Cost Factors and 2020 Estimates for Bathroom Remodeling

Bathroom Remodeling

Remodeling the bathroom is one of the smartest investments you can make, but it can be a bit pricey. How pricey will depend on the size and type of remodeling you do. The range is between $2,500 and $25,000, although it can run to more than $50,000 if you pull out all the stops in a large bathroom. The average cost is from $6,000 and $15,000 for a typical house.
Of course, many factors come into play when you do bathroom remodeling. One is your location. Usually, the labor cost takes up 40% of the budget, but labor in some areas might be more expensive, so that can go up to 65%. Other factors include:

• Size
• Materials
• Scope of work
• Suppliers


The average cost of general labor for bathroom remodeling per person is between $50 and $75 per hour. The total labor costs will depend on the extent of the work and special skills involved. You will also most probably need to hire an interior designer to do the design, general contractor to oversee the project, plumbers, and electricians. These break down to the following average costs:

• General contractor – $300 a day
• Interior designer – $100 to $500 per project
• Plumber – $1,000 to $2,000 per project
• Electrician – $50 to $100 per hour
• General labor – $30 to $50 an hour

The biggest factor in labor costs is changing the layout of the bathroom. If you relocate anything in the bathroom that requires plumbing, electrical, and/or structural changes, your costs are going to skyrocket. If you want to keep your costs low, stick to the original layout.
Demolition alone can add between $1,000 and $2,300 to your labor costs. You will need this if you are removing a wall, rerouting water and drain lines, or replacing floors. In most cases, you can minimize this cost by doing the demolition yourself if you feel you have the skills for it. Note, however, that you can do a lot of damage if you hit a water line or remove a load-bearing wall. Always consult a remodeling professional before starting demo work in your bathroom.


Typically, you can expect a bathroom remodel to cost you per square foot about $125. This can go up or down depending on the materials, finishes, and fixtures you choose. In most cases, you will want to choose the most budget-friendly options.
A typical tiny bathroom of 15 square feet might set you back between $1,500 and $2,250 while one about 90 square feet will cost between $9,000 and $13,500. Small bathrooms usually cost less because of the size, but it can still run up to $15,000 for a complete luxury remodel. A master bathroom is usually larger and more expensive because it has a ton of bells and whistles. On average, you can expect to pay about $18,000 for a master bathroom.


The cost of materials for a typical bathroom remodel can be as low as $500 and as high as $22,000 and more. A breakdown of the material costs in terms of percentage of the total budget can help you manage your budget better.

• Toilet, sink, other fixtures – 10% to 20%
• Shower – 5% to 25%
• Bathroom vanity – 10% to 30%
• Countertops – 5% to 10%
• Lights – 5% to 7%
• Vent fan – 2% to 5%
• Floor – 10% to 15%
• Doors and windows – 8% to 10%
• Paint – 5%
• Faucets, plumbing – 12% to 16%

The cost difference for each item depends on the type you choose. For instance, if you buy a toilet off the shelf, it might cost you between $100 and $600. However, if you choose a custom or high-end toilet, that can push the price up ten-fold, from $1,000 and $6,000. Many bathrooms today have cabinets, so installing new ones in your bathroom can add about $2,000 to your budget. This can go up to $15,000 depending on your choices.
You can expect similar patters when it comes to choosing your sink, bathtub, and vanities. Many bathrooms today have cabinets, so installing new ones in your bathroom can add about $2,000 to your budget. This can go up to $15,000 depending on your choices.

Scope of work

A simply bathroom upgrade might cost you just a few hundred. A complete remodel can go as high as you can imagine, especially if you do structural changes such as making your bathroom bigger and/or changing the layout. The following costs are associated with expanding the bathroom:

• Electrical wiring – $500 to $2,500
• Plumbing – $350 to $2,000
• Drywall installation – $1,000 to $2,500
• Framing – $500 to $1,500
• Structural engineer fee – $300 to $700
• Architect fee – $1,000 to $2,000

If you are remodeling the bathroom to make it more accessible to the disabled, you can expect to add about $1,500 to $9,000 to your total budget. This will depend on the upgrades you install, such as the number of railings and a walk-in bathtub.


Bathroom remodeling costs depend on the choices you make. In most cases, choosing a reliable remodeling company can help you make the right ones for your needs. Fairfax Kitchen Bath can help you with bathroom remodeling and guarantees you will love it for life.

Fairfax Kitchen Bath services the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. We are a Class A, licensed and insured contractor, registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We have a showroom in Fairfax, Virginia, which houses all our products.
We sell only top-quality products for all your bathroom remodeling needs, from natural and engineered stone slabs, cabinets, shelves, sinks, faucets tiles, backsplashes, knobs and pulls, and hardwood flooring. We carry only the top brands for these products, such as Schrock Cabinetry, Silestone, Blanco, Kohler, and Mosaic Décor.

Contact us today to get free in-home design consultation and quote for your bathroom remodeling.

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Sam Kazanci <br/><span id="position">Owner</span>

Sam Kazanci

Sam Kazanci is the owner of Fairfax Kitchen Bath Remodeling. He has experience to build and remodel the kitchen and baths with his team and the author of fkb blog: You can find Sam on LinkedIn and Twitter.