Brad Freeman, Builder – Bundaberg Renovations & Additions
This is one of the most common questions we get from people and it’s a great question as the cost can vary greatly depending on what finishes you choose to have. Bathrooms (along with kitchens) are really one of those rooms where the sky-is-the limit on how much you could spend but most people have a budget they would like to stick to.
I have a golden rule that I always share with clients in any bathroom renovation and it is this:
“The more the trades are needed in your bathroom renovation, the higher the budget that is needed.“
The reality is that bathrooms and kitchens are the more expensive rooms in the house due to the amount of man-hours needed by trades to complete the work. Therefore it makes sense that if you are selecting options that require more time for it to be completed, a bigger budget is needed as well.
Things like changing the floor plan of the bathroom require the plumber to rearrange pipework and drainage; the electrician to rewire and move light switches/powerpoints; and possibly the carpenter to move doorways and windows. In renovations we also often see water damage in walls due to issues with waterproofing in the past which leads to more carpentry time spent rectifying the issue.
Tiling can also be an area that can add to cost creep – options like tiling to the ceiling or choosing difficult to lay tiles can add significant time to the process.
So it is always worth sitting down and thinking through exactly what you feel you would absolutely want in your bathroom renovation and then having a second list with all your dream items in order of priority. This makes it much easier to work within your budget and make decisions based on clear priorities.
So what should my ideal budget be?
I think it is what you can afford or are happy to spend but below is what we find a bathroom costs after doing these renovations for many years:
Most family-sized full bathroom renovations are around the $15,000 – $25,000 range with our average renovation coming in at $17,000 – $18,000.
This includes a whole bathroom makeover including a new bath, toilet, shower and custom-made vanity. The finishes are silver range and most people limit their tiling to a skirting tile. If you do plan to go to the ceiling with tiles, then expect to add approximately $2,500 – $4000 to your budget depending on tile selection and the size of the bathroom.
Most ensuite full bathroom renovations range from around $12,00 – $17,000 with our average renovation coming in at $13,500 – $14,500.
This once again includes a whole bathroom makeover including new toilet, shower and custom-made vanity. The finishes are also silver range and skirting tile. If you do decide on floor to ceiling tiles, expect to add approximately $1500 – $2500 to your budget depending on tile selection and the size of the bathroom.
I hope this has been helpful and as always if you have any questions feel free to post below or contact our office on 4153 3130.