2020 Bath Renovation Costs in NYC

by Carol Wang

What you could spend on materials, labor, and permits for your bathroom remodel

NYC bathroom remodel costs

“After” photos by Kate Glicksberg for Sweeten

(Above) Katherine + Gus’ bathroom renovation

With a steady flow of inspiring Pinterest boards and design blogs, it’s easy to reimagine how your dream bathroom can become your sanctuary. To get you there, Sweeten offers a roadmap of the elements you could encounter in a New York City bathroom renovation. From building requirements to permits and design, this guide will help nail down your scope and better align real costs with a realistic budget.

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Take a look at the overall averages based on Sweeten renovations. Also included are Remodeling‘s Cost vs. Value Report for NYC remodels in 2019. These costs end up being higher for NYC than the national average*.

  • Minor, mid-range renovation: Starting at $18,000—$25,000
  • Mid-range renovation: Starting at $29,585
  • Upscale renovation: Starting at $50,000—$60,000

*National averages were $21,377 for a mid-range bathroom renovation and $67,106  for an upscale renovation.

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Low to high-end costs for bathroom materials and finishes


How much materials for a bathroom remodel cost

  •       Wall and floor tile: Low-end – $3 per square foot (psf), Mid-range – $15 psf, High-end – $35 psf
  •       Sink: Low-end – $50, Mid-range – $150, High-end – $500 and up
  •       Vanity: Low-end – $250, Mid-range –  $1,000, High-end – $2,000 and up
  •       Sink and shower fixtures: Low-end – $40/fixture, Mid-range – $100/fixture, High-end – $350/fixture
  •       Bathtub: Low-end – $150, Mid-range – $600, High-end – $2,000 – $3,000
  •       Shower enclosure: Low-end – $350, Mid-range –  $1,000, High-end – $2,000
  •       Toilet: Low-end – $150, Mid-range – $400, High-end – $1,000 and up
  •       Medicine cabinet: Low-end – $50, Mid-range – $150, High-end – $500 and up
  •       Accessories (hooks, towel bar, paper towel holder): Low-end – $10/item, Mid-range – $50/item, High-end – $100  and up
  •       Lighting: Low-end – $25/fixture, Mid-range – $150/fixture, High-end – $300 and up
  •       Ceiling vent: Low-end – $50, Mid-range – $200, High-end – $500 and up
  •       Radiant floor heating: Low-end – $6 psf, Mid-range – $8 psf, High-end – $12 psf

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Budget for permits, design, and everything behind-the-scenes

In contrast to visible upgrades such as fixtures and finishes, there are some unavoidable behind-the-scenes investments to consider when creating an initial budget.

1.) Building requirements

对于那些在公寓,建设要求能起到支配的设计和预算需求显著的作用。这些要求的范围可以从保险最小值,这限制了你的工作能力与专业人士谁没有携带高价值的保单,一般 alteration agreements that require anyone doing any work in the building to have far-reaching coverage for problems they may never encounter, like asbestos removal or collapse scenarios.

Sweeten contractor Thomas 解释说,“建筑正在成为他们的[保险]要求,这促使我们提高价格,以跟上这些需求不够灵活。”谁能够负担得起的工作在更广泛要求建筑正规澳门赌场平台往往有较高的操作成本,可以达到更高的保险要求,更严格的杂物清除预期,有限的噪声和小时的工作要求,并严格的停车规定。同时有没有这方面的确切的数字,你可能会看到此转化为更高的利率总体来说能够满足这些需求的团队。 

2.) City permits

  • Plumbing services: $2,000 – $3,500 and higher
  • Plumbing permits: up to $2,000 and as high as $5,000 per permit
  • Electrical permits: $900
  • Asbestos inspection: $500 to $1,000

Tackling a bathroom remodel means planning for plumbing services and permits. Any plumbing work that exceeds a minor repair or a direct swap of a similar fixture requires a permit from the City’s Department of Buildings, which can run up to $2,000 and as high as $5,000 per permit. Plumbing is a specialized trade that often comes with hourly rates; expect to budget between $2,000 and $3,500 (or higher) for a full bathroom renovation.

If you’re adding outlets or doing electrical work, an electrical permit may be needed, which can run close to $900. You may also need an asbestos inspection, depending on the building requirements and your plumbing plans, which cost $500 to $1,000.

3.) Design

In the design stage, plan to collaborate with the experts you hire to produce detailed drawings that account for all physical elements of the bathroom. A schematic drawing is usually presented to the building board as part of the approval process, which needs to outline the locations of the major fixtures as well as specifications for the vanity and tub/shower, and lighting. If you plan to rework the layout or convert a bathtub to a shower or vice versa, you are automatically looking at a baseline cost of $25,000。这是因为你需要聘请注册建筑师提交许可证申请认证,与适用的法规和法律计划的规定。建筑师或室内设计师通常会为他或她收取费用的项目建设成本的15%到20%。

4.) Demolition and site prep

在这个阶段,需要的劳动力,以确保您的浴室装修随着时间的推移保持其价值。旧材料和夹具需要拉出和处置,可以在繁忙的城市街道上的停车位有限而变得复杂。这一困难将反映在正规澳门赌场平台的速度。几乎无一例外,你的正规澳门赌场平台可能需要发生的任何安装前的墙壁和地板剥离到框架和水平。这幕后的一步是至关重要的,劳动密集型的,可以平均成本 $2,000

If your home is new or the sub-floor is concrete, leveling needs may be minimal, but otherwise, you probably need to account for floor leveling and new drywall or plastering before any surface work can get going.


You’ll want to factor in costs that support the success and longevity of the work, including prep work to protect floors and valuables (which can add $600 to $900) and waterproofing steps (which can add $1,000). This is critical for the project’s foundation alignment and infrastructure.


5.) Installation

Installation is the final stage to incorporate all of the materials you’ve purchased. The craftsmanship involved in the installation of all the pieces varies in accordance with the size of your bathroom and the degree of customization you need to make all of the pieces fit.

As a rule of thumb, you can expect to spend 30 percent or less of your total project cost on visible materials, fixtures, and finishes, with the rest going to behind-the-scenes costs such as labor, permits, and fees.

6.) Overhead costs


Sweeten contractor Aaron explained that in the last year, there have been specific increases of compliance, certificates and safety measures imposed on MEP subcontractors (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) by the Department of Buildings leading to higher costs. 而斯威特正规澳门赌场平台试图探索各种途径,以保持竞争力,它是由贸易影响的行业。你在任何特定时间所报价格可能是不一样的半年或一年后的今天。在劳动力和原材料价格的波动,这将在您的整体报价有所体现。 


Find out how long a bathroom renovation takes—and what’s involved—in our step-by-step guide and process timeline.

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