Bathroom Remodel Cost and Ideas

A bathroom remodel cost can vary greatly depending on everything from labor and materials to your location and timeframe! The three major factors of cost revolve around the size of the bathroom, brands of fixtures and materials and the complexity of the project. For instance, changing the layout will require additional electrical and plumbing cost.

Average Bathroom Remodel Cost

The average bathroom remodel cost for the main bathroom, like an en-suite bathroom with changes to the layout and new fixtures all around, is $30,000. However, smaller bathroom remodels can range from $20,000-$25,000 if updating everything, as well. This is the current rate in the Dallas/Fort Worth Texas metroplex.

Depending on where you live and the average rate of labor in your area can drive the cost up or down. For example, the average rate of a plumber can vary from $45 per hour in rural areas to $200 per hour in larger cities. If you are on a time crunch and willing to pay overtime, budget for additional labor costs.

Again, the brands of fixtures and materials plays a large role into the bathroom remodel cost. For example, tubs can range from $300 to $13,000 for a luxurious tub with jacuzzi features, but expect to pay around $500-$1,000 for a stand alone soaking tub. Basic chrome shower heads cost around $50 at a local hardware store like Lowe’s or Home Depot, but higher end brass or gold shower sets with a handset or rainfall head can cost several hundred to a couple of thousand dollars. Therefore, it’s best to get an idea of the average cost of fixtures and then, set a budget for your materials.

Lastly, if you are a DIYer, you can probably remodel a smaller bathroom for $10,000 by doing the work yourself. If you just want to make a few updates to a powder room with paint, new faucets and cabinet hardware, etc… the average cost is $500-$2,000.

What you are paying for?

  • Labor of demo, licensed professionals, general contractor and interior designer
  • Large fixtures like tub, toilet, sink
  • Small fixtures like lighting, faucets, hardware, mirrors
  • Cabinetry and countertops
  • Floor and wall tile
  • Wall treatments and paint

Read Master Bathroom Remodel Ideas, here, to see the latest bathroom trends and what my clients are asking for in bathroom remodels. But first, check out two of my latest bathroom renovations!!!

Black and White Bathroom Remodel

My client envisioned a Parisian vibe paired within a modern black and white style. Therefore, this bathroom remodel includes a monochromatic color palette combined with high end materials and a variety of chic textures.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

For instance, the curved lines of the hand cut glass mirror and globe sconces contrast well with linear herringbone tile and modern cabinetry and hardware. Then, the metallic hardware and white globes of these French bistro style sconces add a dramatic flair against the black herringbone tile backsplash. The backsplash is taken up the entire wall to create a moody vibe with the dark grey walls. Specifically, we used ‘peppercorn’ paint by Sherwin Williams.

Custom Tile Work and Fancy Fixtures

Custom tile work is an added expense, but truly creates a unique space. We mixed brass and black fixtures against classic white subway tile to create definition and dimension in the shower. Black pencil tile creates a surprise design detail in the shower. In addition, this design element is repeated with marble ‘penny tile’ to create a black border on the floor. The gold faucets in the shower and vanity match the brass sconces and cabinet pulls for a luxurious look.

Black and Brown Bathroom Remodel

You would never guess by the sophisticated elements that this kids bathroom is inspired by Star Wars. However, don’t the bulbs in the sconces remind you of light sabers? What about the knobs on the sink faucet that mimic joy sticks? Inspiration can come from anywhere, but keep it classic and not kitschy. Bathroom remodels are a great investment into your home, so you want to lean towards design features that won’t go out of style.

Repetition of Design

Repetition in design creates a cohesive space by repeating certain colors, shapes, textures or elements. For example, the flooring contains nine inch hexagon tiles that transition to smaller hexagon tiles in the shower. Both are black for an unexpected element, but the repeated shape is easy on the eye. In addition, the black rectangular mirror, sconces, and towel rack create a seamless look. Yet, contrast well with the warm white walls.

Form + Function

However, for the shower walls, I went with a beautiful khaki colored tile with a linen texture. Then, added patterned black tile in two places for a decorative touch. For example in the shower shelf and one on the wall for decoration. It’s form and function combined in this bathroom remodel. Lastly, the doorless entry into the shower and black toilet complete the modern kids bathroom. Both are sleek and easy to maintain.

Do you Hire a Designer?

I would! Hiring an interior designer may seem like an unnecessary cost, but it will save you money from silly mistakes. They are professionals and live off the mantra ‘measure twice, cut once.’ They do the work for you! Like, choosing paint finishes that work together so you avoid 29 trips to Home Depot. Or, guiding you to lighting fixtures that will fit in your space and not just look good in a photo online.

Plus, interior designer know the lingo with contractors to get exactly what you want done and even things you wouldn’t think. Like, where to place electrical outlets in a convenient yet conspicuous spot. In addition, designers have inside contacts, resources, and pricing. You can shop some of my design sources at Interiors By Susie. They know where to purchase unique products within your budget without searching online for hours and hours. Lastly, experienced interior designers will give your home a ‘wow factor’ and a custom look. The resale value of the home will be higher with a newly updated, designer bathroom.

Finally, are you interested in working with me? Contact me, here! I am in the Dallas/Fort Worth Texas area, but also do virtual designs and mood boards that can elevate your space.


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