the toilet may be housed inside a “closet.” These rooms typically average 70 to 90 sq.ft.

Wet Room Bathroom Remodel Cost

The average cost of a wet room remodel ranges from $10,000 to $25,000 for a full remodel. A partial remodel costs between $6,250 and $15,000. Wet rooms come in many sizes. The difference between a wet room and a regular bathroom is that the shower is not contained. The entire room is waterproofed so that the water from the shower angles to the drain. This creates a larger showering area in smaller bathrooms. It can also create a more open appearance in larger rooms rather than restricting the shower area. Average costs are higher because of the extra waterproofing.

Master Bathroom Remodel Cost

The average cost of a master bathroom remodel is between $10,000 and $40,000. A partial remodel ranges from $8,000 to $20,000. They are usually ensuite to master bedrooms. They average between 100 and 160 sq.ft. and usually include a double vanity, separate tub and shower, and additional storage. They can also include separate changing areas, separate toilet rooms, and other amenities designed for two people. Because they often include additional plumbing, they can have a slightly higher cost than other types.

High-End Bathroom Remodel Cost

The cost of a high-end bathroom remodel averages $20,000 to $100,000. A partial remodel ranges from $10,000 to $50,000. These remodels are usually reserved for master bathrooms. They include custom cabinetry, performance shower systems, and luxury tile. It is also common to find steam showers, automated fixtures, and faux finishes on the walls. They are usually personalized and customized, so they have size, appearance, and material variation. Some customers with bathrooms older than 80 years want to preserve the history and craftsmanship of their vintage home while incorporating high-end features and appliances.

In addition, top-of-the-line appliances and high-end features may increase the overall cost. Cabinets built to your specifications, spa-like shower fixtures, frameless glass shower, curbless shower, freestanding soaker/jet tub, hydronic heat flooring, natural stone or quartz countertops, double vanity, recessed shower storage, ample storage space and tile material are just some examples of attributes that will alter the overall cost and can go as high as $100K.

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Bathroom Remodel Cost Breakdown

Regardless of the size or type, many components stay the same throughout. This includes the labor types, including the tear-out and installation, materials, and fixtures like toilets, vanities, and paint.

The following visual breaks down the average master bathroom remodel, which costs around $20,000. In the visualization, you see where the money goes and the various parts. The following table breaks down the total costs by percentage, which helps you break down the costs for other types and sizes.

Bathroom Remodel Cost Breakdown: Planning, Drawing, Tear Out, Plumbing Update, Lighting, Wall Tile, Painting, Faucets...

Bathroom Remodel Cost Breakdown: Planning, Drawing, Tear Out, Plumbing Update, Lighting, Wall Tile, Painting, Faucets...

Project BreakdownAverage CostsPercentage of Total
Planning$2,00010%
Drawing$2,00010%
Tear Out$1,2506.25%
Plumbing Update$7703.8%
Electrical Update$5302.7%
Lighting$5002.5%
Wall Tile$1,0005%
Floor Tile$5002.5%
Drywall and Backer Board$3001.5%
Paint$3501.75%
Tub/Shower$6,00030%
Faucets$3001.5%
Toilet$6003%
Sinks$4002%
Vanity and Countertop$2,20011%
Linen Tower$9004.5%
Mirror$1500.75%
Shelves$500.25%

Bathroom Redesign Cost

Most remodels include some layout or planning. A contractor can plan small bathrooms, but larger rooms should involve a bathroom designer to make the most of the space. This service typically ranges between $1,400 and $4,000, or $2,000 for planning and $2,000 for drawing for a master bathroom or 10% for each service.In some cases, the costs can be recouped during the renovation because designers can save money in other areas. This phase usually includes planning, drawings, and material selection. The timeframe for this phase can last several weeks, depending on the layout and your preferences.

Plumbing for a Bathroom Remodel Cost

Updating the plumbing in a bathroom remodel costs around $770 for a master bath remodel, or roughly 3.8% of your total costs. This does not include plumbing fixtures or materials, which can cost around $5,300. This can vary depending on the room and fixtures. Expect to pay more if you plan on moving fixtures from their current position. Likewise, the more elaborate the plumbing and the higher end the fixtures, the higher your total plumbing costs.

