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A free guide to calculate your renovating costs

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Bathroom renovation cost guide

If you are trying to work out what it costs to renovate your bathroom in Sydney you’ll quickly realise there are some huge variables that can change your estimates, and required budget, very quickly.

There is no right or wrong amount in terms of what to pay for a bathroom renovation as far as cost is concerned. The single biggest factor when estimating costs is to decide if you are doing a simple makeover with things like re-painting and changing the taps or are you considering a complete bathroom renovation. 

Simple makeovers are minor so they might cost less than $1,000 once you buy some paint, new taps and a new light fitting to freshen up the room, you don’t need a bathroom renovation company to do that type of work, a handyman will suffice. Passion Built is a bathroom renovation specialist with a team of contractors that focus on building complete bathroom renovations around Sydney with a fixed price contract. 

The second consideration is room size where a 1m x 2m will typically be cheaper to renovate compared to a 3m x 3m due to the reduced amount of materials or labour needed to complete the room.

Lastly, you have to work out your bathroom renovation labour costs vs your product costs. You could ask your contractor to supply all the items but typically they will purchase low cost items and you have no control over the brand, model or item used. This will make sure your renovation package cost is low, but the inferior products may fail fairly quickly.

It will pay to take the time to create a bathroom renovation cost breakdown, even if that is on a simple spreadsheet or list. You can check off each item as you determine who will be doing what step of the renovation and with what product/s or materials.

Average renovating costs for new main or ensuite bathrooms

Here are some cost estimates for the most common bathroom types that Passion Built renovates in Sydney. Keep in mind these are complete rebuilt renovations where the old one is totally demolished to the bare room structure. Everything is then redesigned according to your budget and to deliver what items listed in the contract

The costs are broken into labour cost & then products/fixtures as you need both items to finish building a new room. You need ample budget to cover both requirements.

The cost of renovating a bathroom, ensuite or even a kitchen will vary based on room size, products used & how complex the site is to work on.;

 

Main Bathroom with no drainage moving:
Labour only – $20K inc gst
Basic fixtures – $22-23K inc gst
Premium fixtures – $25-28K inc gst

 

Main bathroom with drainage moving:
Labour only – $21K inc gst
Basic fixtures – $23-24K inc gst
Premium fixtures – $26-29K inc gst

 

Ensuite varies based on size:
Labour only – $17-18K inc gst
Basic fixtures – $20-22K inc gst
Premium fixtures – $26-29K inc gst

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How can you estimate your renovating budget?

The first thing to realise is that if you search online to learn about bathroom renovating costs you will read very similar information provided by multiple sources.

Most experts will estimate a complete bathroom renovation to cost between $15,000 and $30,000, with renovations in NSW around the $17,000 mark. It becomes really important to read the fine details to work out the differences between quotations.

HireTrades – $5,000 to $35,000

OpenAgent – $17,522 was the average

Lendi – $18,000 to $21,000

Canstar – $22,392

HiPages – $17,000

If you want to completely renovate a bathroom for your home in Sydney then you can safely assume you will need a budget between $17,000 and $25,000 to start with.

You can literally get one hundred free quotations from contractors in Sydney but you’ll probably find they will be fairly similar.

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Want pricing information?

Dylan from Passion Built will be happy to answer any questions you might have & share information about current renovation package options available.

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What is a fixed price bathroom renovation?

We use the term fixed price bathroom renovation in relation to jobs that are based on a specific list of tasks or steps. Our licensed tradespeople will carry out each step as part of the agreed renovation scope of work and contract.

This scope of work is typically very specific so that you know exactly what will or won’t be done during the renovation. This means the price can be provided on a fixed basis for the exact items that will be done. Most contractors will estimate as best they can how difficult or how long something will take to be done.

If anything changes or there are unforeseen circumstances that arise, then a variation will be agreed on, although this is done in writing with both parties agreeing before any other work is completed.

By getting a fixed price renovation quotation you can budget accordingly and know exactly what you will be paying to get all the work that you need done.

This makes it easier to work out the cost of renovating your bathroom.

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What things can effect the cost of renovating a bathroom?

Size of the room
This is the very first thing that will impact the cost of renovating. As mentioned earlier the larger the room the more materials and labour required to complete it. A bathroom or laundry is a wet area in the home so that means waterproofing, plumbing, tiling, lighting, plus fixtures and fittings.

