How Much Does It Cost to Remodel a Master Bathroom?

Kenneth Wilson

Next to the kitchen, the master bathroom is another popular remodel project to consider. Note that this isn't a cheap project to commit to, so you will need the proper budget to cover everything you need.

On average, master bathroom remodeling projects cost $35,000. This includes both material and labor costs. Luxury remodels may quickly add up to $50,000 if you choose high-end fixtures and upscale materials.

Total costs may vary depending on several factors, such as the project's scope, quality of the fixtures, location of the property, and more. With proper planning, we'll help you keep your budget on track as you work on bringing your desired lavish sanctuary to life.

Master Bathroom Remodel Average Costs


A master bathroom remodeling project runs for $35,000 on average. More extensive bathrooms with more fixtures will cost you more. So if you're thinking of adding a double vanity sink, Jacuzzi tub, and a new shower with multiple shower heads– total costs may quickly add up to $50,000 (or more). (Related: Bathroom Remodel Cost and Consumer Guide)

Typical Additions:

Bathtub

Cabinets

$7,500 to $12,500

$9,500 to $18,000

Countertops

Flooring

$6,000 to $8,500

$7,500 to $12,500

Lighting

Shower

$3,500 to $6,000

$7,000 to $11,500

Sink

Toilet

$4,000 to $7,500

$800 to $1,500

Paint

$2,000 to $4,500

Key things to keep in mind:

  • A standard bathroom makeover can increase your home's resale value, with an average of 60-68% return on investment
  • Most bathroom improvements take about 15 to 25 days (or 3 to 4 weeks)

Setting a Budget for your Master Bathroom Remodel


As per the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), it would be best to allocate roughly 5 to 10 percent of your property’s value to your bathroom remodel project. Here’s a sample allocation to consider:

  • Installation: 20%
  • Cabinetry and Hardware: 16%
  • Fixtures: 15%
  • Faucets and Plumbing: 14%
  • Flooring: 9%
  • Countertops: 7%
  • Walls and Ceilings: 5%
  • Design fees: 4%
  • Doors and Windows: 4%
  • Other: 1%

Labor and Materials


We don't recommend going the DIY route for master bathroom remodels. Since this investment is quite hefty, you may want to ensure it is done properly and correctly to avoid mistakes. Better yet, take on the tasks you know are within your skillset (such as installing towel and grab bars) and leave the rest to the pros.

Once you get in touch with a local contractor, always get a separate quote for the labor and materials. You can always browse for cheaper materials before signing any contract. Regardless, make sure to purchase all the materials delivered at home before the remodeling begins. Doing so will avoid delays, which will only hike the labor costs.

Expert Tip: If you make any changes in the middle of the remodel, this can be rather costly. It may only drag the project longer than it has to be.

So unless there are problems with the initial materials you purchased, avoid having second thoughts with your original choices. Stick to the plan!

Master Bathroom Remodel Cost: Per Number of Fixtures


The ballpark estimates above will still depend on your property's size, bathroom type, and location. If anything, estimating a master bathroom remodel's costs can be more challenging than other home improvement projects. Each bathroom will have different sizes, as well as unique fixtures.

One industry standard to estimate the costs of a bathroom remodel will be based on the number of fixtures in the bathroom. The more fixtures you have, the more you'll need to spend.

  • 3-Fixture Bathroom: Suppose you have a tub, toilet, and sink. This means your master bathroom has three fixtures. On average, one fixture will cost $4,000 to $7,500. If you use high-quality, premium materials– expect to pay about $20,000 (or more).
  • 5-Fixture Bathroom: A 5-fixture master bathroom typically includes a toilet, shower, tub, and double vanity. This will cost you around $32,000.

Master Bathroom Remodel Ideas


Besides improving your quality of life, master bathroom improvements can give you up to 70% Return on Investment if you decide to place your home on the market. That said, it does come at a price. If you’re looking for the latest trends in master bathroom remodels, consider the following additions:

  • in-floor heating
  • smart controls for radiant floors and digital shower valves
  • floating cabinetry
  • high-gloss and textured melamine surfaces
  • black frames as shower focal points

In most cases, bathroom vanities may take up a considerable chunk of your remodeling budget. Homeowners who plan to change and update the bathroom's floor plan will also pay more in professional labor costs.

Here are some other trends to keep in mind:

  • Opt for a non-slip and non-porous option for textured bathroom flooring materials.
  • Glazed flooring surfaces are more stain-resistant and easy to maintain than natural stone.
  • Select larger tiles because they are a popular design trend and are easier to clean.
  • Install towel bars behind your bathroom door if you have a small bathroom.
  • Mark the places where you want to hang your shelves, mirror, and towel racks using painter's tape.
  • Choose a pedestal sink or corner sink to save space for small bathrooms.
  • The largest storage capacity is in vanity and built-in sink combination sets, but they also take up the most space.
  • Floating vanities provide an entirely free floor area beneath them for various storage options.
  • To make the bathroom feel more spacious, try installing more mirrors or enlarging the size of the existing ones.
  • You can conveniently sit, shave, and store things by installing a shower bench.

Overall Verdict: Is Remodeling my Master Bathroom a Good Investment?


Depending on your goals, there are several ways to tackle a master bathroom remodeling project. Suppose you aim to increase the ROI by selling the property down the line or making permanent enhancements to your family's forever home. In that case, a master bathroom improvement will pay off in the long run.

Remember that the bathroom must be comfortable, functional, and stylish. This project's total costs will depend on the entire room size and your chosen material quality, fixture grades, cabinet types, and finishes.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What do I need to do to prepare for my master bathroom renovation?

You can start by deciding on the look or style that you want. If you do not know yet, you may try browsing for ideas through websites, lifestyle magazines, or watching home remodeling shows.

How long does a master bathroom remodeling typically take from start to finish?

The project duration will be determined by the details of your design and the availability of materials and fixtures. Most bathroom remodeling projects include removing the tub and shower and toilet, vanity, and flooring replacement. If the bathroom improvement is more extensive, the entire room may be rearranged or extended, including concrete floor cutting, wall removal, and ceiling rearrangement. This will also extend the project duration.

What type of tile is ideal to use for my master bathroom?

Modern bathrooms use three major types of tile. Travertine is the most popular among the natural stone tiles, but there are numerous stone tiles available for various looks. Porcelain tile is well known for its looks, toughness, and low maintenance. It can have several appearances, including stone-like looks or a variety of more contemporary styles. The ceramic tile is still the way to go for a more traditional bathroom design. You can still use it for modern designs because of its unique shapes and size.

Kenneth Wilson
March 29, 2022
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Kenneth Wilson

Retired contractor. Currently residing in Southwest Florida. Now in semi-retirement, I write and manage this blog focused on helping home owners make savvy decisions when it comes to finding contractors and getting their projects done. I also operate remodeling design service for homeowners.

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