What Is The Cost To Add A Bathroom?

There are many reasons to add a bathroom to your home. Even if you already have a full bathroom, you shouldn’t feel bad about adding another, whether it be a full bath, half-bath, or 3/4 bath, which is an interesting compromise. 

But when adding a bathroom, it’s important to consider the costs. Perhaps it’s not something you can afford right now. Perhaps you are on a strict budget but still want to move forward. To find out, let’s look at the cost to add a bathroom. 

How Much Does It Cost To Add A Bathroom?

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To find out the cost to add a bathroom, the quickest method is to find the average cost to add a bathroom. Even if you’re selling the house, adding a bathroom can return up to 200% of the money spent on the bathroom.

So no matter what, it’s a good move. Though there is quite a large range, most bathrooms will cost somewhere between $200 and $300 a square foot. This is more than the cost to add a living room because of the density of the objects. 

However, it is less than the cost of adding a kitchen because kitchen appliances are generally more expensive and every inch is useful space. While bathrooms tend to have a bit more open space compared to used space. 

Figuring The Cost To Add A Bathroom

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Since everyone has different wants, needs, and budgets, figuring the cost of your bathroom isn’t as easy as looking at an estimate. The average is a good starting point, but planning your bathroom out takes a little more work than that. 

There are many things to consider when figuring the cost of your bathroom. After all, this isn’t a living room or bedroom, which varies only slightly in things to consider. This is a bathroom that is unique in every way. 

Standard Appliances

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The first thing you need to look at are standard appliances. A half bathroom only needs two appliances, a 3/4 bathroom needs three, while a full bathroom can have as many as you want it to have. So let’s break that down with price ranges. 

You may notice that each of them varies greatly. However, you can always spend the minimum price for your bathroom, which gives you a good idea as to how much you need to spend if you are on a tight budget. 

  • Shower – $300 to $10,000
  • Bathtub – $250 to $25,000
  • Sink – $50 to $3,000
  • Toilet – $100 to $2,000

Anything aside from these four things is an extra, or an amenity, which we will talk more about later. Amenities are anything that you don’t need in your bathroom and are considered extras to make life more comfortable and convenient. 

Size Of Bathroom 
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Of course, the size of your bathroom affects the cost. It won’t affect the cost as much as the quality of appliances you get does. But it does matter. Some bathrooms are as small as 20 sqft, while others are larger than master bedrooms.

The average bathroom size is around 40sqft. This is usually a 5×8 bathroom. Which is enough for a small tub on one end, a sink, and a toilet. The tub often is a shower/tub unit to save space while offering both options. 

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While appliances and sizes matter, so do the plumbing intricacies. This is something you’ll need to discuss with your plumber but some plumbing jobs require more work than others. The average person won’t be able to tell to what extent.

The average cost to hire a plumber is around $100, with the range being around $50 to $200. Though the amount of time needed to do your bathroom can vary greatly too. It is best to get a binding estimate beforehand. 

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There are two different ways to add a bathroom. The cost of a bathroom depends on whether you are adding on or remodeling an old bathroom. If you are remodeling an old one, it will be significantly less.

This is in part due to the fact that plumbing, electricity, and walls are already in place. Then all you have to do is decide what to update and what to leave the same. No matter what, it is going to cost less though.

But if you are adding on, you get to start from scratch without taking up any space that is in your house. So there are pros and cons to both that need to be considered before deciding which route to go. 

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There are plenty of other amenities that you can add to your bathroom to make it a higher-end bathroom. While the basic, standard bathroom will have a stool, sink, and tub bought at standard prices, there are other options too.

  • Hot Tub – a hot tub is the first thing people think of when they imagine a high-end bathroom. Everyone wants at least a jacuzzi tub. Well, hot tubs don’t come cheap but there aren’t many people that regret getting one. 
  • Guest Amenity Tray – this isn’t very expensive but it can be effective. Get a visible tray complete with everything a guest might need. This can include simple things like hand lotion and feminine products, or something more unique. 
  • Upgraded Showerhead – rainfall, waterfall, multiple shower heads! There are plenty of upgraded, and unique, types of showerheads you can get to really make your bathroom stand out. The best part is, you can feel the difference. 
  • Bidet – an optional bidet can make guests feel special and is preferable to a lot of different people. Just make sure that it is optional and you have alternatives available for those who don’t like bidets.
  • Digital Thermometer – for the shower, of course. Letting people know what the temperature of the shower water is before they get in is amazing. You can find your perfect temperature for the perfect shower every time. 
  • Radiant Floor Heating – if you want a nice experience all day long, get radiant floor heating. This type of heating is built under the floor and can be customized via a thermostat. So your feet can stay toasty. 
  • Stone Sink – a stone sink isn’t cheap at all. But it can make your bathroom look exquisite. You can get any type of stone you want, including precious gems of gorgeous colors, stone patterns, and designs. 

There are plenty of other amazing things you can add to your bathroom, but these are things that people tend to search over and over. Make a wishlist for the future if you can’t afford them now!

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While most amenities are quite expensive, there are still a few things you can do to really amp up the bathroom experience. These things are affordable, work with any budget, and can be customized to your taste. 

  • Backlit Mirrors – a backlit mirror is the quickest way to amp up your bathroom game. It’s easy to do and looks amazing. Choose colors that set the mood for what you want your bathroom to feel like.
  • Brass Accents – brass accents are not expensive and they can look a lot nicer than basic silver or brushed nickel, and especially gold. Try them out first and if you like it, redo all of your bathroom hardware. 
  • Tubside Table – getting a small table to put beside your tub can look and feel luxurious. That’s because it is! Who doesn’t want somewhere to set their glasses or glass of something special for their bath? 
  • Skip The Whitewhite can look great in a bathroom, but it is the most popular bathroom color. Try a different color to make your bathroom unique without breaking the bank with new tile or hardwood. 
  • Accent Wall – an accent wall with shiplap, wallpaper, or even just paint can make your bathroom stand out in a good way. Choose a wall to feature and make sure it looks its best with shelving and all. 
  • Ladder Rack – a ladder rack is made from a simple ladder and is used to hang towels in a fashionable way. You can buy a wooden or metal ladder at most stores or shop at flea markets or an online thrift store for something special. 
  • Indoor Plants – there are plenty of great indoor house plants that can transform your bathroom and take it to the next level. Plants aren’t usually expensive and they can keep on giving for years to come. 
  • Sconces – people often underestimate the power of a good sconce. But sconces can do a lot for any room. They can make a bathroom look high-end in seconds, especially if you know how to choose the right sconce. 
  • Upgraded Faucet – this is a quick and effective way to make your bathroom look nicer. An upgraded faucet can do wonders for any bathroom or kitchen. Although bathroom faucets are so basic, so there will be a big change. 

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Finally, it’s time to make it yours. Choose things that feel special to you and your guests will feel that radiating from the objects and appliances that you choose. If you love marble, then find something marble! 

The added cost is usually worth it in the end because you are creating your sanctuary. Not to mention, the return on the investment is always worth the cost! The same goes for remodeling the kitchen!