Bathroom Tile Renovation Cost

Many areas can be tiled, including the floor, shower, backsplash 1, and walls. You may choose to tile all or none of these spaces, depending on the type. For example, a powder room off the main entryway may have the same flooring as the entry and some wood wainscot or paint on the walls. A wet room, on the other hand, is tiled to the ceiling in some cases. This can lead to a wide range of costs. For example, tiling just the shower costs around $2,400.

Tiles cost between $5 and $10 for installation, plus the material. The more areas you cover with tile, the higher the costs.

You have several choices for tile, including ceramic, stone, porcelain, and glass. Each has a wide range of appearances, sizes, colors, and costs. You can also mix and match, using ceramic tiles on the walls and porcelain on the floor or glass tiles as an accent in a field of ceramic or stone. It can be difficult to calculate the exact costs of tile for a bathroom. Below are the average material costs for tiles commonly used in the bathroom area. To get an idea of your costs, multiply the square footage for the area with the material costs and add $5 to $10 a square foot for installation costs, including backer board, grout 2, and setting materials.

Average Cost per Sq.Ft. to Renovate Ceramic, Porcelain, Natural Stone, and Glass Bathroom Tiles

Average Cost per Sq.Ft. to Renovate Ceramic, Porcelain, Natural Stone, and Glass Bathroom Tiles

Tile TypeAverage Costs per Sq.Ft.
Ceramic$1 - $30
Porcelain$3 - $20
Natural Stone$3 - $50
Glass Tile$10 - $30

Bathroom Floor Remodel Cost

The flooring for your bathroom remodel can also have a wide range of costs, depending on the room size and material. While most of them use tile because it is water-resistant, there are other options. You can use vinyl flooring or wood in the bathroom. If you choose wood, ensure it is an engineered wood floor because this prevents swelling and warping in high-moisture environments or prolonged contact with water.

In most cases, half-baths can use nearly any type of flooring. If you have a shower or tub in the bathroom, remember water can seep between vinyl 3 planks or tiles, and prolonged contact with water can damage wood flooring.

Your flooring, subfloor’s state, and flooring type all impact your floor’s costs. Below are the average costs for various flooring installations, assuming a full-sized bathroom. Smaller or larger bathrooms have different costs.

Cost to Renovate Vinyl, Wood, and Tile Bathroom Floor

Cost to Renovate Vinyl, Wood, and Tile Bathroom Floor

Floor MaterialAverage Renovation Costs
Vinyl$70 - $700
Wood$210 - $750
Tile$315 - $3,200

Cost to Paint a Bathroom

The average cost to paint a bathroom is $350. The areas in a bathroom that can be painted vary depending on how much the walls - if any - are tiled. It is common for powder rooms and half-baths to not have any tile on the walls, so the entire wall area must be painted. The tile may extend halfway up the walls in some larger bathrooms, leaving less space for paint. In a wet room, the entire room must be tiled, leaving no space for paint.

This means that even in bathrooms of the same size and shape, the cost of painting varies, depending on how much wall space is covered in tile. Keep in mind that painting costs during a renovation are lower than they are at other times. This is because the painting can be done before the fixtures and accessories are installed, making the labor less intensive.

Shower Remodel Cost

The shower is one of the most important parts of bathroom design. It also makes up one of the largest parts of your total cost. There are many ways to renovate a shower. You can tear out your existing shower and design a new custom shower with tile. You can also remove your existing shower and replace it with a prefab unit with the old shower’s size and shape.

Each shower can include a wide range of styles, sizes, and features that change the final unit cost. Adding body sprays, a steam unit, or shower door increases the shower’s cost.

Prefab units are usually the least expensive method of remodeling. The shape drives most of the prefab’s cost, while size drives costs in a custom shower.

This means your costs range widely for a specific shape, style, or size for any shower type. Costs for a basic prefab shower installation start at around $525 installed, while a custom shower can cost $10,000 for all materials and labor. Below are average cost ranges for some of the most common designs.

