Cost of a Bathroom Renovation

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A budget bathroom renovation in Australian in 2017 starts from $10,000 including labour and low end materials on average. The median cost of a full bathroom renovation with mid quality fittings and finishes costs around $20,000 however layout changes to sewerage and pipe work and increase these costs considerably. Your options can range from enganging a professional bathroom renovation company to design and project manage your full bathroom renovation for you, to coordinating different trades such as tilers and plumbers yourself – the latter option will usually save you on average 20% versus using a professional bathroom renovation company.

Expect bathroom renovators to charge an hourly rate of $65/hr on average. This rate can still go up or down depending on specific factors, so the highest cost that your bathroom renovation could go is approximately $80/hr. The lowest rate, on the other hand, is about $50/hr.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2018 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Bathroom Renovation Experts on the site from July 2016 to July 2017.
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Hear from an expert
According to Ben of Shami Renovations, updating a bathroom can cost $7,000 – $8,000 for labour only. With materials, the price of the renovation job can go for $10,000 – $12,000. A typical reno project includes rubbish removal, demolition, plumbing, tiling, plastering, and electrical work.

Additionally, some customers want to modify the layout of their bathrooms or install a bath in an area where there is no bathroom at all — for example, a big room that will be converted to an en suite. These will require major changes like creating new connections for water supply and waste. In such case, expect to pay an extra $1,500 – $2,000 to cover the cost of new fixtures.

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Bathroom renovation prices from real customers

Jeff from NSW
He had 2 full bathroom (1 ensuite and 1 main bathroom) renovations done at his home in Bellevue Hill.
Other details: The cost of the project included labour and all materials.
TOTAL COST: $40,000
Garry from NSW
2 full bathroom (1 ensuite and 1 main bathroom) renovations were done at his home in Quakers Hill.
Other details: The price included the cost of labour and all materials except for the tiles.
TOTAL COST: $26,000
Lydia from WA
She had the bathroom of her home in Como completely renovated.
Other details: The price included the cost of labour and all materials needed (including fixtures and fittings).
TOTAL COST: $10,000

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Cost of common bathroom renovation jobs

Bathroom Renovation Task Typical Quoted Prices
Resurfacing $750
Waterproofing $1,000
Tiling $1,500
Bathroom fixture installation $1,000
Plumbing $5,000
Shower screen installation $1,400

Bathroom renovation costs: The difference lies in the details

A complete bathroom renovation usually includes adding or replacing plumbing fixtures and laying of floor and wall tiles. But apart from these, bathroom renovators also assess the cost by considering the materials used for the following:

  • Cabinetry
  • Countertops
  • Light Fixtures

The types of materials used can affect the amount of labour required, and some materials are also more complicated to install. Their prices may vary as well; some are naturally more expensive — for instance, countertops made of luxurious materials and tiles with intricate patterns.

Cost of Fixture Supply & Installation

Option Low Range Mid Range High Range
Install bathtub $500 – $1,680 $3,600 – $5,100 $7,000 – $9,000
Install cabinets $2,200 – $3,800 $4,700 – $7,000 $8,000 – $13,000
Install countertops $900 – $2,000 $2,800 – $4,100 $6,000 – $6,500
Install floor tiling $920 – $2,000 $2,500 – $3,600 $5,400 – $7,700
Install lighting $220 – $900 $1,100 – $1,700 $2,500 – $4,000
Shower Installation $550 – $2,000 $3,000 – $4,800 $7,000 – $11,500
Sink Installation $380 – $1100 $1,400 – $2,300 $3,500 – $6,500
Install toilet $130 – $250 $340 – $480 $650 – $980

Bathroom renovators from different states = different rates

Cost of bathroom renovations

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With an average price of around $56/hr, Victoria-based bathroom renovators charge the most affordable rate in the country. Meanwhile, in New South Wales, customers can expect to pay approximately $60/hr for bathroom renovations. This is only slightly lower than the $65/hr average cost in Queensland.

In South Australia, bathroom renovators charge around $85/hr. This is considerably higher compared to the rates of the three previously mentioned states. However, this only comes in close second to the $88/hr average rate in Western Australia where bathroom renovators charge the highest price across Australia.

When looking for bathroom renovation specialists, see to it that the tradies have enough experience and skills. These will guarantee that they are capable of delivering results that meet your needs. To make it easier for you to find the right business, has a list of highly qualified bathroom renovators in your area.

Pricing information correct as at August 2017.

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