One of the first things homeowners and rehabbers consider doing when making improvements to a home is a kitchen or bathroom remodel, and for good reason. According to the annual cost versus value survey conducted by Remodeling, in 2019 a bathroom renovation recouped 60% to 67% of the property owner's original investment.
If you're planning on remodeling your bathroom, learn how much a bathroom remodel costs, including the most expensive parts of a bathroom remodel, as well as a few remodel ideas to help you save money on your next remodeling project.
Before you begin remodeling, consider this
A bathroom and shower remodel can be a lot of work, and there are a lot of decisions a homeowner or investor has to make before starting the remodeling project, including:
- Your budget.
- The space and square foot of your bathroom.
- The scope of the bathroom remodel.
- Design ideas.
- Who will be doing the work.
Establishing a budget for your remodeling project before you begin work will help you determine the scope of the bathroom remodel and narrow down what materials or decor will meet your design ideas within your budget.
It also helps you identify who will be doing the majority of the work. If you'd like to keep the remodel cost on the lower end, you may have to do most of the projects yourself, compared to being able to hire a contractor if your budget is higher.
Average bathroom remodel cost
Deciding on the scale of your renovation can be tough. While it may seem like a good idea to do a high-end bathroom remodel, it may be difficult to recoup your remodel cost when it comes time to sell. Keep in mind that the square footage or size of your bathroom, whether you hire a contractor for the job or do the work yourself, and the quality of the fixtures will greatly affect your total remodel cost.
The lowest tier of a bathroom remodeling project, a light remodel makes minor but noticeable improvements to the space. It can include:
- Changing the paint color of the walls.
- Replacing a light fixture, towel bars, mirror, or medicine cabinet.
- Reglazing the tub or shower.
- Replacing the toilet.
According to Home Depot (NYSE: HD), a light remodel can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000, possibly less if you do the projects yourself.
According to Remodeling's home survey, a mid-range bathroom renovation is a more extensive remodel that could include:
- Adding new paint or wallpaper to the walls.
- Replacing the floor and shower surround with ceramic tile.
- Replacing the tub or installing a walk-in shower.
- Moving or replacing plumbing fixtures.
- Updating the vanity and mirror or medicine cabinet.
According to Remodeling's home survey, a universal design bathroom remodel is defined as a higher-end wheelchair-accessible bathroom. A remodel like this could entail:
- Installing a walk-in tub or walk-in shower and an accessible toilet.
- Improved lighting and electrical features.
- Replacing the vanity or sink.
- Upgrading the floor to tile or another high-quality flooring.
- Tiling the walls and installing towel bars that withstand significant weight.
According to Remodeling's home survey, an upscale bathroom renovation is defined as enlarging a smaller bathroom and including luxury fixtures and features, such as:
- Expanding the bathroom to 100 square feet.
- Relocating all of the major fixtures within the bathroom.
- Designing a modern shower with built-in fixtures.
- Include a secondary tub.
- Installing a double sink vanity with quality countertops.
- Having a separate room for the toilet.
- Include heating and cooling features.
- Improving the lighting to include multiple LED sources.
- Replacing the floor with high-end tile or stone.
In Remodeling's 2019 survey of 136 U.S markets, they compared the average cost versus value of 22 remodeling projects and found that the highest bathroom remodel cost recouped at sale was for a mid-range bathroom remodel. Light remodel was not included in the survey.