Cost to Remodel a Walk-In, Rectangular, Neo-Angle, Tub/Shower Combo, Barrier Free, and Curved Shower

Cost to Remodel a Walk-In, Rectangular, Neo-Angle, Tub/Shower Combo, Barrier Free, and Curved Shower

Shower TypeAverage Renovation Costs
Walk-In Shower$525 - $10,000
Rectangular$525 - $10,000
Neo-Angle$625 - $7,000
Tub/Shower Combo$625 - $10,000
Barrier-Free$975 - $10,000
Curved$1,125 - $7,000

Bathtub Remodel Cost

The bathtub can add value to your home whether it is installed alone or with a shower. Most homes need at least one bathtub to attract buyers, and many homes have a bathroom in each full-size or larger bedroom.

Bathtubs come in an enormous range of materials, sizes, installation styles, and intended uses. They can be freestanding and meant for soaking or installed in an alcove and designed for general purposes and showering. Or, they can have jets, lights, dramatic surrounds, and amenities designed to give your bathroom a spa experience.

With these variations in tub design, style, and installation, installing or replacing a bathtub has a wide range of associated costs. Below are the average cost ranges for installing a new bathtub in the most common styles. Costs range depending on the tub features and materials. The average basic alcove tub installation starts at $700 for materials and labor. More exotic tubs with jets and complicated installation needs can cost more than $20,000.

Cost to Remodel an Alcove, Tub/Shower Combo, Drop-in, Undermount, Freestanding, Corner, and Japanese Style Shower

Cost to Remodel an Alcove, Tub/Shower Combo, Drop-in, Undermount, Freestanding, Corner, and Japanese Style Shower

Bathtub TypeAverage Renovation Costs
Alcove$700 - $2,800
Tub/Shower Combo$800 - $3,800
Drop-In$900 - $5,800
Undermount$1,000 - $6,800
Freestanding$1,100 - $21,800
Corner$1,500 - $6,800
Japanese-Style$2,500 - $21,800

Toilet Remodel Cost

The average cost of a new toilet and its installation in a bathroom renovation is $600. Toilets are also integral to the bathroom. They come in three standard rough-in sizes, with 12 inches being standard and costing the least and 10 or 14-inch roughs available in fewer options. Toilets come in one or two-piece options with round or elongated bowls. Toilets also come in two heights: a standard 15 inches and a taller ADA-approved 17 inches.

Toilets also come with features to consider. They can be self-cleaning, have hidden trapways for easier external cleaning, and many can have seats with built-in bidet and warm air features.

While most toilets are porcelain and installed on the floor, you can find some that are wall-mounted or made of stainless steel for a more modern look. Toilets take 1 to 2 hours to install for most floor-mounted models. Basic toilets cost as low as $295 for the toilet and installation. Wall-mounted models can cost more for the toilet and installation, with some costs going as high as $3,000. Below are some of the most common toilet types and styles with their costs, fully installed.

Cost to Remodel a Two-Piece, One-Piece, Corner, Stainless Steel, and Wall Hung Toilet

Cost to Remodel a Two-Piece, One-Piece, Corner, Stainless Steel, and Wall Hung Toilet

Toilet TypeAverage Remodel Costs
Two-Piece$295 - $1,150
One-Piece$545 - $1,700
Corner$545 - $1,900
Stainless Steel$845 - $3,400
Wall-Hung$1,000 - $3,000

Bathroom Sink Remodel Cost

The sink is another important part of the design. In many cases, the sink area can be the focus of the room. The sink is where people spend time readying themselves for the day. It is also where people wash up throughout the day, so it tends to get a lot of use.

The sink can have many styles and configurations. It can be dropped in or under mounted in a countertop as part of a vanity or console. It can be integral with the countertop, such as a china console top or wall-hung, attached to a pedestal, or set on top of a countertop as a vessel. The sink can be porcelain, plastic, glass, metal, or stone. It can be nearly any shape, size, or depth.

Sink installations are usually fairly easy. Because there are many sink types, there are also many installation types. Drop-in and undermount sinks go in minutes but require the vanity and countertop to install at the same time, which can increase costs. Pedestal, wall-hung, and console sinks take longer to install, which increases costs. Sinks start at around $70 for basic drop-in or undermount sinks and can go as high as $5,000 for decorative sinks. Installation starts at $100 to $200 per sink for simple installations and can go as high as $500 for more complex installations.

