How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost?

“How much does it cost for a bathroom remodel?” is a question we hear a lot at Valley Home Builders.  Often our customers spend years thinking about updating a bathroom. And before working with us, many thought they couldn’t afford a remodel with beautiful results.

How Much Does It Cost to Remodel My Bathroom

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Depending on what you need, you can spend anywhere between $12,000 and $30,000 on a bathroom remodel. A lot depends on four things: the size of the space, repair to plumbing and electrical components, and the quality of the materials you choose. Let’s take a closer look at the costs of these four things:

1. Space size

The size of your bathroom will be the first determining factor in remodeling costs. Obviously, a larger space will require larger vanities, and possibly a separate shower and bathtub. A smaller bathroom where you’re simply replacing the existing elements will cost much less. If you’re expanding into a new space, say, reconfiguring a closet to become part of the bath (involving new framing of the space) will add extra cost.  The cost for bathroom remodels is directly impacted by the quantity of the materials you’ll need (particularly cabinets and tile). That said, costs can be controlled by what you ultimately select (more on that later in the material costs section). Generally speaking, the typical cost for a standard 8’ x 5’ bathroom remodel is between thirteen and fifteen thousand dollars.

2. Plumbing Repair

Plumbing repair as part of your bathroom remodel can bring your costs higher. Many times, when we open up the walls of homes, we find water damage and wood rot to the floors below the bathtub or sink. This kind of damage requires placement of the plumbing lines themselves. These elements must be fixed prior to the new fixtures being installed; their costs cannot be avoided.

If you want to move a toilet to a new location, or add a double sink where there used to be only one, then additional water and drain lines will need to be added or moved. The driver for plumbing costs is labor.  The labor involved in re-routing supply lines, vents, and drains can run $1350-$1400 per fixture. Most contractors will include installation of the finish elements (sinks, toilets, faucets, etc.) into their pricing.

3. Electrical Repair

As with plumbing, it is often the case that electrical work must be done to bring a bathroom remodel up to code. Each county or municipality has regulations that contractors must meet in order to pass inspection. These items are typically Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) upgrades, wiring upgrades within the walls, and service panels to support new or more AC devices.  Due to the wide range of local permit and planning costs, these costs cannot be realistically quantified without a visual review of the bathroom.

4. Material Costs

Tiles, fixtures, lighting, and cabinetry are the four primary material factors in determining overall costs for a bathroom remodel. If you select pre-made cabinets versus custom cabinets, you may save money. Note: today many contractors (including Valley Home Builders) prefer custom cabinets and can offer them at a low cost to you. Tile and stone manufacturers offer products from low-end fabricated tiles and countertops to high-end Travertine and granite. The same is true for fixtures, where there is a wide selection of both low-cost/high-value products and very high-cost “designer” products.

And of course, if you’re adding a Jacuzzi tub, skylights, and expensive lighting designs your total remodel costs will go up. The extremely wide selection and combination for products makes a “ballpark” price nearly impossible to give. Even so, if you’re planning on using mid-range tiles, custom cabinets, and basic replacement of fixtures and lighting elements in a standard 8’ x 5’ bathroom, you can usually stay in the $13K to $15K range.

If you’d like to get a solid quote on your bathroom remodel, feel free to give us a call. We’ll be glad to discuss your bathroom remodel project. We can answer any and all of your  nagging questions so you can move from planning to doing!


  1. katherine says:

    How much will it cost to remove the bathtub and add just a shower and three sinks or two

    • Hi Katherine. It’s virtually impossible to quote a job across the internet. We’d have to see your space and discuss plumbing issues before providing a quote. This is especially true given that you’d be removing a tub and putting in a shower. If you’re in the San Jose/San Francisco bay area, feel free to give us a call. Otherwise, I’d look for a qualified remodeler in your area and have them take a look.

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