When you start thinking about remodeling your bathroom, one of your first questions is, “How much is this going to cost?” It’s also typically the first question we are asked. Unfortunately, it’s a long-winded answer that we’ll be tackling here.
Of course, we’ll throw out some average numbers, but it’s essential to keep in mind that the cost of your bathroom remodel will change dramatically depending on the items you select for your bathroom. So while these numbers can be a great way to get your head around what it might cost you, don’t lock in on these because they will likely change.
Average Cost Based on Size
The average cost of a bathroom remodel can be broken down into three types: a medium-sized bathroom and a large bathroom. If you’re wondering what size bathroom you have, take a look at these photos for reference.
Here is a stunning example of a medium bathroom. Although you can’t see it, there’s a toilet, a bathtub, a shower, and a large cabinet with a sink, faucet, and extra storage. A bathroom like this could average $28,000. Of course, adding another sink and faucet would be great for couples, but that’s a perfect example of how quickly prices could change when customized to your needs.
This is a fantastic example of a large bathroom. It has an expansive glass shower, a freestanding tub, two sinks, and a big floor plan. This kind of bathroom could average $80,000, again, depending on the types of items you select for your design.
Some bathrooms are even smaller and even more extensive than the ones used in these examples, but that should give you a pretty good idea and something with which to compare your own bathroom.
Key Elements within Bathroom
Several times we’ve stated that the ultimate price of your bathroom will be based on your specific tastes, the size of the bathroom, and the amount of work that needs to be done. The range of options and price points for these individual items can make it hard to guess how much your bathroom remodel might cost. For example, here is a faucet from Home Depot that’s affordable and still stylish. Alternatively, here is a faucet from BARil that’s trendy but a hefty investment for those who fall in love with it. These are dramatic but perfect examples of how your bathroom remodel could be way more expensive or much more affordable, depending on what you choose. The price variation can be found throughout almost all selections you’ll have to make for your bathroom, including countertops, cabinetry, toilets, shower, bathtub, sinks, faucets, lighting, and flooring.
Not only will you have the individual elements affecting your budget, but you’ll also need those expert builders to create the dream you have. While there are plenty of DIYers out there who can build their own spaces, sometimes you need a professional. And if you have no interest in doing any of it yourself, you’ll have to include these experts in your price. The years and knowledge these tradesmen bring to the table are priceless, including contractors, electricians, plumbers, and craftsmen. When it comes to your home, you don’t want just anyone messing around with the structure, pipes, and electricity.
There are a few items you should add to your budget that you might not have thought of. The location you live in will usually affect the cost of a bathroom remodel as well. You’ll likely pay more if you live in a more expensive part of town. In addition, the types of permits you’ll need to complete the work will depend on where you live and might cost a bit too.
Although we do our best, sometimes there are unforeseen issues during a remodel project that will change the cost. Sometimes these things are minimal, but other times they are expensive. This is another reason we always recommend going with a professional who has experience in these fields and who will know how to handle surprise situations.
Global Events to Keep in Mind
Lastly, there have been unfortunate events that have changed the globe. We aren’t exactly sure whether these changes are permanent or temporary, but for now, they are worth mentioning. In most industries, there have been issues with shortages in some capacity, and the construction industry was hit hard with lumbar shortages, and now inflation has the price of lumbar and many other supplies through the roof. There are also a lot of supply chain issues that have things like cabinets, appliances, and countertops on back order for months. Sometimes, suppliers don’t even know when they’ll have certain items back in stock.
So be aware of these things before you start your project, and remember that it’s often out of the control of craftsmen in your home or the contractor on the phone.