Cost to Remodel a Drop-in, Undermount, Wall-mount, Pedestal, Vessel, and Console Sink

Cost to Remodel a Drop-in, Undermount, Wall-mount, Pedestal, Vessel, and Console Sink

Sink TypeAverage Remodeling Costs
Drop-In$250 - $350
Undermount$250 - $550
Wall-Mount$350 - $650
Pedestal$350 - $2,500
Vessel$450 - $5,000
Console$550 - $5,500

Bathroom Vanity Remodel Cost

Vanity cabinets range from a simple 18-inch sink base to a full room of custom cabinetry with linen towers, multiple drawer banks, and two sinks. Vanity costs range from $200 to $20,000, depending on how many you purchase, wood type, and whether you choose stock cabinets or custom-built.

Installation can be as simple as setting down the single vanity and hooking up the plumbing for the sink or as involved as custom templating countertops and waiting for their installation before setting linen towers and different counter-height components. This means the installation costs vary nearly as much as the material costs. An 18-inch vanity with a sink bowl top costs around $500 to $600 installed, while a larger vanity may need a separate countertop, increasing costs by hundreds of dollars. Most mid-range stock vanities come with a vanity top and attached sink bowl. Custom vanities require custom countertops, which drives up prices. Below are some of the average vanity sizes and installation costs.

Cost to Remodel an 18, 24, 36, 42, 48, 60, and 72-Inch Vanity

Cost to Remodel an 18, 24, 36, 42, 48, 60, and 72-Inch Vanity

Vanity SizeAverage Remodeling Costs
18 Inches$500 - $600
24 Inches$600 - $700
36 Inches$600 - $900
42 Inches$600 - $1,200
48 Inches$800 - $2,000
60 Inches$900 - $3,000
72 Inches$1,200 - $6,000

Bathroom Lighting Cost

Bathrooms traditionally have few to no natural lighting sources, so lights are important to the room’s function. Lighting helps with the bathroom’s use, and specific task lighting in the vanity and shower areas enhances your experience. Lighting for the bathroom takes several forms. The most common include lighting in the shower area, sconces or a mirror light at the sink, and an overhead light, which is frequently connected to a bathroom fan.

Lights in the bathroom frequently must be water-resistant, particularly in the shower. This increases costs for the fixture and installation. If there was already wiring to the areas and you are only replacing the light, your costs are lower than if you need to run wiring to a new area.

Cost per Light to Install Sconces, Shower Light, and Light/Fan Combinations

Cost per Light to Install Sconces, Shower Light, and Light/Fan Combinations

LightingAverage Costs per Light (Installed)
Sconces$100 - $500
Shower Light$150 - $400
Light/Fan Combinations$250 - $500

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Labor Cost to Remodel a Bathroom

Labor makes up a significant part of the bathroom renovation. It is common to hire a contractor who subcontracts most of the work while overseeing the project. In a bathroom renovation, you may have several different contractors working together. Generally, your labor will be grouped into whichever piece of the room is being worked on - for example, plumbing labor will be grouped into fixture installation for your total costs as well as what’s behind your walls. For this reason, each professional may have a range of costs associated with what they can charge for the project. The average labor costs for most professionals you’ll use on the job include:

Cost of Tile Installers, Electricians, Bathroom Designers, Carpenters, and Plumbers to Remodel a Bathroom

Cost of Tile Installers, Electricians, Bathroom Designers, Carpenters, and Plumbers to Remodel a Bathroom

ProfessionalAverage Costs for Labor
Tile Installers$5 - $20/sq.ft.
Electricians$40 - $120/hour
Designers$50 - $200/hour
Carpenter$70/hour
Plumbers$75 - $130/hour

In some cases, a small bathroom may be remodeled by a handyman. Typically, half bathrooms or baths under 100 sq.ft. may be best handled by a handyman at $50 to $100 an hour because these projects are often too small for larger contractors.

It’s important to be diligent in understanding if a potential contractor has the experience needed to not only do your project, but do so exceptionally. As an example, if you are looking to remodel an 80+ year old bathroom, not just any home remodeler is equipped (or knowledgeable enough) to take on the job. Such a need requires you to find a contractor that specializes in vintage home remodels.

