How Much Would It Cost to Remodel a Bathroom?

If you’re going to repair or remodel a bathroom, you’ll have a ton of options of possibilities. The total cost will depend on the style you’re going to pick and the available budget. The average cost of bathroom remodeling across America equals to ~$9,400. However, you may end up spending less – a small- to mid-sized bathroom remodeling may cost you $3,500 to $7,000. That amount will be enough to fix some essential parts. However, if you’re ready to spend a little bit more, you can go for a full-scale remodeling. $13,000 to $20,000 (or even more) would grant you a total remodeling that would transform your bathroom into as room of your dream. Most homeowners, however, spend around $5,500 to $13,500 on that particular room.

Bathroom remodeling as a home improvement project provides one of the highest resale values. Be advised, though, it’s by no means cheap. Plus, it might take a lot of time to complete the project. So, you will have to plan everything ahead and gather your ideas. Contact the contractor only after you’ve thought everything through. Don’t be shy – ask questions, set realistic expectations from the very start, get the cost estimates and plan your budget. This is what separates a responsible and trustworthy contractor from a shady, unreliable person.

Below you’ll find additional information about the average cost of bathroom remodeling. You’ll also find some design ideas. As you definitely want to squeeze the most quality from everything you have, be sure you’re as knowledgeable as ever before you start contacting the contractors.

Budgeting

When you’re planning your renovation, it might be a little bit hard to determine your exact budget. One of the primary factors is the size of your bathroom – smaller areas will be cheaper to remodel. Even the fixtures will range in price depending on their size. Total list will include floor plan changes, faucets, fixtures, floorings, showers or baths, lighting and cabinets. Every selection consists of multiple options, so you’ll have a lot of listings to compare before making your choice.

Below are the approximate prices, starting from the most budget-friendly ones and ending with the premium quality options.

Bathtubs:

  • Budget-friendly: $400 to $1,500;
  • Midrange: $2,600 to $4,100;
  • Premium: $6,000 to $8,000.

Cabinets:

  • Budget-friendly: $1,200 to $3,500;
  • Midrange: $4,700 to $7,000;
  • Premium: $8,000 to $13,000.

Countertops:

  • Budget-friendly: $900 to $2,000;
  • Midrange: $2,800 to $4,100;
  • Premium: $5,000 to $6,500.

Flooring:

  • Budget-friendly: $800 to $2,000;
  • Midrange: $2,500 to $3,600;
  • Premium: $5,000 to $6,000.

Lighting fixtures:

  • Budget-friendly: $120 to $900;
  • Midrange: $1,100 to $1,700;
  • Premium: $2,500 to $4,000.

Shower:

  • Budget-friendly: $450 to $2,000;
  • Midrange: $3,000 to $4,800;
  • Premium: $6,000 to $10,000.

Sink:

  • Budget-friendly: $190 to $900;
  • Midrange: $1,400 to $2,300;
  • Premium: $3,500 to $6,500.

Toilet:

  • Budget-friendly: $130 to $250;
  • Midrange: $340 to $480;
  • Premium: $550 to $780.

There’s no need to include everything in your remodel plan. You’ll only need everything from this list if you intend to build the bathroom from the very scratch. If you have some bigger projects in mind, don’t forget that you can add toilet, lighting fixtures and sinks later, so that you won’t need to spend too much in a single session if you don’t need to. Plus, some of the projects will have a cheaper alternative. For example, you won’t need to byt entirely new cabinets – just refinish them and they will look brand new. Plus, they won’t look out of touch with your new sink, toilet or bath. Plus, you can simply replace some plumbing fixtures instead of changing the whole bathtub or shower.

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Cost Estimates For Small Bathrooms

Small bathroom owners are lucky, at least to some extent – they will be able to spend less money on remodeling. Less square footage always results in smaller remodeling costs, as you will need less materials to do the job. As a result, your total cost will lean to the lower range of our estimates. Plus, the labor costs will most probably be lower: smaller bathrooms require less work time, and unless the workers run into problems while replacing plumbing or dealing with electricity.

