Plan, Budget and Compare Bathroom Remodel Costs for Small, Midsize, or Large Bathroom Renovations

Whether you’re planning to renovate or update a bathroom yourself, or hiring a contractor to do the project from start to finish, you probably have questions about budgeting, planning, the amount of work involved, and the average bathroom remodeling costs you’ll need to pay to complete the job. BathRenoCosts.com is a place for you to learn about bathroom remodel costs to help you plan your project and to avoid surprises and unexpected expenses along the way.

General Costs | Permits & Demolition | Fixtures | Contractors

Rough Estimates

While its almost impossible to predict the exact cost without being on site, we’ve listed average bathroom remodel costs for various sizes below.

  • $1,500 – $2,500 | Powder Room
    (Toilet, Vanity and Sink only)
  • $2,000 – $4,500 | Small Bathroom Remodel
    (Shower Only, Toilet, Vanity, Sink)
  • $4,000 – $6,500 | Common, or Hallway Bathroom
    (Shower w/Bathtub, Toilet, Vanity, Sink)
  • $6,000 – $8,500 | Standard Master Bathroom
    (Large Shower w/Bathtub, Toilet, His/Her Vanity, Sinks)
  • $8,000 – $15,000 | Luxury Master Bathroom
    (Walk-In Shower, Large Bathtub, Toilet, His/Her Vanity, Sinks)

It’s important to note that many small remodeling projects do not need to relocate walls, fixtures, etc. On larger bathroom remodel projects, it’s very common to relocate walls and/or completely reconfigure the bathroom. This adds significant labor and other related costs to your bathroom remodeling costs. Review the sections below for average estimated costs for each section of your project.

Preparing for your Bathroom Remodeling

Jump: Permit Costs | Dumpster Costs

Without proper planning for you bathroom renovation project, you could find yourself being surprised in many different ways. Without an onsite dumpster or other way to store and remove the debris removed from your existing bathroom, you’ll find it very hard to stay organized and start on the new bathroom remodel. In another example, failure to get the right permits could allow city inspectors in your area to completely shut down your project and require extra work that could be avoided if you had planned it in the first place. Further, and much more important, failure to get the proper permits and inspections for any home remodeling project could result in the following:

  • Structural failures, roof collapse, floor collapsing, etc.
  • Electrical fires and improperly wired panels, switches, and connections.
  • Plumbing leaks, improper drainage, etc
  • Inability to claim updates when refinancing or selling home.

Budget for Planning and Permits

$50 – $300 | Structural Building Permit and Plan Review
In almost all cases, if you plan to remove, alter, cut into, or relocate any load bearing wall, you’ll probably need a building permit with basic drawings, explaining what you are doing, and how the load will be handled upon completion.

$50 – $250 | Electrical Permit and Inspection
In many areas, and as ridiculous as it sounds, you’re supposed to get an electrical inspection just to change out a light fixture. Even as you budget for small bathroom remodeling costs, you should include the cost of an electric permit and inspection, as you’re very likely to change out at least the lights, fans, etc. If you’re completing a larger bathroom project, you may have heated floors, towel warmers, lighting within the wet areas, etc.

$50 – $250 | Plumbing Permit and Inspection
It’s nearly impossible to complete a bathroom renovation without touching the plumbing. If you’re just changing out the faucet on the bathroom sink or putting on a new shower head, you probably don’t need a plumbing permit. However, if your bathroom remodel includes any movement of the vanity, toilet, shower, sink, etc… and you plan to have a plumber come in to help out, then you probably need a permit.

Demolition, Removal and Disposal Fees

Before you can start building your new bathroom, you have to remove the old stuff, and have somewhere to throw away the waste when you rebuild. I always recommend a small, 10-15 yard dumpster, since it can stay there for several weeks, and accommodate all your needs for a reasonable price.

$35 – $50 Per Pickup Truck Load at Local Landfill
Unlike recyclables and normal house waste, most local dumps charge by the truckload for disposal of renovation waste. If you have a small bathroom remodel project, this might seem the way to go. However, if you’re removing a tub/shower, flooring, wallboard, toilets and vanity etc, you’ll find yourself with a truckload of waste more often than not, and making many trips to the dump, which cuts into your time. Further, if your truck is full and you need to run for supplies, it can slow down your project faster than you may think.

