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Renovating: Which Rooms First?

iStock_85369617_MEDIUM_resizedFor the best return on your renovation spend, you need to be selective in your renovation choices. The most common value-adding projects include highly-trafficked rooms like the kitchen and bathroom. Here are what you can expect to pay and some tips about the what features to include.

Kitchen Renovation Costs

Average size: 10 square metres
Average renovation cost: $14,000-$18,000

What to include in your new kitchen:

  • Install a canopy rangehood and dishwasher
  • Use stone for surfaces
  • Keep the design open plan

What NOT to include:

  • Expensive fixtures and fittings
  • Omitting bench and storage space
  • Weird colour combinations

Bathroom Renovators

Bathroom Renovation Costs

Average size: 7 square metres
Average renovation cost: $10,000-$13,000

What to include in your new bathroom:

  • Frameless shower doors
  • Floor-to-roof tiles
  • Double vanities prevent arguments and keep the bathroom neater

What NOT to include:

  • Make extensive changes to the plumbing
  • Replace a combined bathtub/tub with a shower only
  • Overuse mosaic tiling

Patio

Other renovation projects to consider (and their costs)

Cost of flooring (laying tiles, polishing)

Average size: 160 square metres (standard 3-bedroom apartment or home)
Average sqm cost: $26-$102 per square metre (depending on material)
Average total cost: $4,000 -$16,000

Building or adding a new room

Average size: 13 square metres
Average renovation cost: $19,000-$25,000

Deck or patio

Average size: 10 square metres
Average sqm cost: $185-$910 per square metre (depending on material)
Average total cost: $2,000- $9,000

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