Here at the Twin Home Experts, we perform 4 to 6 bathrooms a week, and the questions we get asked more than anything else is “How much does a Los Angeles bathroom remodel cost?” or “I don’t want anyone to come out until I get some sort of ballpark figure.”
Today, we’re going to help answer that, so you can have a better insight, as your probably just starting to think about getting your bathroom redone.
My bathroom is really small, how much will it cost? – Jenna, Woodland Hills
When you are remodeling a small bathroom, there are several factors that can cause the cost to increase.
- Location of fixtures
- Type of materials you want – plumbing fixtures, tile, accessories, etc.
Below are some broken down costs to consider for a small bath remodel that you can add up as a quick guideline.
- Demolition: $850-$2,500
- New drywall & patching: $450-$1,500
- New tub/tile shower walls: 1200-$4,500
- Hot mop: $450
- New tub: $90-$750
- New floors: $450-$1,800
- New toilet: $80-$250
- New vanity, counter top & faucet: $350-$800
- Electrical: $150-$850
- Miscellaneous building materials and supplies: $500-$850
- Painting: $250 to $950
Keep in mind that although the average small bathroom remodel here in Los Angeles costs around $3,500 to $9,500, you really need to determine your goals. Are you going to live in the home for years to come, or you plan on selling in a few years? If it’s a home you are going to stay in, then you may want to consider buying higher quality materials for long term.
Please also note, If the new layout will require you to do a lot of renovating, then your prices can go up.
Renovating includes taking down walls and putting up wall components like dividers.
Selecting a layout that is simple and works well with your current bathroom will help bring down costs significantly.
Costs from Home Advisor
The national average to remodel a small bathroom is typically $6,500, but it can range anywhere from $1,500 up to $15,000 or more. For a complete remodel, you will likely pay $70/sq. ft. for low-end fixtures with DIY labor, and up to $250/sq. ft. for high-end fixtures installed by a licensed contractor.
Cost to remodel a 5×7 ft bathroom
According to an annual construction cost survey by Remodeling Magazine, a mid-range remodel of a 5×7-foot bathroom averages $14,109 – $18,864 for an upscale expansion of a 5×7 bathroom to 9×9-feet within the existing house footprint.
Here at the Twin home Experts, we’ve done over 230 jobs with 5×7 foot bathrooms at an average cost of about $6,200 here in Los Angeles.
How much to just do my shower area? -Tiffany, Encino
When it comes to just doing your shower area, or what we call the wet area, you have a few options which dictates the cost. Here at the Twin Home Experts, our Los Angeles bath showroom displays tile and our Hi-Tech polymer.
Tile: Ranges from $0.80/sq ft. to $6/sq ft.
Hi-tech polymer: Two walls can cost $1,800, three walls up to $7,800
City permits: Can range from $100-$250
Plumbing: Drain & shower fixtures can range from $450-$1,800
Shower pan: $450-$650.00
Tub: Ranges from $90-$750, more if your looking for jetted.
Shower doors: Our showroom displays approximately 10 different shower doors that range in cost from a low $510-$2,200. You can see the choices we offer in the video below.
Thinking of remodeling a bathroom in your home? Call to talk with our bathroom remodel team about your options today!
My plumbing is old, does that matter? – Ken, Los Felix
This makes a big difference, this can cost you a lot of money if you hire a contractor that renovates and leaves the old plumbing. We’ve seen this many times, where you install new, beautiful tile and the plumbing leaks a few years later causing mold and water damage.
There is nothing worse than when you complete the bathroom and the drains run slow and the water pressure is low, and rusty water comes through your brand new fixtures.
Cost – New drain and water pipes for a bathroom with three fixtures can range from $950-$4,800 (depending on access: slab foundation or crawl space).
How much does it cost to remove and install a bathtub? – Dina, West Hollywood
The average cost here in Los Angeles to install a bathtub is $2,500, but can range from $1,000-$4,500 depending on the type of tub and modifications needed. Costs also reflect whether it is a single story, on the second floor of a home, or in a condominium.
How can I remodel my bathroom for cheap? – Bernardo, Van Nuys
Inexpensive bathroom remodeling ideas:
- Limit Your cost per sq ft – tile gets expensive
- Save on countertops – a popular trend is to splurge on granite countertops
- Paint yourself
- Just update the fixtures
- Freshen caulk and grout, that one thing can brighten a bathroom
- Redo, don’t buy new – for example, Astro Chrome in Van Nuys can refurbish your finish
- Hire a high end handyman
- Buy all your materials
- Perform your own demo
- Get 5 to 6 bids and negotiate aggressively
How much does it cost to convert half bath to a full? – Benny, Tarzana
The biggest cost associated with a half bath to full bath here in Los Angeles, is the plumbing relocation. This can cost $1,200-$5200.
