How Much Does it Cost to Remodel a Bathroom? [Updated Feb 2020]

Posted by Jim Walker on Feb 7, 2020 1:02:10 PM

If you’re simply dying to get your old bathroom out and something new and fresh installed, you’ve got to start with the obvious: “How much is this going to cost?”

How much does a bathroom remodel cost in Atlanta? Let’s look at some actual figures for bathroom projects in the Atlanta area—and the factors that influence those costs.

Where These Costs Come From

We’re drawing our figures from the information compiled in the 2020 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com) for the Atlanta, GA area. This independent report estimates bathroom remodeling project costs for five general types of projects: midrange bathroom additions, upscale bathroom additions, midrange bathroom remodels, upscale bathroom remodels, and universal design bathroom remodels. We’re also using survey details from the 2019 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study. Bear in mind that these numbers are averages, but they will give you a general idea about what to expect for your project.

Cost of a Traditional Bathroom Addition

If you're looking to add a midrange bathroom to your existing home, here is an example of what might be involved and what you can expect to pay. A standard three-piece bathroom needs to measure about 5’ x 7’ minimum, although you can (and sometimes should) go larger. You can typically choose from a fiberglass tub/shower combination or a walk-in shower, along with a toilet and sink. At this moderate price point, you’ll get the most cost-efficient choices, like ceramic tile for the surround and flooring instead of natural stone.

This project includes everything you need, from the structure to the finishing touches like lighting and faucets. Most of the cost of this project comes in the addition of poured concrete walls to create space for the bathroom, along with professional services to install wiring and new plumbing. To keep costs down, you get a relatively simple vanity top in a common size with a molded sink made of cultured marble. You’ll probably have a decent variety of colors and styles, but custom sizes and designs may cost more.

The average cost for this type of project is $45,000-$50,000.

[Related: ROI of a Bathroom Remodel in Atlanta]

Cost of an Upscale Bathroom Addition

If you have 100 square feet and about double the money, you can get a truly custom bathroom with all the latest features. With this kind of space, everything gets bigger and better. Start with a luxury shower with built-in places for soap and full-body showerheads. Kick back in that freestanding soaker bathtub. The latest trends show that bigger is preferable, especially for the tub. A flat bottom is all the rage at the moment, and you’ll enjoy the extra space.

Walk around the room and you’ll see the difference in the investment. A custom vanity top in granite, quartz or the trendiest marble takes your Jack and Jill sinks to the next level. You’ll pay more for something like Calacatta marble, but who wouldn’t? Those veins of gold are worth it. And while you’re sitting there on the commode, contemplating the character of the natural stone, you can have a toilet that matches your 2020 lifestyle. All the smart features to stay cleaner and keep you more comfortable. All that’s left is the little delights, like built-in spotlighting and radiant heating underneath a ceramic tile or engineered hardwood floor.

The average cost for this kind of project is $85,000-$100,000.

Upscale Bathroom Remodel

If you already have the bathroom and you just want it to be better, the good news is that it won’t cost you as much as an addition. Extending walls to make more space is often much less expensive than building them from scratch. For about $25,000 to $30,000 less than an addition, this luxury remodeling project spares nothing and leaves you with many of the same benefits, like a four-piece bathroom and all the finishes that let you show off your unique style. If you’ve got a mind to bring your old bathroom into a new decade with trendy but timeless features like natural slate, you’ll be rewarded with a spa-like retreat that meets your needs in every way.

The average cost for this project is $60,000-$70,000.

Download the 2019 Atlanta Remodeling Cost Report [PDF]

Universal Design Bathroom Remodel

If you’re looking to shift to a universal design that will allow you to age-in-place this project can help you plan for that. Universal design focuses on accessibility, which is a factor you may need to consider now or later. In the bathroom, this means flexibility in movement and transition from one space to another. Size expansion depends on your expectations, but should provide at least 36 inches between furniture and fixtures for wheelchair users to have free movement. The countertop and the position of light and faucet fixtures usually drops at least a few inches, to be accessible from a seated position.

Accessible design minimizes obstacles, which requires a walk-in shower with no transition. Nothing about this design is meant to look like an obvious retrofit, so you still get a seamless look that remains practical for you over time. Grab bars provide extra support for sitting or standing, with a comfort height toilet and bidet. Built-in radiant heating beneath a wood-look vinyl plank or luxury vinyl tile flooring completes the package.

The average cost for this project is $30,000-$40,000.

Every Home is Unique

Obviously, no two plans are identical. Your specific choices for materials will impact the exact cost. The plan that works for your home may be larger or smaller in scope than those listed above. Still, having these average estimates in mind provide a good starting point and will enable you to adjust your goals for your bathroom remodeling in Atlanta, GA, as necessary. It’s helpful to take these figures to your home remodeling company to show them what you’re thinking about in general terms and asking them how your own design ideas will influence estimates. Then you’ll know what to adjust to meet your budget and satisfy your goals.

By the way, if you’re looking for additional ideas for your bathroom remodeling project, click here to check out 5 bathroom remodel ideas from Atlanta’s historic homes.


© 2019 Hanley Wood Media Inc. Complete data from the Remodeling 2019 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at www.costvsvalue.com.

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling, Remodeling Investment, Home Additions, Historic Home Remodeling