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Bathroom Remodeling Costs

When we talk of bathroom remodeling costs it’s hard to say just exactly how much a remodel will be. Without scouting the property and making a clear and educated choice about the project, a ballpark figure would even be ludicrous. But, what we are able to do is offer some insight on what may make a bathroom remodeling project more or less expensive.

We have given these tips in the main blog posts for bathroom and kitchen remodeling and if you really observe, you’ll know that they are much the same in nature and what affects the prices will vary very little.  So, here we will offer up the best and most common ways that a bathroom remodel can be cheaper and more expensive.


Tip One: Really research what you want. Not being sure of what you are really looking for or better yet, what you really need in terms of function and storage. This is and will remain our business mantra forever. It may seem like common sense but, in our experience, we have seen this overlooked way too many times.

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This always ends in disaster when we leave it to the buyer and don’t interject our opinion and ask the questions. They may not even know but it plants the seed of thought so they can be clear and innovation can start. Once you know what storage you need you can really begin to shop around for what fits instead of the fantasy that will not work.


Tip Two: Tile as little of your space as possible. You have to clean it and remember that with tile, it is not there for aesthetics, it is for  function. Have the tile in the area where you can’t have water, and leave it at that, period.

Tip Four: Redo your existing cabinets and countertops if you can.

Tip Five: Let us reline the bathtub in one piece instead of you replacing it.

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If you keep these five tips in mind you will have already saved between $1000-$3000 dollars.

You have set aside a sizable budget for your bathroom remodel, but you're probably wondering how much of that goes toward labor. In addition, what percentage should be dedicated toward features like lighting, flooring, and appliances?

The one mistake you want to avoid is blowing the budget on intricate tile work and compromising on the shower or sink.

As you work on a budget with your designer or general contractor, ask the company for a breakdown. Differences are depending on the existing bathroom, the scope of the project (complete remodel or facelift?) and the local economy.

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The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) breaks down bathroom remaking costs like this:

  • Design fees: 4%
  • Installation: 20%
  • Fixtures: 15%
  • Cabinetry and Hardware: 16%
  • Countertops: 7%
  • Lighting and ventilation: 5%
  • Flooring: 9%
  • Doors and Windows: 4%
  • Walls and ceilings: 5%
  • Faucets and Plumbing: 14%
  • Other: 1%

These figures are standard, not rules, and each project is separate.

In the end, your budget breakdown will depend on where you live and how much you want to spend, but NKBA's guidelines and designer insights can help illustrate where the dollars go.

Bathroom remodeling cost factors

When planning to do a bathroom renovation, the cost to be incurred is the major consideration to ponder about. The amount you are to spend in the process can range to different prices due to underlying factors that lead to price fluctuations. The following factors need to be considered before planning on the level of spending you are likely to incur:

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Size of the bathroom

This may be a small bathroom remodeling or a large bathroom remodeling. Small bathrooms are less expensive to remodel compared to larger bathrooms due to some materials needed to do the job. The cost of labor will also be lower due to the few number of people needed to finish the job and the shorter time taken to make it brand new. However small or big the bathroom is their costs that accrue to each irrespective of the size e.g. plumbing and electricity. Determine the total costs of these services from the providers to enable you to plan better.

Cost of fixtures and accessories

Depending on what you need installed in your bathroom, you will need to determine the exact costs of the accessories and fixtures needed. The prices may range depending on different providers and quality. You can also make an inquiry on their prices from a contractor. This will enable you to plan for their purchase or if they are above your budget, retailer it to your extent.


You may have a fixed amount of money you are to spend in the entire process of remodeling. A remodeling company can give you prices of different renovations, and you can choose which to give priority. This will enable you not to overspend. You can research on the costs of the items before making a budget so as not to underestimate the cost of the whole process.

Contractor charges

For you to get the services of a professional contractor, you may need to budget for the same. Prices may range depending on the quality of services provided and their level of expertise. You can compare different providers and go for the one with reasonable pricing and has a positive review of their work. Negotiate for a better price to enable you to spend as less as possible. Put into consideration that quality of work is more important than the cost of the service when making this crucial decision.

Type of remodeling

This may either be a traditional remodeling or a modern remodeling. Modern remodeling tends to be more expensive than traditional remodeling. Consider your preference before planning on the amount you are willing to spend on. Other types include electric bathroom remodeling, contemporary remodeling among others. Depending on the type you would wish to go for will determine the total cost to be incurred.

With the above factors in mind you can draw up a budget, and you will be able to refurbish your bathroom to your dream appearance. Do not forget to include miscellaneous costs to avoid surprises.

Call us today we would love to help you through it.