Bathroom renovations are one of those home improvement projects that can easily cost the earth. It’s very easy to knock down walls, put in new flooring and wallpaper, fit in a new shower and get done with it, but the “how much does it cost” question needs careful attention. First and foremost, you have to consider the cost of materials, then take your budget into consideration. Then you need to think about fittings, and lastly, your time. If you are planning a big bathroom renovation then you should definitely work out your finances first and then map out your bathroom design before you start.
So how much will a bathroom renovation really cost? Of course, the quality of fixtures you choose and the scope of your project has a big influence, but, overall, a full bathroom renovation would generally cost about $4000 – especially if you use existing plumbing. You may also have to reconstruct or repair existing pipes, and/or install a new range of plumbing fixtures. It’s a good idea to get estimates from several contractors before proceeding with remodeling as the final price can vary quite a lot between different quotes.
Another major expense will be the installation of new flooring and walling. If you’re replacing your flooring, make sure that the new one is compatible with your original flooring and that it’s an appropriate flooring style for your space. It’s also a good idea to check with your local council and find out whether there are any regulations governing the flooring you can install. Again, if you’re replacing your wall tiles, check with your plumber to make sure that the pipe work leading to your new walling is correctly fitted and that it won’t cause any disruption to your home’s ventilation system.
The next item on your list should be any water damage such as leakages, flooding and etc. This is very important as any damage to the property could result in potential damage to your personal health as well as causing severe damage to the structure of your home. If you’re planning on carrying out your own bathroom renovation, you will have to ensure that you take action to prevent any further water damage from occurring. For example, it may be a good idea to purchase your fixtures from the same manufacturer as your current water heater. Similarly, it may be a good idea to purchase your new fittings from the same supplier that supplies your current water heater.
Finally, and maybe most importantly, you have to pay for labour. While bathroom renovations are more likely to cost less than a kitchen or bedroom renovation, you still need to consider the cost of hiring qualified tradespeople to fit everything including the plumbing, fitting of new tiles and so forth. In addition, you’ll have to find a reliable source for buying your new sanitaryware. Sourcing your sanitaryware online can be a great way to make your purchases cost-effective without having to compromise quality. Most online retailers offer secure, insured and qualified sales representatives available to answer any questions you might have, so you can get your money’s worth and know exactly what you’re buying.
You’ll also need to factor in your lighting budget when planning your bathroom renovations. While lighting isn’t hugely expensive, it is essential to ensure that it’s bright enough to make the most of your newly refurbished room. With a great deal of emphasis placed on space these days, it’s essential to ensure that you’re getting the most of your space. To this end, lighting suppliers have adapted their business to include a wide range of lighting options including LED, fluorescent and low-voltage lighting options.