Do you own a home in Sydney and wonder how much it will cost to renovate your bathroom?
A brand new bathroom not only spruces up the look of your home, but can also raise its overall value. Instead of ‘guesstimating’ how much your new bathroom will cost, this guide will give you a more comprehensive look into the costs of renovating a bathroom in Sydney so you can make a better, smarter decision.
Average costs for different types of bathroom renovations
Last year, the Housing Industry Association revealed the average cost of a bathroom renovation is $19,553. However, this is just an average, and there are several different types of renovations – from small makeovers to complete renovations through to luxury upgrades. For any renovation, you will need to consider plumbing, tiling, cabinetry, baths, basins, vanities, shower screens, taps and toilet bowls. A clear understanding of the costs involved can help you set a more accurate budget for your renovation plans. Unless you have your own plans, you will mostly likely need to budget for design and drafting costs as well.
Bathroom makeovers – $7,000 to $10,000
A small bathroom makeover will set you back roughly between $7,000 and $10,000 depending on the size and condition of the existing bathroom. This is assuming you don’t need to make any structural changes or major renovations like re-tiling; installing new plumbing pipes; or making any structural changes to the layout. Typical bathroom makeovers include –
- New taps and vanities
- Replacing old mirrors
- Refreshing grout
- Installing new toilets
- Installing a new basin
- Re-coating or resurfacing existing tiles
- Re-coating an existing bathtub
Standard Bathroom renovations – $15,000 to $25,000
If you want an overhaul without changing the position of any fixtures, you can completely transform your bathroom without paying a fortune. In Sydney, expect to pay between $15,000 and $25,000 for a standard bathroom renovation. You’ll have to make some compromises like keeping electrical and plumbing the same to stay in this price range. Renovations for bigger bathrooms are usually on the higher end due to more tiling or high-quality inclusions like vanity stone benches and double sinks. A standard bathroom renovation may include:
- New taps and vanities
- Waterproofing all wet areas
- Replacing toilets
- Installing shower screens, vanities, mirrors and basins
- Floor and wall tiling
- Replacing and upgrading to a new bathtub
- Replacing old pipes and redoing plumbing where needed
- Rubbish removal
Structural & Luxury bathroom renovations – $30,000 to $40,000
A structural renovation strips your bathroom down to its studs and includes repositioning fixtures, new pipes and new tiles. In this instance, you’d be looking upwards of $30,000. In some cases, luxury bathroom renovations can cost $40,000 or more. A budget in this range or higher can get you fancier fittings – including intricate mosaic designs, floor heating, elaborate lighting, frameless shower screens, freestanding bathtubs and premium tiles. Some of the things involved in a structural or luxury bathroom renovation include –
- Floor levelling
- Breaking down or building walls
- Installing a new bathtub or shower screen
- Installing new plumbing and electrical fixtures, including lighting
- Removing and re-tiling floor and wall tiles
- Installing a new vanity and mirrors
- Adding new plumbing for the toilet and shower area
- Installing new hot water system
- Waterproofing all wet areas
- Additions such as installing new windows or skylights
- Bringing all fixtures up to Australian standards
- Structural alterations like removing or building a new wall (to remove a load-bearing wall, a building permit is required at an additional cost)
- Rubbish removal
How will the style and finish you choose impact costs?
It’s important to remember that the cost of your bathroom renovation will depend on the style and type of finishes you want. You can choose budget, mid-level or luxury inclusions based on your needs, tastes and budget. Here are some fixture costs to help you with your budget, however these are approximate costs for materials only and not installation.
Shower screens come in different styles – framed, semi-framed or frameless. Framed shower screens are the most affordable, while frameless shower screens are at the upper end of the scale. Framed shower screens start from $500, while frameless shower screens go upwards of $550.
Tiles (Wall and Floor)
Tiles come at different price points and range from $30 per square metre to $100 per square metre. Standard white ceramic tiles (at the budget end) cost about $30 per square metre, high-quality ceramic or porcelain tiles can cost about $60 per square metre, and natural stone (at the higher end) costs up to $100 per square metre, with some extremely high-quality brands going even higher.
Bathtubs vary dramatically in price depending on material, size and style (integrated or freestanding). For the more budget-focussed, standard acrylic or fibreglass bathtubs start from $1300. Freestanding stone bathtubs, on the more luxury side, can cost in excess of $3,000.
A budget toilet can cost as little as $150 with the cost going upwards to around $750 for a more luxurious model. You’ll also need to consider whether you want a wall-mounted or floor-mounted version based on the design and layout of your bathroom.
The cost of a vanity varies based on several factors. A standard wall-hung vanity costs upwards of $500. Vanities with double sinks start from $1,000. Vanities with integrated ceramic basins start from $1,200. Wall-mounted vanities are usually the preferred choice for bathrooms where space is a consideration.
Mirrors costs will depend on style, size and frame. Framed wall-mounted mirrors cost anywhere between $50 and $200. Frameless mirrors featuring a contemporary look range from $50 to $250. Built-in light mirrors installed above a sink or vanity cost between $60 and $300. On the upper end, anti-fog mirrors, fitted with a heated element, cost between $300 and $1,000.
The prices of bathroom basins start from $150 for standard, inexpensive versions and can go up to $500 or more on the higher end. Designer basins, at the luxury end of the scale, can cost upwards of $800. If you want customised inclusions in a specific colour or finish, expect to pay in excess of $1,000.
