Homeowners undergo bathroom remodels for master, guest, family and half bathrooms. Some remodels involve simple repairs and replacements, and others require major replacements and upgrades, renovation of an entire bathroom or the addition of a whole new bathroom. Common motivations for remodeling are updating an old space, modernizing fixtures, fixing water damage, expanding an existing bathroom or making the bathroom wheelchair-friendly. Costs for bathroom remodels vary greatly, depending on the current state of the space, the specific plans for the remodel and the materials used. Prices could easily range from $3,000 to $15,000 and up.
The unique requirements of each job and variety of materials used for each job mean costs vary widely. Here are several cost examples for remodels of different size bathrooms, provided by Viewpoint NW in Vancouver, Washington. Keep in mind each job was specific to that house. Each sample outlines the tasks performed, the number of work hours and the total cost of the remodel (including all materials and labor):
6x6 bathroom remodel: $3,500
64 work hours: Two men for four days
Repaired water damage from a toilet leak
Installed new tile floor after removing old vinyl floor and subfloor and prepping the area
Installed a new laminate countertop after removing old countertop
Installed new sink, faucet, fixtures and backsplash
Installed new mirror
8x5 bathroom remodel: $6,730
92 work hours: Two men for eight days
Completely built out what was an empty bathroom consisting only of exposed studs
Built shower and shower pan
Installed tile floors and shower walls
Built and installed new bathroom cabinets
Built new drain into basement area to accommodate new bathroom
10x6 bathroom remodel: $7,200
120 work hours: Two men for a week and a half
Demo-ed old tub and removed flooring and subflooring
Built new shower pan and new shower with a bench and tiled shower interior
Replaced plumbing fixtures, valves and drainage to accommodate shower
Installed new tile floor
Replaced countertop and installed a new sink, faucet and backsplash.
12x10 bathroom remodel: $14,000–$15,000
Built spa bathroom out of a plain, carpeted 12x10 room
250 work hours: Two or three men working two and a half weeks
Leveled floor, which was uneven by 1.5 inches
Built jacuzzi tub frame with marble surround (The tub itself cost $600.)
Built new shower with marble finish
Built closet and vanity from sheetrock
Installed tile floor
Ran new plumbing for the jacuzzi soaking tub
Expanding the square footage of an existing bathroom increases the cost of a remodel and lengthens the job’s timeline. Some expansions may require permits, too, which can have a fee and take time to secure.
Moving the location of a toilet or sink or switching from a tub to a shower will incur plumbing costs. Plumbers or trained contractors must install new pipes, valves and the appropriate drainage systems.
The more luxurious the materials for a bathroom remodel, the higher the costs. Using marble for your bathroom counters and handpainted ceramic tiles for your shower walls will look terrific and will also cost considerably more than a laminate countertop and standard tiles.
Unforeseen damage and necessary repairs are a potential cost factor in every bathroom remodel. According to the remodeling experts at Viewpoint NW, every remodel is different. If it’s an older house, contractors can’t know what’s underneath the floor until they take off the top layer. What seemed like a simple job could reveal a rotten subfloor that has to be replaced.
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