You will anyway have to deal with tons of heavy lifting. In addition, there’s a lot of planning and time expenditures you’ll have to run into. Possible additional cost factors for remodeling a small bathroom are:

  • Layout alterations: If you’re thinking of expanding your bathroom, it will heavily affect the total remodeling cost. You’ll have to change the whole electical wiring, add more flooring and even plumbing if necessary. This will increase both the amount and cost of materials and labor.
  • Fixture/appliance replacement: If you’re going to install new fixtures and appliances in the bathrooms, the total remodeling price will go up. The workers will need to remove the existing objects and install the new ones. This will definitely affect the price, but you still have a way to save an extra buck or two. You’ll just have to either buy the materials yourself or refinish the appliances instead of buying new ones.
  • Plumbing/electricity: Pray to whatever god you believe in that you won’t run into any issues with plumbing or electricity while performing repairs. These two are the main factors of sudden price increases during the remodeling. To make sure that there won’t be any unpleasant surprises, check the whole system by separate professionals ahead of time. However hard you try, you might run into unforeseen issues anyway. You can’t plan everything.

Style Ideas and Considerations

What’s the point in remodeling your bathrooms? Don’t get this wrong, we’re not questioning your decisions. We – and, what’s more important, you – should know why you’re doing this by that point. Are you going to modernize the functionality of the bathroom or you just want to change the style or color? Who’ll be using the bathroom: a child or adult, man or woman, you or the whole family? Depending on the answer, you might start pondering on the design you’ll be using. Should your bathroom feature classic style, or maybe you should strive for contemporary looks? How about going retro and looking at mid-century retrofuturism? Maybe your bathroom will be a good place to show off some Bohemian chic design? And most importantly, how would it fit with the rest of your house?

Will your remodeled bathroom fit that lifestyle of yours? If you live a very fast-paced life, you might not need a full-scale bath or even a jacuzzi. In this case you’ll need a simple, modern shower. This choice goes both ways – fans of more calm and relaxed lifestyle will enjoy a bath more than a shower cubicle. Your plans will reflect both your taste and lifestyle – and it would certainly get reflected in the total price.

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Talk to your contractor and show him your design blueprints. We’ve recently published some small bathroom designs for users on a budget – you might start by taking a look at these. Talk with him about any remodeling ideas you might have. This includes your favorite pictures from home decor sites or magazines. The more information your contractor will have before he starts working, the more your bathroom will reflect your ideas.

Custom Solutions over Store-Bought Items

We hope you’ve already talked to your contractor about your renovation ideas and plans, for now we’re going to find accessories for the new bathroom. If your ideas don’t exactly fit into a singular style, or if you’re ready to experiment, you might need the services of a certified craftsman who would create custom vanities, countertops or mirror frames. As always, their prices will differ depending on the materials you’re going to use and by their own price calculations. Some craftsmen charge you for every hour of your work. Others prefer to be paid for the work they do, not the time they spend on a project.

Anyway, if you don’t have this much money to spare of if you barely look for something simple and quick, forget about craftsmen. You will find sinks, toilets, countertops, cabinets and various lightings at your home improvement store, ready for immediate installation. As most stores sell wares from different manufacturers, you’ll definitely find a lot of options.  If you’re unsure, however, let your general contractor do the job for you. He will pick the items that would fit within your budget and style preferences. Plus, contractors often get access to a wider range of items and can even get a reduced price or discount! That’s what the personal relationships with manufacturers can do.

Total Project Cost and Schedule

If you closely followed our advices and hired a professional, experienced contractor, he will be able to give you a written schedule and full list of construction tasks he and his team will be performing, in addition to estimated deadlines. That way you’ll know what your time expectations should be, plus the chance of any disagreements will decrease substantially.

Remodeling the whole bathroom takes a lot of time. As such, the contractor may take some upfront payment, plus require additional payments as work goes on. To protect yourself and to prevent any unexpected price hikes along the way, make the written payment schedule with a clear total amount of all payments. When the project will be complete, your contractor will give you an itemized list of every object used in the remodeling with total costs.

Additional Guarantees

As bathroom remodel includes a wide range of works, you will need to know how the workers will deal with any mistakes and unintentional damage that may occur during the repairs. You don’t want to spend more money on repairing something you didn’t broke, so talk to your contractor before starting the project. A professional will offer a guarantee or expressed warranty.

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