A Guide On How Much Your Bathroom Reno Should Cost

Whether you’re looking to increase your rental return on an investment property, add value to your property before you sell, or simply looking to revamp and update your bathroom, then you’ve probably already started looking at bathroom renovations and how much they cost.

According to a survey released by the House Industry Association (HIA) the average bathroom renovation in Australia was $19,533, which was just above the nations new bathroom installation average of $18798, but what do these numbers mean to you?

Unfortunately, planning your bathroom renovation and calculating your budget is not as simple as using the figures mentioned above as a benchmark. Bathroom renovations can be split up into 3 price brackets: budget, standard, and premium, and depending on what you are planning to do, will correlate to how much you spend and which category you fall into.

To give you a better idea on what your budget may look like and what type of renovation you can do, we’ve broken it down into a simple guide.

 

How much does a bathroom renovation cost?

A bathroom renovation can be broken down into 3 price brackets, budget, standard, and premium. Each bathroom renovation cost bracket can be determined by:

  • The amount of labour/trades work done, such as electrical, plumbing, and tiling.
  • The cost of materials and products such as floor & wall tiles, are they budget or high end.
  • Are you changing the layout of the bathroom? For example, moving plumbing or fixtures.
  • The size of your bathroom
  • The addition of luxury items such as heated flooring and towel racks.
  • Is there any electrical work being done? New lighting, new power outlets.
  • Additions of new windows or skylights
  • Ventilation

 

Budget Bathroom Renovation Cost: $5000 – $15,000

A budget renovation usually consists of cosmetic changes of a smaller bathroom using budget materials, products, and fittings. It can also involve swapping out and updating older items for new ones. It usually does not cover movement of any plumbing or electrical work, but this can vary from job to job, with each bathroom reno having different goals. Things you can expect to change in this price bracket include:

  • Tiles, usually within the $30 – $50 per sqm range, such as porcelain
  • Budget bathtub, $300 – $500, acrylic base
  • Budget toilet, $120 – $199
  • Basic vanity, $120 – $500, price will vary based on tapware, basin, if it’s standing or wall mounted
  • Shower head and tap, $100 – $ 200

Again, these figures may vary depending on the factors mentioned previously, but it should give you a rough idea of what you need to plan for.

 

Standard Bathroom Renovation Cost: $15,000 – $25,000

This is your mid-tier bathroom renovation and usually allows for a mid-sized bathroom using mid-range materials, products, and fittings. There a far more options to explore in this price bracket, including upgrading your shower screen to a semi or frameless shower screen, opting for a freestanding bathtub, or adding an extra vanity. You could also explore minimal plumbing and electrical alterations. It won’t give you much option to explore luxury items, it does however, allow for added functionality and quality features. Things you can expect to change within this price bracket include:

  • Wider range of tiles, $50 – $100 per sqm, can include mosaics and natural stone
  • Frameless glass shower screen, $410, installation costs may apply, costs can vary based on the number of panels
  • Mid-range bathtub, $800 – $1300, inset bath or freestanding
  • Mid-range toilet, $400 – $500, closed coupled and floor mounted toilet
  • Mid-range vanity, $700 – $850, standard floor-standing console vanity
  • Waterproofing, $500 – $750, average sized bathroom

 

Premium Bathroom Renovation Cost: $30,000 and higher

For those with a much larger budget, a premium, high end and luxury bathroom renovation uses top of the range materials, products, and fittings. It usually involves a complete overhaul of your bathroom with major changes to the layout, including plumbing and electrics. The options are limitless: frameless shower screens, wall mounted toilets with hidden cisterns, wall hung vanities, double vanities, heated flooring and towel racks, whatever luxury item you can think of, you’ve got it.

