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Question DetailsAsked on 4/23/2013

I need a ballpark estimate on remodeling our very small bathroom. We are wanting to replace a new counter top, flooring, and put in a new toilet.

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Very rough ballpark - go to your home store and figure out what type of countertop, toilet, flooring, etc you want and add up the raw materials cost. Labor will typically (on a straight-forward job) cost 1 to 2 times that amount. I provide following ballpark numbers for prep / installation only - not including new product cost.

Generally, for a single-piece countertop/backsplash about $150-$300 to remove old one and install new one, depending on how it fits relative to old one (cheaper if slightly higher/wider, so involves a bit of cutback on existing wall to fit right rather than having to patch a gap because it is smaller), and definitely cheaper if it is a flush-to-wall drop-in fit with integral one-piece backsplash rather than recessed installation or separate backsplash.

Flooring installation can run from about $2-5/Sf for a bathroom carpet, vinyl, laminate or hardwood (cheapest to more expensive, in order) to double or triple that for tile or stone. Depends a lot on your existing flooring - how much work they have to do to take up existing flooring, and to prep for the new installation. Generally, replacing with similar type product will be cheaper than changing product type, with a change from tile or stone to a vinyl probably being the most expensive, as a lot of floor prep has to be done to remove the old mortar bed and thinset.

Toilet installation, assuming existing connections can be used (standard, not artistic toilet) about $100-150.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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Since you're "remodeling," don't forget "demolition" costs (removal and haul-away of old fixtures and materials). Just this part will probably be in the area of $800-$1000, perhaps more if the bathroom is not on the first floor of your home. Hauling stuff down a staircase will take longer and create more of a mess to clean up. Be sure to specify that the "demo" workers will leave the area completely clean. If they're a crew from your overall contractor, that contractor will instruct them in what "clean" and "ready for installation" means.


Get some idea of what you want to install before you contact a contractor. Knowing what you want in advance will help contractors in giving you an overall cost for the job. Visit local countertop and flooring stores to help you decide on finishes -- they will be able to give you a general idea of how much installation will be per square foot. Also visit plumbing supply stores to look at fixtures. You can do some of your searching online, but you won't be able to see the exact colors and finishes without taking an in-person look. You can find those stores as well as general or specific contractors in your area at www.angieslist.com


Be sure to get three bids; costs can vary widely among contractors. You don't necessarily want to take the cheapest bid. You want the contractor who can do the best job for the right amount of money, and one with whom you believe you can develop the best business relationship. Don't overlook details of the bids concerning costs and estimated time to completion. If you have selected something specific, most contractors can buy it more cheaply than you can, but expect that they will add a significant markup that includes installation/labor.


You can make all of the changes separately, if you want to act as your own general contractor. But in the long run, it may not save you a lot of money.

Answered 6 years ago by Oleron




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