How Much Does It Cost to Remodel a Bathroom?

That’s the question everyone wants the answer to- how much will it cost? If only it was that easy. The honest answer is- it depends. There are the obvious factors that go into determining the cost of a project: materials and labor, but there are lots of other issues that can affect price. Here’s a few:

  • Is the tile floor “thin-set” or “mud-set”?
  • Was the house built before 1978 and lead safe work practices need to be used?
  • Is there parking available or is someone constantly running to a meter?
  • What floor is the bathroom on? Is everything going up a few flights of stairs?
  • Is a permit required?
  • How much design time is involved?

Then there are the mechanical/electrical issues that might need to be addressed:

  • Is there galvanized pipe that should be replaced?
  • Does a radiator need to be removed and reset?
  • Is there sufficient electrical and lighting in the space?
  • Is there an exhaust fan in the space? Is it properly vented?
  • Is anything to be moved/ rough-ins being relocated?

I’m not trying to avoid the question, I just want to convey that there is no right answer. But… let’s take a stab at it! We’ll start by outlining a “typical” scenario:

  • The project is in a single-family home, built in the early 1970’s, in the suburbs of Washington, DC
  • We will use good quality, name brand materials
  • The space is 5’-0” x 8’-0” and is located on the second floor
  • The project will be built to current code requirements and a permit will be procured
  • The work will be done by a professional company that is licensed and insured
  • The work will be backed by a 5 year warranty

With that out of the way…

Per our handy bath pricing tool ( a remodeled bath that looks like the picture illustrated above is $23,570. 00. Is that what your bathroom will cost? Probably not but using the above parameters you should anticipate a project costing in the $22- 25,000 range.

Can it cost more? Yes. A lot more. Want to know what would influence the price? I thought so. Here are a few items that will add to the cost:

  • Heated floor: + $2,000 (but you’ll love it!)
  • Difficult access: +$1-3,000
  • Fancy, frameless shower door: + $1- 4,000
  • Material upgrades: + $3- 15,000 (plumbing fixtures/fittings, tile, cabinetry, countertops, etc.)
  • Expand bath into adjacent space/ move plumbing locations: + $10- 25,000
  • Pull and reset a radiator: +$1,000

So, how much does a bathroom remodeling project cost? It depends…

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