Bathroom renovation projects entail a number of different pieces that need to be taken into consideration, including the gut-out, design, plumbing, electrical work, fixtures, tiling, cabinetry, painting and potential structural work. Depending on the size of your bathroom, the quality of materials and total scope of the project, the total bathroom renovation cost can vary significantly.
On this page, we go over the various factors impacting the total cost of a bathroom renovation to give you an idea of what you can expect to pay. For detailed quote comparisons, give Reno-Assistance a call on 1-888-670-9742 to speak to an advisor who can refer you up to three contractors to provide free competing quotes for your renovation projects or click here to submit your project online.
For additional ideas, you can also take advantage of our Reno-Inspiration tool to take a look at past bathroom renovation projects from our customers, completed by our 360° Verified contractors, with their associated price tags attached.
To give a brief overview of the average total cost you can expect, here are the typical prices we have seen from our customer’s bathroom renovations in Montreal and Toronto:
|Small or Budget Bathroom||$10,000 – $15,000||$8,000 – $13,000|
|Mid-Range Bathroom||$15,000 – $20,000||$13,000 – $18,000|
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Reasons for price variations
Despite the obvious costs associated with the square footage of your bathroom i.e., the more space, the more tiling, paint, etc., a major contributing factor to the total cost of your renovation will be the quality of materials. Depending on your tastes and the durability of the materials you are looking to use for your tiling, fixtures, vanity, bathtub, etc. your total budget will need to be calculated accordingly. It can be tempting to save costs with a bathroom renovation by doing a lot of the work yourself, however, utilizing the services of a general contractor who specializes in bathrooms can have huge advantages and may end up costing you less.
Beside the level of quality you are likely to achieve with an experienced contractor, as well as advice on design ideas, the qualified sub-trades such as electricians and plumbers will be managed to a strict schedule to ensure that each job is completed efficiently without going over the initially estimated time frames and budget.
Define the scope of your project.
Bathrooms tend to be one of the most commonly renovated rooms in the home due to its functionality and frequency of use. They will also be one of the most expensive rooms to renovate on a square-foot basis. You should, therefore, consider the exact requirements for what you are looking to achieve with your renovation in order to justify the budget you set. Are you looking to gut-out the entire bathroom, replace all the tiling and fixtures, 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? No matter what you’re planning for, you should take into consideration the potential return-on-investment you’ll get back when it comes time to sell your property.
Aside from adding to the resale value of your home. Upgrading your bathroom can add great intrinsic value, improving your quality of life. Whether it be relaxing in your new bathtub, in a newly-imagined serine atmosphere, or catering for a growing family with extra space. The bathroom should always be a room for comfort and one to be proud of.
Breaking down your budget
If you are looking at a complete gut-out with a wall removal but would like to leave the entire job up to the professionals, you can expect to pay on average around $1,500 for the complete demolition and clean-up.
Plumbing & Electrical work
These trades will always need to be licensed no matter where in Canada you are located. These sub-trades are therefore relatively expensive, tending to charge between $70-$120 per hour. The amount and type of fixtures you want to install will have a major impact on this expense, for e.g. pot lights will cost around $250 each to supply and install. When hiring a general contractor to look after the project, they will usually include the cost of sub-trades in their overall quote, however, be sure to clarify that this is the case.
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 is easier to keep clean and more durable, so will usually work out cheaper over its lifetime. 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 in which the tiles need to be laid.
Stone is the most common material used for bathroom countertops i.e. natural stone such as granite and marble or engineered stone such as quartz. Depending on the grade, expect to pay anywhere between $50 to $200 / sq. ft. for stone materials including installation. While wood is a less-common material due to its tendency to absorb moisture, some bathroom designs have incorporated this material for the countertop. 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.
One of the focal points of the room, your vanity is one of the pieces that really sets the style and feel of your bathroom. A custom wood vanity is likely to run you at least $2,000, not including installation. There are several stock options available that can vary anywhere from $500 to $1,500 plus $300 to $600 for installation.
Aside from the installation costs which are often included in the materials quotes for things like tiling and fixtures, general labour costs to cover things such as painting have to be calculated into your budget. For a mid-size bathroom, allow an additional $1,000 to $2,000 to cover these costs but ensure they are specified by the contractor as part of the initial quotation. 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 rather it’s advisable to get an idea of the quality of their past work and experience to see if the price is justified. Saving a few hundred dollars from labour costs could end up costing you far more if the work is sub-par and needs to be fixed.
To take the headache out of choosing a reputable contractor, Reno-Assistance has verified the qualifications and experience of our contractors by conducting stringent checks on their past work, customer satisfaction, financial stability, legal track-record, licencing and insurance, so you know that you’re working with the best in the industry. With no cost or obligation, a renovation advisor will refer up to three local contractors with our 360° Verified stamp of approval to compete for your project and provide a detailed estimate so you can be sure to get the right price.
Know the space you are working with
Not only is this important when it comes to design ideas and planning your layout, knowing the square foot area of your bathroom will also give you a better idea of how much you should budget for based on square foot average prices. Use a tape measure and write down your findings to get a rough size of the floor area. It’s best to over-shoot the estimated size so as to not fall short with your budget.
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