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How Much Does a Bathroom Addition Cost?

 
low costLow: DIY Materials Start $500-$1,500average costMedium: Simple Conversion Starts $3,000-$6,000high costHigh: Adding Floor space Can Run $25,000-$50,000+
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A bathroom addition can range from a small half-bath (sink, toilet and mirror) to a spa-like master bath. Adding a bathroom is usually more expensive per square foot than other rooms because it requires specific types of plumbing, heating, electricity and ventilation.

Typical costs:

  • Converting existing floor space inside a garage, basement or attic into a simple bathroom starts around $3,000-$6,000. However, costs can be $7,000-$25,000 or more for a more luxurious bathroom, or if the new bathroom is far from existing water and sewer lines. Prices may vary significantly by region, depending on local labor rates.
  • Costs for do-it-yourself materials start around $500-$1,500, but can run $2,000-$5,000 or more depending on room size, the quality of fixtures and other amenities. A Pennsylvania homeowner[1] added a 4x8-foot powder room with granite and upgraded fixtures for about $5,000, doing all the work himself except the rough-in plumbing.
  • Adding new floor space to your home for a basic 6x8-foot bathroom addition starts around $25,000-$50,000 and goes up depending on complexity, quality of fixtures, number of amenities and local labor rates. Remodeling Magazine[2] pegs the price of a 6x8-foot bathroom addition at averages of $33,188-$41,195 in the Midwest, $34,876-$42,491 along the East Coast and $35,987-$47,052 in the Western states. For a spa-quality 100-square-foot master bath the survey says it averages $75,812 nationwide.
Related articles: Home Addition, Bedroom Addition, Family Room Addition, Second Floor Addition, Porch, Basement Remodeling

What should be included:
  • If you're adding new floor space, before you do anything else check with your local planning department. Better Homes and Gardens provides an overview of legal remodeling requirements.
  • As a general rule, a half-bath should be at least 3-4 feet wide and 6-8 feet long, or at least 18 square feet; a bathroom with shower should be 30 square feet or more; and a bath with both a shower and tub should be at least 35 square feet. ThisOldHouse.com explains how to plan a half-bath[3] (also called a bonus bath) while RemodeOrMove.com lists things to consider[4] for any size bathroom addition.
Additional costs:
  • Adding a tile floor, marble counter tops, or other upscale features can dramatically increase the weight load on your foundation. You might need to consult with a structural engineer (anywhere from $300-$800 or more, depending on what's needed and rates in your area) to see if the foundation needs to be reinforced.
  • Hiring an architect to create a set of plan drawings could cost you a flat fee of $700-$30,000 or more, depending on size and complexity, or the architect may charge 5-15 percent of the project's costs.
  • Usually a bathroom addition will trigger a reassessment of your property taxes and a resulting tax increase, but in most areas the reassessment will only be on the value of the addition, not the entire house.
  • Bathroom design books[5] cost $10-$40 or more, and can give you great ideas and tips; they may also be available at your local library.
Shopping for a bathroom addition:
  • Gather photos of bathroom styles and details that appeal to you. Better Homes and Gardens displays a slide show of contemporary styles and Kasmar Publications posts pictures of luxury bathrooms.
  • Even if you want to do some of the work yourself, most experts recommend hiring a licensed and certified plumber. Ask family or friends for recommendations, or search for referrals from the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association[6] and the National Electrical Contractors Association[7] .
  • If you want a remodeling contractor to handle all aspects of your bathroom addition, the National Association for the Remodeling Industry provides an online booklet with tips[8] for hiring a contractors, as well as contractor referrals[9] .
  • Check whether a contractor is licensed[10] in your state, and if there are any complaints with the Better Business Bureau[11] . A written contract should include a detailed outline of the work required and materials used, dates within which the project will be done, and a payment schedule.
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I would like to get and estimate of how much it would cost to add a master bath to the upstairs of my 1.5 story house. Using existing floorspace, framining myself and installing pre-fab vanities, sinks and showers. Hiring for outside plumbing. Bathroom would be about 10-15 feet from existing plumbing a floor below. Any thoughts on how much this will run me???
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Posted by: C. T. in Indianapolis, IN.Posted: August 1st, 2009 07:08PM
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To break concrete floor and install drainage and vents I hired a plumbing company, which was $4500. I did the remainder of work including electrical and other.
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  2.  www.remodeling.hw.net/2009/costvsvalue/national.aspx
  3.  www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20202296,00.html
  4.  www.remodelormove.com/
  5.  www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=adding+a+bat...
  6.  www.phccweb.org/applications/ContractorReferral/search.cfm?navItemNumber=532
  7.  www.necanet.org/find-a-contractor
  8.  www.nari.org/pdf/selectremodpro.pdf
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  10.  www.contractors-license.org/
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