August 21st, 2016 in

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How Much Does it Cost to Remodel a Bathroom?

For many people, the question ‘how much does it cost to remodel a bathroom?‘ is one of the first things that come’s to mind when they are thinking of upgrading this room.

So when hiring a team of experts to work on your home improvement job, it certainly helps to know how much the project will cost upfront so you don’t go over budget.

This allows you to plan accordingly and make sure you won’t get any nasty shocks with your bathroom upgrade.

Bathroom-Renovation Before & After

How Much Does it Cost to Remodel a Bathroom in Australia, UK, and USA?

Typically, the cost of a bathroom remodel will depend on a variety of factors as all bathrooms and not made equal.

For those of you eager to have some averages as a base guide, here goes:

Australia

 

UK

 

USA

  • Average cost: $3,500 to $7,000
  • Top end: $13,000 to $20,000+
  • Source: Homeadvisor.com

 

 

5 Key Things to Consider Before Getting Started

 
In order to get a better idea of the scope of your bathroom remodelling, we’ve covered the 5 most important components every renovator needs to consider before beginning.
 

1. Planning

 
Some of the big costs you’ll have to deal with early on include building, electrical, plumbing, water & asbestos testing and various other minor testing requirements.

These tend to be the cause of major setbacks for many home renovation projects and can take a while to fix, so be sure to factor these into your schedule timing.
 
Bathroom Renovation Planning Process
 
Get in specialised tradespeople who are there to handle things like getting the relevant permits and ensuring your bathroom remodel is compliant with all government regulations.

Some things you absolutely need to test for include:
 

1. Lead and asbestos

a) They pose significant health risks if damaged in the renovation process

b) Can end up being very expensive to deal with

c) Make sure that whatever material replaces them are going to be cost-effective.

d) Be alert and have a contingency plan just in case and you won’t suffer any huge unexpected bills.

 

2. Preparation

 
You’ll also need to consider the possibility of demolition if it’s necessary to remove anything dangerous.
 

1. If this is the case, you’ll most likely need contractor bags, a dumpster or skip bin, as well as disposal fees.

2. Besides lead and asbestos, you might need to take on things like wood rot and mould if found.

 
The old electricians may have done a poor job with the wiring, too. This is often the case in older buildings so:
 

a) Keep an eye out for things that don’t look right or have damaged parts.

b) Consider things like the overall structure of the room

c) Check energy efficiency, windows, doors and framing.

 
Preparation is a big part of any renovation process and means you should get the right contractors in place early on. For example, dumpsters may be required to get rid of old debris.
 
Bathroom Renovation Dumpster
 
Finally, take into account the cost of things like poor wiring, outdated plumbing, and even pest infestations. These kinds of problems are relatively common and usually require you to correct them as soon as possible in order for the bathroom remodel to proceed.
 

3. Operation

 
Another key element of a bathroom renovation is undertaking the actual work itself.

Hire professional tradespeople who are skilled enough to do the job, and have plenty of experience and references that can be checked. For example:
 

a) Plumbing and electrical work – need fully licensed contractors to complete them.

b) Pay that little bit extra to ensure the work gets done right and within government regulatory requirements.

c) It’s easy to forget to include these kinds of things and get caught out down the track when the budget blows out.

 
So make sure you take into account the cost of labour and the amount of time it will take to complete the bathroom project.
 

4. Creation

 
You have to factor in the big item costs of the overall project too, such as plumbing and electrics. As two of the main jobs in a typical bathroom refit, you’ll need to be prepared to go back and forth with contractors and suppliers to get the job done.

A few things to keep in mind:
 

1) Don’t just work off the flat cost of the job – you also need to include materials and labour costs.

2) Plumbers and electricians don’t come cheap – so be prepared upfront for any additional costs related to their services.

3) You’ll also have to pay someone to do the fittings: lighting, fixtures like sinks and vanities, storage space, faucets, shower and bath, and potentially a toilet.

4) You should consider hiring an architect to create your bathroom floor plans.

 

5. Finishing

 
Another major element of a bathroom remodel is the finishing touches. This is the part of the project that many renovators love the most as they can start to see their creation come to life. It’s also the final stage and includes everything from decorating, grouting, and painting the walls.
 
Bathroom Remodel Grouting
 
There’s a lot of little jobs you might think will only take minutes to do, but they can actually take hours, even days to complete. For this reason, it’s best to work with various tradespeople to get a better idea of what each job entails, how much time they’ll take and the cost.
 

