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How Much Does Bathroom Renovation Cost?

Last Updated May 26, 2016 · Written by

Bathroom Renovation|Renovation Costs

According to estimates, almost 230,000 bathrooms in Australia will be renovated in 2015. Is yours going to be one of them? If you are thinking of renovating your bathroom, you're probably also wondering how much the reno is going to cost. You will need to get quotes from bathroom renovation specialists for an exact price, but doing some cost estimates in advance can help you plan your renovation.


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Complete Bathroom Renovation Costs*


According to an HIA survey, complete bathroom renovations cost about $1200 more than new bathrooms in 2013. The cost disparity is because of the labour involved in the strip-out of an old bathroom. It's well-worth paying for the strip-out, because removing tiles and fixtures is hard work and may involve some plumbing and electrical work, which can only be done by licensed professionals.

According to the same survey, the average cost of a complete bathroom renovation in 2013 was about $15,000. By some estimates, a complete renovation in 2015 will be around $15,500 to $16,000 on average. Since one bathroom renovation can cost under $10,000 and another over $50,000, the "average" can be deceptive. The best way to budget for your new bathroom is to make an estimate based on the size of your bathroom and the inclusions you want.


Estimating Your Bathroom Renovation Costs*


The size of your bathroom is going to be a factor in the cost of your renovation, but since so much of a bathroom is tiled, tiling costs will also be a significant cost. Tiles and tiling are both priced by the square metre. Tiles vary in price from around $45 per square metre for vinyl tiles to $150m2 for high quality ceramic or porcelain tiles. The tiler's rate will vary, too, from under $100m2 for a simple job to $150m2 or more for a more detailed tiling job.

Other major costs include:
  • Shower fittings and a shower enclosure
  • Toilet
  • Bathtub
  • Vanity and sink
  • Lighting
The cost of a bath alone can vary from around $450 for an acrylic tub to $2700 or more for a freestanding stone tub. You'll find similar price differences for toilets, sinks and shower enclosures.


Budgeting for Your Bathroom Renovation


By the time you've calculated the cost of your complete dream bathroom renovation, you might find it's well outside your budget. Can you find ways to modernise your bathroom without breaking the bank? Some alternatives to a complete bathroom renovation include:
Have a look at our Bathroom Designs Ideas pages and find a bathroom that appeals to you. What design elements appeal to you the most? How can you incorporate them into your bathroom renovation? You'll probably find you can give your bathroom a new lease on life and stay within your budget, too.



*Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces.

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