The Most Expensive Cities To Remodel Your Bathroom, Ranked

If you’re looking to renovate your bathroom this year, and wondering how much you’ll spend, this is when you either curse or celebrate the city you call home. Some locales roll out the remodeling red carpet and give you a lot of bang for your buck. Other cities laugh while you silently and grudgingly hand over your wallet. Is your city on the list of most expensive places to remodel your WC?

Houzz recently released their 2017 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study, which asks homeowners — those who are either in the planning stages, in the middle of a remodel, or recently completed a master bathroom project — about how they are investing in their bathrooms. Here’s what this year’s statistics tell us about current spending trends in the top 20 metro areas in the U.S.

In news that will shock perhaps no one ever, San Francisco had the highest costs associated with master bathroom renovations. For bathrooms over 100 square feet, projects averaged $34,100 for major remodels and $15,300 for more minor jobs. After San Francisco, Boston snagged the next spot, with homeowners spending $29K and $13.5K respectively. New York doesn’t show up until the 8th spot, after Philadelphia, Baltimore, San Diego, Tampa, and St. Louis. Miami comes in at the bottom of the list, spending $11,200 on major projects, and $5,800 on smaller upgrades.

New York makes up for it in smaller bathrooms however — along with San Francisco again, and Washington, D.C. — with owners in each city squeezing in nearly an average of $17,000 of major change into spaces under 100 square feet. For the most part, residents on each coast spend the most in this category, while homeowners in cities like Phoenix, Atlanta and Dallas save more on major remodels — some up to a third more than a place like San Francisco.

If you are wondering just who is spending all the money, Baby Boomers spend ($22,800 average) about double what Millennials spend ($12,500) on large bathrooms. On small bathrooms, the gap shrinks, with a spread between $13,900 (boomers) and $9,200 (millennials).

For more numbers, along with methodology and breakdowns, see the 2017 Houzz Bathroom Trends Study.


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