Bathroom renovation cost
Bathroom renovation cost is a big consideration when planning your project.
Here we set out some realistic amounts and help you on the path of deciding how to manage your bathroom renovation. Importantly, this information is relevant to Sydney in 2019.
Hire a builder or DIY
Managing a renovation project is not quite as simple as you may think. If you hire a builder, it’s likely to cost around 10% to 30% more than if you were to manage it yourself. How much more it costs, depends to some extent on whether the builder is on the tools, or supervises only. If you know and trust tradesman yourself, it may however, be worth managing the project DIY.
How much on work – how much on fittings
There is a broad range of bathroom renovation cost, and this will depend mostly on the extent of works and the level of fittings. Size of bathroom does not have as much impact as you might assume. The overall quality of the works will have an impact of cost. It is good keep the value of fittings on a par with the quality of works. You probably wouldn’t buy a top of the range Mercedes with vinyl interior, therefore the same applies with building.
Cost including fittings;
- Under $10k – Low quality outcome. DIY management. Fittings $2,000 approx. Framed shower screen.
- $10k to $15k – Low quality outcome. Hands on builder. Fittings $4,000 approx. Framed shower screen.
- $15k to $20k – Mid quality outcome. Some layout change. Fittings $5,000 approx. Custom Frameless.
- $20 to $25k – Upper quality outcome. Layout change. Some structural. Fittings $6,000 approx. Custom Frameless
- $25 to $30k – Quality outcome. Layout change and structural. Fittings $7,000 to $8,000. Custom Frameless
- Above $30k. Quality outcome. Layout change and structural. Fittings above $8,000. Custom Frameless
Choosing a tradesman can be daunting but it really isn’t as hard as you may think. Remember that you are not purchasing a product but a service. Importantly, it can’t be assumed that each price you obtain will give you the same result.
Here are some basic tips to follow in order;
- Understand yourself – Consider what you want in scope, service and quality of work.
- Budget – Establish a budget before you start calling for prices.
- Specification – Build a simple form of specification of what you want.
- Communication – Be open and honest with Trades about what you expect. Gauge responses carefully.
- Collaborate – Work with Trades to form a relationship that is clear for both but with a mutual goal.
- People – Chose Trades that are similar to you. Look for reciprocal trust.
- Negotiating – Negotiate any terms or price in a respectful way and seek responses.
- Promises – Be wary of anyone that makes unrealistic promises. If it’s sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
- Mindset – Remember that Trades are people just like you and everyone you know. There are good, bad and all the shades of grey. Your Trades are coming into your home but they are going to work to do their job. Set your expectations reasonably and present these to your Trades before they price your work.
Unforeseen things during the job
Because building is a fluid process, there will always be unforeseen things. This may result in increased cost, delays or a change of plans. If you have specific requirements in this regard, tell your Trades before the job.
You will need to plan out your shower screen right at the beginning, because this has an impact of waterproofing. Pre made shower screens almost never work properly, because walls and floors are almost never level and plumb. This is discussed further at https://www.framelessshowersonline.com.au/frameless-shower-screens-custom-pre-made-whats-difference/
As a fully licenced builder company, we have decades of experience in the bathroom segment of Home Building.
We can help you with all your frameless shower screen needs.