A bathroom remodel is a unique home project that is completely one-of-a-kind to the homeowner completing it. Anything from a one-off shower renovation or countertop replacement, to a total gut and renovation of dozens of fixtures, qualifies as a bathroom remodel. For that reason, the cost range for a bathroom remodel can be quite large.
The average cost to renovate a bathroom ranges from $3,000 to $30,000 and beyond, depending on the size and scope of the project. The national average in the U.S. for a bathroom remodel project is $11,000.
Factors that Influence Bathroom Remodel Costs
Luckily, homeowners have a lot of control over the total cost of a bathroom remodel. The quality of the materials you use in the renovation, as well as how many items in your bathroom you decide to replace and renovate, determines the cost of the project. The cost also depends heavily on the size of your bathroom.
One reason that the price range for bathroom remodels is so wide is that many factors influence the overall cost of the project. Each bathroom remodel is unique to the homeowners’ needs and the space at hand. Here are a few factors that can influence the total cost of the project:
Your home’s geographical location and local labor costs
The size and square footage of the bathroom
Materials chosen, their quality, required quantity, and relative costs
Bathroom additions or tearing down walls
Custom vs. prefabricated features and fixtures
Home accessibility modifications
Unforeseen emergencies and repairs after demolition
Because costs can vary so widely for bathroom remodels, depending on each homeowner’s preferences and needs, we recommend using a cost calculator to get the most accurate estimate for your particular project.
Bathroom Renovation Costs by Project Size
The size of the bathroom you plan to renovate plays a big role in the total cost of the project. Half bathrooms and small bathrooms tend to be the most inexpensive projects, as long as you choose materials and fixtures that are affordable. Larger full bathrooms, such as guest bathrooms, will typically cost more to remodel compared to half baths. Master bathrooms and accessibility-friendly bathrooms tend to be among the most expensive bathroom remodel projects. You can view the average bathroom renovation costs by bathroom size below:
Bathroom Remodel Cost by Size
Average square feet
Average renovation cost
18 to 32 sq. ft.
$3,000 to $10,000
20 to 146 sq. ft.
$7,000 to $20,000
40 to 210 sq. ft.
$14,000 to $25,000+
20 to 210 sq. ft.
$14,000 to $30,000+
*Keep in mind that these price ranges are estimates – you will have to get a true estimate or quote from a contractor to determine the cost for your particular project.
Of course, these costs are dependent on the materials you use and what items in the bathroom you choose to renovate. It is entirely possible to remodel a master bathroom using affordable materials, while maintaining undamaged components of your existing bathroom, to keep your total project costs down. Speak to your contractor about your budget and seek their professional advice on how to keep your spending within that cost range.
Bathroom Remodel Costs by Feature
Now that we have covered total average costs for bathroom renovations, let’s break that down into the costs for each bathroom feature. Understanding the expected costs to remodel each item in your bathroom will give you a fuller picture of what your project will cost. Based on competitive national data for bathroom remodel projects, here is what you can expect each particular bathroom feature to cost.*
bathroom remodel cost by feature
$225 - $1,240
$475 - $870
$360 - $720
$190 - $1,130
Vanities and cabinets
$380 - $700
$35 - $130
$70 - $130
$30 - $55
*Note: The cost ranges listed above include both the cost of labor and materials for each given project. Cost ranges are based on national average costs with data powered by RS Means. Costs vary by your location and the materials chosen for each project.
Of course, you may choose to renovate every nook and cranny in your bathroom, or opt to keep some existing items while renovating others. Remember, you have a great deal of control when it comes to budgeting.
Modernize recommends creating a list of priorities for bathroom features you plan to remodel ahead of time. For instance, what do you need to remodel vs. wish to remodel? There may be some areas of the bathroom that are damaged or leaking and require immediate attention. But perhaps your flooring is intact and just needs some professional cleaning rather than a total flooring replacement.
Once you have put this list of priorities together, speak to your professional contractor about a game plan. They will be able to advise you on the practicality of your list as well as provide you with an estimate for the project.
Below you will find more information on the costs behind each bathroom feature.
Selective demolition during a bathroom remodel costs a national average of $50 per structure.
