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How Much Does a Bathroom Reno Cost?

A bathroom is arguably one of the most important rooms in your home as buyers tend to show more interest in these spaces than any other room in the house. Therefore it is fair to say that if your bathroom is in need of an upgrade, price considerations will play a big factor throughout the entire renovation process. 

According to the Housing Industry Association (HIA), the average amount spent on a bathroom in Australia is $21,484. Obviously how much an individual Australian spends varies from state to state, with HIA providing the exact figures from a 2022 report (Excluding NT and ACT):

  • New South Wales: $22,392
  • Victoria: $22,381
  • Tasmania: $21,667
  • Queensland: $20,382
  • Western Australia: $15,667
  • South Australia: $14,375

Now despite this being the average amount spent on a renovation in each individual state, there are still a lot of variables that affect how much your bathroom reno will cost.

Your Budget:

Typically, bathroom renovations are broken down into 3 pricing categories relating to price brackets. The first bracket is the budget category which costs anywhere between $5,000-$15,000. This type of renovation is usually very basic and largely cosmetic, involving minimal product swaps, keeping all electrical and plumbing placements the same and usually a smaller area of makeover. 

The second bracket is the standard cost category which is anywhere between $15,000 to $30,000. Majority of individuals spend this amount when renovating their bathroom which is why the average price for Australians is within this price range. More electrical and plumbing alterations may be made, fancier and a larger number of products are swapped and a more average sized bathroom is renovated in this price bracket. 

Lastly, the premium price bracket has costs situating from $30,000 upwards which may be an entire rebuild of the bathroom. With major changes in plumbing and electrical locations, top-quality fittings, fixtures and bathroom products, and extreme luxurious features, this type of bathroom renovation is expensive but for valid reasons. 

The Size of Your Bathroom:

Bathroom size plays an important role in factors relating to overall costs. This is due to having to pay for tiling to cover the floor and wall area, whether the renovation is an ensuite or a bathroom, whether a bath is applicable or not, whether the toilet is separate or a part of one room etc. The bigger the space, the larger the cost tends to be as tile pricing usually is based on cost per square metre. Ensuites are usually smaller than main-size bathrooms and therefore typically cheaper and bathtubs may not be a part of an en suite. Bathtubs can also vary in price depending on how big or small it is. 

Plumbing and Electrical Considerations:

The more changes and additions in plumbing and electrical work, then usually the more the final cost totals to. If you decide to entirely move plumbing and electrical fixtures, costs go up as it requires more work and planning and therefore more time from your tradies. If you decide to add special features such as underfloor heating, additional lighting, more power points etc, the price also significantly increases. 

The Materials Chosen:

As mentioned, materials play a huge factor in the total cost of bathroom renovations as it greatly depends on how much you are willing to spend on the quality of a product and how many/how large that product is. As a general rule – the higher the quality and quantity of a product- the higher the price tag. For example, a stone bathtub vs a fiberglass one, frameless shower screens vs unframed, ceramic basins vs acrylic, smaller detailed tiles vs larger basic ones. 

When it comes to re-designing and renovating the bathroom, people are often surprised at the overall price. Now you have a clearer understanding of where you might sit in terms of the varying price brackets for bathroom renos, it is important to undergo this process with trusted professionals. Adelaide Urban Plumbing offers reliable plumbing services at an affordable price and the highest possible quality. We communicate with you every step of the way to ensure complete peace of mind and adhere to the industry’s highest standards to ensure our customer’s requirements are met promptly. With our team of licensed tradesmen, let us take control of your next bathroom renovation and take all the stress out from start to finish.