cost to remodel a bathroom in 2023

A complete guide to understanding the cost of a bathroom remodel in 2024

It’s no surprise that bathroom remodeling is costly, but it’s a good investment that can also add resale value to your home in the long run. It’s also a worthwhile expense considering that it’s one of the most used rooms in the home. So how much will a bathroom remodel cost you? Let’s take a closer look.

Bathroom Remodeling Costs by City

According to Remodeling magazine, a midrange bathroom renovation in the US can cost you close to $27,000. Labor rates for bathroom remodeling can vary significantly based on geographic location due to factors such as the cost of living, local economic conditions, and availability of skilled labor. For instance, in major metropolitan areas where the cost of living is higher, labor rates tend to be more expensive. To give you a clearer idea of these variations, let's look at the median expenses for bathroom remodels in several key cities, including labor and materials: In San Francisco, the median cost is $33,000–$58,000, while Los Angeles sees a median expense of $34,000–$60,000. In Boston, it's $30,000–$53,000. New York City rounds out the list with a median cost of $34,000–$60,000 for kitchen remodel labor and materials. These figures highlight the importance of considering location when budgeting for a kitchen remodel.

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Bathroom Materials

Bathroom remodeling costs heavily depend on the material used. At the minimum, homeowners usually replace their counters, wall tiles, shower or tub fixtures, and sink.

In New York, the total material costs for a typical (roughly 40 sq ft) bathroom remodel end up falling in the $6,500 to $14,000 range, depending on where a renovators needs to invest the most. Per item, the cost for materials range from:

  • Counters: $4/sf to $200/sf
  • Wall Tiles: $2/sf to $8/sf
  • Shower and bathtub materials: $50 to $13,000
  • Sink: $30 to $2,500

It pays to know the difference between material costs because there is a wide variety of materials available in the market. Make sure to choose the ones that suit your budget and style.

Bathroom Labor

Labor is another area where homeowners usually end up spending a chunk of their bathroom remodeling budget. The cost of labor largely depends on the job and the contractor you choose. In general, local plumbers in New York charge anything from as little as $50/hour to as much as $150/hr. Expert labor might also be required for electrical work or tiling. In New York, the hourly rate of an electrician starts at $40 whereas tiling your bathroom can cost between $3,500 and $5,000, depending on how many surfaces need to be tiled. All these costs add up and can make a dent in your budget if not kept in check.

Bathroom Lighting

The bathroom is likely the first place you visit each morning and the last one each night. A bathroom with the right ambiance and the correct lighting can set the mood for the rest of the day. Per fixture, lighting costs anywhere from $75 to upwards of $300 and more for something high-end.

Bathroom Flooring

In the preparation stage of bathroom renovation, the old bathroom fixtures are removed and the space is prepared for the installation of new amenities. This stage often includes stripping the walls and flooring for framing and leveling before installation. Flooring prices largely depend on the material you’ll choose, but plan an average of $1,000.

An important consideration when it comes to flooring is the bathroom size. Some bathrooms are 40 square feet, while others are more than 100 square feet. Therefore, depending on the size of your bathroom, flooring costs can differ widely.

Bathroom Cabinets

Bathroom cabinets are arguably one of the most important aspects of a modern-day bathroom. If you need storage space, consider installing a bathroom vanity which is essentially a combination of a sink and the structure around it. The cost of a bathroom vanity ranges from $300 to $3,800 with an average cost of $1,500. Almost every bathroom has a medicine cabinet (or two) as it helps improve functionality. You can get your hands on a budget medicine cabinet at around $50. However, if you’re in the mood for something high-end, that can set you back upwards of $500.

There’s much more to a bathroom renovation than we might give it credit for. Did you know that the average person spends 1.5 years of their life in the bathroom? Now that’s worth considering as you upgrade your bathroom space. If you’re looking to get your bathroom remodeled, get in touch with us at Block to learn more!