In their 2017/2018 kitchens and bathrooms survey, the Housing Industry Association (HIA) found that the average cost of a bathroom installed in a new home to be $16,430, while a bathroom installed as part of a renovation cost $17,522 on average.
However, another study by Houzz Australia found that people aged over 54 typically spend $11,900 on a bathroom renovation, while people aged between 35 and 54 will usually spend about $12,700. If youâ€™re under 35 years of age the studied indicated you would shell out around $9,100 on a bathroom renovation.
A report by Open Agent suggests that, regardless of size, budget bathroom renovations cost between $5000 and $15,000, a standard renovation costs between $15,000 and $25,000, while a premium or luxury bathroom renovation can skyrocket to more than $25,000.
The same Houzz Australia Bathroom Trends study reports that small bathrooms less than five metres square in size cost around $9,700 to renovate.
A bathroom larger than five square metres may cost around $13,200.
Doing a bathroom renovation on the cheap requires a lot of DIY and time spent sourcing robust yet affordable products. Things that will directly influence how cheap or expensive your bathroom renovations are:
Service Seekingâ€™s Renovation Consumer Price Index from 2016, which is based on 52,000 quotes submitted through its online marketplace, reports the average cost of paying a professional tradesperson for work on ranges from $42 to $80 an hour. Itâ€™s important to keep this in mind when you are planning your bathroom renovation. If you want to do a cheap bathroom renovation, then youâ€™re best bet is reducing your need for professional tradespeople as much as possible.
A full bathroom refit is where the dollars will start to add up.Â Director atÂ Watara Home, Mitch Curtissays, “If you want to change the layout, the costs for labour will contribute to a high percentage of the overall budget.” In particular, leaving the plumbing where it isÂ will be a huge money saver.Â
“Maintaining the placement of your existing toilet, shower and vanity waste locations allows you to achieve a more cost-effective renovation. Within this you can increase the storage, introduce a walk-in shower and a stylish wall faced toilet to achieve a great visual impact at a lower cost,” saysÂ Kia Howat, Interior Designer atÂ GIA Bathrooms and Kitchens.
They may be small, but the cost of tiles adds up â€“ quickly.
“Tiling can easily get expensive depending on what style and brand you choose,” saysÂ ReeceBathroomÂ marketing Lead DanielaÂ Santilli.Â “A great way to get the look you want while avoiding a hefty price tag is to restrict tiling to just half the wall length, or consider only tiling your feature walls in the wet areas, likeÂ behind the bath and in the shower zone.”
“You can save money by keeping things minimal and refrain from saying yes to every accessory that fits your theme,” saysÂ Daniela. “Find a focal point of your bathroom and allow for one statement accessory, and then work with just a few supporting items.”
“Consider dual-purpose accessories like mirrors that act as a centrepiece while providing function.”
Depending on how much love your bathroom needs, pick one or more of the below ideas for a cheap bathroom renovation or weekend makeover. These ideas are great for people who are already happy with the general layout of their bathroom, and are looking for an aesthetic update.
If you want to expand your bathroom, relocate your bath, toilet, shower or vanity, or introduce a window, then you will need to consult the appropriate professional tradespeople for quotes on things like carpentry, plumbing, electrical work and other general labour costs.
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