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#1 Guest_Nurse Mummy_*

Posted 09 April 2011 - 08:39 PM

We have some decisions to make regarding large purchases and renovations so I just want to get an idea of how much a bathroom renovation costs? We have a medium size room and will need to rip everything out but will just be replacing fittings in the position they were previously in and using basic but med quality parts. I am also considering renovating the laundry and would appreciate cost ideas on that as well.

Thank you!

#2 Elizabethandfriend

Posted 09 April 2011 - 08:44 PM

My husband did ours (so no labour other than plumber) and spent about $7000.   If you get a specialist mob in you will be looking at between $15,000 and $40,000.

#3 Guest_Nurse Mummy_*

Posted 09 April 2011 - 08:50 PM

Wow, I was thinking $15000 max, DH isn't that handy and is away a lot. Mmmmm thanks for that

#4 Guest_Nurse Mummy_*

Posted 09 April 2011 - 08:52 PM

13k sounds reasonable, I will have to talk to DH and get some quotes, I hate our bathroom, 1970's floor to ceiling wood paneling (including the door) and plastic fittings. I can't wait to have a nice new bathroom.

#5 Hunch

Posted 09 April 2011 - 08:56 PM

Pretty sure you will be able to do it for $15000.  Our ensuite was about that, it has no bath but a double vanity with granite bench, big shower, tiles floor to ceiling and shower recess and mirror to ceiling too, plus a decent toilet.  Not trying to talk it up, sorry - just mentioning all the inclusions so that you can see what you can get for that amount.  It is a pretty decent size ensuite.  We also didn't move any major plumbing...

#6 MeNelly

Posted 09 April 2011 - 09:01 PM

Depends on who you get to do the job.  My brother had his bathroom renovated in Sydney and it cost him around $24,000 I think and his bathroom is tiny!!  It scared me as I want mine done too but can't afford that sort of money yet and our bathroom is bigger than his, we want to move fixtures and need to renovate the laundry and move the hotwater service and a couple of windows too sad.gif  So much money needed.


#7 BeezMum

Posted 09 April 2011 - 09:01 PM

I am not handy either but hired plumber/tiler/carpenter etc, supervised the design and renovation myself (including purchasing and having the tiles delivered etc).
I shopped around a lot and got quality fittings for much cheaper than the retail bathroom outlets. Completely renovated 1 full bathroom and 1 ensuite (no bath, just shower) and separate toilet, paid just over $12,000 altogether. I moved the plumbing around too, so it would have been cheaper if this had not been done. Even small things like changing from a hot & cold tap to a bath mixer tap requires plumbing work (so might not just be as easy as 'it's in the same spot').

#8 Guest_Nurse Mummy_*

Posted 09 April 2011 - 09:07 PM

Beezmum that is interesting, I really need to do some research, neither DH or I have any idea (he thinks he does) but I definitely want to spend less and get more biggrin.gif

#9 robhat

Posted 09 April 2011 - 09:07 PM

We're just about to sign contracts for ours to start soon... We'll be paying around $17,000. That's for a medium-ish bathroom but also a separate toilet. And we're basically stripping everything and putting it back in new in the same place...

You could probably bring that price down a bit by sourcing your own fittings and tiles etc, but our quote was itemised and to be honest, most of the cost is in the labor so realistically trying to get supplies cheaper won't save more than about $1000 or so I would think... Friends had a slightly smaller bathroom done, no separate toilet and sourced all tiles and fittings themselves, often via ebay and it still cost them $11,000

You could possibly do it for $15,000. You'd need to get a few quotes, keep things very basic and maybe consider getting things yourself cheap... And maybe do some things like painting yourself...

#10 libbylu

Posted 09 April 2011 - 09:10 PM

We got quoted $17,000 by a bathroom company for our smallish bathroom but it involved demolishing the whole thing, moving everything around and adding a toilet.  We decided instead to do what we could ourselves (demolishing, digging out all the dirt for the new plumbing, reflooring painting and replastering) and we are paying the plumber, the tiler and a carpenter to recess the floor in the shower area and build the bath hob.  All up it will cost us about $10,000.
ETA you save a lot by project managing it yourself and getting in individual tradespeople to do the jobs, even if you get them to do everything - but it is incredibly time consuming getting all the quotes, making all the decisions and coordinating all the tradespeople.

Edited by libbylu, 09 April 2011 - 09:14 PM.

