Many Australian homes have bathrooms crying out for an upgrade. From dated shower cubicles to baths patently unfit for purpose and towel rails that fall off if you’re not too careful, there are endless reasons why homeowners want to give their bathroom a facelift. In fact, online agent Property Now reports that renovating a bathroom can add up to 10% to the value of a home.
However, the cost of a full renovation varies considerably depending on what you do and the size of the space. The cheapest options would be to replace the fixtures and fittings (shower screen, vanity and tapware) but this may not be enough of an upgrade to really increase the value of your home.
It’s important to do your research and understand how much things are likely to cost before you start any work, so you don’t get caught out by unexpected expenses. For example, some builders quote on a per hour basis for labour and others on a per square metre rate for materials like tiles.
Assuming you don’t need major structural changes, a basic renovation should take between 6 – 8 weeks. This will include design development, sourcing and selecting materials/fittings and obtaining quotes. After the design is complete your tradies will strip the old bathroom, install the plumbing rough-in and then get to work on putting in the new elements. This could take one to four days depending on the size of your bathroom. bathroom renovation cost melbourne