How Much Does it Cost to Remodel a Bathroom?

Remodel a Bathroom Costs
Average reported costs
$9,281
based on 10,167 cost profiles
Most homeowners
spent between
$5,647 - $12,936
Low cost
$2,870
High cost
$20,000
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What is the Average Cost of a Bathroom Remodel?

Homeowners have many options when it comes to bathroom remodels and the total cost depends on style and budget. The average bathroom remodel costs $9,281, but you can spend less - between $3,500 and $7,000 - to fix up the essentials in a small- to medium-sized bathroom. On the other end of the spectrum, you could spend $13,000 to more than $20,000 turning your master bathroom into an oasis. Most homeowners spend between $5,647 and $12,936.

Bathroom remodels provide some of the highest resale returns as a home improvement project. However, it is not by any means cheap, and it can take a long time to complete. Therefore it is essential to gather and plan your bathroom remodeling ideas ahead of time for the room and then find the right remodeling contractor for the job. Asking questions, setting realistic expectations, cost estimates and budgeting from the start can mean the difference between finding a contractor you trust and enjoy working with versus a long and trying few weeks.

Find more information below on the costs of common accessories included in a bathroom remodel, along with design ideas and considerations concerning hiring a remodeling contractor. You want to get the best bathroom possible for your dime, so make sure you are armed with plenty of knowledge before you start calling.

Estimating Bathroom Remodel Costs

Determining your budget could be tricky when planning your renovation. A large factor in determining cost will be the size of your bathroom, ranging from small to medium or master bathroom size. The fixtures you will need to fit in your bathroom will range in price depending on their size. The list of fixtures involved in remodeling a bathroom can include elements like faucets and fixtures, floor plan changes, new showers or baths, new flooring, countertops, cabinets and lighting. This long list of comes with a lot of different prices and options to compare before choosing what to buy for your bath remodel.

Here is a chart with some of the many options involved in a bathroom remodel, including the least expensive (small) to most expensive (master) costs for each:

Option Low Range Mid Range High Range
Install bathtub $400 - $1,500 $2,600 - $4,100$6,000 - $8,000
Install cabinets $1,200 - $3,500 $4,700 - $7,000$8,000 - $13,000
Install countertops $900 - $2,000 $2,800 - $4,100$5,000 - $6,500
Install flooring $800 - $2,000 $2,500 - $3,600$5,000 - $7,000
Install lighting fixture $120 - $900 $1,100 - $1,700$2,500 - $4,000
Install shower $450 - $2,000 $3,000 - $4,800$6,000 - $10,000
Install sink $190 - $900 $1,400 - $2,300$3,500 - $6,500
Install toilet $130 - $250 $340 - $480$550 - $780

Remember: you don't have to include all of these items in your bathroom remodel, unless you're building a whole new bathroom from scratch. You always have the option to add some pieces–sink, toilet and lighting fixtures–after you've done the bigger projects to spread out costs. Also consider that some of these projects–bathtub installation, shower installation or cabinet installation–have smaller, cheaper alternatives. For example, you can refinish cabinets to make them look brand new and flow with the new bathroom for less money. There is also the option of replacing faucets and other plumbing fixtures, which costs less than replacing bathtubs and showers.

Small Bathroom Remodeling Costs

Small bathrooms are often less expensive to remodel than larger bathrooms because they have less square footage. This means fewer materials involved to make them look brand new, and their cost will be on the low range of the chart above since you need less of them or their smaller sizes to fit in the bathroom. The cost of labor will also be lower because the time spent to remodel a small bathroom won't be as long as a large bathroom, unless the professionals run into snags with the electricity or plumbing. However, there is still a lot of heavy lifting, planning and general time involved in the process.
Here are some cost factors you might deal with in the midst of a small bathroom remodel:
  • Changing the layout: If you decide to increase the square footage of the small bathroom, it will increase the total cost of the remodel. This means changing the electrical wiring in the walls, adding more flooring, and possibly more plumbing. All of this will increase materials and labor cost.
  • Fixtures and appliances: If you replace any of your current fixtures and appliances in the bathroom--countertops, bathtub, toilet, sink, etc.--this will increase the cost because the professionals will need to remove the originals and install the new ones. You can save on this cost by refinishing some of the appliances or buying the materials yourself.
  • Plumbing and electrical: Any issues with your plumbing or electricity during the renovation will add onto the cost of the remodel. You might have them checked by separate professionals ahead of time just in case. However, there could be issues that occur during the renovation that can't be planned for.

