According to reputable sources such as homeadvisor.com and angieslist.com, the average bathroom freshening costs for small to medium bathrooms range between $9,000 and $15,000. A more complete bathroom remodel ranges between $10,000 and $30,000. Our most expensive master bathroom remodel to date sported a floating walnut double vanity, heated floors, glass full-wall tile backsplash, a trench drain shower room surrounding a tub filled by a spout from the ceiling with teak accents, weighing in at $65,000.
“A survey by the National Kitchen and Bath Association on design trends showed that half of respondents paid between $10,000 and $29,999 for a bathroom remodel, while 31 percent reported paying more than $30,000.” – angieslist.com
Relocations of plumbing fixtures, moving walls or changing the layout of the bathroom increase bathroom remodeling costs greatly and exponentially. If relocation of fixtures is a must, it is much more cost effective to do so in a ranch style home or on the first floor where access to the crawlspace is possible. Older bathrooms have things like lead-based paint, asbestos ceilings or flooring tile or even asbestos in the plaster.
Often, we plan ahead based on the year your house was built, but sometimes we run into these things as we begin the project. It’s tough to predict exact timetables for bathroom remodeling, but because there are multiple trades being scheduled, inspections, corrections and reinspections, “it is best to plan for the bathroom being unavailable for 3 weeks”. (angieslist.com)
For an experienced DIYer, a great place to save money is by doing the demo oneself. However, doing your own bathroom demo can get expensive quickly if you accidentally cut into a pipe or electrical line or mistakenly remove a load-bearing wall.
We frequently get calls for remodeling to allow older parents to age in place or for those parents moving in with their kids. Our advice is to invest in your loved ones’ future health changes. A health decline is not a static situation. Consider making your bathroom improvements ADA accessible and on the first floor if possible by 1) making doorways as wide as possible to allow for walkers and wheelchairs, 2) keep shower curbs low or non-existent for the same reason, 3) install appropriate backing at likely needed grab bar locations (in the shower and bath and near the toilet). By doing a little planning now, you can reduce future remodeling needs.