Having diamond taste on a cubic-zirconium budget can be tough when it comes to home renovation. But if you’re set on a certain look or high-end feature, there are ways to incorporate it into your home without breaking the bank. We’re taking a look at the high-end and budget versions of some modern bathrooms and specific features that drive up total room costs.


Marble creates a luxurious look in the bathroom but can be a budget-buster for some homeowners. Not only is it pricey, but marble, like other stone, requires maintenance to keep it from cracking or staining.

Digs Estimate: $16,800 – $33,600, depending on region

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A marble tub surround, shower tiles, countertops and basket-weave flooring add to the cost of this bathroom.

Digs Estimate: $9,100 – $17,300

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Including marble only in the vanity decreases the cost of the bathroom by thousands of dollars. A white subway tile surround in the shower-tub gives the same clean finish but at a fraction of the price.

Vessel sinks

Installing a vessel sink can give homeowners a little more leeway in their design. Vessel sinks come in a variety of shapes and materials, and can be installed over current vanities or even topped over a reclaimed piece of furniture.

Digs Estimate: $21,200 – $44,000

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The floating vanity, tile surround and high-end shower pushes this very modern bathroom into the higher price bracket.

Digs Estimate: $13,900 – $27,600

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The smaller space makes this bath more affordable, as does the traditional vanity topped by a contemporary, rectangle sink.

Soaking tub

Forget the jetted bathtubs of the late ’80s and early ’90s. A modern bathroom calls for a deep, luxe soaking tub, sometimes in a free-form shape.

Digs Estimate: $14,600 – $29,200

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The unusual shape of this standing tub drives the overall price for this bathroom. A tub like this can alone cost up to $4,000.

Digs Estimate: $7,900 – $15,800

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It’s not a stand-alone tub, but this deep soaking bathtub has an interesting and modern rectangular shape.

Need more design ideas that fit your budget? Find inspiration on Zillow Digs.


About the Author

Erika Riggs, the Zillow Digs manager, covers home design and trends.

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