Most homeowners will require demolition at the first step in their bathroom remodel project. Demolishing existing structures costs a national average of $50 per structure, while disposal of waste costs between $30 to $120 depending on how much trash the demolition produces. The more areas and structures in your bathroom you need to demo, the more your demolition costs will be.
As long as you are renovating an existing bathroom, demolition is an unavoidable cost that you will need to include in your project budget. During demolition, your contractors will tear out bathroom structures that are being replaced and dispose of them properly.
Modernize does not recommend attempting to demo your own bathroom. There are significant risks involved, including causing plumbing disasters, irreparable or costly damage to existing bathroom foundations and structures, and hurting yourself. Not to mention, you will need to dispose of all the debris torn apart during demolition which usually requires paying for a dumpster. Having a professional demolish your bathroom as part of the bathroom remodel process is the most advisable, risk-free and cost-efficient choice.
2. Showers and Bathtubs
The average price range for a shower remodel is $225 to $1,240, depending on the type of shower you are installing, while a standard bathtub installation costs $475 to $870 on average.
A shower replacement and/or bathtub replacement are core elements of most full bathroom remodels. Shower remodels allow you to add a new focal point to your bathroom as well as adjust the shower area to your lifestyle and preferences. Bathtub renovations can add a relaxing element to your new bathroom, in addition to a freestanding shower. Alternatively, you can opt for a shower and tub combo for space-saving convenience.
The cost to renovate a shower or bathtub varies depending on the type you choose to install. Below you will find a list of the most common types of showers and bathtubs installed during renovation projects and their average costs.
Shower and tub enclosure with glass doors: $510 – $940
Shower and tub surround: $225 – $410
Freestanding shower enclosure: $675 – $1,240
Shower door replacement only: $325 – $600
Bathtub only: $475 – $870
Keep in mind that shower replacement costs vary depending on the type of shower and materials used in the shower. For instance, shower renovation costs can add up if you use a large amount of high-end modern tiles, such as mosaics.
There is also a wide variety of bathtubs available today. While a standard 6 foot porcelain steel bathtub will typically cost between $475 and $870, freestanding tubs and massaging jet tubs are typically more expensive than standard porcelain and ceramic tubs. These larger, luxury tubs cost $3,000 on average to install, however, they can add comfort and resale value to your home.
3. Countertops and Sinks
The cost of bathroom countertops can vary based on the material. Bathroom sink installations cost between $190 and $1,130 depending on the type.
Another important part of any bathroom renovation project are the countertops and sinks. Bathroom countertops run the full spectrum in terms of quality and cost. You are able to choose high-end natural stone countertops, such as granite or marble, or cut costs by going with laminate, ceramic tile, or solid surface countertops. The cost for countertops largely depends on the material you choose and how much of it you need. Higher end countertops like granite and marble will run higher in price compared to more budget-friendly countertops like laminate and solid surface.
Bathroom sinks can be built into countertops as drop-in or undermount sinks, which are some of the most common choices. Other sink options include wall-mounted sinks or pedestal sinks, both of which are good choices for small bathrooms that have little room for countertop space. Master bathroom remodels often involve installing dual sinks for couples to enjoy. Bear in mind that there are several material options for bathroom sinks – from granite to stainless steel and more – and your material choice will drive the cost up or down. Here are some pricing examples for different bathroom sinks:
Undermount sink: $190 – $700
Pedestal sink: $615 – $1,130
4. Cabinets and Vanities
Cabinet and vanity installations during bathroom remodels cost a national average of $290 to $695.
Not every bathroom remodel requires cabinet installations or vanities. For example, it is possible to install built-in storage and use a pedestal sink to save space in smaller bathrooms. However, the large majority of full bathroom remodels include cabinet installations, and many times vanity installations. Bear in mind that a vanity installation can cost more than the national average, depending on the specific vanity you choose. Here is what to expect in terms of costs for bathroom cabinet installations and vanities:
Vanity with two-door base cabinets: $380 – $695
Custom four-drawer wall cabinets: $290 – $530
Base cabinets sit close to the floor, while wall cabinets are mounted to the wall, typically above sinks. The amount of cabinets you need often depends on the size of your bathroom. If you are remodeling your master bathroom, you may need a vanity with custom four-drawer base cabinets for ample storage space.
Installing a new toilet in your bathroom can cost anywhere from $360 to $720 on average.