The breadth of renovations needed
Is the existing bathroom simply having everything replaced or are you considering moving a wall, changing the plumbing layout, altering the electrical outlets, adding a bath or even installing a new steam shower. The extent and complexity of the work required will lead to variations in costs due to the materials, time and expertise needed.

Materials and products
We all know you can go to Bunnings and buy a tap for $20 but you can also buy designer tap ware for $400. So of course the items you choose for floor tiling, vanity, sink, taps, drains, lighting etc will all lead to cost variances when renovating. Other options like under-floor heating, exhaust fan, heated towel rails can also be expensive items to purchase that can add a few thousand dollars to the budget needed. Cheap materials may not last as long as high quality items.

Who is doing what?
Labour is the largest cost to manage so if your renovation contractor uses lots of different sub-contractors or you make changes after work commences, then costs will increase. You may be able to save money by sourcing your own materials and ensuring everything is provided ready to be used by the tradespeople on site.

Hidden surprises
A variation to the agreed scope of renovation work may be required if something unexpected pops up. For example, when demolishing a room the contractors might discover asbestos and need that removed before continuing. Alternatively in older homes maybe the subfloor needs to be replaced due to water damage. Many of these things can’t be seen during initial inspections when quoting.

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Is a makeover the same as a new bathroom quote?

Our company does not do makeovers, they are not the same as getting a new bathroom built. A makeover is normally very simple renovations where you might paint over the wall tiles in a new colour, change the drawer handles, repaint the ceiling or hang a new mirror.

Most handyman trades can complete this type of work and you will spend less than $2,000 in most cases. This can update your bathroom to feel a bit more fresh, but it won’t necessarily add value to your home.

Building a new bathroom in Sydney to us means completely stripping the old bathroom and then literally creating a new one from the ground up. New floor and wall preparation, new waterproofing, new tiling & of course new products installed.

The benefit of a new bathroom vs a makeover is that you can change more things, go further with your interior design & create a better finished outcome in the room.

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How do you get accurate quotes to renovate a bathroom?

A lot of people ask us how to get quotes for renovations. Most renovation contractors in Sydney will operate the same way, meaning they will listen to the requirements then estimate their cost for labour, materials and expertise to complete the task.

If you don’t ask each contractor for the exact same thing you will just end up with lots of different prices and probably even more confused than when you started.

Passion Built is a licensed builder in Sydney that is often contracted to do remodelling, renovating or repairs for homeowners. This is the advice we provide to anyone trying to get a quote;

1. Create a floorplan
You have to begin with a very clear floorplan that clearly explains the layout that is to be built. This creates a very clear picture to work out if plumbing, electricals, doors, walls or windows need to be moved.

2. Decide on what has to be done
Make a very clear list of the actual work you would like done. This has to be a concise list with the same details provided to each contractor.

4. Be clear about what you want
A toilet renovation is not the same as a complete bathroom renovation. Your toilet might just be a small space but a full bathroom might be a 2 x 3 metre sized room. You have to be very clear what you want done otherwise renovation companies won’t even both providing a quote. 

3. Choose your materials and products
You could leave it up to the contractors to source products, but then you have no real control over your costs, brand or quality of the items that will be used. If you want to control your renovation costs in Sydney then you should select your tiles, taps, mixers, shower head or things like vanity units then you have a defined list of items that can be priced. This makes it much easier to determine the price of renovating a bathroom because you add the product purchase cost with the estimated labour cost.

4. Create a scope of work
Put the information above into a simple scope of work document that is given to each contractor to quote against. That way each renovation company is providing their estimate pricing based on completing the same work using similar materials so that you can easily compare the pricing being offered.

5. Get new bathroom quotes in Sydney
Once you have this information collated you can then approach renovation contractors in Sydney to come and quote on the job. With very specific direction it means each company is quoting on doing the same list of action items needed to build your new bathroom. It also makes it easier for you to compare the labour rates between companies. 

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How much does a bathroom redesign cost?

If you are in the planning stages you will be trying to figure out how to redesign your bathroom. The costs of a redesign can literally be $0 or free all the way up to a few thousand dollars working with an interior designer.

Free online design tools
Companies like Reece provide free online redesign tools like Imagin3D where you can put your room dimensions in and then place products into the room. You can try different layouts, colours, products or textures and see it all in a virtual 3D view.This is the simplest and fastest way to figure out ideas for a redesign, just requires your time and patience.

We can design for you
We can help you do this step during an on-site consultation where we will come up with a redesign plan that is based on your brief. This saves some time and means we can get started on your bathroom much quicker.

