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Everything You Should Know About Professional Bathroom Renovations: Cost, Tips, Advice & More!

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  • 12 - 07 - 2021
  • By Heritage Plumbing

Thinking about turning that bathroom of yours into a blissful oasis?

There’s no denying it…there are few parts of the house that excite new and experienced home renovators alike than the bathroom.

But what do you need to know before you get started?

If you’ve ever wondered:

•  What does a bathroom renovation cost?

•  What trades do I need for a professional bathroom renovation?

•  How long will a bathroom renovation take to complete?

•  Should I do my bathroom renovation myself?

Then you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, the expert team at Heritage Plumbing will look to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Professional Bathroom Renovations so that you can get started planning your own!

What does a Melbourne bathroom renovation cost?

Let’s start with the big question.

How much does it cost to complete a bathroom renovation in Melbourne?

What bathroom renovation services do you need?

This is a tricky question to answer on its own, but for any sizeable bathroom renovation that requires the services and trades such as:

•  Design

•  Plumbing

•  Waterproofing

•  Tiling

•  Plastering

•  Cabinetry

•  Painting

You may need to budget anywhere between $10,000 and $50,000 depending on the scale of your renovation.

That’s a big ball-park figure, and your final costs are going to be determined by the following factors:

•  Bathroom/ensuite size

•  The materials (tiles, fittings etc.) you choose

•  Labour

•  Permits (if required)

There are some other big factors that will affect the cost, regardless of your bathroom size, depending on the architectural features you wish to implement in your bathroom.

Some of the features that can have a big effect on bathroom renovation costs include:

•  Plumbing, particularly if installing new elements or moving old ones

•  Frameless shower screens

•  Tiles (EG: A smaller, more intricate tile will take longer for the tiler to place and hence cost more)

The average spend on Australian bathroom renovations, according to the Housing Industry Association, is $17,000.

If we break that range down even further, here’s what you can expect to get done, depending on your budget.

Budget Bathroom Renovation

Cost: $5000-$10000

At this price range you are looking at simplistic cosmetic changes to your bathroom, using budget fixtures and fittings.

Typically, bathroom renovations in this price range are for smaller than average bathrooms. These are usually 1.5m x 2m.

Of course, if you are capable and qualified to perform some of the works yourself (more on this later), then any savings you make on labour could mean you can achieve a grander renovation within this price point.

Standard Bathroom Renovation

Cost: $10000-$15000

At this price range you’re looking at a more complex renovation of an average sized bathroom.

An average bathroom size is around 2.5 m x 2.5 m.

Within this price range, you could expect to complete some more complex changes to your bathroom, such as moving smaller elements of the bathroom, as well as retiling.

Within this price range, you should be able to access mid-range material and fittings.

High-end Bathroom Renovation

Cost: $15000+

To achieve a high-end bathroom renovation, you will be spending at least $15,000, but potentially much more.

As always, much depends on the size of the bathroom, but when it comes to high-end bathroom renovations, we are normally talking about bigger bathrooms which can come in at 3.2 m x 2.5 m.

At this price point, you are looking at a complete overhaul of your bathroom, making major changes to layout and services. This could mean moving the shower or bath or moving vanities.

You will also be wanting to use premium fixtures, fittings and materials.

It also might mean you need the services of a professional designer.

In this price bracket, you are probably looking at a completely professional bathroom renovation service and depending on the number of trades involved, you may even need a project manager.

What trades do I need for a professional bathroom renovation?

Regardless of the level of bathroom renovation you are completing, chances are you will require professional bathroom renovation services and trades.

Typically, you will require a mix of the following:

•  Plumbers (required on bathroom renovation)

•  Tilers

•  Carpenter

•  Cabinet Maker

•  Painters

•  Plasterers

•  Electricians

For a high-end bathroom renovation, you might also want to include an architect or draftsperson.

These people will help you understand the full scope of works required to achieve your desired outcome.

If multiple trades are involved, a project manager will also be required.

Of course, working with a plumber you can trust is of vital important, regardless of the size of your bathroom renovation.

A plumber will be the central trade for a lot of the required works.

A plumber can help with the following essential parts of a successful bathroom renovation:

•  Re-routing piping

•  Drain cleaning

•  Pipe-fitting

•  Plumbing connections

•  Movement of services (taps, baths, toilets etc)

Working with a plumber with exceptional bathroom renovation experience, such as the team at Heritage Plumbing, is the cornerstone of any successful bathroom makeover.

How long will a bathroom renovation take?

A properly managed bathroom renovation of an average size bathroom can take four to six weeks.

Of course, this time frame changes depending on the amount of work required, the number of trades involved and overall management of the project.

This means if you don’t have a second bathroom or shower in your home, you will need to make an arrangement with a family member or friend to access a bathroom or shower during this time.

Should I do my bathroom renovation myself?

If you have read this far, you might be realising that when it comes to bathroom renovations, there is a lot more that meets the eye.

For a smaller, budget bathroom renovation, there may be elements that you can complete yourself.

But even then, there are going to be specialised pieces of work that only a skilled and qualified tradesperson should complete.

This is especially true of plumbing.

Trust us, you don’t want to the person who thought they could install a toilet, only to find that you haven’t installed it properly.

When planning your bathroom renovation, think about the various works that are required and be honest about what you can and can’t do.

If in doubt, seek professional help.

Get your bathroom renovation quote!

Planning a bathroom renovation and want to get a better idea of what your project is going to cost?

Heritage Plumbing is here to help.

Our team has 40+ years of experience and has worked on countless Melbourne bathroom renovations in that time.

Contact us today to get a quote for your project.

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