Essential Home Upgrades: Knowing the Cost of Remodeling a Bathroom
The 1920s called. It wants its bathroom back.
That’s because your bathroom is so outdated. Or you’ve long been used to seeing the cracked tiles and severely outdated fixtures. Why are you content with that when you can transform your bathroom into a modern and luxurious sanctuary that you can experience every day?
And if you plan on selling your home in the future, here’s a bonus:
Did you know that you can recoup up to 60-70% of the cost of remodeling a bathroom? That’s because a bathroom makeover quickly increases its property value? It’s worth your penny!
In this article, you’ll learn about how much it costs to remodel a bathroom, as well as other aspects you should consider, like materials, types of remodels, and timeline.
Remodel or Renovate?
Before we start talking about the costs, the first thing we have to do is define your goal. Do you want to have a bathroom RENOVATION or a bathroom REMODELING?
Renovation means updating the appearance of your current bathroom via repainting or the replacement of old or damaged fixtures, as well as other works that will not require a complete overhaul of your bathroom.
On the other hand, remodeling is more extensive. Think of it as a bathroom makeover. It often involves adding new fixtures, changing the style, expansions, and more.
A bathroom renovation is cheaper since it only involves minor upgrades. But a bathroom remodel allows you to change the look and feel of your bathroom completely.
Bathroom Renovation Cost
Here are the estimated costs for simple bathroom renovations. Note that the figures below are estimates of the usual projects that we have done here in Oregon over the years. The final cost still depends on the actual survey of your bathroom:
|Project||Average 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.|
Average Bathroom Remodeling Cost
After looking at your bathroom, maybe you’ve decided to remodel instead of just renovating it. Then, you should know that the average cost of remodeling a bathroom is around $16,128. Note that this average is for a mid-range bathroom remodel based on a regular 5 x 7 feet bathroom.
The cost breakdown is as follows:
|Installation & Labor||20%||$1,300 – $4,300|
|Cabinetry & Hardware||16%||$1,050 – $3,400|
|Fixtures||15%||$1,000 – $3,200|
|Faucets & Plumbing||14%||$900 – $3,000|
|Flooring||9%||$600 – $1,900|
|Countertops||7%||$450 – $1,500|
|Lighting & Ventilation||5%||$300 – $1,100|
|Walls & Ceiling||5%||$300 – $1,100|
|Doors & Windows||4%||$250 – $850|
|Design Services||4%||$250 – $850|
|Disposal & Other||1%||$50 – $250|
|Total||100%||$6,450 – $21,450|
- Types of Bathroom Remodel
- Bathroom Design
- Main Features
- Walls & Flooring
- Lighting & Ventilation
Types of Bathroom Remodels
- Basic Bathroom Remodel – small bathrooms – those with 40 square feet or less – typically fall into this category. And the works usually needed here are not too costly. That’s because it often only involves purchasing economical fixtures and doing uncomplicated plumbing upgrades. So, how much does it cost to remodel a small bathroom? It ranges from $4,500-$15,000.
- Mid-range Bathroom Remodel – the bathroom renovation cost for a mid-range bathroom is higher. It’s because the bathroom size is usually bigger, and almost everything gets changed – from adding new fixtures, changing its layout, lighting modifications, and even upgrades like heated floors. Bathroom remodel cost for this type averages around $15,500 – $25,500.
- Deluxe Bathroom Remodel – a master bath remodel usually falls here. This type of remodel is the most luxurious, as it typically involves using high-end fixtures, top of the line materials, a double vanity, jacuzzi, etc. Everything in here is premium so that it transforms the average bathroom to something like a personal spa at home. This type of bathroom makeover costs $30,000 and above.
- Will you be buying new fixtures?
- Will you be changing the layout, and subsequently re-arrange the plumbing of your bathroom?
- Do you need a tub, or is it better for you to have a walk-in shower? What kind should you get?
- What type of vanity would you like?
Listed below are the most common bathroom fixtures and their average price ranges:
- Sinks – with the wide variety available, the cost of a sink can range between $200 to as much as $5,000.
|Vessel sink and vanity||$400-$5,000|
- Toilet Bowls – a one-piece unit costs around $150-$1,500, while a basic two-piece unit averages around $90. Toilet bowls with a standard height of 15” costs around $105-$1,150 and the higher ones in 17” – 19” sizes can cost as high as $1,250. The latter type, although a bit costlier, is best for the aging population because of the comfort that its higher height brings.
- Countertop – premium materials, like quartz and natural stone, usually costs $100/sq ft, while more economical ones, such as cultured marble, laminate, or tiles, are priced at around $4/sq ft.
