Cost Guides / By Sweeten / January 1, 2019
How Much Does it Cost to Renovate a Bathroom in 2019?
Here’s a rundown of how much it costs to renovate a bathroom, including what you could spend on materials, labor, and permits.
Summary of Bathroom Renovation Costs
- Starting Point = $15,000
- Standard Price Range = $18,000 – $30,000
- National Average = $18,456
- Upscale Renovation = $59,979
When renovating a bathroom, thinking about what you want out of the space from a design perspective is the first step.
Are you hoping to change the actual layout of the space or simply update fixtures? If you’d like to move the sink to the opposite wall, for example, it’s likely plumbing lines will need to move and your costs will be on the higher end. Take a look at the design and layout process explanation below for more detail. If you’re just planning on swapping in new tile work, flooring, and fixtures (also known as a “rip-and-replace,” the cost will fall toward the lower end (depending on the level of your material choices, of course). Keep in mind these costs are associated with renovations involving design and general contractor professionals, and do not reflect pricing for DIY remodels.
Design and Layout Process
If your plans include reimagining the layout or converting a bathtub to a shower (or vice versa), expect a baseline cost of $25,000. You’ll need a registered architect to file a permit application stating the plan is compliant with building codes and laws, in addition to schematic drawings. An architect or interior designer will typically charge 15 to 20 percent of the project’s construction costs.
How Much Do Materials Cost?
This is the part you’ve probably thought about most, saving your favorite inspiration photos. The chart below outlines pricing for a range of materials based on quality. The lower end represents items from stores like Home Depot, Lowe’s, or IKEA. The middle range encompasses higher quality materials from specialty stores, while the higher end represents custom, handmade, or imported products.
How Much Does Labor Cost?
Even if you’re just changing out fixtures, you must account for the labor costs for demolition, disposal, and installation. It’s also important to plan for unexpected costs, for example, if the wall tiles are removed and it’s discovered the sheetrock needs to be repaired. In any case, it will cost an average of $2,000 to strip the space pre-installation. Other costs to consider include prep work to protect the floors ($600-900), waterproofing (about $1,000), electrical and plumbing permits ($900-2,000), and plumbing work ($2,000-3,500).
Breakdown of Average Costs for Bathroom Remodels
Here’s a breakdown of average costs you can you expect for visible materials, fixtures, and finishes, in addition to behind-the-scenes costs such as labor, permits, and fees.
- Toilet: $400
- Sink: $150
- Tub: $600
- Floor and wall tile: $15 per square foot
- Vanity: $1,000
- Medicine cabinet: $150
- Lighting: $150 per fixture
- Accessories (towel bars, toilet paper holder): $50 per item
- Shower enclosure: $1,000
- Ceiling vent: $200
- Radiant floor heating: $8 per square foot
- Plumbing materials and labor: $2,000-3,500
- Permits: $900-2,000
Estimated costs above are based on thousands of bathroom renovations on the Sweeten platform and through our network of vetted general contractors. Sweeten’s free service matches homeowners with the best general contractors for major renovations, monitoring until the project is complete. Sign up and post your project at sweeten.com.
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