  • Huge range of tiles for floors and walls, including natural stone, $80 – $165 per sqm
  • Premium luxury bathtub, $3000 – $8000, natural stone, freestanding, spa bath with jets
  • Premium luxury toilet, $1000 – $1400, wall mounted with hidden cistern
  • Premium luxury vanity, $1400 – $2000, double vanity, wall mounted, integrated basin, above countertop basin
  • Underfloor heating, $105 per sqm, hydronic in-screed heating system
  • Heated towel racks, $700 – $1300, price varies with size, number of rails, and material

Cost differences may vary depending on other fittings and fixtures including shower screens, basins, tapware, ventilation, and bathroom lighting.

How to renovate your bathroom on a budget

Not all bathrooms require a complete overhaul of plumbing, electrical, and tiling. In fact, if you’re on a budget there are a few major costs you should plan for in your bathroom renovation, which includes:

  • Installing or moving plumbing and electrics 
  • Floor and wall tiling
  • Type of bathtub, freestanding or inset
  • Toilet, standard or wall mounted
  • Vanity, double vanities, standard or wall mounted
  • Lighting
  • Waterproofing 

Remember that in Western Australia, by law, all plumbing, electrical work and waterproofing must be completed by a fully qualified and licensed professional.

What you want you want to be focusing on is all the small, cost-effective and easy changes you can make that will add to the overall look of your bathroom without breaking the bank. Here are some DIY jobs to consider:

  • Updating tapware and shower fixtures for a modern, cohesive, and cleaner look. Take this opportunity to also: 
  • Add storage such as shelves or cupboards where your daily bathroom items can be stored for a cleaner finish.
  • Add extra towel racks for functionality and space.
  • A fresh coat of paint to revive the tired space.
  • Consider resurfacing, tile painting, cleaning the grout or putting an overlay directly on top if you are not able to afford re-tiling.
  • Upgrading your vanity can change the entire look of your bathroom and can also be done in a weekend.
  • Replace your old shower curtain, screen or frame.
  • Consider LED bathroom lighting for energy efficiency as well as ambiance.
  • Find and install a new mirror that compliments your tapware and fixtures. A mirror is a great way to make the room look bigger, brighter and more interesting, with some being the focal point of a bathroom.
  • Give your bathroom a fresh paint job. This is quick, affordable, and one of the most cost-effective ways of revamping the whole space.

These budgets are just rough guidelines of what each price bracket entails, however, you are not restricted to the particular items listed. This means you can mix and match various parts of your bathroom you wish to upgrade. For some expert advice on how to get started contact Immaculate Bathrooms Perth, and let us know about your bathroom renovation ideas. We’ll guide you from start to finish to ensure your bathroom renovation goes smoothly and stays within your budget.

Bathroom Furnishings & Features Glossary

Bathroom renovations can be an overwhelming task, especially if you’re not familiar with all the terminology. From Bathroom Vanities and Freestanding Baths, to Mixer Taps, Wall Mounted Toilets, and furnishings, Immaculate Bathrooms helps you navigate through the world of bathroom remodelling. Here are some of the common terms you may come across during your bathroom renovation in Perth or anywhere in Australia.

 

Above Counter Basin or Vessel

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A basin that is mounted above the benchtop with majority of the basin above the benchline.

 

Antique Vanity

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A bathroom vanity made of new materials but feature antique styling, hardware and finishes from the Victorian or Colonial era.

 

Basin Overflow

A drainage point placed atop the basin to prevent overflow.

Bathroom Vanity

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A bathroom vanity is one of the most important pieces of furniture when it comes to picking your bathroom design. It is a piece of cabinetry that holds your bathroom sink or basin, provides all the storage you would need and allows for the plumbing and electric features to be nicely concealed from the naked eye. Bathroom vanities are generally waterproof and come in various styles, sizes and material.

Benchtop

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Also known as a countertop, is the top surface of a bathroom vanity that surrounds the basin and is usually made of stone, marble, granite, or wood.

 

1-Tap Hole Basin

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A basin allowing for a single tap fixture suitable for mixers.

