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The Average Bathroom Remodel Cost

The Average Bathroom Remodel Cost

Need a new bathroom? Let’s talk about the average cost to remodel a bathroom in the United States.

The Average Cost

The average cost of a bathroom remodel ranges from $10,000 to $30,000 for an all-new design and installation. Of course, this will vary depending on your locale, which items you choose (i.e., custom tile work), what type of materials are used (i.e., high-end fixtures), and how much time is spent on things like demolition or finishing details that aren’t considered part of “basic construction."

For instance, if you want marble countertops with backsplash instead of traditional ceramic tile, it could add up to another $5k to 10k+. When it comes to renovating your bathroom, there are a lot of things to consider. Not only do you need to think about the cost, but you also need to decide what type of design you want and what materials you want to use.

You also need to decide how much work you're willing to do yourself and how much you're willing to pay someone else to do. And, finally, you need to think about how long the renovation will take. If you want a complete overhaul, it could take several weeks or even months. But if you're just replacing some fixtures or changing the layout a bit, it might only take a few days.

Be Prepared

Bathroom renovations can be a lot of work. The first step is to think about what you want and need from your bathroom. What type of design do you want? Do you desire a spa-like retreat or a space that’s more practical? You might also consider whether or not you have the skills needed for the project, like demolition or tiling. How much time are you willing to devote to this project (think weeks/months)? And how much money are you willing to spend on it (think $3k-$15k)? Once these questions are answered, start thinking about how soon your renovation will happen. If there’s an emergency situation in the bathroom now, make sure any necessary repairs are taken care of before moving forward with renovations.


  1. Make any/all emergency repairs.

  2. List out all of your design desires.

  3. List out your skill set.

  4. List how much time you are willing to devote.

  5. List how much money you can afford.

Bathroom Remodel Cost

There are a number of factors that can affect the cost of a bathroom remodel. These include size, design changes, complexity of the project, and the materials used. An accurate estimate must take into consideration the materials needed and the complexity of the project. In addition, your location may also play a role in how much you end up spending.

Another thing to consider is whether or not you will be doing the work yourself or hiring a professional contractor. The cost of labor can vary quite a bit, so it's important to get quotes from multiple contractors before making a decision.

Whatever route you choose, make sure to budget accordingly and be prepared for unexpected expenses. By planning ahead and knowing what to expect, you can ensure that your bathroom remodel goes as smoothly as possible.

The standard costs for a normal bathroom remodel vary from $10,000 to $20,000 in total cost. The final price will depend on how complex your project is and how much you want to change about it. If you're looking to make minor changes like adding new tile, the price will be around $10,000. If you want to change your floor plan or your plumbing system, this could lead to up to an additional $30,000 in expenses depending on the materials and design you choose.

The Breakdown

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) provides the following breakdown of bathroom remodeling expenses:

  • Design fees: 4%

  • Installation: 20%

  • Fixtures: 15%

  • Cabinetry and hardware 16%

  • Countertops 7%

  • Lighting and ventilation 5%

  • Flooring 9%

  • Doors and windows 4%

  • Walls and ceilings 5%

  • Faucets and plumbing 14%

  • Miscellaneous 1%

Bathroom Remodeling Budget

When remodeling your bathroom, it is important to create a budget and stick to it. You've planned a decent sum for your bathroom renovation, but you're undoubtedly concerned about how much of that money should go to labor and what proportion should be spent on features like lighting, flooring, and appliances. You don't want to waste money on elaborate tile work and have the shower or sink suffer as a result. The fixtures are always the top priority, after all the space must function!

Ask your designer or general contractor for a breakdown of expenses before you begin working on a budget with them. There are numerous variables to consider, including the current bathroom, the scope of the project (full remodel or face-lift?), and the local economy.

Saving Money

One way to do this is to do some of the work yourself. You can save money by bringing in your own tools and materials. You can also save money by shopping around for the best prices on materials and labor. Another way to potentially save thousands of dollars is to have some of your fixtures and/or tile refinished instead of replacing them.

You'll need to think about how much money you have and what your goals are for the remodel. If you want to change the layout of the room, you'll need more money. If you're just changing the color of the walls, then you won't need as much.

Expect the unexpected

The one thing you can count on when it comes to any renovation project is that you'll spend more than you anticipated. Keeping your overage within reason is the most important thing. There's a fine line between indulging and blowing your budget; a single fixture or finish choice might end up costing you hundreds of dollars more than you anticipated.

A bathroom remodel can cost $175 to $225 per square foot. For a do-it-yourselfer, expect to spend anywhere from $75 to $100 per square foot just on materials alone. Keep in mind that these are round numbers and don't take into account personalizing the space or adding extra features (shower sprays, heated floors, custom medicine cabinets, etc.). A realistic budget for a DIY project in a 5 x 8-foot bathroom (40 square feet) would be about $5,200.

The Bottom Line

We all know that bathroom remodels can be expensive. Yet, when you’re in the middle of a project with your contractor and they tell you the cost is $14,000 or so more than what was budgeted for, it can be frustrating to say the least.

When planning out your next renovation, make sure to set aside enough money not just for materials but also things like permits and demolition work (even if it's something small). It may seem tedious at first glance but will save time during installation not having to worry about getting everything into place with precision before anything else begins.

What are some other ways you plan on saving money on your project? Make sure to let us know! Our team would love to hear your tips!

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