$140 – $200 Per Dumpster Bag from Lowes or Home Depot
These bags cost around $30 to purchase, and between $80-$160 per bag for┬ádumping fees, depending on location. The dumpster bags they sell at Lowes and Home Depot are a nice thought, but they don’t hold much more than a large pickup truck worth of debris.

$250 – $350 | 10/15 Yard Dumpster Rental (Most Common)
While it’s very tempting to make dump runs with your old bathroom materials, take it from someone who has been there and get yourself a dumpster. Dumpsters are available in various sizes, but a 10-15 yard dumpster (square years of debris) can be rented, and the fee includes delivery, pickup and disposal of the demolition waste.

Showers, Sinks, Toilets and Fixtures

Jump: Toilets | Vanities | Showers | Bathtubs | Lighting | Fans | Fixtures

After all the existing fixtures in your old bathroom have been removed and you’ve planned what to add for the new bathroom, you have to decide on which fixtures you’re going to use in your newly remodeled bathroom. This is usually the most important part of your project, and will also account for a large amount of the cost, not including labor costs.

As you choose your bathroom fixtures, keep in mind that the decisions you make today will be in your bathroom for the next 10 years or longer. If you plan to sell the house within 5 years, while it’s tempting to build to your own specific tastes, consider that you also want to have something that will appeal to a new buyer in a few years.

Toilet and Bidet Costs

$75 – $125 | Basic, No Frills Toilet
You’ll find these basic commodes on sale at Lowes and Home Depot all the time. They do the job they’re designed to do, with no special functions or features. They also clog more than others, and are prone to failure more than others, sometimes right out of the box.

$125 – $250 | Mid-Range Toilet (Most Common)
You may ask yourself why do you want a better toilet, but in the end it’s worth it. You’ll get extra features like an elongated bowl, taller seated height, lower water usage, higher quality components in the flushing mechanism, etc.

$200 – $500 | High End Toilet
Higher priced toilets tend to have all the features found in mid-range toilets. They are also available in more color options, they come in different shapes than standard toilets, and also have more upgraded flushing options like lid flushing, auto-flushing, etc.

$500 and Up Toilets
There are many reasons for buying a very high end toilet. Whether you don’t like the tank feature and want a tankless toilet, or you need higher pressure to assist with flushing, your options are almost endless when it comes to the higher priced toilets.

Bathroom Vanity and Cabinet Costs

Aside from the shower, the vanity is where you’ll spend most of your time and money, and carries the most weight toward the overall look of your new bathroom remodel. There are hundreds of choices in the direction you can take with your vanity, and you’re only limited by your imagination and budget.

$75 – $150 | Basic Single Sink Vanity with Top and Sink
Often found in the local home improvement stores, these are basic 20″-30″ wide vanity and sink packages, sold in one box.

  • Widely available for same-day pickup from in stock.
  • 20″ – 30″ Wide, 35″ tall.
  • Pressed Board construction or other type of particle board.
  • Smooth marble-top sink, integrated into counter.
  • Functional, but without features to be called attractive.
  • Limited color finishes and options.
  • Limited under cabinet storage options.
  • Limited options for faucet and drain.

Usually available in 3-4 colors, and good enough for a small bathroom, or a budget minded homeowner who just wants a new look in their dated bathroom.

$100 – $250 | Good Single Sink Vanity with More Storage
Another no-frills option, these basic cabinet style vanities are a popular choice for budget minded homeowners. 24″-48″ inches wide, you’ll find many more options in this price range.

  • Usually in stock at most large home improvement stores.
  • 24″ – 48″ width, standard 35″ height.
  • Integrated marble or solid surface sink and countertop.
  • European style sinks available in this price range.
  • Particle board construction with higher quality finish.
  • Larger amount of under cabinet storage options and drawers.
  • Higher number of finishes and colors to choose from.
  • 2-piece easy installation.

Vanity and sink combinations in this price range are great for a small powder room, guest bathroom or small bathroom remodel with a tight budget. They looks good and offer great functionality.

