Updated:November 11, 2015
Cost Summary of Small Bathroom Remodeling
Typical Price Range = $1,000 to $15,000+
Average Cost = $8,000-$10,000
Best/Cheapest Price = $100-$400
Typical Hourly Rate = $50-$75 per hour
When you are remodeling a small bathroom, you need to make sure that your costs are always in the forefront of your mind.
Keep in mind that although the average small bathroom remodel costs around $9,000, that your labor & materials costs will vary depending on location and quality of fixtures you choose.
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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