No one wants to get ready for the day in a dingy, dated bathroom or
shower in a tiny stall with mildew. So when it comes to popular rooms to
remodel, bathrooms are often at the top of the list, behind only the kitchen. According to online sources, the average cost of a bathroom remodel can range from$6,600 –$16,400 depending on square footage, labor, plumbing, and electrical needs, and the types of fixtures and amenities.
HomeAdvisor’s latest True Cost Report for 2021 estimates the average cost of a bathroom remodel to be $13,400,
but the total expense can go much higher for large, upscale bathrooms.
Issues like corroded pipes or the decision to relocate major fixtures
will also push costs higher.
a top real estate agent in Westchester County, New York, says the
average cost of a bathroom renovation in her area is anywhere from
$15,000-$20,000, but it could easily surpass that when dealing with
larger spaces, more expensive homes, or higher-quality materials.
In this guide, we’ll break down bathroom remodeling costs and design
trends so you can calculate how to get the greatest impact for your
spend on a budget you can afford.
How has COVID-19 affected bathroom costs in 2022?
According to data from home remodeling site Angi, the cost of total bathroom remodels went up 13%
in 2020, and homeowners can expect to see a continued spike in
remodeling costs, a side effect of pandemic-induced supply chain delays
and material shortages.
Wiggs also estimates that she’s seen a greater 30% pricing increase
in remodels since the pandemic. “After COVID, everything went up
substantially,” she says. “Also, it’s hard to find contractors, so
homeowners are paying a premium right now.”
Bathroom costs as a percentage of home value
The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) says that as a general rule, you should expect to spend between 5% to 10%
of your home’s value on a bathroom remodel. That means for a $250,000
home, the project may cost an average of $12,500 to $25,000, and for a
$500,000 home, you could pay anywhere from $25,000 to $50,000 or higher.
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As you would expect, the project cost will vary widely depending on the type of bathroom you’re remodeling.
Primary bathroom ($10,000-$25,000)
Sometimes referred to as an “en suite,” this type of bathroom is
connected to the main bedroom, and is usually the largest in the house.
It is typically a full bathroom (sink, toilet, shower and bathtub) or
a three-quarter bathroom (sink, toilet, and standing shower, but no
Some primary bathrooms have a door separating it from the primary
bedroom, but others have an open entrance off the bedroom with a
separate water closet (a small room housing the toilet) with its own
According to data from Angi, remodeling a primary bathroom costs between $10,000 and $25,000,
with the average cost around $18,000. However, a large primary bathroom
with luxury elements could go as high as $50,000 or more.
Wiggs has seen primary bathroom remodels exceed $50,000, and even go as high as $70,000 if the designs were very elaborate.
Guest bathroom ($3,500-$10,000)
This is usually a full bathroom with a bathtub, shower, toilet, and
sink. Typically adjoining a guest bedroom, it can also be located in a
hallway for more general access.
The home improvement site Fixr estimates that the cost of a guest bathroom remodel ranges from $3,500 to $10,000.
Half bath/powder room ($1,500-$4,000)
A half-bath, also commonly called a powder room, has only a toilet
and sink. It is usually located near the foyer or entryway of the home.
Given its small size, it is the least expensive to remodel — between $1,500 and $4,000,
according to Fixr. However, costs will be location-dependent. In her
New York market, Wiggs sees half-bath remodels cost around $13,000.
Average cost per square foot
Bathroom sizes may be proportionate to the home. A primary bathroom
in a large estate, for example, will likely be grander and larger than
one in a smaller, more modest house. For that reason, it can sometimes
be helpful to calculate average remodeling costs by square footage.
Angi shares these average cost ranges based on the size of the bathroom:
3’ x 5’ (15 square feet): $1,500 to $2,250
4’ x 6’ (24 square feet): $2,400 to $3,600
4’ x 8’ (32 square feet): $3,200 to $4,800
5’ x 8’ (40 square feet): $4,000 to $6,000
7’ x 9’ (63 square feet): $6,300 to $9,450
8’ x 10’ (80 square feet): $8,000 to $12,000
9’ x 10’ (90 square feet): $9,000 to $13,500
Average cost by location
Just as average home prices vary widely in different areas of the
country, certain cities can be more or less expensive in terms of
remodeling costs. According to HomeAdvisor, here’s a breakdown of average ranges for some major U.S. cities:
Now that you have an idea of the cost ranges for each type of
bathroom remodel, you might be wondering what those dollars will go
toward. Below, we break it down across each of the main components to
give you an idea of what to budget for each.