Use an expert
Your other choice is to get an interior designer or an architect to redesign your bathroom. Their skills, expertise and industry knowledge will ensure you receive the latest advice, a very detailed site plan and the latest design trends to create your bathroom.

While using a professional designer will add to the cost of building your bathroom it will be worth it in the end.

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Free site inspection, consultation & quote

It’s really easy to find out the cost to renovate. We offer an obligation free site inspection, consultation & written price quote so that you can work out all the costs before you commit to renovating.

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The average cost in Sydney to completely renovate a bathroom is around $17,000 inc gst which is based on hundreds of different projects reported to sources like the HIA, Lendi, HiPages and other reporting services. Typically the cost will be between $17,000 and $30,000 depending on the size of the bathroom, the materials or products you choose. The variances come from the labour needed & the quality of product you choose e.g a basic tap might cost $20 but a designer item $200

Passion Built is a Sydney based renovation company that can provide a free, fixed-price, renovation quotation to have work done in your home.

Our process is;

  • Provide a free email or telephone consultation to understand what is required
  • Conduct a site assessment to talk about your options and what may be possible.
  • Review your scope of work and provide a written estimate for your approval.

 

It is important to have a very clear idea about the room layout you would like, the products you want installed & any other requirements for the renovation so that each contractor can quote accurately.

Fixed-price bathroom renovations mean exactly as it says. There is an agreed, fixed price, that is determined to complete the renovation project required. Each item is clearly itemised so that the home owner and contractor know exactly what is going to be paid for to complete the work. 

Advantages;
– it is easier to budget for your renovation
– all parties agree to the costs involved to complete the work

Disadvantages;
– The contractors may over-estimate their costs to cover for any surprises, so you pay more
– Surprises or variances cannot be included and would need to be re-quoted separately

 

Once a renovation contract has been agreed to with a written scope of work and pricing it is possible for a variation to be agreed to after work has commenced. This is common when either the home owner decides to make other changes or an unforeseen problem arises like broken plumbing or water damage to a floor.

We use the term fixed price bathroom renovation when we list out each of the steps we will carry out as part of a renovation quotation and contract. This scope of work is very specific so that you know exactly what will or won’t be done during the renovation. This means the price can be fixed based on the exact items that will be done. If anything changes or there are unforeseen circumstances that arise. then a variation will be agreed on, although this is done in writing with both parties agreeing.

By getting a fixed price renovation quotation you can budget accordingly and know exactly what you will be paying to get all the work finished.

This makes it easier to work out the cost of renovating your bathroom.

Average renovating costs for new main or ensuite bathrooms

Here are some cost estimates for the most common bathroom types that Passion Built renovates in Sydney. Keep in mind these are complete rebuilt renovations where the old one is totally demolished to the bare room structure. Everything is then redesigned according to your budget and to deliver what items listed in the contract

The costs are broken into labour cost & then products/fixtures as you need both items to finish building a new room. You need ample budget to cover both requirements.

The cost of renovating a bathroom, ensuite or even a kitchen will vary based on room size, products used & how complex the site is to work on.;

 

Main Bathroom with no drainage moving:
Labour only – $20K inc gst
Basic fixtures – $22-23K inc gst
Premium fixtures – $25-28K inc gst

 

Main bathroom with drainage moving:
Labour only – $21K inc gst
Basic fixtures – $23-24K inc gst
Premium fixtures – $26-29K inc gst

 

Ensuite varies based on size:
Labour only – $17-18K inc gst
Basic fixtures – $20-22K inc gst
Premium fixtures – $26-29K inc gst

Dylan
Dylan

Licensed builder and founder of Passion Built

About us

Passion Built, a premier licensed builder in Sydney, that provides bespoke bathroom renovation services tailored to meet the specific needs and visions of each client whether it is for a house, apartment or commercial use location. Recognised as one of the most modern bathroom renovation builders in Sydney, we specialise in transforming living spaces including a laundry

For those looking to revamp their bathrooms, our detailed bathroom renovation package brochure provides an array of options to renovate a bathroom in your house or apartment within your budget without compromising on quality. 

Unique services such as converting laundry to bathroom are handled with the utmost precision, showcasing our dedication to innovation. With a commitment to transparency and no hidden surprises, our fixed price bathroom renovation quotations ensure complete peace of mind for every single client. 

Trust Passion Built to design your new bathroom space; your dreams, our blueprint.