How much does it cost to renovate your bathroom?

bathroom renovationA bathroom renovation project can cost as much or as little as you want it to. An upscale renovation could cost upwards of $50,000 but impactful makeovers on a budget are possible if you get creative.

Renovations are more than just a way to make a space more attractive. A good renovation can also increase the value of your property. Happily, there is more than one way to approach the renovation of a bathroom. It really depends on how far you’re willing to go and what you want to achieve.

Bathroom renovations also have the potential to blow out. If you remove wall linings or flooring, then you may discover water damage. This can be an expensive journey, so always have 10-20% extra in your budget to deal with unexpected expenses.

How much does it cost to renovate a bathroom in NZ?

In NZ, a cheap, basic makeover costs about $10,000. This will re-use items such as baths, fittings, and keeps the plumbing in the same place (moving plumbing requires a plumber and possibly even building consent). It is possible to have a cheap renovation of a bathroom.

However, if you are looking at a large-scale remodel of your bathroom or an entirely new bathroom, it will cost up to $30,000 as a minimum cost. Make sure you hire a builder that is  flexible, experienced with bathroom renovations and open to discussing all the options available like the team at SIKA Homes.

If you want to update a bathroom in a period home, a good builder will be able to respect the character of the space while adding modern comforts. The key is to restore rather than renovate. Choosing the right builder to do this will save you money in the long run as an amateur workman or DIYs can do more damage than good.

There are a number of bathroom renovation ideas to help you make a significant changes with a cost-effective approach.

A good scrub

With time, parts of your bathroom can start to age. The grout between the tiles and silicone around your tub, for instance. Despite these being relatively small details in your bathroom, they make a big contribution to the ambience. When they turn dirty and grey, it makes your space look dull and unhygienic.

Once you clean up the grout, it can really brighten up your space. If you intend to change the colour theme of your bathroom, you may want to re-colour the grout to match. If the silicone around your tub needs to be replaced, consider calling a professional in. This task can be tricky and if done incorrectly will not do much to help the look of your space. Similarly, look at other aspects of your bathroom that have dulled with age and can be given new life with just a good clean.

Plan retiling economically

Getting the entire bathroom retiled can quickly become expensive. To keep the costs low, you should be judicious with this feature. One way to approach this is to tile just one horizontal strip along the borders to add visual interest, or retile just the area around the shower or bath.

If one or two of your floor tiles are chipped then replace just those instead of redoing the whole floor. If you aren’t able to find perfectly matched replacements, opt for tiles with a design or of a different colour. Adding them here and there could turn into an attractive visual feature.

Add a coat of paint

A new coat of paint can truly transform a space. Not only is it economical but it is also something that you can do yourself to cut down on costs. In a bathroom space, it is safest to opt for neutral colours like pastels, cool blues or greys. If you want to add bits of bright colour, do this with the accessories or fittings.

You should start with clean walls so remember to scrub away any trace of mildew and dirt beforehand. If you have wallpaper up in the bathroom, you can remove it neatly with a steamer.

Finding the perfect builder for your bathroom renovations

If you are wanting a bathroom renovation or an entirely new bathroom, Sika Homes are experienced, skilled, and backed by a Master Build guarantee. Contact us for a quote. We can give examples of other bathroom renovations we’ve completed, and help you plan your new bathroom, whether it’s an economical tidy-up or a grand overhaul.