There’s so much that comes into play when it’s time to cost out your bathroom renovations. The room’s size, the quality of materials used and total scope of the project, can vary your bathroom renovation costs significantly. A number of different pieces need to be taken into consideration before a bathroom renovation project begins, including the demolition, design, plumbing, electrical work, fixtures, tiling, cabinetry, painting and potential structural work.
In this article, we’ll go over the various factors that impact the cost of a bathroom renovation so you can get an idea of what you might pay for your remodel. For a more precise cost estimate, you can give one of our experienced Renovation Advisors a call. If you’re ready to go ahead with your bathroom reno, your Advisor will refer you up to 3 Verified Bathroom Contractors that will provide you with competing quotes.
Bathroom costs – Toronto vs. Montreal
To give you a brief overview of the average total cost you can expect, here are the typical prices we’ve seen from our customers’ bathroom remodels:
|Budget||15,600$ +||13,000$ +|
|Economic||26,000$ +||22,000$ +|
|Mid-Range Bathroom||31,200$ +||26,000$ +|
|High-End Bathroom||36,000$ +||30,000$ +|
|Luxury||45,600$ +||38,000$ +|
*Note that the prices are indicative for a room of approximately 10 x 10 ft. Many factors can influence the total cost of renovations, including, but not limited to, the type of work to be done, the required labor, the needed materials, the protective measures, the length of the project (faster=higher cost) and contingencies.
Consequences of COVID-19 on the construction and renovation sectors
Keep in mind that certain unforeseen events due to COVID-19 may affect the cost of renovation projects without notice. For example, the industry has come across a treated lumber shortage since the first lockdown, resulting in a massive fluctuation of prices. Other construction materials are likely to experience similar issues. For more details, read our article: Rising Lumber Prices: Another COVID-19 Effect?
Reasons for bathroom remodel cost variations
Despite the obvious costs associated with the square footage of your bathroom (more space means more tiling, paint, etc.), a major contributing factor to the total cost of your bathroom remodel will be your taste and the durability you’re looking for from your tiling, fixtures, vanity, bathtub, tub, shower head, faucets etc. Made-in-China plumbing is not the same price at those fancy Italian thermostatic faucets!
It can be tempting to save costs with a bathroom remodel by doing a lot of the work yourself, however, hiring a specialized bathroom contractor can provide you with huge advantages and may end up costing you less in the end.
Besides the high levels of knowledge, experience, advice and service quality you’re likely to get from a good contractor, they’ll keep the qualified sub-trades like electricians and plumbers to a strict schedule so your bathroom gets done on time. Being down a bathroom is a huge inconvenience, and we want to give it back to you as soon as possible.
Defining the scope of your bathroom makeover
Bathrooms tend to be one of the most commonly renovated rooms in the home due to their functionality and frequency of use. They will also be one of the most expensive rooms to renovate on a square-foot basis. So, consider the exact requirements for what you are looking to achieve to justify the budget you set.
Are you looking to gut the entire bathroom, replace all the tiling and fixtures, and potentially move plumbing to create better space? Or, are you simply wanting to replace the vanity, upgrade a few fixtures, re-paint and fix a few loose tiles? Either way, consider the potential return-on-investment.
Aside from adding to the resale value of your home, upgrading your bathroom seriously improves your quality of life – from relaxing baths to more space for a growing family. Either way, the bathroom should always be a room for comfort and one to be proud of.
Breaking down your budget for your bathroom remodel
A complete gut-out with a wall removal should be handled by a pro, for no other reason than the risk of water damage. You can expect to pay on average around $3,400 for the complete demolition and clean-up of your bathroom.
Plumbing & Electrical work
This work requires licensed trades everywhere in Canada, which is what makes them so expensive ($85-$150 per hour). Pot lights will cost approximately an additional $300 each to supply and install. When hiring a contractor to look after the project, they will usually include the cost of sub-trades in their overall quote. Though, be sure to clarify that this is the case when signing any agreement.
Tiling costs can vary significantly depending on the quality and style. While porcelain is slightly more expensive than ceramic at $5-$10/sq. ft., it’s easier to keep clean and more durable. It will usually end up costing less over time. Marble mosaics can range anywhere from $10 to $100/sq. ft. depending on the intricacy of the design. Installation costs tend to be between $5 and $15/sq. ft. depending on the complexity of the pattern.
Natural or engineered stone is the most common material used for bathroom countertops. Depending on the grade, expect to pay anywhere from $75 to $250/sq. ft. for stone materials including installation. While wood is a less-common material due to its tendency to absorb moisture, some customers have gone this route and it turns out beautifully. Prices can vary considerably depending on the quality of wood, ranging anywhere from $30 to $150/sq. ft. not including installation. Any wood in the bathroom will generally need to be well-sealed to prevent deterioration.
Your vanity will set the look and feel of your bathroom. A custom wood vanity is likely to run you at least $2,300, not including installation. There are several stock options available that can vary anywhere from $500 to $1,500, with an additional cost of somewhere between $400 and $650 for installation.
Aside from installation costs, which are often included in the materials quotes for things like tiling and fixtures, general labour costs to cover painting have to be calculated into your budget. For a mid-size bathroom, allow an additional $2,000 to $3,000 to cover these costs. However, make sure to check with the contractor that they’re specified as part of the initial quote. Also, labour pricing can vary considerably from contractor to contractor so it’s advisable to shop around and get comparative quotes. This isn’t to suggest that the cheapest quote is necessarily the one to choose, but it’s advisable to get an idea of the quality of their past work and experience to justify the price. Saving a few hundred dollars on labour costs could end up costing you far more if the work needs to be re-done. Take a look at questions you should ask contractors before hiring them.
Knowing the square footage of your bathroom will provide you with a better idea of how much you should budget for your bathroom renovation. Use a tape measure and write down your findings to get a rough estimate of the floor area. It’s best to over-shoot the estimated size so as to not fall short with your budget.
Let us help with your bathroom remodel!
To take the headache out of choosing a reputable contractor, RenoAssistance has verified the qualifications and experience of our contractors by conducting stringent checks on their past work, customer satisfaction, financial stability, legal track-record, licensing and insurance. You’ll know that you’re working with the best in the industry.
At no cost or obligation to you, a Renovation Advisor will refer up to three local contractors with our 360° Verified seal of approval to compete for your project and provide a detailed estimate so you can be sure to get the right price.
Speak to a Renovation Advisor today at 1-888-670-9742 and get competing quotes from up to three 360° Contractors. It’s free and there’s no obligation. Your renovation advisor will also guide you through the stages of your bathroom reno and answer any questions or concerns you may have about getting started. Take advantage of our experience (over 57,000 projects and counting) and put yourself in the best position for a stress-free successful bathroom remodelling project.
For additional ideas, check our Reno-Inspiration tool to take a look at the recent bathroom renovation projects from our 360° Verified Contractors and what they cost.
Happy renovations start here!
Updated January 23rd, 2021.