The cost of a bathroom renovation will vary depending on location, size, materials used and labour expenses.

The average cost of a bathroom renovation in Australia is $15,000 to $25,000 for a standard renovation and $25,000 or more for a full bathroom renovation.

  • There are a lot of factors that will affect the price of a renovation. These include:
  • If you are undertaking structural work
  • If you are changing the tiles and water fixtures and if you are buying a budget or a high-end finish
  • The size of the bathroom
  • If you’re changing the plumbing works and fixtures
  • Electrical work if you’re changing the lighting fixtures
  • If you plan to add decorative elements such as mirror lights, a bath mat, or decor prints
  • Whether you are adding luxurious bathroom features like underfloor heating
  • If you are adding new windows or a skylight

The style and the fittings will also have an influence on the price. For instance, a classic white acrylic bathtub will cost around $300 while a freestanding bathtub can cost up to $1000. If you plan on updating the toilet, a white ceramic one can cost you $200 while a high end one such as a wall hung toilet can go for up to $800.

Tiles will also have an effect, costing anywhere from $30 to $50 per square meter for ceramic or porcelain tiles, $50 to $100 for high-quality porcelain, and $80 to $130 for high-quality natural stone tiles. The vanity and cabinet can range from $150 to $600 depending on the size, style, and materials.

Of course, another factor that will have an effect on pricing is labour costs. You may need to hire tradespeople such as a plumber, an electrician, or a tiler. The cost of service will also vary, some charge on an hourly rate while some will charge per job.

On average, hiring a professional tradie may cost $60 to $85 an hour depending on your location and the job complexity.

How to reduce your bathroom renovation costs

If you’re on a tight budget, there are ways you can keep costs down when renovating a bathroom. Here are some ways you can renovate on a budget:

  1. Go DIY – This can be an option if the project doesn’t require professional work. You can easily DIY paintwork or install a new faucet.
  2. Don’t alter everything – Structural alterations will cost you to hire a plumber and an electrician. You can keep the costs down by opting to do cosmetic changes instead such as installing a new shower screen or a fresh coat of paint.
  3. Get finance – If you can’t afford to pay upfront, a construction loan could fund your renovation project.

As a rule of thumb, you want a bathroom renovation that can add value to your property, make sure it is appropriate to the property. If your house is a mid-range property, you don’t want to renovate the bathroom with high-end fittings and tiles because this may put homebuyers off.<