Do you really need to spend $75,000 on a bathroom renovation?

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The simple answer is no. But that then raises the question, how much should one expect to pay for an ensuite or bathroom renovation? Well, it does vary depending on the size of your space, the tiles and plumbing fixtures you choose.

We have done a number of bathrooms and ensuites on the Sunshine Coast – from basic home renovations to more up-market unit renovations along the esplanade. Our experience tells us that a full bathroom renovation usually costs between $10,000 – $25,000. Yes, it is a lot of money but it doesn’t come close to the budgets spent on The Block this year. Does that mean that your bathroom will look cheap? No. Sometimes less is more. And the proof of that statement is evident in the schathing comments from the judges when Hayden and Sara spent $75,000 on their ensuite renovation in Week 4 of the show.

Before starting your bathroom renovation, take the time to sit down and compile a gallery or file of the things you like in a bathroom and think about how much money you have to spend. When it comes to talking to your builder, make sure you tell him/her your budget and show them the look you are after. The builder will be able to advise you on how to get certain design aspects without blowing your budget. For example, love the look of Hayden and Sara’s herringbone marble-tile floor but don’t like the pricetag quite as much? Take a leaf out of Kerrie and Spence’s ensuite and use the herringbone feature as a splashback instead. Using feature tiles in a clever way will achieve the outcome you are after without breaking the budget.

Generally speaking, for a standard bathroom renovation, you need to allow for about 50% of your budget to go to trades and labour. This is because the work involved need numerous tradesmen, including plumbers, electricians, tilers and waterproofers.

To give you an idea of how much a bathroom renovation will cost you, we’ve given you a short breakdown below. However, these prices will vary from bathroom to bathroom depending on your space, fixtures, materials etc.

Minimum bathroom (small) – $10,000

Standard bathroom (medium) – $15,000-$20,000

Above standard (large/lux) – $20,000+ (In this case, the price for labour does not change much from the standard bathroom – it takes into account high-end plumbing fixtures, tiles and choice of bathtub etc.)

So whether you have $75,000 or $10,000 to spend, give us a call! We’ll happily chat to you about your bathroom dream and how we can make it a reality for you.