The other cost are the finishes, which can range from $2,000 to $12,000 for high end materials.
I have mold in my bathroom, what does it cost to remove before the remodel starts? – Vicky, Simi Valley
Here at Twin Home Experts, we pride ourselves on the ability to treat and certify the mold remediation during a bathroom remodel. The cost ranges from $400-$2,800 depending on the severity.
Be cautious of contractors using scare tactics to stop your bathroom remodeling project, due to discovering mold.
How much of a deposit should I give my Los Angeles bathroom remodeling company? – Donna, Long Beach
This is a very important question. You need to be very cautious of how much your contractor is requesting up front. He can only ask for $1,000 or 10% – whichever is less than the full amount.
He can then asked for a progress payment once he/she delivers the materials onsite.
The bottom line for your protection, is you want to with hold at least 30% till the end.
Do not pay 50% deposit or the entire balance upfront.
*Make sure the contractor is fully licensed, bonded and insured.
Check out this bathroom cost reference guide!
How much is it to hire a bathroom designer? I have no clue what I want to do. – Martha, Northridge
We get asked this question all the time inside our Twin Home Bath Showroom. We pride ourselves on helping our clients design a bathroom of their dreams.
But if your set on using a designer, we have seen and worked with bathroom interior designers that charge fees like this:
- The average cost of hiring a designer to assist with your bathroom remodeling project is $3,000-$4,000. Basic design services can run lower, at $1,400-$2,000.
- To get only a design plan with no specific prices on specific items included, the average cost is $2,500-$3,000.
- The added price of getting quotes for actual treatments, features, or pieces is an extra $1,500-$2,200.
Many designers also offer one-time consultations in which they can advise you on what design ideas may be best for your bathroom. The cost of such consultations is generally $225.
How much does a one day remodel cost? – Dusty, West Hills
When your talking about a one day remodel, this is typically the three wet walls.
These can range from $5,200 for a Koehler product, all the way up to $10,400 for all the bells and whistles using our hi-tech polymer and/or tile.
How much does it cost retile a small bathroom? – Isai, Pacific Palisades
The average costs here in Los Angeles we’ve seen to hire a professional to retile a bathroom floor, including materials and labor, is about $10-$40/sq foot.
Removing existing tile can cost an additional $200-$800+ and repairing any damages underneath the old tiles can cost anywhere between $1,000-$5,000+, depending on the amount of dry rot, mold and framing work.
How much to change out my bathroom fixtures only? – Linda, Santa Clarita
This can depend on a few factors, for example: single family house or a condominium, installing fixtures to copper or galvanized pipes, what type of fixtures you are installing.
The average for a tub/shower valve with easy access is about $550. More challenging ones can cost up to $1,800.
Twin tip: Always factor in another 10-15% for surprises
How much does it cost to convert my tub into a full walk-in shower? – Thelma, Burbank
Converting a tub to a shower can range from $5,800 to $12,500. The range is dictated on plumbing, location of bathroom, tile vs acrylic vs fiberglass, tile & plumbing.
How much does Bath planet cost? – Rick, Simi Valley
Bath Planet, a BCi product cost can range from $7,200-$14,000. Plumbing, shower doors, walls, accessories like soap dishes, soap caddies, bench seat, lighting and window trim all play an important factor in costs.
How much does Luxury Bath Technology cost?
Luxury bath technologies sells a BCi product as well, and they just opened a year and a half ago. We have seen their prices range from $8,500-$18,000.
How can I protect myself from cost going up once I start my bath remodel? – Mario, Calabasas
You want to make sure that your agreement is very detailed, make sure that your contractor has everything line itemized. You can even put language like *This price will not exceed ___* and state your amount.
Make sure you put a penalty clause in your contract in the event he fails to complete the project when he says he will. For example: A $200.00 fee per day for every day he’s past deadline.
This will keep him on his toes to make sure he stays within the time frame. No contractor likes giving money back.
When it comes to remodeling a bathroom here in Los Angeles, remember that it is an investment that will provide you a great return on your money.
So depending on your property goals, decide on what your going to budget. Then make sure you do all your research that can help you meet that budget.
We’re here to help, if you’d like some more information, or you want to come down to our bath showroom, contact us today and use bath promo code (twin-bath) and we can provide you with a free design.