Final words

 
A bathroom renovation doesn’t need to be expensive or hard to do. It really comes down to how much preparation and planning you do upfront – the more, the better.

There are huge benefits to upgrading your bathroom, no matter if you’re undertaking this home improvement project for personal use or profit.

Enjoy your renovation.

All the best,

James Mason
 
CHECK OUT THIS BLOG POST FOR MORE: What Does it Cost to Renovate a Bathroom?
 


 

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January 24th, 2016 in

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What does it cost to renovate a Bathroom?

The cost to renovate an average size bathroom here in Australia is between $20,000 –  $25,000 dollars. Now that will vary up or down depending on the size of the room and the selection of finishes, but that allowance should cover most standard size bathrooms.

Below I will give you a real life example of what it costs to renovate or remodel a bathroom by listing out the actual costs of our own bathroom renovation.
 

Example – Our Ground Floor Bathroom Renovation.

 
A quick back story – We renovated this bathroom back in 2011 when we first purchased our property, and combined these works as part of our initial freshen up of the existing dwelling before we actually moved in after the purchase. This renovation was done before we started our major renovation back in 2014 on the “Small Space Big Build Project”.

While rates and costs will change over time the below will give you an appreciation of the breakdown of all the costs that can be associated with a bathroom renovation.

Below is a photo of the bathroom before we started work.
 
Photo of an old bathroom in original condition

 

Bathroom Renovation Costs – Ground Floor

 
Demolition – Rubbish removal cost – Skip Bin (note – no labour costs as we did this ourselves)  $650.

Plumbing – Run new services including relocating drainage and sewer in the concrete slab, cost also includes the fit off of all new fittings upon completion. $3177.

Electrical – New wiring to services such as heat lamp, exhaust fan, heated towel rail, floor heating and LED strip lights. Cost also includes fitting all of the above items upon completion $1460.

Carpentry – Build wall frames for concealed plumbing, fit toilet roll holders, robe hooks, hang door and fit new lock $1,120  

Plasterer – Sheet new wall frame and patch the existing ceiling $720

Waterproofing – New membrane to floor and walls (2 coats) $600

Tiling – Full height wall (3.1 meters) and floor tiling in subway tiles (brick pattern) $2,200.

Painting – Ceiling, window and door Inc frame $940 

Cabinetry – Custom made mirrored shaving cabinet, Inc installation $1,850.

Shower screen – Frameless glass unit, Inc installation $1,400.
 

Materials supplied for the project

 
Plumbing fittings – Wall hung toilet, taps, basin, 2* shower roses, heated towel rail, under floor heating $3,488

Tile supply – Wall and floor $1,575 (my wife has expensive taste…)

Light fittings – IXL heat lamp / fan and LED strip lighting $650

Door and handle – $240

Miscellaneousness building materials – Bagged concrete, timber framing, tile angles, cornice, nails bolts and screws etc $680

 

OUR TOTAL BATHROOM COST $ 20,750

 

Bathroom progress photos

 

Now if we were to factor in what you would pay a builder or bathroom renovation company to take care of this for you, you need to factor in their profit margin.

NOTE – Most builders will apply a margin of between 20% – 30% on top of their contractors and material cost totals to cover their overheads of running the project and their profit. So with the above example 30% on $20,750 = $6,225 Therefore the total would be closer to $26,975.

With all of the above costs laid out, you need to factor in that I am a builder myself and I have good relationships with my trades and suppliers which mean I also get good pricing as well as being very hands on.
 

In my professional opinion most people would be looking at closer to $30,000 to get the same result as what we have above.

 
So with the above said do you need a builder to help manage your bathroom renovation? No you don’t, but it will come down to how much time and effort you are willing to put into managing the entire process from start to finish including time on site to trouble shoot and problem solve if needed.

I wrote a little more in detail about some of the essential steps over on the Our Build Blog last year, check this out as well to get some more ideas.

Lastly if you are looking to tackle your own bathroom renovation I will have a video course coming out later in the year to help show all of the essential steps and processes along they way, sign up today if you are interested in knowing more and i will let you know when it is available.

Best wishes, James Mason.

 

YOU MIGHT ALSO BE INTERESTED IN THIS BLOG POST: Cost of Bathroom Remodel: 3 Moneymaking Reasons to Upgrade

 


 

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The super-simple, step-by-step process I use in my business to renovate bathrooms fast and on budget.

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