If you’re considering renovating your bathroom, your number one concern is probably, “What’s a bathroom renovation going to cost? And is it worth it?”
10 Notable Benefits of a Bathroom Renovation
Sometimes it’s necessary to remodel your bathroom for the sake of safety—regardless of the cost. Safety hazards like water leaks, mold and mildew, or rot in the flooring or walls must be dealt with to prevent further damage and to protect the health and safety of your family.
But no matter what you spend on your bathroom renovation, there are always significant benefits.
A bathroom renovation can actually reduce your utility bills when you replace fixtures with energy-efficient and water-conserving models. An updated bathroom will increase your property value. And remodeling your bathroom is an opportunity to create more storage, a more functional layout, and luxurious features.
The benefits of a bathroom renovation are clear, but the question remains: What’s your bathroom renovation going to cost?.
10 Factors That Affect the Cost of a Bathroom Renovation
There are many factors that determine what your bathroom renovation will cost. A lot of it depends on your choice of materials, but some of the factors are beyond your control. Let’s take a closer look at each one.
1. Home Value
If you have a luxury home, you’ll want your new bathroom to fit the luxury vibe, so you’ll probably choose higher-end materials than a home with a lower value. On the other hand, if your property value is relatively low, you don’t want to over-invest in your bathroom renovation. In this way, your home value might impact your renovation budget and your ROI.
The location of your home impacts your renovation expenses because labour costs, shipping costs, and material costs vary depending on where you live. The best way to get an accurate estimate of these costs is to consult industry professionals in your area for comprehensive quotes, including a price breakdown.
The larger your bathroom, the higher your costs will be. Naturally, a small bathroom with just enough room for a single sink, toilet, and shower will cost less than a large bathroom with double sinks and plenty of space for extra cabinet storage and a full-size tub.
Many materials are priced per square foot, so size matters. Even the height of your ceiling can affect the price.
The scale of your bathroom renovation will have a significant impact on your costs. If you’re changing the floor plan and require additional plumbing or electrical work, or if you’re reconfiguring flooring, walls, windows, or doors, the cost of your project will be higher than a simpler renovation that uses the existing floor plan or layout.
The quantity and quality of your fixtures—toilet, sink, tub, shower—will affect the cost of your bathroom renovation. High-end, luxury fixtures cost more than standard fixtures. An oversized soaker tub will cost more than a standard one, for example.
If you’re putting in a new bathroom vanity or any additional cabinetry for storage, the type (stock vs. custom), quality, quantity, style, and features of those cabinets will determine their cost.
The main factor that affects the cost of your countertops is the material. Granite countertops cost significantly more than laminate countertops, for example. Naturally, the size of your countertops will affect the cost, too.
Most standard light fixtures won’t vary much in cost, but if you decide to upgrade to smart lighting you can control with home automation, variable colour temperature lighting, or designer fixtures, you’ll pay more for those features.
With bathroom hardware, you get what you pay for. Cheap faucets or cabinet pulls look cheap and require replacement much quicker than higher quality options. Paying a little more for these features is a simple way to upgrade the look and functionality of your bathroom and improve its durability.
10. Project management
A poorly managed bathroom renovation can be painfully expensive. If contractors are scheduled before the materials arrive, for example, you’ll have to pay extra charges for the time they wasted showing up to your house before it’s ready for them. It pays to hire an experienced project manager to ensure a smoother, more efficient bathroom renovation.
Average Bathroom Renovation Costs in Calgary in 2022
Recent reports say the average cost of a bathroom renovation in Calgary is between $10,000 to $50,000. Master bathroom remodels tend to cost more, and costs depend on various factors (see above).
Average bathroom installation costs
- Bathtub installation—$885
- Faucet installation—$442
- Sink installation—$960
- Shower installation—$3,950
- Tile installation—$5,115
- Toilet installation—$836
- Flooring installation—$800-$3,800
- Light fixture installation—$150-$1,500
Average bathroom renovation labour costs
Here’s a breakdown of average labour costs to remodel a bathroom:
- Plumber—$45-$150/hour or 10-20% of the total project cost
- Drywaller—$1.50-$3.50 per square foot
Expect to spend about 20% of your total bathroom renovation budget on labour costs.
Average bathroom materials costs
Here are a few bathroom materials with their average cost:
- Light fixture—$50-$300
- Exhaust fan—$30-$350
- Doors & windows—$200-$1,500
You Can Stick to Your Bathroom Renovation Budget
There are many ways you can keep your bathroom renovation under budget. Research is key, and this post is a great place to start. Get written estimates from professionals and leave a bit of wiggle room in your budget for the unexpected.
The renovation experts at Riverstone Kitchens & Renovations can manage your bathroom remodel and give you an accurate breakdown of costs in advance. We will work with you to stick to your budget. Contact us today for a free consultation.