The bathroom is the most complicated room in the house and involves the highest number of trades for a single room: designers, project manager, builders, electricians, plumbers, plasterers, painters, waterproofers, tilers, glass manufacturers, cabinetmakers and specialist installers.
There are no shortcuts with a bathroom renovation and it doesn’t matter whether you are building a $18,000 bathroom or $55,000 bathroom, they all have to be prepared to the same high standard. What will make the biggest difference is the cost of the fittings and this is also what will determine the look and feel you are trying to create. Beware of going too cheap as you could have problems down the track so make sure you ask about a products warranty and use only trusted brands.
Projecting the cost of a remodel often depends on how many big-ticket items you’re replacing. A freestanding bath can range from $1,200 to $3,000+ for a luxurious stone bath.
A low-cost makeover where you do not move any of the existing elements but just replace them like for like will cost between $15,000 – $20,000. This will depend on the quality of fixtures and fittings and the flooring and wall finishes.
To do a mid-size makeover including new shower, bath, toilet, vanity, tapware, heated towel rail and tiling will cost approximately $20,000 – $35,000.
For a top-of-the-range makeover using top quality bathroomware and optional extras like underfloor heating will cost $35,000 – $45,000+ depending on the size and scope of the project.