Bathroom Remodeling Ideas and Inspiration

Why do you want to remodel the bathroom? Is it to modernize the functionality of your current bathroom? To update the style and color? Who is this bathroom for: female, male, adult or kid? Ask yourself if the bathroom design style should be classic or contemporary, mid-century modern or Bohemian chic. How will it flow with the rest of the house based on the style you choose?

Does your bathroom fit your lifestyle? Maybe you live a fast-paced lifestyle where you never have time for more than a quick shower in the morning. Perhaps you like a long, leisurely, relaxing soak in a jacuzzi tub at night. Either way, how you plan to design the bathroom reflects both your aesthetic taste and lifestyle, and all of this impacts your costs and price range for accessories.

Approach your contractor with many examples of your remodel ideas, including pictures from home decor magazines, links to bathroom design ideas on the web and paint chips from the hardware store. The more information a contractor has ahead of time, the more your bath remodel will turn out exactly how you want it.

Here are some bathroom remodels that might help you define your style:

Modern Bathrooms


modern bathroom remodel by Planet Home Remodeling Corp. in Berkeley, CA
by Planet Home Remodeling Corp., a Bathroom Remodeler in Berkeley, CA. The average cost of a bathroom remodel in Berkeley is approximately $14,000 to $18,000.
modern bathroom with shutters in Dallas, TX
by Luxury for the Home, a Bathroom Remodeler in Dallas, TX. The average cost to remodel a bathroom in Dallas is approximately $7,300 to $10,000.

Small Bathroom Remodel


by Beyond Designs and Remodeling, Inc., a Bathroom Remodeling Contractor in Brooklyn, NY. For most homeowners in Brooklyn, the average cost for a bathroom remodel is approximately $9,800 to $13,000.traditional bathroom in Brooklyn, NY

Traditional Bathroom Remodel


by Luxury for the Home, a Bathroom Remodeling Contractor in Milwaukee, WI. The average reported cost of a bathroom remodel in Milwaukee is $9,000 to $12,000.traditional bathroom in Milwaukee, WI

Eclectic Bathroom Remodel


by Luxe Interiors, a Bathroom Remodeling Contractor in Denver, CO. The average cost to remodel a bathroom in Denver ranges from $5,500 to $8,000.eclectic bathroom in Aurora, CO

Contemporary Bathroom Remodel


by Ideas and Solutions, a New York Bathroom Remodeling Contractor. And the average cost of a bathroom remodel in New York City is roughly $9,500 to $13,000.contemporary bathroom remodel design from Ideas and Solutions in New York

Custom-Built or Store-Bought Accessories?

Once you have ideas for your renovation planned out, the next step is to find bath remodel accessories in your price range. If your idea for the bathroom doesn't fit exactly within a type of style like modern or contemporary, you may need to hire a professional craftsman to custom build accessories like the vanity, countertop or mirror frame. These specialized contractors will have different prices for their work depending on the material you want the accessories made from and how they calculate their prices: by the hour, job or otherwise.

However, if you want to stay close within your budget, there is the option to buy accessories like sinks, toilets, countertop materials, cabinets and different lighting options at home improvement stores. They have a variety of options when it comes to items like bath lighting, toilets, sinks, vanities and cabinetry because they come straight from different manufacturers. Of course, you might leave the selection to your general contractor if you're uncertain about buying what fits best within your budget and design. Contractors often also have wider access to bath remodel accessories because of their personal relationships with manufacturers. This also means they could buy them for better prices than at a home improvement store.