 

3- Tap Hole Basin

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A basin allowing placement of multiple (3) faucets and tapware.

 

Brassware

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A metal alloy made of copper and zinc and is commonly used as tapware, door handles or accessories to create a vintage look.

 

Cabinet

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Storage area in a bathroom vanity that includes shelves, drawers, interior shelves or freestanding storage unit used to house common bathroom items such as towels, hygiene products and cosmetics.

 

Ceramic Disc

Ceramic disc allows you to effectively control the flow of water and its temperature when you turn your tap. There is less wear and tear on a ceramic disc unlike a rubber washer and it provides a watertight seal that eliminates drips and leaks, helping you save on water and energy.

 

Contemporary Vanity / Modern Vanity
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A bathroom vanity that features a modern take on traditional styling methods. A bathroom vanity that combines futuristic design and contemporary style to pushes the boundaries.

 

Diverter

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A diverter is used to direct the flow of water either to the bathtub spout or to the showerhead.

 

Double Vanity

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A bathroom vanity that includes 2 basins.

 

Exposure Rail Shower

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Exposed rail showers provide users with a diverse shower experience with an adjustable height handheld shower head hose attached to an exposed rail. A diverter will allow users to switch between an overhead drencher and hand held.

 

Freestanding Bath / Island bath

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A stand alone bath that sits directly on the bathroom floor with no adjacent support structure. Sits on a tiled island without any of the flange of the bath sides adjoining to a wall.

 

Hand Shower

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A hand shower offers a flexible shower head hose that can be used as an overhead drencher or enjoy the freedom of holding it in your hand and spraying where needed.

 

Hi-Rise Shower

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A shower rose that is attached to an arm allowing users to adjust its height, angle and spray coverage to create a full-body shower experience.

 

Inset Basin

A basin installed into a vanity benchtop with the outside rim just above the benchline.

 

Inset Bath

An inset bath or built-in baths are installed flush against a wall with flanges inset into adjoining wall, typically found in smaller bathrooms or those who lack space.

 

Mixer Tap

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A mixer tap combines both water flow and temperature into one handle.

 

One Piece Toilet

A toilet made from a single piece of porcelain or other materials.

 

Overhead Shower / Rain Shower

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A showerhead mounted to an arm that allows for a vertical rain-like showering experience.

 

P Trap

A section of the toilet where waste exits through the wall behind the toilet suite.

 

Pedestal Vanity

A narrow and vertically shaped vanity that does not include a cabinet and is usually constructed from one piece of porcelain. Can usually be found in powder rooms or toilets.

 

Pop-Up Drain

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A drain for bathroom basins with an adjustable cap that can be lifted to allow water through or lowered to seal the drain and fill the basin.

 

S-Trap

A section of the toilet where waste exits through the floor beneath the toilet suite.

 

Shower Rose

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A showerhead that is attached to a shower arm. This device cannot be fixed directly onto a wall.

 

Tiled Flange Bath

A raised bath with a tiled base found on one or more sides. A tile flange is necessary when installing a shower for waterproofing to prevent moisture from entering the wall cavity.

 

Two-Piece Toilet

A standard two-piece toilet consists of a separate cistern and pan.

 

Under Counter Basin

A basin installed on the underside of the benchtop.

 

Walk-in Shower

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Unlike traditional shower enclosures, a walk-in shower is completely free of doors and provides a luxurious and spacious showering experience.

 

Wall Basin

A basin installed to a wall without the need for a vanity.

 

Wall Hung Toilet

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A toilet which is hung from the wall with its cistern installed in the wall cavity and all of the plumbing located in the wall cavity.

 

Wall Mounted Toilet

A toilet mounted to the wall with concealed cistern and some or all of the plumbing connected through the floor. Typically found in homes with contemporary and modern features and design.

 


Whether you’re looking to completely remodel your bathroom for rental purposes or renovating certain aspects to create a safer environment for young ones, talk to Immaculate Bathrooms about your Perth bathroom makeovers.

