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How Much Does It Cost to Remodel a Bathroom in California?

By Jakemontgomery @LTDOnlineStores

Bathroom remodels can be a daunting challenge when you’re thinking about making a major design change to your home. Although it can seem pretty intimidating, it’s often not that bad. Not only will a bathroom remodel make your bathroom experience more enjoyable, it almost always increases the value of your home. But the costs might be a little steep, and it’s well documented that bathroom remodels don’t often pay off if you’re doing it just to invest and flip a home. So now you may be wondering, what does the cost look like if you’re planning on remodeling a bathroom in California? That’s why we’re here to help!

Why California? Because it’s where we live, and frankly, it’s the only state we could find really good, accurate data on! If you have sources on other states and would like to be included, leave a comment below with a link and we’ll gladly take a look at it.

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How Much Does it Cost to Remodel a Bathroom in California?

We did some research on HomeAdvisor.com, and found the averages, typical ranges, low end, and high end costs for bathroom remodels. This data was gathered from about 16,000 actual project costs, so take the numbers with a grain of salt. We’re just hoping to give you a rough idea of what the cost would look like. If you’re looking for detailed pricing, it’s best to start getting some estimates from contractors in your area. Of course, prices will vary based on how intensive your remodel project will be. A master bathroom remodel will be more expensive than a simple, small bathroom remodel.

In 2016, the average cost of a bathroom remodel was around $11,000 (and around $16,000 for millenial remodelers) according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Based on that number, here is a rough breakdown of the typical costs for a bathroom remodel.

Bathroom Remodel Cost Breakdown

bathroom remodel cost breakdown remodeling a bathroom in california

Source

*Percentages are of the total cost*

  1. Cabinetry/Hardware: 16% 
  2. Countertops: 7% 
  3. Faucets/Plumbing: 14% 
  4. Lighting/Ventilation: 5% 
  5. Walls/Ceilings: 5%
  6. Doors/Windows: 4%
  7. Fixtures: 15%
  8. Flooring: 9%

Extras:

  1. Installation: 20%
  2. Design Fees: 4%
  3. Other: 1%

Bathroom Remodel Cost by City

  1. Monterey 
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  • Average Cost: $23,200
  • Typical Range: $13,666 – $37,500
  • Low End: $11,000
  • High End: $40,000
  1. Los Angeles 
    los angeles skyline remodeling a bathroom in california

  • Average Cost: $17,904
  • Typical Range: $11,504 – $24,321
  • Low End: $7,000
  • High End: $43,000
  1. San Francisco 
    san francisco row of houses remodeling a bathroom in california

  • Average Cost: $17,286
  • Typical Range: $10,551 – $24,020
  • Low End: $6,000
  • High End: $38,000
  1. San Diego 
    san diego bay remodeling a bathroom in california

  • Average Cost: $16,026
  • Typical Range: $9,604 – $22,448
  • Low End: $4,000
  • High End: $35,000
  1. Napa 
    napa valley hills hot air balloon remodeling a bathroom in california

  • Average Cost: $15,681
  • Typical Range: $9,973 – $21,616
  • Low End: $5,724
  • High End: $35,384
  1. San Jose 
    beach and water remodeling a bathroom in california

  • Average Cost: $15,651
  • Typical Range: $10,813 – $21,755
  • Low End: $5,787
  • High End: $32,000
  1. Palm Springs 
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  • Average Cost: $11,571
  • Typical Range: $7,160 – $16,040
  • Low End: $3,500
  • High End: $25,000
  1. Sacramento 
    sacramento downtown remodeling a bathroom in california

  • Average Cost: $10,614
  • Typical Range: $6,585 – $15,139
  • Low End: $4,000
  • High End: $24,000
  1. Fresno 
    fresno downtown remodeling a bathroom in california

  • Average Cost: $10,051
  • Typical Range: $6,464 – $13,964
  • Low End: $3,000
  • High End: $20,000
  1. Santa Barbara 
    How Much Does it Cost to Remodel a Bathroom in California?

  • Average Cost: $9,395
  • Typical Range: $6,262
  • Low End: $4,500
  • High End: $19,517

As we mentioned before, it’s best to do your own research when getting estimates for bathroom remodels. As you can see, prices fluctuate dramatically! If you’re particularly handy and can do a lot of the work yourself, costs will decrease dramatically because you’re not spending extra money on labor costs. Here’s a quick rundown of some tools you should always have on hand if you’re taking the DIY route. If you need some design inspiration, take a look at our design trends blog post for 2018!

Last but not least, check out Tradewinds Imports for all of your shower, bath, and vanity needs! We have a huge selection and you’re sure to find something that fits perfectly into your brand new bathroom.


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