- Vanity – one of the largest bathroom pieces, it sets the tone of a bathroom’s design. A vanity can cost as low as $200(bought as a set) and as high as $20,000 (for custom-made designs)
- Shower – walk-in showers usually cost $450-$1,000, while tub/shower combos get priced at around $500-$1,000. Aside from the type of shower, you also need to consider the shower mixing valves, which can either be pressure-balancing valves ($150-$400) or thermostatic valves ($400-$1,200)
- Bathtubs – A new tub can cost as low as $300 as high as $5,000, depending on its additional features. Bathtubs nowadays are equipped with the latest technology for different experiences, such as:
- Whirlpool jets for hydrotherapy and massage
- Mood lighting
- Built-in pumps that diffuse scents for aromatherapy
- Selective heating of tubs
- Tiles – Ceramic and porcelain types are the most popular ones. Always take into consideration the different materials for the bathroom floor and the shower floor/wall.
|Large format||$5- $20/sq.ft.|
- Lighting – On average, the total cost for recessed lighting in a bathroom is around $150-$200 per fixture. Scones or wall lights typically cost $50-$300 per scone. Multi-light fixtures cost $400 or more, while customized lightings can go as high as $1,000.
- Ventilation – Bathroom exhaust fans can cost around $15-$300. And the installation of ductwork (if needed) can cost approximately $150-$2,000.
On average, bathroom remodeling takes around 2-3 weeks. However, the time frame varies depending on several factors, particularly the immediate availability of your ordered fixtures and how extensive the remodeling will be.
Tips and Reminders
- The ideal cost for a bathroom remodeling is around 5%-10% of your home’s value, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association.
- Shop and canvass at the nearest home store before talking to the contractor. Do your research and have a design in mind to make it easier for you to ask for a quotation.
- Be mindful of your budget. The cost to remodel a bathroom can quickly spiral as you move from the planning stage to the actual installation. Always communicate with your contractor and make sure you discuss all design revisions and upgrades. Have a budget and stick to it.
- Have a back-up fund for unexpected remodeling issues and concerns. Ideally, you can set this to around 20% of your budget. Doing so ensures that there would be no delays in finances in case something came up.
- In choosing materials and fixtures, buying cheaper things is always the go-to. But make sure that the quality and durability aren’t compromised. Or else, you’ll end up saving a few dollars today but will lose a lot a few years down the road.
- Think ahead. You might not need it now, but adding a few things in your bathroom to make it more “accessible” is good planning.
- Small bathroom? Full-length mirrors go a long way in providing a seemingly bigger and wider space.
- Have a little luxury – get heated floorboards or a tub with the latest relaxing technology. A remodeled bathroom can have a more significant impact on you based on the features you will truly enjoy.
- Always consider your pipes and check the cost of changing their position.
- Don’t forget the storage. In planning a layout, aesthetics often takes center stage while storage gets overlooked. People only realize it when everything’s done, and there is no space for the shampoo bottles and the reserve towels.
- Going green is a good investment. Eco-friendly items and accessories is always a beneficial option.
Does replacing your bath with a shower devalue the house?
Short answer: it probably will. If you plan to resell your home, most realtors advise that you do not change your tub into a shower, particularly if it’s the only bathroom available in the house. A lot of parents find a tub more convenient, especially when it comes to bathing their children. There’s also a consensus that people prefer to soak in the tub more than take a shower. But if you prefer having a shower in your bathroom, it’s best if you have a mix of both a shower and a tub.
How much is a tub-and-shower combo?
A great addition to an aging homeowner’s bathroom, especially one with mobility issues, is the walk-in tub & shower combo. The average cost of a set, including its installation, ranges from $2,500 to $6,000. Most of these consist of walk-in tubs with shower heads installed in a wall fixture. It’s also possible to add a low step-in threshold, swinging doors, and grab bars for safety reasons.
How much does it cost to retile a bathroom?
Retiling the flooring of your bathroom can cost as low as $800 and as high as $7,000.The higher price range has to do with the size and your chosen type of tile to use.
Should you remodel your bathroom in one go, or do it section by section?
It depends on your budget and who will be doing the labor. If you’re hiring a contractor, you’ll likely save more money and time if you do it in one go. But if plan to remodel the bathroom yourself and work with a limited budget, then it is ok to do it section by section.But when doing so, make sure to come up with a final design first before starting. This eliminates the possibility of mismatched fixtures or flooring, even if you do the work at different periods.
What are the stages of a typical bathroom remodel?
Ideally, a typical bathroom remodel involves the following stages:
- Planning of bathroom design/layout
- Securing the Necessary Permits (note that the requirements vary per state)
- Purchase of materials
- Start of the construction work – demolition work on the bathroom
- Adjustment/changes on the main structure
- Plumbing & electrical changes
- Drywall installation & paint application
- Installation of fixtures
- Installation of flooring
- Installation of other items and accessories
When is the best time in the year to remodel a bathroom?
Spring is a good time for a bathroom remodel. The weather is just right and the days are longer, which means it’s possible to do even more work each day. Contractors usually face a decline in projects during winter, which means they are well prepared to take on new projects come springtime.
You’ll also have better assurance in terms of item availability during spring, as retail stores tend to be well-stocked on home renovation items at this time.Take note, however, that you should have at least made a few initial consultations with the contractor even as early as winter. Doing so ensures that you’ll get to secure a slot with them come springtime.
Have any questions? Contact us for all your bathroom remodel needs in Salem, Albany, Silverton, and Stayton in Oregon.