Remodeling Project Price & Schedule Agreement

An experienced contractor should be able to give you a written schedule and list of the construction tasks they are going to perform and what their deadlines are for the completion of each task. This helps prevent disagreements along the way and gives you clear expectations about how long the project should take to complete.

A bathroom remodel is often a lengthy project, and thus a contractor may ask for money in advance of the work being started and after completion of specific milestones along the way. Make sure that the payment schedule and total amount is agreed upon and put in writing before the start of the project. Then at the end of the project, the contractor will be able to give you an itemized list of everything included in the remodel and how much it costs in total.

Remodeling Contractor's Work

A bathroom remodel involves various areas of expertise: construction, plumbing, electrical and lighting. Talk to your bathroom remodel contractor at the start of the project about how they deal with mistakes, damage and repairs that may arise. Make sure the work will be backed up by an expressed warranty or guarantee. You want to get the value of a new bathroom for the amount of money you are paying the remodeling contractor. What you don't want is the additional cost of repairs and maintenance for mistakes made in the initial remodel.

 

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Sue Inman 6 months ago
Something missing from these remodel articles are suggestions for shortening the time to complete. We have a modest sized house in the Memphis, TN area- 3 Br, 2 bath, living room, dining room, den. We have remodeled our (1) kitchen, (2) great room-dining room (converted dining, living and den to an open concept of 1 great room with a dining room, and (3) 1 small bathroom. The kitchen was done first and the others followed in several years. We used the same contractor for all our projects. His references were great and we visited some of his remodels as part of the check-out process. He does most of the work himself, works on ONE renovation at a time so he can work every day, all day. He has his Sheetrock, electrical, plumbing guys that he uses for everything. Our plans were all drawn up and agreed upon before any work started. He would be paid in installments as the work was completed. All materials that we were purchasing-picking out were purchased and delivered to our house before any work started. Needless to say, all 3 remodels went smoothly. They were all finished on schedule and we had no unexpected costs. The kitchen was done in 6 weeks. That entailed ripping everything down to the studs, rewiring, moving the fuse box, tiling, new cabinets with some customized, granite counters, tiled backsplash, lighting, installing the appliances, and finishing out a washer-dryer area. The other 2 remodels went just as smoothly. We had ZERO complaints during the process and ZERO after. It drives me crazy to see these shows on tv where the homeowner is making changes to the plan during the process. Then they are picking out tile after the remodel has all started. And the homeowner gets mad that their remodel is delayed because they are waiting on the tile to be delivered from across the country. I would have had zero patience if I was doing a remodel and we had days with no work being done because the contractor/his guys are working on other projects. This is the very reason we put off starting our first remodel. I couldn't wrap my mind around why it would take 3+ months to get the kitchen done. After talking to many people-at hone expos, kitchen-bath stores, Home Depot, Lowes, we learned about this unique contractor that worked differently. He moved here from the LA-Malibu area and had worked on much larger, custom projects there. He followed the same model - work on one job at a time, use the same reliable, good guys for when he needed their help. He was very successful....and we feel lucky to have found him and hope he sticks around long enough to do our master bath! Sorry this was so long. I just had to say it!
Danielle D Prairie 3 months ago
I would be interested in the man you used as I will be undergoing a kitchen and bathroom renovation in Nashville TN. I have heard so many horror stories of jobs going way past done dates and additional expenses being added as they go.
Shirley Rich 3 months ago
Who was the contractor?
Pam Harris 24 days ago
We received a price of $30,000 to completely redo our medium sized bathroom!!! We're redoing our whole house and every room was $30,000. This is a well-built 2000+ sq. ft. 40 year old ranch, not a tear down. My husband remodeled our 1/2 bath and it cost us under $2000 using high end materials. We are redoing the laundry room, the mud room and the sun room. Altogether the contractor said it would cost between $175,000 & $200,000 for the rest of the home. Outrageous. We're looking for a more reasonable contractor in Michigan. This website was very helpful.
