How Much To Convert Bedroom To Bathroom

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Research has proven and confirmed that adding a bathroom adds up to 12% to your home value at resale. It makes sense why this is one of the moves made by strategic homeowners. But how much does it cost to convert a bedroom into a bathroom?

It could be that you are not looking to sell your house at the moment but you have a spare bedroom that has been gathering dust for years now with no possibilities of occupation.

Deciding to convert this space into a beautiful bathroom is both very ideal but also begs you to plan well in advance so you can manage the unexpected costs that may come with running this huge home project.

On average it will cost you anywhere between $15,000 and $50,000 to convert your bedroom into a bathroom. 

The expenses will rise or fall depending on the size of the bedroom space, finishing done, and the distance from drains, electricity, and plumbing channels.

The more space you have to work with, the more material and amenities needed to make the bathroom truly come alive. Your personal preferences in the use of materials and the desired design will also affect the overall costs.

A table detailing the costs of installing a bathroom

Installation Tasks
Average Cost Range
Plumbing
$1,000 – $10,000
Electrical
$500 – $2500
Toilet
$200 – $550
Shower
$1,500 – $6,800
Glass Shower Door
$500 – $1,400
Bathtub
$1,100- $5,900
Shower or Bath Liners
$1,800 – $5,200
Drywall
$1,000 – $2,500
Tile Flooring
$1,500 – $4.500
Vanity
$500 – $3,800
Faucet
$150 – $350
Lighting Fixture
$150 – $900
Towel Rack
$20 – $100
Cabinet
$400 – $3,000
Permits
$50 – $2,000

Based on the extent of plumbing work needing to be done it would set you back anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000.

Another big expense you will come across as you convert your bedroom into a bathroom is the electrical cabling. Just like with the plumbing lines, it will save you some cash if you could add a bathroom close to existing circuits.

Taking into consideration all costs including breaker panel upgrades, electrical panels, and wiring, switches, outlets, and lighting, the total will range between 1,000 to 8,000.

Installing the toilet ranges between $300 to $500 depending on your supplier and a sink will be about $600 to $1,200 

Bathrooms will need waterproof and resilient flooring and it installing it will cost $1,500 to $4,500. Tiled flooring costs $900 to $2,600 on average. Other flooring options are such as bamboo, engineered hardwood, or vinyl.

You will need permits to do all these changes to your house and the regulations vary from state to state. If you intend to change the existing floor plan, add new doors or windows, installing and rerouting ductwork or make changes to electricity and plumbing, you will need to get a permit.

This permit could cost you anywhere between $50 and $2,000 depending on the installation type you are running and the extent of renovations that will be made to your house.

You should know that adding a bathroom to your house will increase your house value by 12% if you intend to sell it in the future.

To-do list before embarking on a bedroom to bathroom conversion

Before converting your bedroom into a bathroom, there are important considerations you need to make to help you manage your expectations of Return on Investment.

Access to plumbing is the biggest factor to consider when making a bathroom conversion because costs easily escalate to unforeseen lengths especially if you will have to reroute the plumbing lines for the installation to happen.

Plumbing pipes are considerably thick and if your bedroom floor cannot accommodate the required pipe size, your project will be a big flop.

Requesting for plumbing quotes from a reputable plumber can help you manage your expectations and help you budget accordingly.

Bathrooms do require sufficient lighting but if this can only be achieved by flooding the room with artificial lighting, you may need to reconsider your proposal. 

The cost of breaking down walls to create bigger windows or that of installing skylights will significantly raise your expenses so it is worth it to consider this as a huge factor as well.

As you ponder on the effects of lighting your bathroom, keep in mind the possibility of privacy which is paramount in all bathroom settings.

If this is an issue, you will need to factor in window treatment costs to secure your sense of privacy as you enjoy your new bathroom.

The overall design of the bathroom also needs to be uniform to the rest of the house. This means that you may or may not need to break the bank to ensure that flooring and any décor matches the house in general.

If you have a really huge bedroom that can fit a half or ¾ bathroom in it, you could turn the bedroom into a master ensuite. This could be the most profitable and practical option for you to consider and frankly it’s my favorite.

For this set-up, you won’t have to factor in the costs of a bathtub and you can save on space, water, and electricity too because the shower enclosure will not take up too much.

Not only do you get to keep the bedroom and enjoy the benefits of a mini-bathroom, but it also boosts your property’s resale value by almost 20%! This is a huge mark-up that would almost guarantee that you get a full return on investment if you ever decide to sell.

FAQ

Which between a bedroom and a bathroom adds more value to my house?

According to realtors, extra bathrooms add about 12% of value to a house while extra bedrooms only add about 8% of the value. However, before making this drastic change, consider the bedroom to bathroom ratio of your house first.

When is converting a bedroom into a bathroom a bad idea?

It is considered that if you have a 3-bedroom house, converting one into a bathroom will devalue your property. On the other hand, if you have six bedrooms, converting one into an extra bathroom will increase both convenience and the resale value of your house.

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