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Bathroom Remodel Add-Ons

There are many things you may want to add to your bathroom remodel beyond the surface materials and fixtures. These things may or may not be necessary for the bathroom to function, but they can definitely enhance your enjoyment and use of the space. Many additions, like hot tubs and saunas are for those who have space and the desire for them. Bidets, heated towel rails, and radiant flooring are other luxury additions to the bathroom that can improve its appeal, but don’t necessarily make the bathroom work better than it would otherwise. Others, however, like bathroom fans and accessories are not only important to the function of the bathroom, in the case of a fan this may be necessary for your new bathroom to pass code. Fans help remove exhaust and steam from the bathroom, to the outdoors so you don’t need to worry about moisture problems and mold.

Medicine cabinets and accessories, while not mandatory, can dramatically improve your use of the space by giving you storage for things like toiletries and towels. Below are the most common additions to the bathroom remodel, as well as their average costs.

Cost of Bathroom Remodel Add-Ons: Radiant Flooring, Medicine Cabinet, Bathroom Fan, Bidet, Sauna, Hot Tub...

Cost of Bathroom Remodel Add-Ons: Radiant Flooring, Medicine Cabinet, Bathroom Fan, Bidet, Sauna, Hot Tub...

Add-OnAverage Costs (Installed)
Radiant Flooring$16 - $25/sq.ft.
Accessories (Towel Rail, Tissue Holder, etc.)$100 - $500
Medicine Cabinet$200 - $1,000
Bathroom Fan$250 - $500
Bidet$500 - $1,500
Heated Towel Rails$500 - $5,000
Sauna$3,000 - $6,000
Hot Tub$4,000 - $8,500

Tub to Shower Conversion Cost

If you have an alcove tub and want to remove the tub and turn it into a shower, this is a fairly straightforward job. The tub can be removed for around $200 to $1,000, depending on the material and size. Heavier tubs cost more to remove than light acrylic tubs. If the tub you want to convert is under a window, things might get a bit complicated, as having a window in your shower can let water seep through and mold can grow.

Your costs are mostly influenced by the replacement shower type. A prefab unit is the least expensive method, while a custom shower costs the most. Your costs are higher if you change the shower’s size and shape or add things like body sprays. These factors create an installation range of $1,000 to $9,000, in addition to the tub removal costs. This results in a total range of $1,200 to $10,000 to convert a tub into a shower.

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Cost to Refinish a Bathroom

A bathroom refinish or refresh deals with surface changes to give it a new look. The fixtures stay in place, and nothing invasive is done, so your costs can be fairly low. This partial update has starting costs of around $800 and can go as high as $5,000 for large master bathrooms.

This project may include updating hardware, replacing faucets and shower faucet plates, replacing accessories, painting the walls, and replacing the bathroom mirror and lighting. You can also replace the countertop on the vanity with more invasive refinishing and make small upgrades, such as installing a bidet toilet seat or heated towel rail.

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One-Day Bathroom Remodel Cost

Several companies offer a one-day bathroom remodel. This is not a complete remodel but usually a bathtub/shower surface makeover or liner 4. Sometimes, the company offers liners for sinks and vanities, which can give your bathroom a fresh look in one day.

These liners do not last long and must be replaced about every 5 years. They can update your bathroom and hide wear, tear, and stains but are not a full remodel replacement. They cost between $1,000 and $8,000, depending on how many surfaces need covering. Most homeowners focusing on the tub or shower area pay about $3,000.

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Bathroom Remodel Permit Cost

The cost of your bathroom remodel permit varies depending on your location. In some areas, a project costing less than $5,000 to $6,000 does not require a permit unless you plan to move the plumbing. In other areas, you need a permit regardless of what you plan.

The costs of the permit varies by area, so you should check your local codes before starting your bathroom remodel. They can cost from $150 to $1,000, depending on your location and project scope. Submit the plans to your local authority to find out the permit cost.

Cost to Expand a Bathroom

The cost to expand a bathroom is $125 to $150 a square foot, close to the average cost of remodeling the space. This is true whether you expand into an adjacent room or build onto the home in a bump-out. Expansions are most commonly done by taking adjacent space, such as a closet or portion of a bedroom or other room. These expansions are treated as the total remodel where the room is stripped to the studs to install the new materials. Use the total square footage for the finished bathroom at $125 a square foot for the most accurate costs. Moreover, if you need to expand your bathroom storage space, there are many ways to do so, like adding in-wall storage, above shower storage or a rail organizer.

