How Much Does It Cost To Build a Bathroom?

By PropertyClub Team
Apr 4th 2021
You might be considering whether or not adding a bathroom to your home is worth the expense. A new bathroom can be pricey, but it can also pay off in dividends when it ends up adding significant value to your home. Additional bathrooms can actually be one of the best ways to ensure your home’s value increases when you sell. But what will it actually cost you to add on the bathroom in the first place?

Here’s the thing, the costs of adding a bathroom can vary greatly depending on several different factors. But one thing’s for sure, lacking a good number of bathrooms in your home can be detrimental to the overall sale price. If you aren’t sure whether or not an additional bathroom will pay off, consider checking other homes for sale in your area to see how many bathrooms they have. If you lack bathrooms in comparison to other, relatively similar-sized homes, your sales price will likely be negatively affected. 

So, if you’re considering building a new bathroom in your home, you need to know some of the costs that will be associated.

hash-markKey Factors to Consider When Adding a Bathroom

Firstly, think about the size of the bathroom you wish to add on. A bigger bathroom will, obviously, cost more. Maybe you just want a half bathroom with only a sink and a toilet, which will be significantly cheaper than the addition of a full bathroom with all amenities. You should also consider whether or not you need to add on entirely new framing to house the bathroom or if you’ll build it into an existing space. 

You should also carefully think about and investigate your home’s current plumbing situation. Will the plumbing need to be significantly modified in order to accommodate your new bathroom? If you intend to build near to another bathroom, the cost will be cheaper since the plumbing is already there. A main plumbing stack close to the desired space for your new bathroom will seriously decrease overall costs. That being said, you’ll still need a professional plumber to ensure that the pipes can take the additional strain of another bathroom. 

Furthermore, consider the costs of building materials and the fixtures for the bathroom. What type of materials do you want to use, and how pricey are the exact fixtures, like a shower, toilet, and sink, going to end up being? 

Each of these factors will have a significant effect on how much your overall bathroom costs. A lower-end bathroom build without any fancy fixtures, and no framing might be somewhere in the region of $5,000. But add on framing, and that cost will jump by about another $2,000. Once you get into the region of selecting nicer tiles or prettier faucets or dealing with plumbing issues, you could be looking at an overall spend of $10,000 to $15,000. 

Remember, it’s always better to budget more than to have a nasty surprise when your overall bill is thousands more than you anticipated. 

Last but certainly not least, you should plan and budget for the unexpected costs associated with building a whole new bathroom. With construction projects, there’s always a good chance that something, at some point, will go wrong. You could run into issues with the payload of the current pipes in your house, for example. When building a new bathroom, just make sure you’re prepared to fork out a little extra cash if there’s a deviation from the original building plans. 

The overall takeaway here is, there’s a balance to be struck. Consider how much you expect to spend versus how much you can gain from a new bathroom when it comes time to sell your house. You may find that just simply having an extra bathroom can boost your home’s value by tens of thousands of dollars.