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How Much Does A Bathroom Renovation Cost?

If you’re thinking of embarking on a bathroom renovation in Melbourne in 2021, but don’t yet have a clear picture of how much it will cost to renovate a bathroom, this article will help answer your questions.

But before we get into how much an average bathroom renovation costs, let’s briefly discuss the cost of a DIY bathroom renovation. At first glance, engaging an all-inclusive renovation service may seem like the more expensive way to renovate.

But is DIY bathroom renovation really cheaper? We can assure you it’s not.

The key to achieving a successful renovation that will last for years and add real value to your home lies in the expert planning and management of all the project stages. From coming up with innovative and cost-effective design ideas to scheduling and managing multiple trades and sourcing the perfect materials, there’s a lot that needs to be orchestrated before the first tile is even installed. With small setbacks often having a flow-on effect, every decision needs to be carefully made to avoid preventable delays or to blow your entire budget too early.   

Understandably, people are usually reluctant to embark on a renovation project, especially if they lack experience. This is what keeps them from taking the plunge and making their dream bathroom a reality. So, if the prospect of handling a bathroom renovation while managing your responsibilities fills you with dread, know that you’re not alone. As seasoned experts, we’re equipped to seamlessly handle renovations of all sizes, ensuring your budget is effectively used at every stage of the process.  

The question we will try to answer now is how much does it cost to professionally renovate a bathroom today, in 2021? This is an old question but a really good one, though. We’ll figure it out by drawing on our 17 years of experience, and by touching on what our experts Interior Designers, Ellen and Amber, have to say about this.

How much does a bathroom renovation cost? 

“While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, you should budget at least $35,000 for a professionally managed bathroom renovation,” says Amber. “This includes everything from the design, demolition, trades, fixtures, fittings, cleaning and all the intensive scheduling and managing that goes on behind the scenes.”   

For larger-scale projects, expect to set aside $45,000 and above. “Covering more square metres, doing structural work like tearing down walls or moving plumbing points, and adding luxury inclusions all add up when it comes to the final cost of your renovation” Ellen explains.  

We expect to continue to see an increased interest in smart hygiene solutions in 2021, with clients wanting to know more about smart toilets, touchless taps and anything that would help them keep their homes as sanitary as possible. Thanks to COVID-19, being extra mindful of cross-surface contamination are a relatively new concern for many of usso many clients are choosing to address these issues more efficiently.  If this resonates with you, “it is worth considering saving a bit extra for upgrades like smart toilets and sensor taps, so there’s less touching in the bathroom” says Amber.   

Understanding the breakdown of costs  

Size of the bathroom: Generally, a small bathroom renovation will typically cost less, because you don’t have to cover as much square footage. Larger spaces will generally take more materials, more labour time and require more products.

Labour: Bathrooms are very labour-intensive little rooms, with 70% of the overall cost going to trades and labour involved in creating the new space, with the remaining 30% allocated to materials and finishes. High-quality waterproofing and plumbing work is a must if you want your bathroom to stand the test of time, so this is an area where you don’t want to skimp. Moving plumbing points from their original location or installing additional elements, such as separate overhead and hand showers will make plumbing costs go up.  With smartBATHROOMS+, you don’t need to worry about the costs of each of the trades separately. There’s only one price to look at, and it doesn’t change!

Vanity Unit and Cabinetry: Cabinetry costs will depend on the complexity of the job and the quality of the finishes selected. Including a custom vanity unit has a higher price, so do timber veneer finishes instead of more affordable options like laminates. When it comes to including a stylish vanity unit, there’s no need to pay for a custom unit if you’re on a tighter budget. Nowadays, you can select a beautiful, ready-made vanity unit that will look incredible in your space without emptying your wallet. Your designer is invaluable in this area to recommend the best solution to suit your home and budget. Our blog “Bathroom Renovation: A Simple Guide to Splurging and Saving” contains useful tips on how to make your budget work for you.

Tiling: Generally speaking, tiling is a significant cost for bathrooms. The higher your bathroom walls, the more surface you’ll need to cover, meaning more materials and more labour to get them installed. But keep in mind that tiling from floor to ceiling is not always the best way to go. Strategically laying tiles in the right places can give those on smaller budgets the wow factor without breaking the bank.   

Products: If you’re not careful, your budget will go out the window when you begin shopping for products for your renovation. With so many choices in the market, the real difficulty with product selection is finding what fits best for your situation. This means, finding a product that has the perfect look and feel, that makes sense for your budget, and can stand the test of time. At smarterBATHROOMS+, you will have a qualified Design Specifier in your team at the selections stage to ensure you get the absolute best results. A Design Specifier is a friendly and helpful advisor who helps you make the best decisions regarding products for your bathroom renovation. Read more about our process and what happens at the selection stage here.

Upgrades: There are many ways you can upgrade your bathroom. You can add a heated towel rail to your design, or underfloor heating to the floor for those cold Melbourne mornings. Make sure you talk with your interior designer about all the options to make the perfect bathroom for you and your family. The possibilities are really endless!

To summarise   

“Overall, a good rule of thumb is to allocate 5 to 10% of your home’s value into your renovation, this includes wet areas like the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry,” says Amber. 

When budgeting for a renovation, thinking long-term instead of short-term is critical. In the long run, trusting your renovation to a professional ensures you make the most out of your budget while achieving high-quality results that last for years.   

If you want to know how much your professional bathroom renovation would cost, booking your FREE in-home consultation with a member of our design team is a great place to start!  

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