Any bathroom needs a toilet whether it is a half bathroom or a full bathroom. However, you may decide that your existing toilet is in good condition and does not need to be replaced. Your contractor will be able to advise you on whether it is worthwhile to tack on a toilet replacement to your bathroom remodel plan, or keep the one you have. Keep in mind that relatively speaking, toilets are an affordable cost within your bathroom remodel budget. You may consider adding it on simply in order to refresh the room.
When it comes to toilets, you have two main options – wall-mounted toilets and floor mounted toilets.
Floor mounted toilets: $360 – $660
Wall mounted toilets: $390 – $720
Floor mounted toilets are more common, while all mounted toilets are more modern and can be space saving solutions. You can expect a wall mounted toilet to cost just a bit more than floor mounted varieties.
6. Accessories and Additional Costs
Adding accessories to your bathroom during the renovation is definitely a fun part of the process. Accessories and fixtures can help you mold your new bathroom to your lifestyle, as well as show off your personality and design style. Most homeowners install at least a few additional fixtures beyond the features listed above during a remodel. Here are a few common bathroom accessories to choose from and what they cost:
Lighting. Bathroom lighting options include canopy lighting that sits overhead cabinets and vanities, or recessed lighting for a more minimalistic and practical look. Canopy lighting costs $35 to $65, but could cost more depending on the light fixture you choose. Recessed lighting costs an average of $70 to $130.
Heat lamps. Adding a heat lamp above a bathtub or shower area is a cozy addition to bathrooms, especially in colder climates. Heat lamps range between $45 and $85 in price on average.
Paint. You have the option to paint more than just the walls in your new bathroom. Also consider painting doors, cabinets and casework. Painting during a bathroom renovation typically costs between $30 and $55, depending on how many areas you are painting.
Mirrors. No bathroom is complete without a mirror. Add a square or rectangular mirror above a vanity, or a circular mirror for flair. You can also install a medicine cabinet as a practical storage solution. Mirrors typically cost between $70 and $130 for installation, while a medicine cabinet with shelving will cost closer to $255 to install, depending on the size.
Towel bars. Adding a towel bar adjacent to your new shower is a very cheap and practical add-on. Expect a towel bar installation to cost between $45 and $80 on average.
Grab bars. Accessibility-friendly bathrooms are not the only spaces that benefit from grab bars. Grab bars are handy and safe additions to any bathtub and shower area to prevent slips and falls. They cost only $35 to $60 to install.
Bathroom Remodel Installation and Labor Costs
It is very important that you keep labor costs, in addition to bathroom features and material costs, in mind as you budget for your renovation project. The total cost of your bathroom remodel project will be the sum of the bathroom items you are remodeling and chosen materials, plus the cost of labor and installation. Remember that each bathroom item can take a different amount of time and labor to install.
Professional bathroom remodel labor and installation has a national average cost of $70 per hour as of Fall 2021.
Keep in mind that this average varies depending on a homeowner’s geographical location and region. Generally, areas with higher demand and higher costs of living, like urban areas, tend to result in higher hourly costs. Labor costs can also swing drastically depending on the scope of your project and how many hours of labor your bathroom requires.
Hidden Bathroom Remodel Costs to Look Out For
While it is critical to plan ahead for a bathroom remodel project, there is always the possibility of unforeseen issues arising only after the project is underway. For example, when a contractor pulls away an existing sink, there may be serious water damage or mold lurking. Structural issues with the walls, floors, windows, or even the ceiling in your bathroom will need to be repaired before the contractor can sign off on the job. And of course, these unpredictable issues cost money to repair.
It is wise to set aside extra money in your renovation budget to cover these unforeseen emergencies.
“We recommend setting 15 percent of your remodeling budget aside for hidden issues and emergencies. This way, you will not have to sacrifice your vision for the bathroom project by needing to allocate budget towards these necessary repairs.” – Gregg Hicks, VP of Modernize
Note the following common hidden costs so you can better prepare yourself for the any unpredictable scenarios that may lie ahead:
Mold and rotting: Because bathrooms are damp, moisture-packed environments, it is possible there is mold behind walls or underneath floors that you cannot see until they are torn away.
Outdated electrical systems: Old and outdated electrical systems can pose a risk. It is important to get them fixed and updated while you are remodeling. Your contractor can assess the situation once demolition has begun.
