How Much Does it Cost to Remodel a Small Bathroom?

 

Cost Summary of Small Bathroom Remodeling
Typical Price Range = $100 to $10,000+
Average Cost = $4,000-$7,000
Best/Cheapest Price = $100-$400
Typical Hourly Rate = $50-$75 per hour

Small Bathroom CostWhen you are remodeling a small bathroom, you need to make sure that your costs are always in the forefront of your mind. Using this guide, you will be able to develop a reasonably accurate estimate of how much a small bathroom remodel costs.

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Layout

One of the major influences over the small bathroom remodel cost you will have to bear is the type of layout you select. If the new layout will require you to do a lot of renovating, then your prices will go up significantly. Renovating includes taking down walls and putting up wall components like dividers.

Selecting a layout that is simple and works well with your current bathroom will help bring down costs significantly. This is because contractors won’t have to completely redo your piping, electric wiring, or anything else. Since the largest expense with a bathroom remodel is labor, this can save quite a lot of money.

Cost of Materials

The materials for the average small bathroom remodel will cost between $8,000 and $10,000. This includes new fixtures like a new toilet, new sink, and a new bathtub. It also includes the cost of new tiling, new cupboards, and a countertop for the sink.

The cost of your materials can go up quickly if you want any specialized fixtures or if you need the bathroom to be handicapped-accessible. If you need the bathroom to be handicapped-accessible, then the material costs can go up another $2,000 or $3,000.

Cost of Labor

As a general rule, most people expect that the labor for a remodel will cost roughly twice as much as the materials did. This is not a hard and fast rule, but the numbers generally support the claim. On average, a bathroom remodeling job will cost you around twice as much as the materials cost you.

For a small bathroom of roughly 100 square feet, labor costs could run an average of $12,000 or $13,000 on the high end. This would include the labor to completely redo tile, completely install new fixtures, complete any necessary wiring and plumbing, and have everything inspected afterward. Never overlook the importance of having your wiring and plumbing inspected directly after the contractors finish. This can end up saving you a lot of money on repairs in the long run.

Breakdown of Average Costs for Small Bathroom Remodels

These numbers are based on a very small, full bathroom with a bathtub, sink, and toilet. They will vary from place to place and should only be viewed as a general estimate.

  • New Toilet: $175
  • New Sink: $100
  • New Tub: $450
  • New Floor Tile: $800
  • New Countertop Tile and Mortar: $200
  • New Cabinets: $350
  • New Vanity Cabinet: $200
  • Plumbing Materials and Labor: $3000
  • Miscellaneous Building Materials and Supplies: $500
  • Non-Plumbing Labor: Around $9000
  • Total estimated price for extensive remodeling of a small bathroom: $14,975
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9 Comments

  • My so lives in the middle floor of a three story condo building. A few weeks ago, the bathtub drain in the unit above his condo broke and water flowed down the inside of the walls soaking the drywall and destroyed two of the three walls in his tub/ shower unit. I need to estimate the cost of repair in order to make a claim. I have already torn all the walls down to the studs and had a tub surround installed.

    I need to estimate the cost to rebuild two walls
    To the previous condition which was walls made of drywall and tile on those walls.
    Can you help me estimate that cost. I think it should include the plumbers cost for reply bing the shower with a new shower valve.

  • hi aim sinclair ,i would kindly ask for your help .planning to open the small renovation and contractor contract.i need help in costs caculation of material and labour cost.overheads.thanks sinclair

  • I’m mostly done with a renovation on a small bathroom with a tub. Once I knew what was staying what was going that made figureing the costs much easier. Estimated costs for everything I would need for almost a year. I budgetted about $1,800. I figure I have another $500 in expenses to finish. Saved alot on doing most of the work and hiring for the electrical and plummbing. Hint, if you make the problem assesible it makes the job cheaper.

  • Your breakdown does not include light fixtures or faucets. These add another $600 or more to the estimate.

  • I just had a contractor give me an estimate for 17,000- 19,000 for a small bathroom. with no changes in design. Is that outrageous!

  • If you are just updating a bathroom, you will probably not need plumbing or electrical work. Since this article is referenced to a small bathroom, the costs here are way too high for labor unless you are in Manhattan. $9k for general labor is insane. A small bathroom should cost you $1-2k labor for reframing, concrete board, tile, toilet, vanity and accessories install. Texture and paint should be another $400-600 tops for a SMALL bathroom.

  • I’m in the middle of a small bathroom remodel. Shower only-no tub. I thought I was ready for this, but so many things have come up I didn’t count on. I paid $5000 for all supplies and in stock fixtures at Lowes–just basic stuff. I did have to order a shower kit because the builder thought it would save some labor time. It was high–$3200. The builder charges $50 an hour (includes him and his helper). He estimated his costs between 5 and 7 thousand. My house is 35 years old so he has had to do a lot of work to accommodate the new fixtures. I had an old lighted medicine cabinet so he had to rewire for the new lights. My vanity was too high so he had to move the electrical outlet. Because my attic above the shower had moisture in it, he had to vent the shower to the outside. He had to replace all the subflooring and a lot of the rotted insulation on the sides of the bathroom (leaky roof) . Anyway, it looks like my bathroom remodel is going to be around 10 or 11 thousand. I wish now I hadn’t ordered the shower kit with the fancy tile.

  • Lol. Doing a complete remodel. Materials alone cost more than 2,000. Not very high end stuff neither

  • Depends who is doing it – If you hire a ” Contractor ” who is a Jack of all trades then it should in fact cost less but the trades that the individual excels in will stand out and the ones he does not will suffer. In my professional opinion this is a bad way to go due the the above mentioned and also you are subject to one individuals time line ( other jobs ) and illness are other factors to consider. A professional company that brings in professional trades people for each task ( plumbing, tile , granite , electrical ) should bring you an outstanding outcome. Depending on the size of the project, the work involved and items selected you should pay between $11,000 to $16,000 fo a small to mid sized bathroom to include the wet area ( tub, shower ) floors, vanity, sink, plubing and fixtures, electrical mirrors and accessories . . . .

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