$250 – $500 | Better Single or Double Sink Vanity
In this price range is where you’re usually going to have many more options to choose from, to achieve the desired look in your bathroom design and appearance. It’s common to find furniture-styles vanities in this price range, versus standard cabinets.

  • Usually in stock at home improvement stores, may have to special order.
  • 30″ – 72″ width, standard height.
  • Single or closely spaced double sinks.
  • Many options for European or even under-counter sinks.
  • Granite, solid surface, and many other countertop materials.
  • Ability to match your own countertop with separate sink of choice.
  • Several styles and finishes to choose from.
  • Multiple drawers and under-sink storage options.
  • Higher quality hardware, hinges and drawer sliders.

Vanities and sinks in the $200-$450 price range can accommodate most small bathrooms, and larger master bathroom remodeling projects. If you’ve got a mid-range budget, this is likely where you’ll find your best deals on a bathroom vanity.

$500 – $1,250 | High Quality Vanity, Multiple Sinks, Many Features
Once you step above the $400 price point, you really open up several higher-end options for your bathroom vanity. If you hope to achieve a high-end look in your bathroom remodel and have a mid to high range budget for the project, you can expect to find your vanity in this range.

  • Home improvement stores usually only carry a few in stock in this price range – plan ahead.
  • 36″ – 72″ and wider widths, standard height.
  • Most vanities in this price range will fit 2 sinks.
  • Options for just about any type of sinks or styles you want.
  • Granite, solid surface, and many other countertop materials.
  • Mix and match counters to vanity base.
  • Style and finishes only limited by your budget.
  • Separate his and her storage options in most units.
  • Highest quality hardware, hinges and drawer sliders.

When your budget permits you to spend up to $750 on the vanity and sink alone, you should have no problem finding a combination that suits your needs, and matches with other style choices you made in the bathroom.

$1,250 – Up | Top of the Line or Custom Made Vanities
If you have a specific look that you want and just can’t find it in the lower price ranges, you’ll definitely find it in the highest cost range. In fact, you might consider speaking to a custom cabinet maker at this point, as it might save money over the products available for custom order in the home improvement stores. They will come into your home and talk with you about styles and designs, measure the area or work from your drawings, and create the exact vanity you desire. Keep in mind that you’ll probably have to have the countertop and sink made to order as well.

Walk-In Showers and Shower/Tub Units

Fiberglass or other non-porous waterproof type materials are easiest and lowest cost way to add a walk in shower to your bathroom. They usually include a shower pan and wall kit, or sometimes as single piece molded units. In all bathroom remodeling projects, you’ll need to consider the amount of space needed to transfer a single piece unit into place and in many cases, it requires removing doorways and walls to fit the larger one-piece units in place. For that reason, the kits are more commonly used in remodels.

$200 – $300 | Basic 30″ to 48″ Shower Base and Wall Systems
For many smaller bathroom remodel projects where space is a concern, these are likely the easiest and most affordable shower kits to install.

  • In stock at most home improvement stores.
  • Made for small bathroom remodeling projects.
  • Multi piece design, with a shower pan base, and fit together walls.
  • Square, rectangular or corner designs.
  • Usually available in white or almond colors.
  • Limited built-in options for shelves, soap holders and towel bars

$300 – $500 | Basic 48 to 60″ Shower Kit with Walls
Designed to replace full size shower spaces of up to 60″, these are likely the shower kits that are used in most average bathroom remodeling projects.

  • Stocked at most larger home improvement stores.
  • Able to work with most full size bathroom remodels, designed for upfit.
  • Multi piece design, with a shower pan base, and fit together surround walls.
  • Rectangular design, with drain hole options on either side or center.
  • Usually available in white or others colors.
  • Should include shelves, and possibly a seat for shaving legs.
  • Easy to install, in existing space after removing old fixture.

$450 – $750 | 60″ Walk-In Shower and/or Bathtub Kit with Walls (Most Common Kits)

Usually a single, one-piece design which provides the highest in waterproofing and durability. These can be used for remodeling, but you may have a hard time getting it into the bathroom without removing door frames or other walls.