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Bathroom Renovations: What Are The Worst Mistakes That You Could Make?

Renovating your bathroom is one of the easiest ways to add value to your property, providing it has been done well. 

New furniture and a nice coat of paint will usually work wonders. It doesn’t matter whether you’re planning to sell your dwelling place or simply wish for it to look better. Taking care of the space that you call home is always a great idea.

While this all sounds easy on paper, the path from planning to execution is often littered with obstacles. Especially when you’re dealing with your bathroom, you’ll want to ensure that everything goes according to plan!

Small Distractions That Cost You Dearly! If you consider all projects to be equal, you’ll soon have a rude awakening. Unless you approach the whole matter appropriately, bathroom renovations risk becoming a nightmare. Regardless of how skilled you are, always do your best to avoid these common but lethal mistakes that B1 Homes recommends.

1- Not Having a Clear Plan To Start With

The key to a successful bathroom renovation is through a well thought out plan. Insufficient planning is one of the biggest mistakes most aspiring first-time renovators make and can lead to overspending, poor ventilation, drainage and waterproofing, incorrect materials, and insufficient storage. In other words, everything could go wrong.

At Immaculate Bathrooms we believe in complete transparency and communication, this is why we provide a step by step plan of your bathroom renovation ensuring you are aware of every single aspect. We are with you from start to finish until the job has been completed so that you avoid any major blunders and that your renovation is smooth and successful.

2- Miscalculating Your Budget

How much do bathroom renovations cost? Only you can know for sure. 

Knowing the limits of your budget is a crucial component for any bathroom renovation project. There are three price brackets: budget, standard and premium, with each category determined by majoring factors. We recommend creating a pinterest board or a vision board using magazine clippings with what your ideal space will look like.

Present your dream bathroom renovation ideas to the licensed professionals at Immaculate Bathrooms who can break down the costs and give you a rough estimate of how much it’s going to be. If it exceeds your budget, don’t panic, your dream bathroom is still achievable. We provide recommendations on how you can still achieve your desired renovation but at a lower cost.

3- The DIY trap

 

 

You may be tempted to DIY certain parts of your bathroom renovation, but unless you’re a licensed electrician or plumber, attempting DIY on these aspects can incur serious fines. It is illegal to conduct any sort of DIY electrical or plumbing work in Western Australia and can lead to hefty fines and other costly mistakes. 

Immaculate Bathrooms completes every bathroom renovation to Western Australian Building Standards with a dedicated and qualified team of tradesmen. Fully licensed, our experts ensure your bathroom renovation is done correctly and to the highest of standards with an Immaculate finish. Risking a DIY job can cost you more money if you need to repair or replace anything once the renovation has been completed.

4- Cheap fittings and finishes

 

 

Opting for lower quality products to save a few bucks in the short term may work in the living room but not in your bathroom. The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the house and is subjected to wear and tear on a daily basis. Poor quality fittings and finishes may look good to start with but generally wear out or fail more quickly, and create an unsafe environment for kids.

At Immaculate Bathrooms we offer a wide range of high-quality furnishings, fittings and fixtures  at affordable prices. We take into account your budget before we devise a plan on how you can achieve a high standard bathroom renovation that you’re comfortable with.

5- Wanting To Just Get It Over With

Great haste makes great waste, some might say. Renovating your bathroom certainly isn’t the funniest of activities, but you should still refrain from rushing through it. While tiny imperfections and small mistakes might look insignificant now, they will grow into major issues as the days go by!


In Conclusion

Well done bathroom renovations have the potential to transform your living spaces. Just like any other DIY project, though, they require your full dedication and plenty of effort. Before you set out to tackle this challenge, prepare to deal with setbacks and come up with a solid plan of attack.

Be resolute throughout the process, carefully manage all resources as best as you can and you’ll easily achieve your goals!

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