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How Much Does a Bathroom Renovation Project Cost

Last modified: 2018/08/16 | Approximate reading time 8 mins

In terms of bathroom renovation projects, several factors can affect the price:

  • The nature of the work
  • The scale of the work
  • The design
  • The materials that will be used
  • The use of labour

BATHROOM RENOVATION PROJECT EXAMPLES

Concerning the prices, it should be noted that depending on the work conditions, they could vary from one extreme to another. For example: a bathroom that is located on a second floor with or without an access by elevator, the transportation distance to the worksite, the protective measures that need to be taken during the renovation project, etc.

The following examples do not take into account these extra fees:

Bathroom renovation project #1

Bathtub+ ceramic renovation

Work details and price

Corner bathtub overlapped by the shower door, which has to be uninstalled and reinstalled. Complications that may occur include- modification of the bathtub, the drain and the sink valve.

Price range: Materials - $ 1000 – $ 1300 ; Labour $900- 1500

(Source: RenoQuotes.com contractor)

Bathroom renovation project #2

Floor renovation + toilet + sink

Details of the work and price

Complications that may occur: modification of the sink drain plug and stopcock which depend on the model of the new sink.

Price range: Materials -  $1500 - $1800 ( sink with cabinet) ; Labour $1200 - $1500.

(Source: RenoQuotes.com contractor)

Bathroom renovation project #3

Shower renovation project

Details of the work and prices

The old shower was demolished or removed to build this one. The price varies greatly depending on the size of the tiles.

Price range: Materials $2000 - $2500 ; Labour $1600 - 2000.

(Source: RenoQuotes.com contractor)

Bathroom renovation project #4

Full bathroom renovation project

Details of the work and price

The old bathroom was completely destroyed to rebuild the room that is seen in the photo.

Price range: Materials $6500 - $8000 (Robinetterie Grohe, Allemeagne on the photo for high-end products); Labour $7000 - $9000. (Built-in LED lights and other electronic gadgets such as high-end heating floors).

Concerning the material price range, this amount includes plumbing elements, accessories, cabinets and pharmacies, along with everything that is required to complete the work, not counting the furniture and the decoration accessories.

(Source: RenoQuotes.com contractor)

Summary of different price points for bathroom renovation projects

Elements Characteristics Price

Bathtub

  •  Must be chosen according to the amount of space available in the bathroom
  •  Different sizes and shapes available (round,  square, freestanding, deep, etc.)
  •  Different materials: acrylic, cast-iron, enamelled steel, etc.

(without installation)

$200 for a low-end bathtub

$400 to $600 for a standard bathtub

$1000 for a high-end bathtub

Shower

  • Must be chosen according to the amount of space available in the bathroom
  • Different sizes and shapes available (square, rectangle, corner, round, with a roof, etc.)
  • Different installation methods: one-piece shower unit (must have enough space to pass it through the house before bringing it into the bathroom), modular (separate pieces to be assembled on the spot), custom-made, or included with a bathtub.
  •  Various types of doors (if applicable): folding, sliding, etc.
  • Shower heads (multi-jet, round, square, rainy effect, with integrated lights, suspended, hand-held, etc.)

(without installation)

$200 for a low-end shower cabin

$300 to $500 for a standard shower cabin

$800 to $1000 for a high-end shower cabin

Toilet

  • Different types of toilets: In one piece, in two pieces, mural (encased within the wall)
  • Some modern toilets come with an ultra-modern built-in water jets, heated seat, etc.

(without installation)

$150 for a low-end toilet 

$250 to $350 for a standard toilet

$400 to $550 for a high-end toilet

Sink

  • Must fill the needs of the occupant
  • Can have one or two in the bathroom. Double sinks exist.
  • Different types  of sinks: installed on a piece of furniture (encased, set on top, square, round, rectangular, etc.), self-standing (more suitable for small spaces) or included within its own vanity (includes storage and is easier to install)
  • Easy to clean material: stainless steel, glazed porcelain, glass, etc.

(without installation)

$30$-$60 for a standard drop-in sink

$50 to $200 for a round or square vessel sink

$75 to $250 for a high-end drop-in sink

$120 to $400 for a pedestal sink

Faucets

  • Must be solid and easy to manipulate
  • Different types: with movement detector, one or two knobs, etc.
  • Installed on the wall, on the counter or on the sink.
  • Available accessories: small shower head, multi-jet faucet, rainy effect.
  • Available materials: chrome, brass, stainless steel, copper, etc.

