When renovating a bathroom, there are many ways to go about it. You can choose to stick to a basic update of tiles and fixtures or go all out with a complete redesign. Whichever way you decide to go, the cost can quickly add up. James Coupar from the Grout Guys says that to keep costs down on a reno it’s important to be as clear and concise with your tradespeople. “Start with a budget, itemise everything and get quotes from a number of qualified builders,” he advises. This will give you the best idea of the total project cost and will allow you to compare tradies on quality, service and experience.
Hipages notes that a bathroom renovation typically falls between $15,000 and $35,000. Anything above $15k may increase your choice of products, but it’s likely you won’t be able to change the structure of the room (such as moving shower screens or bathtubs).
The first step in a full bathroom renos is the demolition/strip-out. This involves removing old fittings and fixtures and is dirty, noisy work. It takes a few days to do and may include core drilling in the floor (to install new waste pipes) or cutting into walls to relocate plumbing fixtures/powerpoints.
Once all the rubbish has been removed, the plumber comes in to rough-in all the pipework and wastes. This is a time-consuming task that can take one to four days depending on the size of your bathroom. A sparkie then comes in to install the electrical wiring and powerpoints. This can take one to four days as well, especially if your reno includes lighting, heated flooring or towel rails. bathroom renovation cost melbourne