Smart Bathroom Cost

You can add automation to a few specific areas of the bathroom. These include the shower, toilet, mirror, and lighting. You can choose to update these areas without remodeling the entire space or incorporate them into a remodel. The average cost of the automated fixtures is between $2,500 and $7,000. Adding them into a full bathroom remodel gives you a total cost range of $6,000 to $17,000.

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Bathroom Disability Remodeling Cost

You can add many things to a bathroom to make it accessible. The key is to understand that what makes a bathroom accessible for one disability may not work for another. Common upgrades include grab bars beside the toilet and shower, creating a barrier-free shower or walk-in tub, using universal height sinks and toilets, and having lever handles on faucets and hardware. A bathroom with these upgrades costs around $9,500.

Other disability remodeling types for the bathroom may include voice-activated shower controls ($1,000-$3,000), high contrast thresholds ($100-$300), and installing a shower lift ($1,000-$1,500).

Powder Room vs Half-Bath

Powder rooms and half bathrooms are small rooms with a toilet and sink. A powder room is a type of half bathroom. Powder rooms tend to be located off the home’s entryway. They are also more formal than half bathrooms, traditionally located off the kitchen, mudroom, or other family space. In some homes, the powder room is considered the guest bath, while a half-bath is for the family. Both are roughly the same size and have the same cost ranges to remodel.

Wet Room vs Traditional Bathroom

Wet rooms are not as popular in the U.S. as in Europe, but they are slowly growing in popularity. In a wet room, the entire surface can handle being splashed or sprayed with water. This means there is no need for a shower door or curtain. This can be seen as a space-saving measure in some bathrooms, while in others, it can be a way to create a unique shower or focal point in the shower without doors or curtains in the way. Wet rooms can also be more accessible than traditional bathrooms because there is no shower threshold or curb.

A wet room costs around $250 a square foot, while a traditional bathroom is closer to $125 a square foot. This is due to the extra waterproofing material. Below are the average costs to remodel a full bathroom vs a wet room of the same size.

Comparison of the Cost to Remodel a Traditional Bathroom and a Wet Room

Comparison of the Cost to Remodel a Traditional Bathroom and a Wet Room

ProjectAverage Costs (Labor Included)
Traditional Bathroom$4,500 - $9,000
Wet Room$9,000 - $15,000

Do It Yourself vs Professional Bathroom Remodeling​

If you have some experience with tile, plumbing, and electrical work, you may choose to DIY part or all of your bathroom remodel. You can save a significant amount on the labor and installation of your project by doing it yourself. The average cost to DIY a bathroom remodel is around $75 a square foot rather than the $125 a square foot for professional remodeling.

Professionals have the experience to handle unforeseen issues like mold, water damage, or when and where to update pipes, subflooring, and electrical wires. Professionals also have all the necessary tools they may need to complete the job. If you do not have the tools necessary already, factor their rental or purchase into your total budget, which can negate some of your savings.

Some homeowners try to split the difference. For example, they may do their own design and planning work or tear out and bring in the professionals to do the finish work. If you decide to DIY, ensure you understand you might have to pay more for emergency fees or fix things not done correctly if you have to call in a professional later. Remember that you are subject to permits and inspections if you do DIY. Failure to comply with building codes could mean doing the job over again correctly, which can dramatically increase your project costs.

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Enhancement and Improvement Costs

Bathroom Fan Installation Cost

A bathroom fan is necessary to help remove excess moisture from the room to prevent mold and mildew growth. They can be installed alone or with a light and heat source for added function. The average cost of a bathroom fan installation is around $250 to $500.

Bathroom Demolition Cost

A complete bathroom demolition costs between $350 to $1,000. The costs depend on the room size and what you are pulling out. Powder rooms cost much less to demo than a master bathroom, while rooms tiled floor to ceiling cost more than rooms that only have a tiled floor.

Shower Regrouting

If your tile shower is in good condition, you can save money by regrouting it instead of replacing it. Regrouting removes the old, discolored, or cracked grout and replaces it with fresh grout. It costs around $800 for the average shower.

