Bathroom Remodeling – National Average is about $16,000

If you’ve had it with your existing cramped bathroom and want to expand and renovate, you may initially hold back because of the expected price tag. According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association, the average bathroom remodel in the United States is about $16,000. That amount will depend on what you’re planning, of course. However, regardless of how extensive the work is, a bathroom remodel adds value to your home.

US News and World Report says a bathroom addition can yield a return of 60 percent. If you’re looking at the big picture, bathroom additions can cost homeowners anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 when you consider location, materials, labor costs and scope of work. However, the average national costs aren’t that high. Home Advisor has a chart here that breaks down the cost of average bathroom remodels into a clear picture. National data shows that while total cost will depend on style and budget, the average bathroom remodel costs $9,247 across the country. However, you can spend significantly less than that ($3,500 to $7,000) if you’re looking to address décor issues only and opt out of having extensive structural work done. If you’re like most homeowners across the country, you’re looking at spending between $5,615 and $12,879.

Bathroom Remodeling – Breaking it Down

The biggest consideration in your bathroom remodel will be the size of your existing bathroom and what you plan to do with it. Other considerations include:

  • Fixtures
  • Faucets
  • Tubs/showers
  • Flooring
  • Tiling
  • Countertops
  • Lighting
  • Shelving
  • Floor plan layouts

Bathroom Remodeling Cost Breakdown

Let’s take a further look at the numbers. Bath tub installation can range from $400 to $8,000 depending on what kind of tub (such as a hot tub with jets), how big you want it, and other amenities. The cost to install cabinets ranges from $1200 to up to $13,000 on the high end depending on materials, labor costs, the intricacy of the cabinet work, custom applications, and how much cabinetry you want. Countertops will run you between $900 for affordable laminate to $6,500 for natural stone. Again, size and intricacy of the area will dictate cost. Flooring can cost up to $7,000, lighting up to $4,000 and sinks up to $6,500. Toilets are the most affordable fixture, between $130 and $780.

Of course, you may not need all of these elements in your bathroom to be updated. Sometimes you just want to focus on installing a new hot tub, or maybe you want to update the lighting and countertops. The final cost will depend on many factors such as the materials themselves, the availability of those materials in your area, and how much your contractor charges to install everything.

While bathroom remodels are typically more affordable than other rooms in the home such as the kitchen, you still have to do your research on a reputable bathroom contractor, and fully flush out your budget ahead of time. Properly managing your bathroom remodel finances is key, so make your money work FOR you, resulting in a luxurious sanctuary in your home that can rely on for beauty and function.