Chrome shower system with 8-inch rain shower head and hand shower ($532)
Other costs to account for include paint, mirrors, and additional
cabinetry or a bathroom linen closet. As you decide where to spend your
remodeling dollars, consider that the top bathroom feature homebuyers
seek is a double-sink vanity.
Jesus Soto, owner of Soto Bay Construction in Hayward, California, provided us with an example of a real quote he prepared for a primary bathroom remodel.
Demo Existing Bathroom
Waterproof and wet walls
Install tile for custom shower with a bench and shower walls
Tile bathroom floor
Grout and sealer for tile
Drywall and taping level 5 in walls
Install new toilet, vanity, faucet, and mirror
Install new bathroom fan
Estimated cost for mid- to high-level finishes
Mid- to high-quality finishes
Total Project Cost
Main factors that influence cost
Soto identifies the following components as the biggest drivers of the ultimate project cost:
Labor and subcontractors
This includes the labor for demo, plumbing, electrical work, drywall,
and tile. For a primary bathroom remodel, Soto estimates that labor can
account for up to 50% of the total price.
“Our bid process starts with our initial start value, which is
dictated by the style of the bathroom, such as bathtub, shower, or
jacuzzi,” says Soto. “Then, we add to the starting price based on
finishes, such as what type of door, single or double vanity, tile in
walls, stone in walls, additional lighting, etcetera.”
Soto says this can have a huge impact on cost. “It’s extremely hard
to foresee any water damage in framing before doing any demolition,” he
explains. “In fact, the majority of contractors have a clause in their
contract to protect them in case of any water damage behind the walls.”
Soto has personally seen water damage that increased the total cost by
What are the most expensive parts of a bathroom remodel?
In general, two of the most expensive parts of a bathroom remodel are moving a waste line and replacing a vanity, says says Douglas Huebner, CEO of the home design and renovation company The Habitatilist and a top New Jersey real estate agent serving the Maplewood, Montclair, and South Orange areas.
If you change the bathroom’s layout, that involves moving the toilet,
sink, or tub and needs the help of a professional plumber. This can
cost anywhere from $70 to $120 per hour before trip fees and materials.
For a 40-square-foot bathroom, hooking up new fixtures to current
plumbing plus cleanup takes an estimated 46 hours and costs roughly $2,070 and $2,990; moving any fixtures more than three feet costs an additional $500 to $1,000.
As for a vanity, prices vary whether it’s premade or custom built,
but a vanity can easily cost about $1,300 to $1,800, Huebner said.
Here’s how other materials and features affect pricing:
Wall and floor tiles: Natural stone, porcelain, and ceramic are popular in bathrooms. Natural stone costs between $3 and $50 per square foot, while porcelain costs between $3 and $20 per square foot.
Bathtub: An alcove tub installed with a shower is the most
common type of tub and comes in a variety of widths and colors, Fixr.com
says. Bootz Industries sells a 30x60x74.5-inch alcove bath and shower kit with left-hand drain in white for $775. Integrated grab bars can be an additional cost. A standalone soaking tub costs from $500 to $3,000, as does adding jets or other features.
Toilet: Prices vary from about $295 to $3,000 depending on the size of the “rough-in”
(the distance from the finished wall to the floor drain), height,
having a round or elongated bowl, water efficiency, and added features,
such as a bidet toilet seat.
Can you save money by going DIY?
A do-it-yourself remodel will have a significantly lower cost than
hiring a professional contractor — perhaps even half the cost or less,
Soto estimates. He recommends using SPC flooring, which is 100%
waterproof and much easier to install than tile, and prefabricated
shower walls. However, he points out that you’ll have to use the exact
same layout of the bathroom in order to avoid any electrical and
“The main risk is that you are not updating plumbing and electrical,”
Soto points out. “Pipes and wires can be in really poor condition and
might not have much life left, while the rest of the bathroom will be
completely remodeled with 20-30 years of lifetime. A water or electrical
problem can be big enough that you have to do a complete remodel.”