  • Stocked at most larger home improvement stores.
  • May include bathtub or be standalone walk-in shower.
  • May be hard to maneuver into place and prohibit installation.
  • Single piece fiberglass design, for watertight installation.
  • Rectangular design, with drain hole options on either side or center.
  • Usually available in white or others colors.
  • Should include shelves, and possibly a seat for shaving legs.
  • Easy to install, in existing space after removing old fixture.

$750 – Up | Custom Built On-Site Ceramic Tile Showers
Once you get past the $750 price point, it makes less sense to talk to your contractor about a custom shower. For the cost, you can have your contractor install a custom ceramic tile walk-in shower system that meets the exact design and specifications your bathroom space allows. The features below are going to affect your tile shower cost more than anything else.

  • $750 – $1,500 | Basic Ceramic Tile Walk-in Shower
    Expect no oohs and ahhs with this basic ceramic tile shower. You’ll probably have a 60″ standard fiberglass base pan, with plain, solid color ceramic tiles from floor to ceiling, and few features built into the walls. You get a tile walk-in shower, a drain, showerhead, basic sliding doors and control valve. Possibly a soap dish and towel bar incorporated into the tile wall.
  • $1,500 – $3,000 | Custom Ceramic Tile Shower
    Once you spend more than $1500 on a custom shower, you’re going to find many more options and styling appearances available to you. Whether you want an oversize shower capable of fitting 2 or more, a overhead rain shower head, custom tile work or frame-less shower doors, you’ll get far more in this higher bathroom shower cost range.
  • $3,000 and Up | Custom Shower, Features Only Limited by Budget
    If budget is not a concern, you can really get the shower of your dreams by spending more than $3,000. Custom ceramic tile designs and patterns, multiple showerheads and seating features, as well oversize shower areas and many features built into the walls for soap, shampoo and shelving options.

Factors that affect ceramic tile shower costs

  • $150 – $350 | Prefabricated shower base pan.
  • $35 – $75 | Waterproof base liner used under custom, hand made tile base.
  • $15 – $35 per 4×8 sheet | Hardie or Durock tile backer board.
  • $25 – $40 per gallon | Waterproof membrane coating.
  • $3 – $6 per bag | Cement underlayment.
  • $15 – $50 | Floor drain kit.
  • $75 – $300 | Shower faucet handle system.
  • $150 – $250 ea | Custom alcove for soap, shampoo etc.
  • $150 – $250 ea | Corner shelves or leg-shaving step.
  • $100 – $250 | Low-end sliding shower doors.
  • $200 – $500 | Mid range, frameless shower doors.
  • $500 – $1500 | Top end frameless shower door systems.
  • $1.00 – $3.50 per sqft. | Basic ceramic tile, solid colors.
  • $3.00 – $7.00 per sqft | Better tile, patters, higher quality.
  • $7.00 – $15.00 per sqft | High quality tile, more patterns and textures.
  • $15.00 – 35.00 sqft | Highest quality products and materials
  • $35.00 – 70.00 sqft | Natural stone patterns, metals, etc.

Stand-Alone Bathtubs and Whirlpool Baths

If you decide to have a stand-alone shower and bath, the cost of a new bathtub is going to be separate from your shower costs, and you’ll have several options to choose from.

Drop-In Bathtubs

  • $400 – $600 | Standard Depth 60″ Fiberglass Tub
    Standard depth, 30″-32″ width, and 60″ length, rectangular tub made to drop into prefabricated space.
  • $550 – $850 | Soaker Depth, 60″ Fiberglass or Acrylic Tubs
    Deeper, and wider at 36″, If you prefer to sink deep into the water, spend a little more money and get a slightly deeper tub, designed to let you lay down and soak.
  • $800 – $1,000 | Soaker Depth, Wider and Longer Bathtubs
    Wider at 36″ and longer up to 72″, the tubs in this price range have everything you need for a relaxing soak by yourself or with a close friend.

Free-Standing and Claw Foot Bathtubs

  • $900 – $1,200 | Standard Acrylic Fiberglass Tub
    Standard depth, 24″-28″ width, and 60″ length. These are budget stand-alone tubs that look good in any bathroom.
  • $1,000 – $1,500 | Soaker Depth, 60″-72″ Stand-Alone or Clawfoot Tubs
    Much deeper than standard, wider up to 36″ and in some cases, up to 72″ in length.
  • $1,500 and Up | Soaker Depths, and more Stylish Clawfoot Features
    High end stand=alone tubs can cost as much as $6,000, but in the middle, you’ll find several options for style, space and affordability if your budget allows.

