Are you finally getting around to that bathroom renovation that you always dreamed of? It will certainly improve your quality of life, but it will also make your home worth more when you decide to sell one day. But you have to be careful where you put your money because the costs can add up quickly. Let’s look at the cost to renovate a bathroom in 2022 and we’ll reveal some important costs that homeowners often overlook.
Average Bathroom Renovation Cost
While the average bathroom renovation cost in Canada in 2022 is about $14,000, most people spend anywhere between $7,000 and $20,000, but it all depends on whether you’re simply upgrading a few fixtures or taking your old bathroom down to the studs and starting from scratch.
Before you start your bathroom reno, be sure to draw up a budget and estimate all of your costs so you have some realistic expectations about what kind of bathroom renovation you can pull off for the money you intend to spend.
Who’s Using The Bathroom?
The function of your bathroom will go a long way in determining how much you’ll spend on the renovation. A master bathroom will likely use more premium materials such as marble and chrome, but a kids’ bathroom can include some more basic fixtures and features. You don’t want to spend more than you have to!
Renovating A Powder Room
This is the main floor half bathroom that’s mostly intended for guest use or the quick convenience of the homeowner. It’s a lot cheaper to renovate because they’re only about 25 square feet in size, and they don’t have a tub/shower to replace. You can pull off a decent renovation of a powder room for just under $2,000.
Renovating A Guest Bathroom
The guest bathroom is typically known as a three-quarter bathroom with a shower only or a full bathtub. This sits in what professionals consider the “mid-range” of renovations, costing approximately $200 per square foot to renovate.
Renovating A Master Bathroom
This is the premium bathroom space to renovate for any homeowner. It’s likely going to be the most expensive because it could be the game-changer when it comes time to sell your home. Many people spend money increasing the size of the bathroom and dishing out big bucks on tiles, fixtures, windows and additional plumbing needs. In this room, people will on average spend close to $350 per square foot.
Renovating A Kids’ Bathroom
This is likely to be the least expensive renovation project because you won’t necessarily choose the most expensive materials. Kids are hard on bathrooms so you won’t be choosing the finest marble tile or chrome fixtures for this space!
Consider This For Your Bathroom Renovations
Kitchens along with bathrooms are considered to be the greatest return on investment when you undertake a renovation. Experts say you should be able to recoup anywhere between 75% and 100% of the costs you put into it.
Here’s a look at the standard costs of some basic bathroom renovation projects:
Bathtub and Shower
Before committing to any bathroom renovations, first plan out whether you want a bathtub, a shower, or both. Older homeowners will want a shower, while homes with a young family will want a bathtub for the kids.
If you’re planning to sell your home, don’t overdo it with the spending on new fixtures. An $800 showerhead isn’t necessarily going to clinch the sale over a $20 showerhead.
As a plumber can cost up to $70/hour, you can expect to pay up to $1,800 for a bathtub installation or as much as $2,600 for a shower installation.
Consider the colour, size, material and shape of tiles during your bathroom renovation. Some tiles are harder to clean than others and some times are great for a shower while others are too porous.
Shower floors often come in smaller sheets of mosaics. Although there are more grout lines, you’ll want to consider this as they are made from anti-slip materials for safety. When hiring a professional to lay your tile, expect to pay about $20 per square foot.
Sinks, Fixtures and Toilets
Putting in a new toilet or sink is an easy upgrade that can elevate the look of your bathroom. There are so many options available today including eco-friendly options, modern designs and classic-looking pieces that incorporate the latest plumbing technology. It’s a good idea to invest in low-energy, high-efficiency fixtures if you’re not planning to sell for a while because this will save you big bucks on your utility bills.
A new toilet can start at $150 and the additional cost of having it installed will run you another $200. To install a bathroom sink, you’ll spend between $400 and $700.
Cabinetry & Towel Racks
Most people don’t get excited over picking out a towel rack or hardware for the cabinetry, but these items are important, yet subtle, features that can tie your whole bathroom renovation together. There are many materials across a wide price range for you to choose from in these categories. Don’t plan to spend a lot of money if you’re just renovating to sell. Just pick whatever looks the best.
The final cost all depends on the quality of materials you’re going for and whether it’s a designer name. Expect to spend anywhere between a few bucks and more than $100.
Generally, the cost is low for flooring because bathrooms don’t have too much square footage to cover, but high-end materials can run up your price fairly quickly.
- Marble will cost you between $20 and $25 per square foot
- Ceramic will cost you between $1 and $3 per square foot (best value here!)
Don’t forget to add in the costs of hiring someone to remove the existing floor and to take out the waste.
Electrical & Plumbing Considerations
It’s always best to keep it simple when renovating a bathroom. If you don’t have to move electrical outlets or install additional plumbing fixtures—just don’t! Following this rule of thumb will also keep your costs down. Be sure to always hire a professional plumber or electrician who is licensed and insured.
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