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Bathroom Renovation Costs in 2020

General Jeannie Mongrain 6 Feb

Bathroom Renovation Costs in 2020

Bathrooms tend to be one of the most commonly renovated rooms in the home due to their functionality and frequency of use. They will also be one of the most expensive rooms to renovate on a square-foot basis.

Are you looking to gut the entire bathroom, replace all the tiling and fixtures, and potentially move plumbing to create better space? Or, are you simply wanting to replace the vanity, upgrade a few fixtures, re-paint and fix a few loose tiles? Either way, consider the potential return-on-investment.

Also consider where the money is going to come from. Do you have money saved up? If not, refinancing your home is an option to get the funds you need to make improvements. Talk to your mortgage broker today about refinancing as an option.

We have broken down the costs associated with remodeling your bathroom, so you can see exactly where your money will need to go, and approximately how much every aspect can cost.


A complete gut-out with a wall removal should be handled by a pro, for no other reason than the risk of water damage. You can expect to pay on average around $1,500 for the complete demolition and clean-up of your bathroom.

Plumbing & Electrical work

This work requires licensed trades everywhere in Canada, which is what makes them so expensive ($70-$120 per hour). When hiring a contractor to look after the project, they will usually include the cost of sub-trades in their overall quote. Though, be sure to clarify that this is the case when signing any agreement.


Tiling costs can vary significantly depending on the quality and style, they can range anywhere from $5 – $100/sq. ft. Installation costs tend to be between $5 and $15/sq. ft. depending on the complexity of the pattern.


There are a variety of materials available for counter tops; such as natural stone, engineered stone, or even wood. Depending on the material and the grade you choose, expect to pay anywhere from $30 to $200/sq. ft. including installation.


Your vanity will set the look and feel of your bathroom. There are several stock options available that can vary anywhere from $500 to $1,500, with an additional cost of somewhere between $300 and $600 for installation. Getting a custom vanity made is also an option, but keep in mind that it will greatly increase the price.

Labour costs

General labour costs to cover the small things such as painting have to be calculated into your budget. For a mid-size bathroom, allow an additional $1,000 to $2,000 to cover these costs. However, make sure to check with the contractor that they’re specified as part of the initial quote. Also, labour pricing can vary considerably from contractor to contractor so it’s advisable to shop around and get comparative quotes, but also be sure to consider their experience level.



This post has been edited and revised from the original post by Lucis Di Sclafani, read the full post here.