#11 BeezMum

Posted 09 April 2011 - 09:11 PM

QUOTE (Nurse Mummy @ 09/04/2011, 09:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Beezmum that is interesting, I really need to do some research, neither DH or I have any idea (he thinks he does) but I definitely want to spend less and get more biggrin.gif

Nursemummy Are you in Melbourne? I am happy to send you some before and after photos & dig up some basic prices of fittings that I paid, if you like. We saved costs by minimising wall tiling (not floor to ceiling) and by avoiding the granite/marble topped custom-made vanities.

#12 belinda1976

Posted 09 April 2011 - 09:29 PM

We are in the middle of doing our main bathroom now (new extension on the house).  It's not massive approx 2m x 3m.  Our tiles only go 1.5m up the wall.  These are our approx costs so far & one's we have estimated:

Waterproofing $800
Tiles $400
Tiler $1800
Vanity $500
Taps/Fittings $400-$500
Toilet $400
Mirror $60
Shower screen $350
Bath $300
Lights/IXL/Fans etc $400
Plumber $1000

#13 Duck-o-lah

Posted 09 April 2011 - 09:36 PM

We spent just over $1000. Replaced the tiles and vanity, repainted walls, waterproofed and regrouted shower. Did every last bit ourselves. It looks good for a diy job.

Ps... I will never ever ever re-tile a bathroom myself as long as I live laughing2.gif

#14 Guest_Nurse Mummy_*

Posted 10 April 2011 - 07:34 AM

QUOTE (BeezMum @ 09/04/2011, 09:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nursemummy Are you in Melbourne? I am happy to send you some before and after photos & dig up some basic prices of fittings that I paid, if you like. We saved costs by minimising wall tiling (not floor to ceiling) and by avoiding the granite/marble topped custom-made vanities.

I am in Sydney, how many tradespeople did you get in? Was it plumber, tiler, electrician?

#15 . . .

Posted 10 April 2011 - 07:49 AM

We did ours for just under $3000 - but DH did it himself, including building, plastering, plumbing and floor laying. He was also very good at getting things for trade price. <3

#16 sophiasmum

Posted 10 April 2011 - 08:27 AM

Timely thread because our main bathroom reno starts on 28 April. We are getting a plumber & tiler (2 person team - they are cousins) to do it for us, rather than a bathroom company, and they have done all the running around for us as far as sourcing supplies. I like the fact that we haven't had to step into 1 bathroom or tile shop to select anything, they have emailed and brought samples to us.

It will cost around $10K, maybe a few hundred more because we have changed a couple of things.

We are getting a new vanity & basin, new mirror & cabinet, new toilet, new floor & wall tiles (up to 1.2m). Keeping the existing footprint of the room (so not moving any plumbing around).

They were recommended to me a couple of years ago by a friend, and they did our laundry reno then too. We added a shower cubicle, new toilet, new basin, partly new floor & wall tiling, and it cost around $8K.

#17 dizzy-anne

Posted 10 April 2011 - 08:37 AM

OP stats I have heard say that a new bathroom adds around 12.9% to the value of your home, so try to keep it to around 10% of your current house value.  We spent $15,000 on ours, a small bathroom with separate toilet, totally stripped and started again, including asbestos removal.

I had 3 quotes from bathroom renovators (they did the whole lot), I told them my budget and preferences (decent quality) - and they all drew up appropriate plans and quotes and all came out around $15,000.

Enjoy your reno!

#18 Sunny003

Posted 10 April 2011 - 08:41 AM

Depends in what you want. Floor-ceiling tiles will cost more than plaster walls. Stone/granite benchtops will cost more than laminate etc

Our ensuite has some leakage issues, and I'm thinking of doing it myself original.gif

Am thinking lamipanel in the shower, as ventilation in that corner isn't so great, and the grout & silicone have suffered sad.gif
Plaster walls, I don't like floor-ceiling tiles. Too motel-like for me.

Our vanity is ok, but I'd replace the basin. Was thinking of selling the spa/toilet/basin/shower base on eBay, to lessen the cost of the reno's LOL

I'd do tiling myself, but again, the way ours is set out, there wouldn't be many wall tiles, and even the floor is small/ish.
Dad & BIL are sparkies, so I'd only need a plumber. Guess that helps too.

