What Is the Average 2024 Cost to Remodel a Half Bathroom?

Typically less expensive than other bathroom remodels, a half bath or powder room remodel can also add real resale value to your home. Read on to find out how much you should expect to pay.

Updated on May 22, 2024

Though you may not spend a lot of time in your home’s powder room, that space can create a big impression about your personal style for guests and visitors to your home. A beautifully designed and decorated powder room lets your guests know that their comfort and convenience matter to you. But putting the most into a powder room remodel is also dependent upon how much you have to spend. So what is the average cost of a half bathroom remodel and what are the elements that make up a successful remodel?

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Ryan Garvin

Powder room remodels, according to HomeGuide data, cost an average of $2,500 to $5,000, including materials and labor. Much about that average cost is dependent upon whether you are choosing luxury or more middle-of-the-road fixtures, where you live and a host of other factors. High-end remodels can be closer to $15,000, but as a rule, powder room remodels are generally less expensive than other bathroom remodels because they have less square footage and are spared the cost of a shower or bath.

Bathroom improvements are desirable because they can offer a return on investment (ROI) in addition to enhancing your quality of life. When it comes time to sell your home, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2024 Cost Vs. Value Report, a mid-range bathroom remodel ranks 9th when it comes to improvements with the best ROI. They estimate the average cost of this mid-range bathroom to be $25,251 (including materials and labor), with the Realtors surveyed expecting 74% of that to be recouped when the home is sold. A half bath will likely be a lot less because there's likely only a toilet and one sink, plus less square footage.

Despite their (relatively) diminutive size, powder rooms add a lot to a home according to Atlanta designer Andi Morse with Morse Design. “The average bathroom remodel would involve changing the vanity to a ready-made version or a pedestal sink, changing the countertop to a solid surface, changing hardware, changing or adding lighting that can involve sconces and overhead lights, adding a custom mirror,” says Morse. “And fabulous wallpaper would be great to add to the overall feel and appearance of the space. Replacing flooring as well as adding tile to walls can also add to the final costs.”

If you want to step it up a notch, a luxury powder room remodel, says Morse, would entail a custom-made vanity with marble counters and upgraded sink and faucet, a custom mirror and high-quality sconces, recessed or overhead lighting and higher-end wallpaper and hardwood floors.

One of the advantages of remodeling a powder room is that you can take your time since this is a secondary, non-essential bathroom. This is not just a lifestyle issue, but a budget issue: quicker remodels tend to cost more than ones that take longer. The relative simplicity in terms of time, complexity and money of remodeling a powder room may also mean that doing the work yourself or hiring subcontractors yourself may be a more practical, affordable route.

But Morse advises one of the best things homeowners can do to keep their budget in check and on track is to plan out the project and set aside money for unforeseen issues. “There will always be an issue that arises that was not planned for no matter what the size and scope of the project. Build in a little extra to cover those costs.”

2024 Bathroom Design Trends

When renovating a bathroom, take a look at what’s trending but don’t jump at every fad. Swapping out fixtures, vanities and tile is not as easy or inexpensive as changing out your living room throw pillows. If value and resale are utmost on your mind, stick to neutral colors, timeless styles, easily accessible fixtures and lots of storage.

According to The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), the top trend in bathroom design is all about using organic and natural materials, earthy color palettes, wood tones and warm whites. Vanities covered in marble or marble-like surfaces provide the luxe, organic feel that people crave. When it comes to tech features, if you can afford it, add some devices like smart lighting, faucets and toilets.

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