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Bathroom Remodeling Costs

Providing exact bathroom remodeling costs is difficult, end even if you were to submit the same specifications to a couple of contractors for a quote, you'll see a (sometimes huge) discrepancy in price.

A quick answer is: Anything from $5,000 to $30,000 (and more!) depending on what you want done, or as little as $2,500 if you'll be doing most of it yourself.

We provide a detailed supplies and labor checklist lower down on this page to assist you with your bathroom budget planning. Copy it into your word editor or spreadsheet and delete the items you definitely don't need to make provision for. Then start visiting online suppliers to get a rough cost estimate of various items. This will very quickly show you where to prune (if necessary).

Before you do that though... bathroom floor plans


It All Starts With
Your Bathroom Floor Plans

Visit our page on Bathroom Layouts and use the detailed scale drawings to draw your bathroom floor plan. (No use budgeting for a double vanity or whirlpool tub if you cannot fit it into your space.)

Having detailed plans to work from also enables you to spread the purchasing of items over some time, assisting you with cash flow.

Note though: colors in fixtures and fittings may differ between suppliers or batches - even whites may not be identical - so be sure to match your items for a professional look.


Professional Consultants and Labor

We discuss the advantages of using a Bathroom Designer and the additional
Cost of Remodeling a Bathroom when using a designer, which you should have a look at before writing the idea off. 

Using a contractor and depending on the scope of the work, can also add anything from $7,000 upwards to your costs, in addition to the cost of the materials. There are many online resources available where you can obtain free construction quotes.

Labor costs for tiling, dry walling, painting, plumbing, wiring etc. where applicable must also be added to your budget.

Sure, hiring professionals to do the work will add a lot to the overall bathroom remodeling costs, but it will save you time and disruption to your home life during your bathroom makeovers.

And so, without further ado ...on to your itemized list. Be prepared to spend a bit of time on this! Start with your ultimate wish list - we'll take a look at cutting costs after that if necessary.

Labor, Professional / Other Fees


Draughts Person for Detailed Plan  
Building Permit  
Inspection Fees  
Bathroom Designer  
Tiling Labor  
Painting Labor  
Waste Removal  
Insurance Coverage  
Structural Changes


Windows (Frames, glazing, fitting)  
Floors Re-enforcing  


Wall Paint  
Ceiling Paint  
Wood Stain  
Alternative / Additional Material


Floor Treatment (Vinyl, Laminate...)  
Ceiling Boards  
Skirting Board  
Shower Curtain  
Window Treatment  


Tools Required (Tile Cutter, Sander, etc  
DIY Books!  
Bathroom Fixtures


Tub Surround  
Tub Relining  
Tub Plumbing Supplies  
Shower Stall  
Shower Door  
Shower Plumbing Supplies  
Toilet Plumbing Supplies  
Bidet Plumbing Supplies  
Vanity Tops  
Vanity Sinks  
Vanity Plumbing Supplies  
Storage Closet  
Medicine Cabinet  
Water Heater  
Under Floor Heating  


Bath Faucets  
Shower Faucets  
Bidet Faucets  
Sink Faucets  
Towel Rails  
Toilet Roll Holder  
Soap Holders  
Ventilation Fan  
Room Heater  
Light Fittings  
Cabinet and Door Handles  


____sqft Floor Tiles @ $______  
____sqft Shower Tiles @ $_____  
____sqft Wall Tiles @ $______  
____ft Accent Tiles @ $______  
Tile Adhesive  
Tile Grout  
Sealant for Caulking  


Trimming Your Bathroom Remodeling Costs

Once you have a detailed list with associated costs, it will be easier to weigh up the advantages/disadvantages and to prioritize your spend.

For example: bathroom makeovers

  • Yes, it will cost a lot to add a skylight, but it will bring in much needed natural light.
  • A big whirlpool tub will be great, but the cost of re-enforcing the floor is too high (and besides which, you shower most of the time anyway)
  • Yes, you absolutely want the designer vanities because that is the focal point of the bathroom, but the heated towel rails and faucets can be substituted.

Recycle, Refurbish, Redesign

bathroom tile ideas
  • Reline an existing tub rather than replacing it;
  • Re-grout tiles to give them a fresh look and re-caulk where needed;
  • Refurbish a bathroom vanity with paint or just replace the countertop and sinks;
  • Tile walls up to chair height only and paint the top part of the wall (great for changing your Bathroom Colors from time to time);
  • Use designer bathroom tiles in focal areas only or use standard tiles creatively to cut bathroom remodeling costs. Have a look at our Bathroom Tile Ideas for inspiration.

Shop Around

Yes, this does take more time, but you may just discover a beautiful (and less expensive) item on your shopping journey. Once you have your detailed list, you may also be able to negotiate a discount with a supplier if you buy all your items from them.

Get estimates from a number of contractors (don't necessarily go for the cheapest!) and review their work before making your choice.

If you thought pruning the budget was not much fun, then you will not like to...

Make Provision for Unforeseen Bathroom Remodeling Costs!

  • Measure properly and buy extra wallpaper or tiles to allow for mistakes or breakage;
  • Replacing faucets or pipes may damage tiles and if you don't have any of the originals available, you may be forced to re-tile a large area;
  • Your make-over may reveal electrical wiring or water pipes badly in need of repair or upgrade. Or you may want to consider doing a
    water softener installation too. It will be shortsighted not to do it whilst you're at it;
  • Stripping vinyl floors or tiles may reveal water damaged structures;
  • Moving fixtures may damage them in the process;

Apart from the above calamities, you generally need to add 10% to 20% to your budget to allow for cost overruns.

Remodeling bathrooms can be a costly exercise, but it is a great investment!

Firstly and most importantly: In enhancing your lifestyle, by providing a well-deserved pampered experience after a long day's work.

Secondly: Whilst you may not see a huge return on your bathroom remodeling costs when the property market is down, it will make you house more saleable than one whose bathroom needs an upgrade.

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