#19 mychichi

Posted 10 April 2011 - 08:45 AM

Interesting thread original.gif as its something I was thinking of looking into....however just wondering how long did it take to renovate your bathrooms?  We only have one bathroom + seperate toilet, I am guessing we would have to move out for a while...?  unsure.gif

#20 dizzy-anne

Posted 10 April 2011 - 08:47 AM

QUOTE (mychichi @ 10/04/2011, 08:45 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Interesting thread original.gif as its something I was thinking of looking into....however just wondering how long did it take to renovate your bathrooms?  We only have one bathroom + seperate toilet, I am guessing we would have to move out for a while...?  unsure.gif

Ours took a week.  The plumber worked things so we always had a toilet available outside of work hours.  Otherwise, you can hire a portaloo.  We washed in the laundry basin.  (It was winter... a little chilly)

#21 erindiv

Posted 10 April 2011 - 08:50 AM

We're in the middle of doing ours but my brother is an electrician and my dad is a builder who is also doing all the tiling, painting, fitting out and some plumbing for us.

We moved the bath taps and shower taps and got a fair bit of the pipe replaced (old house), the bill from the plumber is yet to arrive but he gave us an estimate of about $2,500, about half of what he would usually charge because we're paying cash and he's a friend of ours.

The fittings cost around $2,500 too (new shower, new bath, new vanity, new taps). Shower - $1,200 is an all in one unit and is 900x1200. Bath was only about $200, vanity around $300, taps about $300. We could easily have spent two or three times our amount if we'd gone for exxy fittings.

Floor tiles about $400, wall tiles about a quarter of that but we're not tiling the whole walls, paint is hard to estimate because we're painting the whole house but it's about $150 for the bathroom.

So for a small bathroom, with most of the work being done with no labour cost - about $5,500-$6,000. My dad has told me that if he had been hired to do it instead of doing it for free it would be several thousand dollars labour since the whole bathroom has been stripped back to framing, probably around $5,000, and my brother has put in two new lights and rewired the ones that are there, about $100 worth of cable and he says about $1,000 of labour. Tiling would be around $1,000-$1,500 apparently.

So if we had hired tradespeople to do it ALL, instead of $5,500-$6,000 it would have gone over $12,000 easily and probably reached $14,000-$15,000.

Whatever you do, don't tile it yourself if you know nothing about tiling. It is NOT as easy as it looks and if you do it yourself it may look fine for a few years until tiles start to move, lift, etc. Doesn't happen to everyone but a lot more likely if you do it yourself.

It could be worse, you could be stripping out and redoing an entire house; that's what we're doing. So far the bathroom has by far been our biggest cost, but we're looking at spending about the same amount for a whole new kitchen, new carpet throughout, mostly new plaster, new flooring in most rooms, new laundry, painting everything, new doors.... It's funny, but the $10k-ish we'll spend on the combination of the kitchen and bathroom is going to be less than we'll spend on the rest of the whole house! Tounge1.gif

#22 BeAwesome

Posted 10 April 2011 - 08:50 AM

I'd say you could do it for $15,000 at a stretch.

#23 sophiasmum

Posted 10 April 2011 - 09:02 AM

Following on from my earlier response, they said it will be out of action for 2 wks, hopefully a bit less. Luckily we have a toilet, basin & shower in the laundry to use.

#24 sarahjk

Posted 10 April 2011 - 09:09 AM

We are almost finished our bathroom reno - very small room, only 2 x 1.6, vanity, corner shower, toilet (re-used old toilet).  A quote from a builder friend to do the whole lot for us (not including stripping right back to studs, my DH did that himself), including new ceiling & floor, but not moving any plumbing was about $12,000, would have been more from a professional bathroom reno company.  We've ended up sourcing out the work piece by piece to friends in the trade and doig some work ourselves (like the waterproofing and shower installation) and it's totalled about $7,000.  

#25 cameo

Posted 10 April 2011 - 09:15 AM


We just had our bathroom re-done.  The builder totally gutted it, including walls and floor as the plaster had had it.

So he replastered,
Built new structure for bath
Put new bath in
Put new door in
Moved heating duct
Waterproofed all over
Moved bath plug hole drainage
Changed taps in shower
Put new light fittings in
Installed new shower screen
Sealed all edges

All of that cost us $9000, actually less than that as we also had to pay for part of the electrical work done elsewhere so maybe around $8500 and that included all fittings except for lights as we already bought them.

My in-laws are spending much more than that to get their bathroom gutted and redone but they are using an elite company and using top quality fittings (ie: corian vanity top)

If you get plenty of quotes and you might be surprised.

Good luck.

Edited by cameo, 10 April 2011 - 09:16 AM.

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