What Is the Average Cost of Remodeling a Bathroom?

The average person spends about two weeks each year in the bathroom, but this time spent on personal hygiene can seem much longer if you're dealing with an ugly, outdated or poorly functioning bathroom. While the average bathroom remodel in the United States costs just under $17,000, this project comes with a solid boost in home value, as well as the peace of mind that comes from crafting your own personal oasis.

Average Remodel Cost

The average price tag for a bathroom remodel is $16,724, according to a 2015 report by Remodeling Magazine. This covers all work required to upgrade an average 5-by-7-foot bathroom, including new toilet, tub and fixtures, a solid-surface vanity and sink, and new floor and wall finishes. If you want to splurge on some small luxuries, like a custom whirlpool tub, stone countertops and in-floor heating, the average price to remodel that same room increases to $54,115.

Plan to recoup about 70 percent of this cost when you go to sell your home. Keep in mind that these prices can vary significantly depending on where you live; for example, the average bathroom remodel costs just $14,895 in the west south central regions, which includes Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. The price for this project soars to an average of $19,436 in the pricey Pacific region, which includes California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

Bathroom Addition Cost

If you don't have space to add a bathroom within your existing floor plan, expect to pay $39,578 to add a new 6-by-8-foot bathroom over a new crawl space, including new fixtures, fittings and finishes. Of course, if you want to build out on the second floor to add this new bathroom, or build it over a full basement, your price will likely be higher. This price also includes poured concrete walls and exterior finishes for this new home addition. Like bathroom remodels, bathroom addition prices vary by geography, ranging from an average low of $35,416 in the west south central region to a high of $45,635 in the Pacific. For a new upscale bathroom measuring around 100 square feet, the average price increases to $76,429. This upscale space comes with extra bells and whistles, including a whirlpool tub, heated floor and towel bars and high-end finishes like granite countertops.

Powder Room Cost

Plan to spend between $3,000 and $11,000 for a simple powder room remodel, which includes a new toilet and sink as well as all paint, flooring and finishes required for a completely new look. The powder room is a perfect choice for accommodating guests, and generally includes a sink and toilet, but no shower or bathtub. You can also upgrade a small 5 by 8 full bathroom for this price if you're willing to make some tough choices. At this price, you can replace only some fixtures, so you may be able to spring for a sink if you reuse your existing tub.