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How Much Does it Cost to Add Bathroom?

How Much Does it Cost to Add a Bathroom?

If you’re looking to improve your lifestyle and your home’s value, adding a bathroom is one of the best things you can do. But how much does it cost to add a bathroom? What if you want to put a bathroom in an out-of-the-way part of the home, like the basement?

While doing the math can be a little stressful, there’s great news: adding a bathroom is a high-ROI project, and the cost to add a bathroom isn’t as high as you might think.

Here’s what you need to know.

Factors That Influence the Cost to Add a Bathroom

As is true with all home remodels, there are a few predictable things that will impact the cost of your upcoming project.

The first is the age of your home. A bathroom remodel or addition is easier if you don’t have to rip out old plumbing and replace it with new plumbing, or add plumbing like you might have to in a basement remodel. Another factor influencing the cost is size. If you’re installing a very large master bathroom, for example, it’ll be more expensive than a tiny guest bathroom or a powder room.

If your budget is tight, focus on things that can make a small bathroom feel like a palatial space. Light paint, for example, makes a bathroom feel open and airy, and ample built-in storage will prevent it from becoming cramped and cluttered.

How Much Will You Spend on Your Bathroom Remodel?

According to Home Advisor, adding a bathroom can cost between $3,000 (if you’re converting or updating an existing space) to $25,000 (if you’re adding a large, luxurious bathroom to your home). Before you start having heart palpitations, it’s important to keep in mind that many things influence these costs and many places where you can keep some extra money in your pocket.

With that in mind, here are the various bathroom additions or upgrades you might choose, and a breakdown of the cost of each:

The Shower/Tub

Few things are as relaxing as a warm bath, and having a tub in your new bathroom is an excellent choice for both ROI and lifestyle. As a general rule, it costs between $740.00 and $1,400 to have a bathtub installed professionally, while a shower will run about $1,200 to $2,000. If you’re installing new plumbing, though, this cost may wind up being much higher.

Tile

Tile gives your bathroom its comfortable, beautiful look and feel. Available in linoleum, ceramic, glass, stone, and other materials, tiles are ideal for use in the shower, flooring, countertops, and more. If you want to save money on your flooring, you can opt to purchase a premade shower pan, which will decrease cost by about $100, although it may limit your design choices a bit.

If you’re having tiling installed professionally, expect to spend about $700-$800.

The Toilet and Sink

Two of the most important parts of the bathroom, these are also two of the most expensive elements. Luckily, there are a few smart ways to navigate this process. Here are a few things to consider: 

  • You have alternate toilet options. If you’re installing a toilet in the basement or converting a closet or another space into a bathroom, it’s smart to consider your toilet options. Instead of opting for a traditional toilet, which will cost you thousands in new plumbing alone, consider an upflush toilet with a macerating unit. Saniflo toilet systems are among the best on the market, and are popular in basement bathroom renovations, specifically. Because they grind waste in a macerating unit and pump it up into your home’s existing plumbing system, they don’t require additional plumbing or pipes. Just install the toilet and use PVC to connect it to your stack - it’s that easy!
  • You’ll save money by not hiring a plumber. This sounds scary but, depending on the type of toilet you choose to install, it’s totally possible. While you’ll need to hire a plumber if you choose to install a standard toilet (you can expect to spend about $400 on the installation), you can purchase an Upflush toilet and install it on your own. What’s more, because Saniflo systems make it possible to hook up your toilet, sink, and shower to a single system, installing one of these in your basement or anywhere else in your home is a great way to save money and hone your DIY skills. Even if you do hire a plumber to install your Saniflo system, it’ll go in quicker and easier than a standard toilet, which saves you money regardless.

Cabinetry

Bathroom cabinets have a major impact on the look and feel of your bathroom. They’re also one of the places where you can spend the most money in the bathroom. The variation of pricing here is massive, and depends largely on the style, type, and size of cabinets you choose. If you’re looking for a way to save money on cabinets? Choose prefab cabinets over custom cabinets, opt for slab front doors, and consider replacing wall cabinets with open shelving.

Decreasing the Cost to Add a Bathroom

The cost to add a bathroom can be massive, and the process of installing one in can be amazingly stressful. Fortunately, there are several smart ways to cut corners and decrease your cost.

From purchasing a premade shower pan to installing a Saniflo toilet system, which saves you from installing new plumbing and allows you to hook your toilet, sink, and shower into the same system, there are dozens of ways to get the bathroom you need (in your basement and beyond!) at a price you can afford. 

Ready to shop for your Saniflo system? Check out our selection of uplfush toilets today or contact our on-call experts to learn more about our models.
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