Jeanne Cousino 3 months ago
I just had my bathroom remodeled to the cost of $14,000. I feel that I was overcharged. Bathroom is long 9 feet long narrow-one side is bathtub and linen (medicine closet-nothing done to it) new cover put on bathtub - vanity with marble type top, inlaid floor and separate shower redone. wall done in sheets of "look alike tile".over the existing tile. I had expensive tile on it before and was told it was be terribly expensive to put new tile over it. The installer did a nice job however I think I was overcharged. I made the mistake of not getting more estimates and would suggest to anyone considering this toget more.
Alan Lewandowski 2 days ago
I have had a bath and kitchen remodeling showroom since 1990 on the IL/WI border near Lake Michigan. I can tell you that the prices that Homeadvisor states for a bath remodel is low. Check out Remodeling Magazines " Cost vs. Value" article for regional remodeling pricing on various projects. For my area, the average price for a bath remodel was ~ 14K last year to ~ 18K this year. And these are not high end luxury bath remodels either. We typically have bath projects in the 15-25K range. There is a lot of planning and design on the backend of a quality built project. Not knowing what products you were sold, I cannot comment on the price you paid. But my experience in the industry leads me to believe you were not gouged.
George Russell 1 days ago
I'd like to know the costs to update a regular bathroom with nothing special. All the pictures that are shown in this article are for fancy bathrooms that might look nice in pictures, but I can't imagine having them in my simple little house. I just want to replace some of the bathroom fixtures that are getting a bit old. I think the main project in my bathroom would be replacing the bathtub and bath surround which are probably the originals from when the house was built almost 30 years ago. I want to replace the acrylic/fiberglass/whatever- material bathtub with a cast-iron tub, and replace the tub walls (which are of the same type of material) with tile. I'm expecting that project to cost the most just because of the weight of the cast-iron tub!
John Volkerding 4 days ago
Base on what we know to be prices of materials and what you have in here we estimated and budgeted $ 11-12,000 for our project which included us doing the demo. When the contractors on your service came for estimates we were shocked to see Estimates over $22,000. We are back to the drawing board and plan to probably be our contractor and sub out the work we cannot do.
leonard gartin 7 days ago
i need prices of tearing out the vanity and price of installing it. the price to tear out the wood paneling and replace it pricr to tear out vinyl floor and sub floor and replace it price to put in new flange for toilet replace toilet
favio palacios 15 days ago
my price small bathrrom is $7500 incluye material and lavor
michelle charleville 18 days ago
My master bathroom had only a toilet and a sink plus it had carpet. I wanted it to be a full bathroom so there would be two full bathrooms in my house. The entire cost, which included all of the materials, re-plumbing everything because we were adding a shower unit so more plumbing, the permits needed to do the work, electrical and permits, flooring, drywall, painting, new light fixtures, fan, vent cover for the HVAC, and the general contractor was $8,300. Of course this also included new flooring in my kitchen and laundry room. I thought that was pretty reasonable considering I have a whole new bathroom.
Ron Harmon 29 days ago
I really want to do our master bath, but I can't go over 7,000. We still have carpet in our bathroom and our shower need to be taken out and the BIG soaker tub I want to be smaller I think we will just have to wait a little longer. This article was very helpful. I just can't justify the cost right now. will let you know in the future.
Rose Troilo 3 months ago
Yes I have been trying to explain to certain people that just to do even small changes slike counter top and vanity change it is a bit costly !! LOVE THIS PAGE VERY MUCH !!! I WILL USE HIS SITE AGAIN!!
Joseph Renau 5 months ago
It is Mrs Renau, I estimated it to be around 11,000. with all the changes but I will consider giving you a call when I start this project.
lorraine coyle 8 months ago
My total costs have been estimated at 24. I was a bit taken back at that price. Price includes tile floor with heat under it, tile walls, new shower. keeping old bath, replacing the cabinets with store bought type, replacing new toilet. My bath is large with 2 sinks and good cabinet space. I asked to have some time to consider cost. Will discuss with Cook mid next week. He estimates work to be completed by Christmas.
Sue Inman 6 months ago
Wow. That scares me since we are talking about doing our bathroom. Thud....I just fainted!
Judy kennedy 8 months ago
Thank you,when I'm ready,I'll call.