Bathrooms are one of the most beneficial rooms to renovate for financial value and quality of life. To successfully renovate your bathroom, it’s important to have a good plan. You’ll need to consider your creative vision and budget, including costs for a renovation specialist, bathroom tiling, and fixtures.
Additionally, you’ll need to consider how the original bathroom design will impact major structural and plumbing renovations. This article will teach you all this, and more so you can confidently move forward on your renovation.
In order to communicate your bathroom renovation ideas, you’ll need to collect inspiration. This is the first step in your renovation journey. There are plenty of ways to gather inspiration, including:
This research will help your bathroom builders and designers create the bathroom of your dreams and discuss what is possible. You can look at our documentation here to read more about the inspiration process.
Planning a bathroom renovation is like bringing all your dreams into reality. It’s an exciting process because it makes your home much more personalised and comfortable. There are also a heap of features in your stock-standard bathroom that just don’t meet everyone’s needs. For example, a high-quality spa bath would be a must if you love a spa day at home, but they’re not that common in a typical bathroom. Or if you have mobility issues or difficulties bending over, low cabinetry with deep shelves isn’t suitable. You can plan and design for all these things with the help of a professional renovation team.
A bathroom renovation can cost anywhere from $25,000 to upwards of $95,000, depending on various factors. Determining your bathroom budget requires understanding where you can cut costs and how much services and materials cost on average.
Typically, budgets are formed during consultation with an experienced renovation specialist. During a consultation, you’ll discuss your inspiration and ideas and begin to map out a shopping list. It’s beneficial to understand the basics and have a battle plan. The primary areas you should consider when planning your budget include the following:
You can expect to spend around $15,000 to $30,000 on a mid-range renovation. However, for a premium or luxury renovation, these costs can range anywhere from $30,000 to $90,000 and upwards.
Below we explore in further detail some factors that can impact your budget.
Choosing the right bathroom renovation specialist is extremely important. Allowing someone to enter and work in your home requires strong trust and communication. Aim to acquire at least three quotes to compare your options.
When getting quotes from a bathroom renovation company, it is essential to consider more than just the price. You should also look at the business’ reputation and how well they communicate. Great ways to do this include reading reviews, reviewing their previous works, reading their website and, ultimately, having a conversation.
Some questions we suggest asking include the following:
These questions will not only give you important information but also let you see how the specialists communicate. This can give you an idea of how quickly and clearly they respond.
Another huge contributor to bathroom renovation costs is tiling! Tiles are common in bathrooms, often covering the walls and floor. Bathroom tiles can cost anywhere from $20 to $86 per square metre, depending on the tile material, colour and style. The tile installation cost will then typically add an extra $35 to $120 per square metre to the overall quote.
A bathroom renovation specialist will typically have a list of preferred material suppliers. If you’re looking to save on upfront costs, whilst still generating property value, is to choose tile designs that incorporate strategically placed tiles around the bathroom rather than floor-to-ceiling installations. This is not only cheaper on material costs but can also inspire exciting designs.
For more information on choosing tiles for your bathroom, check out our comparison of different materials, styles, colours, and sizes.
Fittings and fixtures can also contribute to renovation costs. Fittings refer to lighting, tapware and towel railings, while fixtures include bathtubs, toilets, cabinetry and shower screens. These details are by far one of the easiest things to amend when trying to keep on budget. For example, choosing a budget bathtub over a luxury tub can reduce costs by up to $7700.
Similarly, depending on the style and quality of the toilet you purchase, costs can range from $150 to $750. Finally, you might consider a walk-in shower to save on the cost of a shower door.
If you’re worried about the costs but still want a particular aesthetic, you can discuss alternatives with your designers.
The most important detail in planning a bathroom renovation is the floor plan. This will determine the overall appearance and cost of the renovation. There are many different types of floor plans, all with different benefits; however, a drastically altered floor plan will affect your planned costs. This is due to structural changes such as changing the placement of windows or doors as well as potential plumbing relocation.
When choosing a floor plan, you’ll need to consider what major elements of your bathroom it will impact. The size of your bathroom will also impact what floor plans are available to you. Ultimately, choosing a floor plan is best done in consultation with an experienced bathroom renovation specialist.
Some popular floor plans typically used in bathroom renovations include:
A successful bathroom renovation requires a lot of communication, collaboration and hard work. Planning is just the first step in this process. There are many other important processes, such as:
If you want to learn more about renovating your bathroom, we have complete process documentation that covers all the essential steps.
Planning a bathroom renovation is an exciting process, especially with the help of a renovation specialist. Understanding how budgets, floor plans and the overall renovation process works are helpful in guiding you through your first consultation. However, you can be assured that when working with specialists, you’ll have access to all the information and guidance you need. If you’re interested in taking the first steps on your bathroom renovation journey, get in touch with us today.