Plumbing leaks: Oftentimes plumbing leaks are visible, but sometimes they lie beneath the surface. Ignoring a leak that is lurking beneath a shower or sink can cause serious water damage to your home. Make sure to have your contractor investigate any water sources and ensure plumbing is in good shape.
Long Term Energy-Efficient Savings
Upfront bathroom remodel costs are likely at top of mind as you plan your project. However, it is helpful to know that there are ways you can save on energy and utility costs in the long term. By installing energy-efficient bathroom fixtures now, you can save later by using less energy and reducing utility bills.
As you choose features and fixtures for your new bathroom, we recommend considering energy efficient options. For example:
In addition to prioritizing and budgeting efficiently, there are a few additional tips that can help you cut costs on your bathroom renovation project. These recommendations may seem simple, but they are tried-and-true methods to find the best cost possible for your bathroom project.
Compare multiple professionals. Speak to three to four professional bathroom remodelers before choosing one for the job. Vetting multiple contractors not only allows you to find the professional that is most qualified for the job. It also allows you to find the price that best suits your budget.
Evaluate all quotes thoroughly. There will be many line items on the quotes that contractors provide to you. Make sure you understand the quote and what you potentially will be paying for before hiring a remodeler.
Negotiate costs. Many homeowners are unaware that they are able to negotiate costs with contractors. At Modernize, we equip homeowners with the tools and knowledge they need to negotiate costs effectively.
Explore bathroom warranties. Both manufacturer and contractor warranties exist for bathroom features and fixtures. Look into the warranties offered for each item and what they entail. You might be surprised to learn there is money to be had down the road.
Modernize helps homeowners effectively plan and budget for their bathroom remodels, no matter the size or scope of the project. Use our cost calculator to estimate the cost of the project. Then, tap into our network of highly professional and experienced bathroom remodelers to start gathering quotes. We connect you with three to four remodelers that suit your project needs so you can find the best price and professional for the job.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do bathroom remodels increase the resale value of a home?
A bathroom remodel can definitely increase the value of your home. According to the 2021 Cost vs. Value Report, an upscale bathroom remodel can yield a 54.8% return on investment while a basic or mid-range bathroom remodel can yield a 57.9% to 60.1% return on investment. Also, a bathroom addition can result in a 52.8% to 53.1% return on investment during home resale. To add resale value, we recommend researching the most popular features and fixtures that are desirable among homeowners today. Look into popular modern bathroom elements, such as popular window styles, as well as trends for master bathrooms and showers.
How much does it cost to remodel a small bathroom?
If you are looking to renovate a small half bathroom, the cost typically ranges from $3,000 to $6,500 on average. A smaller full bathroom will cost a bit more, considering you are also dealing with a shower or bathtub. This type of renovation will cost closer to $6,000 to $15,000, but could cost more depending on the scope of the project.
Can I keep my existing shower but add new tiles?
It is possible to retile an existing shower, as long as there are no major repairs needed or water damage lurking underneath the floor or behind the walls. The cost to retile an existing shower costs an average of $1,000, depending on the type of tiles you use. Affordable options include ceramic and porcelain tiles, while higher end options include glass or natural stone tiles.
How much does it cost to increase the space of the bathroom?
Whether or not you are able to add more space to your bathroom depends on your bathroom - mainly, the placement of current plumbing and electrical hookups and adjacent available space. Your contractor will be able to assess the specifics of your room and tell you whether or not adding more space is possible. If so, the average cost to increase the square footage and/or redesign the layout of the bathroom is $5,000 to $6,000. The cost to reroute plumbing and electrical costs between $50 and $150 per hour each. Demolishing walls and redesigning a space typically costs $70 per hour.
How much does it cost to do a DIY bathroom remodel?
There is no easy answer for DIY bathroom remodel costs, since they are highly unique to each homeowner. With that being said, a DIY bathroom remodel can cost anywhere from $2,000 to over $10,000, depending on what features you are renovating and your DIY methods. Modernize does not recommend trying to tackle a major bathroom renovation DIY, as unforeseen emergencies can easily arise that require immediate attention from a professional. You also risk incurring costly damage to the space that can cost more to fix than it would to hire a professional in the first place. If you are looking to simply install a new faucet or showerhead, this may be feasible to do on your own.