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The cost of renovating an ensuite

Last updated: 22nd May 2019

See also: How Much Does A Bathroom Renovation Cost?

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).

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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

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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.

  • Toilet
  • Shower
  • Vanity
  • Sink
  • Bath

And the fixtures…

  • Taps
  • Shower head
  • Shower screen
  • Towel rails
  • Extra storage
  • Lighting

What you can expect to pay:

Labour: $8000-$12000

Toilet: $180

Tiles: $55/m2

Vanity: $300

Basin & Taps: $200

Exhaust Fan $35

Shower & Screen: $600

Lighting: $350

Other Accessories: $40

Labour: $12000-$20000

Toilet: $450

Tiles: $110/m2

Vanity: $650

Basin & Taps: $400

Exhaust Fan $50

Shower & Screen: $800

Lighting: $450

Other Accessories: $120

Labour: $20000-$25000

Toilet: $450

Tiles: $160/m2

Vanity: $1700

Basin & Taps: $1200

Exhaust Fan $500

Shower & Screen: $1400

Lighting: $650

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 ready to provide a free quote on your job. It only takes a few minutes to start getting in touch with real, trusted tradies.