Budget tapware starts from $50 for your basins and showers while designer versions can go up to $1,000. There are plenty of options in between these two extreme price ranges, so expect to pay an average of about $150 for a decent quality tap.
The sheer selection of showerheads available means there is something for every budget. Basic showerheads start from about $50, while luxury showerheads can cost in excess of $300. Basic models offer simple functionality and minimal visual appeal. Luxury showerheads offer multiple spray patterns and nozzles with adjustable pressure for a spa-style experience.
You can choose different types of lighting fixtures for your bathroom. From task lights over vanities to ambient lights lighting up the whole space to mood lights that feature a warm setting; the options are limitless. A single downlight fixture can start from $9 and go upwards depending on your bathroom needs.
At the lowest end of the scale, towel racks start from $30 for standard single-rail models. Heated towel rails come in different styles, sizes and finishes like matte or polished stainless steel, and typically cost anywhere from $150 to $400.
What are the costs of design?
Unless you have your own plans, most bathroom renovations will require basic drawings to determine the sizes and positions of all inclusions in your bathroom, including required plumbing and electrical work. Typical bathroom design costs can range from $500 to $1,000, with full architectural drawings costing more.
At DCON Group, basic sketches and design are included in our bathroom renovation quotes. If you’re looking for in-depth visualisation, 3D renders will give you an incredible view of your bathroom before it is built to make sure you get what you want. 3D renders typically cost $1,500 or more.
Why is a well-designed bathroom layout so crucial?
Many homeowners overlook the importance of a well-designed bathroom layout but you’ll be surprised at how much value this can bring. A bathroom design must reflect the personality and lifestyle of your family. Your initial design consultation is one of the best times to discuss everything you want so you can get a practical renovation plan that brings your vision to life – within your expected budget and timeline. Here are some things to consider with your bathroom designer:
- How much space is available and how can you utilise it smartly? Space is a big factor in any bathroom design.
- Do you need to make any major changes like changing the shower location or installing a new bath?
- How much storage do you need? You may need additional room to store bathroom supplies, toiletries and towels.
- Is there an elderly or special needs person in your family? You may need handrails, extra space for wheelchairs and other specific fixtures.
- What are your must haves? List down the features you absolutely want so you can work with the design team to bring them to life.
A pre-planned bathroom design conceptualised by a professional gives you a clear interpretation of what it will look like – allowing you to make changes beforehand. The smartest renovation budgets always account for the costs of professional design because this helps to reduce the risk of catastrophic issues and significant repair expenses in the future. A professional designer finds smart ways to maximise space and enhance visual appeal without making your bathroom feel like an architectural afterthought.
Why should you have a contingency budget?
No matter how much you initially intend to spend, it’s crucial to have a contingency budget of about 20% to cover the unexpected costs that lurk behind the walls or under the floors.
Depending on the age of your bathroom, there’s a good chance unforeseen issues can occur during the renovation process. Some classic examples we often come across include cracked pipes, structurally weak floors, long-term leaks, asbestos discovery, mould growth, choked drains, and rotting timber. A bathroom renovation is the best time to fix these unexpected issues because they can end up becoming major catastrophes if neglected for too long.
How long does a bathroom renovation take?
The timeline to complete a bathroom renovation will depend on an array of factors like research, planning, design and implementation.
Research and Design
The research and design phase typically takes up to 3 weeks depending on your specific needs. This typically includes your initial consultation, time to conceptualise the design, sourcing different fittings and materials, and getting you to sign-off on the plans.
Once you’re happy with the design and layout, the actual project work can start. The timeline here will depend on the scale of your renovation.
- A small bathroom makeover can be completed in 1 to 2 weeks once all the materials have been sourced.
- A standard bathroom renovation can take 4 to 6 weeks.
- A structural or luxury renovation may take even longer to be completed, depending on the scale of the changes.
Keep in mind that any structural changes will take more time, especially if you need to re-position electrical and plumbing equipment. An allowance also needs to be made for unexpected events like finding asbestos in your walls or coming across undetected leaks.
Mistakes during a renovation, or realising your plans won’t work mid way through your renovation can significantly alter timelines, which is why it’s vital to let experienced specialists manage your project from start to finish for the best results.
Why work with an experienced professional like DCON Group?
There are plenty of dodgy tradies and contractors who offer the ‘cheapest quotes’ for bathroom renovations. The price is attractive but unfortunately, you get what you pay for. You’ll likely end up with a poor bathroom layout, bad-quality materials and bathroom work that extends for months. We’ve seen it all too many times with homeowners who end up paying a fortune trying to fix mistakes instead of getting it right the first time.
The durability of your bathroom will depend on the quality of materials and workmanship. A bathroom renovation through an experienced specialist like DCON Group is money well spent now for savings in the long term. Our well-designed, high-quality bathrooms comfortably withstand the test of time and tolerate the demands of increasing foot traffic for years to come. We’re so confident; we even give you a 7-year warranty!
Get in touch with DCON Group to get a quote for your bathroom renovation in Sydney – completely obligation-free. Take a look at all our services and see for yourself how we can set you apart with our bespoke bathroom designs. Call us on 1300 081 119 and our specialists will take you through everything involved.
*The above costs are indicative only. For an accurate quote, call the specialists at DCON Group to discuss your specific requirements.