(without installation)

$40 to $60 for a low-end faucet

$70 to $150 for a standard faucet

$175 to $300 for a high-end faucet

Bathroom cabinets and drawers

  • Must be installed at a proper height and resistant to humidity.
  • Different styles, colours, methods of installation (corner, etc.), heights and sizes.
  • Often comes in the form of a pharmacy with a mirror.
  • Materials: melamine, wood, metal, glass for the doors, PVC, etc.

The price will depend on whether you get your furniture built custom-made. Otherwise, here are a few examples of prices for furniture bought in store: 

Pharmacy: $40 to $220

Standard vanity: $120 to $450

Countertop

  • Must be resistant to humidity.
  • Different textures, finishes, colours and materials.
  • Most common materials: laminate counter, stone, Corian, marble, quartz, tiles (ceramic or stone), etc.
  • Ceramic (low-end/high-end(: $0.50 to $30/square foot
  • Stratified:$5 to $25/linear foot
  • Granite: $40 to $150/linear foot

Bathroom flooring

  • Must be resistant to water and humidity.
  • Avoid materials that are too slippery
  • Main materials: ceramic, vinyl, linoleum, stone (granite, slate, etc.), treated cork, etc.
  • Vinyl : $4 to $12/square foot
  • Ceramic : $2 to $7/square foot
  • Natural stone : $5 to $12/square foot

Wall coverings

  • Other than paint, tiles are also an appropriate wall covering for bathrooms (ceramic, mosaic, porcelain, etc.)

(materials only)

Natural stone wall: approx. $10/square foot

Decorative stone wall: approx. $7/square foot

Tile wall: approx. $1 to $7/square foot

Bathroom paint

  • Must be resistant to humidity and easy to clean.
  • Try to use 100% acrylic paint and paint that is specifically made for bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Vast array of colours and finishes (semi-matte, glossy, semi-gloss, etc.)

Check out the Paint project cost calculator

Ventilation

  • Must properly evacuate the humidity.
  • Available with blades or with a turbine (less noisy)

Installing a bathroom fan: $300 to $500

Cleaning ventilation ducts: $300 to $600

Lighting

  • Lighting must give off enough light to cover all surfaces, according to the needs of the occupants.
  • Different types of lighting (general, specific to one part of the bathroom, decorative)
  • Different characteristics: manual settings or according to the amount of natural light, sconce, installed on railings, encased, suspended, etc.

Prices vary according to the type of work. Here are a few examples of bathroom lamps and their prices: 

Wall light: $30 to $90 per unit

Ceiling lamp: $10 to $150 per unit

Storage

  • Furniture must be resistant to humidity
  • Different possibilities : pharmacy behind the miroir, storage over the toilet, individual furniture, etc.

Depends on the type of storage

Accessories and decor

  • Mirrors, calcium filter, atomizer, vaporizer, towel rack, shower basket, potpourri, vase, candles, towels, bath mat, etc.

Here are a few examples: 

Towel rack (low-end/high-end): $10 to $90 per unit

Mirror: (low-end/high-end): $20 to/$200 per unit

Bathmat: $15 to $40

Electricity

  • Must be very well protected from humidity and potential contact with water
  • Has to be done by a professional
  • Concerns ventilation ducts, electric outlets, etc.

 

Starting at $100/ hour (the amount of time necessary to complete the work will depend on the size of the job and will have to be defined in person with the electrician.

Plumbing

 
  • Must be installed correctly to avoid accidents (flooding, noisy pipes, water flow and pressure, etc.)
  • Has to be done by a professional

Starting at $100/ hour  ( the amount of time necessary to complete the work will depend on the size of the job)

For more precise information, check out this article: How much do plumbing renovations cost?

Insulation

 
  • Must be very resistant to humidity (vapour barrier)
  • Extensive choice in terms of materials
Starting at:
  • Stone wool : $1/square foot/inch
  •  PSE : $2.50/ square foot/inch
  •  Cellulose : $0.85/ square foot/inch (needs to be very thick)
  • More options in the following article: The cost of insulation

 

To see examples of bathroom renovation projects completed by RenoQuotes.com contractors, check out "10 examples of beautiful bathroom renovation projects". 

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