The average cost of a bathroom makeover

Updated April 17, 2017

Your bathroom isn't just for brushing your teeth. It is a haven for relaxing at the end of a long day or simply accommodating your guests. If you are planning a bathroom makeover, you first have to decide what you will use it for. After that you have to create a budget, but to make a budget you have to understand what costs are associated with a bathroom makeover.

Facts and Figures

According to Consumer Reports, the national average cost for a bathroom makeover is £6,500. This includes updates such as fixtures, a vanity and even paint. Though a consumer can redo a bathroom for under £650, there are some bathroom makeovers that can cost up to £16,250 to complete.

Material Costs

You can purchase tile, grout, paint and even a vanity for relatively cheap prices, but the quality of the materials can vary. Prices of materials become costlier when paired with a contract for labour. According to, repainting walls with standard paint costs on average 55 to 95 cents per square foot with a professional paint contractor and their paints. Regrouting tile can cost on average £8.50 to £14.50 per square foot with a professional contractor and their materials.


Depending on the degree of the makeover, you may be unable to do all of the remodelling yourself. Electrical or plumbing work, for example, might require a professional contractor. Plumbing and electrical contractors typically charge hourly wages, plus inflated material costs as mentioned previously. If you are hiring a contractor, shop around and get several cost estimates. To save money, see if some contractors will allow you to purchase the materials yourself, so you can pay the contractors for installation costs only.

Minor Updating Ideas

Some bathrooms just need a quick pick-me-up, rather than a full remodelling. If this applies to your bathroom, there are a few minor updates will give it a fresh new look without much cost. Try changing the paint colour in the bathroom. Use faux finishes, such as rag rolling or sponging, to give a textured look to the walls and add dimension to the room. Updating the vanity and mirror can also change the entire appearance of a bathroom. Just keep in mind that the size of the vanity and the materials for the countertop will vary in cost. If your faucet is a little outdated, consider replacing that to update your bathroom whether or not the vanity is replaced.

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About the Author

Shailynn Krow began writing professionally in 2002. She has contributed articles on food, weddings, travel, human resources/management and parenting to numerous online and offline publications. Krow holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and an Associate of Science in pastry arts from the International Culinary Institute of America.