When renovating a bathroom, thinking about what you want out of the space from a design perspective is the first step.
Are you hoping to change the actual layout of the space or simply update fixtures? If you’d like to move the sink to the opposite wall, for example, it’s likely plumbing lines will need to move and your costs will be on the higher end. Take a look at the design and layout process explanation below for more detail. If you’re just planning on swapping in new tile work, flooring, and fixtures (also known as a “rip-and-replace”), the cost will fall toward the lower end—depending on the level of your material choices, of course. Keep in mind these costs are associated with renovations involving design and general contractor professionals, and do not reflect pricing for DIY Renovations.
If your plans include reimagining the layout or converting a bathtub to a shower (or vice versa), expect a baseline cost of $25,000. You’ll need a registered architect to file a permit application stating the plan is compliant with building codes and laws, in addition to schematic drawings. An architect or interior designer will typically charge 15 to 20 percent of the project’s construction costs.
This is the part you’ve probably thought about most – which bathroom tiles you love, or which fittings and fixtures will best suit your space. We outline pricing (below) for a range of materials based on quality. The lower end represents items from stores like Bunnings Mitre 10, or IKEA. The middle range encompasses higher quality materials from specialty stores, while the higher end represents custom, handmade, or imported products.
Even if you’re just changing out fixtures, you must account for the labor costs for demolition, disposal, and installation. It’s also important to plan for unexpected costs, for example, if the wall tiles are removed and it’s discovered the sheetrock needs to be repaired. In any case, it will cost an average of $2,000 to strip the space pre-installation. Other costs to consider include prep work to protect the floors ($600-900), waterproofing (about $1,000), electrical and plumbing permits ($900-2,000), and plumbing work ($2,000-3,500).
Here’s a breakdown of average costs you can you expect for visible materials, fixtures, and finishes, in addition to behind-the-scenes costs such as labor, permits, and fees.
Estimated costs above are based on thousands of bathroom renovations on the Ace platform and through our network of vetted renovation contractors. Our free service matches homeowners with the best renovation contractors for major renovations, monitoring until the project is complete.With our online quoting engines you can find out exactly how much you’re going to spend.