Search thousands of topics on

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Home and Garden  > Construction & Renovation > Remodeling

Remodeling Cost

How Much Does Remodeling Cost?

low costSimple Basement Remodel: $500-$5,000average costBathroom Remodel: $11,000-$43,000+high costKitchen Remodel: $3,000-$116,000+
post E-mail post Post   Comments (1)

Residential remodeling costs vary significantly by region and type of project. For remodeling projects that require adding to a home's foot print, see How Much Does Construction Cost.

Typical costs:

  • Converting an unfinished attic into usable storage space can cost $2,000-$5,000 depending on the condition of the attic and the features chosen; remodeling an attic into a large open playroom or workroom typically costs $10,000-$25,000; and turning the space into a master bedroom suite can cost $40,000-$90,000 or more. Converting a garage into living space can cost $7,500-$20,000 or more to make the garage look like an integral part of the house both inside and out. A do-it-yourself partial conversion can cost $200-$2,000 for materials.
  • Remodeling a basement into additional living space with wet bar, a full bathroom and other features can cost $50,000-$67,000 for professional installation, while do-it-yourself supplies for a simple basement remodel can cost $500-$5,000. A key factor in basement remodeling is what it will take to first waterproof the basement; depending on conditions, waterproofing alone can cost $2,000-$15,000 or more.
  • Bathroom remodeling can cost $11,000-$15,000 for a mid-range remodel of a 5'x7' bathroom, or $35,000-$43,000 for an upscale expansion of a 5'x7' bathroom to 9'x9' within the existing house; actual costs vary widely depending on the shape and square footage of the existing room and whether walls or plumbing are moved. A basic drop-in or pedestal bathroom sink starts at $50-$250 but it can cost $300-$1,000 or more for a high-end designer model. A bathroom vanity starts at $40-$800 but can cost $900-$1,500 or more depending on size, style, materials and number of sinks; professional installation can add $300-$2,500 or more. Replacing a toilet can cost $50-$200 for a basic round, gravity-flush white model; $150-$300 for a low-flow pressure-assist or vacuum-assist toilet; and $1,000-$3,00 for designer models, with installation adding $50-$150 for a standard toilet, or more for a complex installation or if parts or lines leading into the toilet have to be repaired or replaced. Refinishing a bathtub can cost $300-$600 or installing a bathtub liner can cost $500-$4,000 depending on the condition of the surrounding walls. Replacing a bathtub can cost $200-$3,000 or more, depending on size and features like water jets; total cost for removing the old tub and installing a new one can be $1,500-$5,000.
  • Kitchen remodeling can cost $3,000-$116,000 or more, depending on the condition of the existing kitchen and whether the footprint of the room is expanded or features like a kitchen island are added. Basic stock kitchen cabinets start at $4,000-$5,000 for a 10'x12' kitchen (not including installation and countertops); semi-custom cabinets (choosing from several options) typically cost $8,000-$10,000 or more for a 10'x12' kitchen, with higher costs for options like glass front, hand-crafted finishes or exotic woods; and custom-made cabinets can cost $16,000-$20,000 for the same 10'x12' kitchen. Refacing kitchen cabinets can cost $1,000-$9,000 or more depending on materials (plastic laminate or wood veneer). Kitchen countertops can cost $4-$150 a square foot for laminate, or $210-(00 for a typical kitchen with 30 square feet of countertop; solid surface countertops are typically $40-$80 a square foot, or $1,200-$2,400; tile countertops cost $1-$255 a square foot depending on the type of tiles and whether installation is do-it-yourself or professional, or $30-$7,650; and stone countertops can cost $4-$150 a square foot, or $120-$4,500, depending on the quality of the stone and the type of installation.
  • Replacement windows typically cost $300-$700 each but can cost $1,000 or more each, or $3,000-$10,000 for a one-story, three-bedroom home with 10 windows. Installing a skylight typically costs $500-$1,300 for labor and materials for a standard skylight that doesn't open; a vented skylight with options like a remote control and built-in blinds can cost $1,200 or $5,000 or more for labor and materials.
  • Adding a 9'x9' walk-in closet closet inside an existing room typically costs $4,000-$6,500 or more. Having a custom closet system professionally installed can cost $1,000-$5,000, or $20,000-$30,000 for exotic woods and luxury features.
Related articles: Kitchen Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling, Handyman, Construction

Shopping for remodeling:
  • The National Association of the Remodeling Industry provides guidelines[1] for planning a remodeling project, and the Federal Trade Commission lists tips[2] for hiring a home improvement contractor.
  • . Ask for and contact references; verify that the contractor is properly bonded, insured and licensed[3] ; and check for complaints with the Better Business Bureau[4] .
  • Find local contractors through the National Association of the Remodeling Industry[5] , the National Electrical Contractors Association[6] or the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association[7] .
post E-mail post Post   Comments (1)
CostHelper News

7 Fireplace and Wood Stove Safety Steps To Do This Week
Gathering around a wood stove or fireplace on a cold winter night can be wonderful experience, but it's crucial to not take basic safety for granted. || Posted November 12 2013

The 4-1-1 on Flu Shots
There are 13 different CDC-approved flu shots available this year. Do you know which one is right for you?To be fair, one is actually an inhaled spray, not a shot, but it is one of the choices. It's restricted to people between the ages of 2 and 49. || Posted November 4 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts

What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Partial garage
Amount: $40,000.00
Posted by: a user in Elk Grove, CA.Posted: February 5th, 2015 01:02PM
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


Comment On Your Experience With Remodeling
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Project: Contractor: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.

External Resources:
More Home and Garden Topics
Check Out All Costs for Home and Garden How Much Does Garden Service Cost? How Much Does a Kitchen Remodeling Cost? How Much Does a Propane Tank Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on


Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Angiogram of heart
Paid: 55150.00
Had this procedure done to check heart due to abnormal stress test. Did not need any stents or any other procedure as everything was negative... [more]
-Pamela Garrett
Angiogram Cost
HELP: asbestos in furance - many questions
Paid: 0.00
I am renting out my home in Grand Rapids, MI and have received a notice from the city that the home must be inspected... [more]
Asbestos Removal Cost
Paid: 45.00
The clamp was annoying so it took away concentration of the tiny sting of the needle. I had just turned 15 at the the time and I've had it for almost a year and it has healed fast and never given me any trouble... [more]
Body Piercings Cost
Paid: 3009.00
Single family home... [more]
Ductwork Cost
2 half shafts replaced
Paid: 140.00
Bought the axles myself on ebay for 40 each, then had a mobile mechanic come to my house to do the work. It is not a hard job, but has a couple tricky parts for a subaru. Easier for a honda or toyota... [more]
-Subbie Giy
Replacing a CV Boot Cost
Even with insurance looking at going broke
Paid: 55000.00
Recently on a camping vacation my 11 year old became very sick. Took him to the closest hospital. Found out he is type 1 diabetic. Was very sick and had to be flown from Rock Springs WY, to Salt Lake City, UT. 185 mile on the ground... [more]
-Broke and confused.
Air Ambulance Cost