Mold Remediation

It is very common in these renovations to find mold beneath the surface. This must be fixed before installing the new fixtures and materials. Mold remediation starts at around $500 for the average shower.

Water Damage Repair

If your bathroom is old, you may find there was water damage beneath the shower or floor. This must be repaired before the new fixtures and materials can be installed. Damage repair costs around $250 for a small bathroom leak repair and gets more expensive the longer the leak goes on.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • Pets. If you have pets, you may want to include features that make the room pet-friendly, such as a hand shower ($20 - $50) to make washing easier or porcelain tile for the most maintenance-free cleaning.
  • Caulking. The angles where any two planes meet in a wet area, such as the shower, tub, and countertop, must be filled with a flexible material to absorb movement and seal this section to keep it watertight. This is usually done with caulk 5, either latex or silicone. A tube of caulk costs around $20 if you need to touch it up yourself. It is usually installed with the tile, shower, or counter, and the cost is included in the installation.
  • Bathroom size. Follow bathroom size guidelines at NKBA to ensure you leave enough room at each fixture to pass bathroom codes.
  • Alternative bathroom. Make arrangements to use another bathroom during the renovation if necessary.
  • Hidden damage. Be prepared to find hidden damage from leaks or mold during tear-out. A contingency fund of around 20% can make room in your budget for these issues.
  • Water-efficiency. Look for water-efficient appliances like low-flow faucets to save money and water each year. Most companies include low-flow water options that are the same cost as competitors’ products without low-flow restrictions.
  • ADA guidelines. Consider adding universal design to your layout to accommodate ADA guidelines for aging in place or future resale.

FAQs

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

The average cost to remodel is around $125 a square foot. This translates to $2,500 to $6,000 for a small bathroom, depending on the size.

  • How much does it cost to retile a bathroom?

The cost depends on the bathroom’s size, how much of the bathroom is tiled, what areas are tiled, and the type of tile being removed and installed. Costs could be as low as $500 for removing and replacing a small floor to as high as $6,000 for removing and replacing the tile on the floor, walls, and shower of a full bath.

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

The cost to renovate a full bathroom ranges from $3,500 to $10,000. Full bathrooms come in several sizes, which impacts costs. At this size, you have options for the tub, shower, vanity, and tiles that also contribute to a range of costs.

  • How much does it cost to remodel a 5’ x 7’ bathroom?

The cost range to remodel a 5’ x 7’ bathroom averages $3,500 and $7,000. Costs vary depending on the bathroom’s state, materials, and layout.

  • Does remodeling a bathroom increase home value?

Yes, particularly if the old bathroom was out of date, discolored, or stained. The average bathroom remodel can recoup about 70%.

  • Which adds more value, a bedroom or bathroom?

This depends on many factors, including the home’s size, neighborhood, style, and existing bedrooms and bathrooms. In general, bathrooms add more value.

  • How much does it cost to remove a tub and install a shower?

The cost of a tub-to-shower conversion is around $1,200 to $10,000. The cost depends on several things, including the existing tub’s weight and material, how hard it is to get out, the shower’s size and material, and whether there is mold or water damage.

  • How long will a bathroom remodel take?

The timeline varies greatly, between 2 to 12 weeks, depending on the room size, changes being made, mold or water damage, and how long it takes for the materials to arrive. Most take between 2 and 3 weeks.

References

Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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glossary term picture Backsplash 1 Backsplash: The upright surface, often made of tile, behind a kitchen counter, sink, or stove, that protects the wall from damage from splatter due to kitchen activities
glossary term picture Grout 2 Grout: A fluid form of cement used to seal the joints between tiles. It also makes the surface stronger because it bonds the tiles together
glossary term picture Vinyl 3 Vinyl: A synthetic plastic made from ethylene and chlorine. Vinyl has many applications in the construction industry and it is widely used in sidings, window frames, roofing and gutters, among others
glossary term picture Liner 4 Liner: A covering, usually made of vinyl, for the walls and floor of a swimming pool, used to keep the water in and protect the pool's surface.
glossary term picture Caulking 5 Caulk: A chemical sealant used to fill in and seal gaps where two materials join, for example, the tub and tile, to create a watertight and airtight seal. The term "caulking" is also used to refer to the process of applying this type of sealant

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