The Cost Of A Bathroom Renovation 2021
The bathroom is arguably the most frequently used room in the home. So, if it’s out-of-date, not functioning properly, or beginning to show signs of wear it may be time to remodel.
There is a wide range of costs associated with remodeling a bathroom, including size, the type of materials, its current condition, and the location. Homeowners spend on average between $15,000 and $25,000 in their bathroom renovation. For example, the average cost of a 100 square foot master bathroom with tile walls and flooring, new fixtures, double vanity, and walk-in shower with separate tub is around $20,000.
Most bathroom remodels will include some degree of layout or planning. Small bathrooms can be planned by a contractor, but larger rooms should involve the work of a bathroom designer to help make the most of the space. This service typically costs between $1,400 and $4,000, and in some cases, the costs can be recouped during the renovation, as designers can help you save money in other areas. This phase of the project generally includes not only planning, but also drawings, and the selection of the materials that you want to go into the room. The time frame for this phase can last several weeks depending on layout and what you ultimately want the room to look like.
Following the planning, your bathroom project will involve ordering the new materials, and waiting out the lead times for them to arrive. It is not uncommon to wait up to 12 weeks for some specialty items to arrive.
Once your new materials have arrived, the tear-out begins. This involves removing everything from your bathroom right down to the studs. At this point, if there are issues with water leaks or mold, they can be addressed. It is at this stage that hidden issues are usually uncovered. Keep in mind that issues can dramatically impact your costs, depending on what is found. For example, mold remediation starts at $500 and water damage can cost as much as $2,700.
After the tear out, the plumbing and electrical are updated throughout the room to accommodate your new layout and fixtures. Then new backer board and subflooring are put in, followed by tiling, and finally the installation of fixtures, lights, and accessories. From tearing out to completion is usually a two-to-three-week timeline. Costs for this phase of the project range from $45-$65 for a plumber to $65-$85 an hour for an electrician and $5-$10 a square foot for flooring and tile preparation.
Master Bathroom Or Powder Room?
Often, people confuse the difference between a master bathroom and a powder room. A master bathroom is a large bathroom that is attached to the master bedroom in a house. It is often big and contains a sink, toilet, shower, and bathtub. The bathtub and shower are either together or separate. A powder room is different in that it is a small bathroom only containing a toilet and a sink. Sometimes the name powder room is interchanged with guest bathroom or half baths. Powder rooms do not contain a shower and are usually located on the first floor of a home. The purpose of a powder room is a bathroom for guests to use without feeling as if they are intruding into your home.
How Much Would A Renovation Cost Me?
You can break down the cost of a bathroom renovation into three price brackets:
- Budget cost: $5,000 – $15,000
- Standard cost: $15,000 – $30,000
- Premium cost: $30,000+
As a guideline, expect to spend in the region of:
- $5,000 – $15,000 for a budget or cosmetic renovation of a smaller bathroom using budget materials and fittings.
- $15,000 – $30,000 for an average-sized mid-range bathroom renovation using mid-range materials and fittings.
- $30,000+ for a high end, premium, or luxury bathroom renovation using top of the range materials and fittings.
Let’s take a look at this in more detail, and what you get for your money.
Budget bathroom renovation cost: $5,000 – $15,000
It is possible to do a bathroom renovation on a budget of around $5,000, but this will largely be cosmetic or involve swapping out a few items. Spending up to $15,000 will also involve some compromises, such as keeping all your plumbing and electrics in place. To stay within this budget, you will also need to choose large format porcelain tiles in the $30 per square meter range – which are durable and available in a wide range of colors. If you are installing a new shower you will need to stick to a framed shower screen, as well as a standard back to wall toilet and floor mounted vanity.
Standard bathroom renovation cost: $15,000 – $30,000
Budget $15,000 to $30,000 for your project – which is what most people spend, and you get better materials and fittings. You will have a larger range of stone tiles to choose from in the $50 per square meter range, and could even stretch your budget to more labor-intensive mosaics in the shower cubicle. You could also upgrade to a semi-frameless or frameless shower screen, and choose a larger or fancier freestanding bathtub, and bathroom vanity. In terms of moving services, you can make some changes but not major alterations to plumbing or electrics.
Premium or luxury bathroom renovation cost: $30,000+
Budget $30,000 and more and you are likely to want to completely overhaul your bathroom and make major changes to the layout and services. You may want to install a frameless shower screen, in-wall cistern, and wall hung vanity, as well as a luxurious freestanding bathtub. If you want the best tiles for your walls or floors then look at ranges of porcelain tiles in the $60 per square meter range.