Whirlpool Tubs

  • $350 – $500 | Standard Whirlpool Tub
    These are budget whirlpool tubs that look just like a regular bathtub with water jets.
  • $500 – $1,500 | Soaker Whirlpool Tubs
    Much deeper than standard, more whirlpool options, colors, and stylish features.
  • $1,500 and Up | Deluxe Soaker Whirlpool Tubs
    High end whirlpool tubs that are bigger and deeper than standard, offer more options like corner tubs, 2-person and water heaters.

Bathroom Remodel Contractor Costs

If you manage the remodel yourself, you’re going to have to coordinate with licensed and insured Contractors in several fields. While there are no set pricing models to work from, you can expect them to provide you an estimate based on hourly rates, or by the project, with an hourly rate for overages and unexpected costs.

Most homeowners prefer to use a hand-off approach and hire a single general contractor or remodeling company to handle all aspects, including the interaction with other contractors who may need to work on the project. In this situation, you’ll find a single price point from your GC, who will handle the qualifications, permits, and payments to the individual contractors.

Important Note: While the hourly costs below may seem excessive to you, you must consider that each contractor has to pay quite a bit more than just the wages for each employee on your jobsite:

  • Liability Insurance and Licensing in your State.
  • Workers Compensation other Payroll Expenses for each Employee.
  • Health Insurance for Employees.
  • Vehicle and Tool Expenses.
  • Overhead in their Office, Phone Systems, etc.
  • Federal, Local and State Taxes

General Contractor, Demolition, Framing, Helpers, Etc

  • $60 – $85 / hr | Foreman or Supervisor
  • $50 – $75 / hr | Skilled Laborer / Carpenter
  • $35 – $50 / hr | Laborers and Runners

Plumber and other Plumbing Costs

  • $75 – $125 / hr | Master Licensed Plumber
  • $50 – $90 / hr | Plumbers Apprentice or Helper

Electricians and Wiring in Bathrooms

  • $85 – $125 / hr | Senior Licensed Electrician
  • $35 – $75 / hr | Electrician Apprentice or Helper

Heating, Air Conditioning and Air Quality

  • $85 – $125 / hr | Licensed H3, or HVAC Technician
  • $60 – $80 / hr | HVAC Mechanical Installer
  • $40 – $60 / hr | Installation or Service Helper

Unexpected Costs and Expenses

No home remodeling project is complete without unexpected costs and overages. Most professionals add an extra 10% of their total cost for unplanned surprises you’re likely to find along the way. Compare these unexpected bathroom remodeling costs:

  • New Water Heater(s)
    In some cases, the addition of bigger showers, more shower heads, or any other new bathroom feature that uses water, it may be recommended to install a new water heater. For master bathroom showers with multiple showerheads, you may need tankless water heaters just for your shower alone.
  • Water Damage Repairs
    If your home is more than 10 years old, I can all but assure you, it will have some level of damage related to water leaking into areas it was not supposed to. It can be as simple as a piece of drywall behind your old vanity that has water damage, or something much more serious like the entire flooring and subfloor under your old shower.
  • Black Mold Removal and Repair
    This is closely related to water damage, since mold grows when moisture is present. Remediation for mold can be anything from surface treatment for mild cases, and complete demolition for others.
  • Electrical and Plumbing Updates to Current Code
    If your home is more than 25-30 years old, you might find that the original plumbing and/or electrical does not meet current code. In most areas, if you leave it alone and don’t touch it, you won’t have to do anything special. However, if you change out a light fixture or a plumbing fixture (you’re going to) then the entire area and system may need to be bought up to current code requirements. This is something you should definitely talk to a pro about.
  • Structural Repairs to Roof, Walls, Windows, etc
    As soon as you start tearing walls, floors and the ceiling out to accommodate your new bathroom fixtures, you may find damage to other parts of the structure. It will be much cheaper to repair these things now, than having to tear it out again in the future.