Last updated: 22nd May 2019
These days, most new homes are built with at least one ensuite bathroom attached to the master bedroom. Unfortunately for older houses this isn’t always the case, so building or renovating an ensuite is necessary if you need extra bathroom space. Essentially, an ensuite is just a smaller version of a standard sized bathroom, attached directly to the bedroom (to avoid that hallway run in your towel!).
Like any major renovation project, the cost of adding an ensuite can vary significantly in price. As a general estimate, you can expect to pay anywhere from $8 000 to $30 000 +, depending on size, features and materials. This article will take a closer look at the various jobs (plumbing, electrical, tiling etc.) involved so you can get a better idea of what outlay to expect.
First things first: Is it worth it?
The general consensus amongst real estate agents & home valuers is that adding a well-designed ensuite will add value to your home. Like any renovation, over-capitalising is unlikely to produce a positive return on investment; a functional design and quality features are essential. It’s likely you’ll be working with a small space, so being savvy with space-saving fittings is one way to make the space seem larger. Experts recommend features like sliding doors, wall-mounted toilets, using light colours and a skylight (especially if you are working with a low-light room).
Elements to consider:
Adding a bathroom involves several skills and labour costs, including:
- Electrical – Lights & powerpoint installation
- Plumbing – Hot water system and pipe fittings for for your toilet, shower, bath & sink
- Tiling – Including walls, floors & and feature details
- Waterproofing – Any bathroom requires strong waterproofing given the levels of wetness & humidity
- Building – For any knockdown & extension work
Think about about your current bathroom plumbing & electricity
Repositioning your plumbing and electrical outlets will require more work from professional tradesmen. You should also consider if your old inlets and outlets will function with new fixtures and fittings. We advise getting professional advice from one of our trusted, local tradies to plan these decisions.
What to buy?
Unlike other rooms, many items in the bathroom require professional fitting. Here are the key items you will need to purchase to complete an ensuite renovation. Remember, in most circumstances, there are budget, mid-range and luxury options available.
And the fixtures…
- Shower head
- Shower screen
- Towel rails
- Extra storage
What you can expect to pay:
Basin & Taps: $200
Exhaust Fan $35
Shower & Screen: $600
Other Accessories: $40
Basin & Taps: $400
Exhaust Fan $50
Shower & Screen: $800
Other Accessories: $120
Basin & Taps: $1200
Exhaust Fan $500
Shower & Screen: $1400
Other Accessories: $350
DIY or Professional?
While renovation television programs might make DIY look like the better option, in reality, you’re better off going with a professional finish. Leave your plumbing, electrical and tiling to a professional – elements such as painting and interior design are the best DIY options if you’re looking to save some cash.
We’ve got plenty of bathroom renovation specialists on ServiceSeeking.com.au ready to provide a free quote on your job. It only takes a few minutes to start getting in touch with real, trusted tradies.