Interested in remodeling a small bathroom and looking for a price estimate? A small bathroom or 5×7 space will cost anywhere between $4000-10,000 depending on the complexity of the remodel and material choices. So, let us break down what goes into a bathroom remodel to better inform your decisions:
What is a 5×7 bathroom?
A 5×7 bathroom provides you with 35 square feet, which is considered small because you can’t fit all amenities of a full bathroom. However, the space is large enough to fit a shower/bathtub, a sink, a toilet, and a small vanity, although the space will feel fairly cramped. The advantage of a 5×7 bathroom is that you can enjoy the functionality of a larger bathroom at a reduced price which can make up for the lack of space.
Benefits of a Remodel for my House Value
A remodel can elevate your home by updating the existing aesthetic, which makes it much more attractive, increasing its value. Conversely, adding to resale value is just the start as remodeling can expose vital repairs in your home to prevent any weathering or aging elements from potentially damaging your home in the future.
Difference between a remodel vs renovation?
A renovation is designed to update your home’s existing look and feel without changing any structural elements such as plumbing or wiring. A renovation is designed to reconstruct the space with new walls, lighting, appliances, furniture, decor but can also be something as simple as refreshing paint and floor/wall materials. A remodel is designed to change the function of the space, such as converting a bathroom into a walk-in closet, or office space, or merging it with another room.
Components of a Remodel
When it comes to remodeling there are a few components and prices to consider:
A new toilet will first require removing and disposing of the existing toilet, afterwards, you will need to decide if you want to keep or alter your current plumbing. Altering your plumbing will accrue additional costs before your new toilet can be installed, which will cost anywhere from $100-3,000 depending on features and the type of toilet you want to buy. However, on average, a toilet should only cost anywhere from $100-400.
Vent and Fans-$150-500
To handle moisture and high humidity, you will need a powerful fan system. Fans will cost anywhere from $100-250 depending on the size and power consumption of the model. You will then need to factor in ventilation and duct costs which can add on an additional $200-300 depending on the state of your home. Keep in mind that your ventilation will need to be inspected to ensure full safety compliance with your city/area.
The right lighting can help transform a small bathroom and make it appear more roomy and spacious. However, to set up your lights, you will need to consider wiring needs in advance to prevent any accidents or injuries in the future. Lighting fixtures will cost anywhere from $300-1,000 depending on the size and intensity of the fixture itself. However, if you need to rewire your bathroom, this cost can quickly rise.
A sink will cost anywhere between $300-600 depending on the material and installation method of the sink. Pedestal sinks are the cheapest because they are easy to install-they can simply be placed where you want in a bathroom and secured. Drop-in and undermount sinks will cost more as they will need to be secured to a vanity.
You will need to ensure that all entryways into and out of your bathroom are readily accessible at all times. This is important for access to your bathroom and for fire safety reasons. A new door will cost anywhere between $250-350 depending on the material and size.
New windows cost anywhere from $300-500 each depending on the size of the window and the strength of the glass. Generally, the larger a window is, the weaker it will be, and the smaller a window is, the more it can be reinforced.
Showers will cost anywhere from $800-1,000 depending on the size of the shower, tile material, and installation costs. Your final price will include the removal of your existing shower and adding in any features such as niches, storage cubbies, or custom spouts.
Bathtubs – 1200-3000
Bathtub installations typically cost between $1,200 to $3,000 or more depending on various factors, such as the size, material, and complexity of the installation. This estimate covers the removal of the old bathtub and the installation of the new one, along with any additional features like storage, lighting, or custom fixtures. If you decide to use tile, you may also need to consider the cost of a waterproof seal over the grout. However, keep in mind that the final price of your bathtub installation may vary, so it’s best to consult with a professional for an accurate estimate.
Granite, Cultured Marble, Travertine, Concrete, Laminate, Composite, Ceramic, or Porcelain are all common vanity materials with wildly different price points, ranging from $400-3,000 for a vanity. When choosing a vanity material, you want to select a material that is durable as your vanity will see heavy use. Natural stones such as granite, marble, and travertine are popular choices but can be quite expensive and will require additional care. Quartz and composite materials are great alternatives as they are much lighter, and require less maintenance, but won’t break the bank.
Common Labor Costs
There are multiple contractors that will help with your bathroom remodel. Here is what they can assist you with:
An HVAC technician can assist with anything under the HVAC umbrella which includes heating, ventilation, cooling, and sometimes plumbing/electrical if needed. However, while an HVAC tech is equipped to handle almost every situation, you are paying for that. Compared to a dedicated electrician or plumber, an HVAC tech will charge anywhere from $75-150/hr, so it is highly recommended that you hire them to handle ventilation issues only.
An electrician is required to set up outlets and necessary wiring. Before any remodeling project can begin, you will need an electrician to inspect for any dangerous elements such as exposed currents and wires and confirm that your job site is completely safe. A professional electrician costs anywhere from $25-40/hr.
A professional painter will ensure that your space appears seamless and natural. They also have access to colors that may be difficult for you to obtain and will apply primers and ensure that the paint adheres better to the surface. True waterproofing is not possible in a bathroom, but professional painters will get as close as possible, ensuring that the paint stands up against repeated moisture and humidity. Professional painters average $70-100 an hour for their services.
A carpenter can handle any fabrication needs for your remodel. This involves making cabinets, vanities, doors, and shelving. In addition to fabrication, they can provide aesthetic flairs and customizations that you request. A carpenter costs anywhere from $30-90 an hour depending on the complexity of the job and their overall skill level.
A plumber is an invaluable contractor to have on hand as your bathroom will have many plumbing issues to sort through. A plumber can ensure that all your fixtures function properly such as your toilet, sink, and bathtub. They will also inspect your existing plumbing setup and check for leaks or issues before your remodel is fully completed, as it is much easier to handle these issues before you place your flooring in. Plumbers charge anywhere from $25-150 depending on the complexity of the job, their experience, reputation, and skill level.
Final cost of remodel
The final cost of a bathroom remodel is anywhere between $4,000-12,000. This accounts for demolition and removal costs, coupled with implementing wall, tiling, and any changes you might have made to your home’s existing structure.
General Remodel Tips
Here are some general remodel tips to ensure your next remodel goes more smoothly.
Do what you can
There are many elements of your remodel that cannot be fulfilled on your own. However, there are some things such as painting, flooring, and some fixtures that you can install on your own. If you have experience, do what is feasible and safe to complete before the contractor arrives. This will save you time and money, but remember to not overreach.
Choose the right material
Always remember that the right material will be a balance between aesthetics, durability and budget. Try not to go too cheap or over budget and remember that if you are remodeling your bathroom often, you will probably replace this material frequently.
Plan a layout/create a budget
When it comes to remodeling your bathroom, the more work and planning you do in advance, the less money you will spend later. Before you follow through with any part of this project, create an idealized layout and form a budget to better help you plan and give you a starting point for your project.
Storage will always be an integral part of your bathroom, so add as much as you can. Use recessed walls, add shelves, create niches, and do whatever is possible to add storage to your bathroom. The more storage you add to the space, the less cramped it will feel.
Consider Access Points Now
Take steps to consider making your bathroom more friendly for disabled individuals in advance. This can include adding a walk-in shower, slip-resistant tiles, and blocking behind drywall to add grab rails in the future. If you consider this now, it can save you a great deal of money in the future.
Remodeling your bathroom can be quite intimidating, but with proper planning, it is straightforward. Just remember to coordinate with your contractors to help you plan out the best 5×7 bathroom layout for your home.