Bathroom renovations

How Much Does an Ensuite Renovation Cost?

Are you thinking about renovating your ensuite bathroom?

The Housing Industry Association states modern bathroom designs are about style, functionality, and efficiency. However, remodelling an ensuite bathroom can be expensive if you’re unclear about what you want to achieve and the most cost-effective options.

Whether it’s shower enclosures or hot water, there’s a variety of costs to consider – but how much does bathroom renovation cost? Many factors impact standard renovation costs, especially if you’re trying to build a functional blossom. Let’s find out.

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What is a Luxury Ensuite Bathroom?

An ensuite luxury bathroom is an extension of your bedroom, which provides the convenience of an extra bathroom and a complete personal space for getting ready. They are also the perfect sanctuaries to escape to after a long day.

A traditional ensuite is attached to a private room, usually large enough to accommodate a toilet, vanity and shower – sometimes even a bath, depending on available space. It offers privacy, comfort, and luxury.

Here are some tips you can follow when renovating your ensuite bathroom:

  • Wall-mounted vanities: Wall-hung vanities usually have a sleek design that allows for better storage as they open up a lot of space. To reveal more floor area, add a hanging vanity for a more spacious look and feel.
  • Mirrored wall cabinets: Storage spaces can be upgraded with mirrored wall cabinets for better convenience and access. Such large-sized mirrors make the room appear more extensive and more prominent with its reflection.
  • Cavity sliding doors: Tiny ensuite bathrooms use a cavity sliding door as it allows for more flexibility and placement. Integrating a niche in any wall is better than dealing with protruding shelves.
  • Colour scheme: A suitable colour scheme is crucial to any premium bathroom renovation. We recommend using light or neutral-coloured wall tiles in a small bathroom.
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Why You May Need an Ensuite Bathroom Renovation?

Someone may commit to renovating their ensuite bathroom for several reasons, from simply updating their home interiors to functionality. Here are a few reasons for renovating your ensuite:

  • Energy efficiency: From water-saving faucets to solar lighting, there are many fixtures you can experiment with when renovating bathrooms. It would be best if you opted for high-quality, sustainable, eco-friendly, high-quality materials.
  • Home safety: Old bathrooms are always brimming with potential hazards due to chipped tiles, mould, and mildew. With a bathroom renovation, you can address all these safety risks and add extra features to the space.
  • Functionality: When a bathroom’s functionality doesn’t match current needs and lifestyle, consider a bathroom remodel. This is a great way to maximise space, add storage, or improve features to increase the functionality of the space.
  • Increase value: To attract potential buyers, your bathroom must be both modern, stylish, and functional. A bathroom remodel can add value to your home by adding modern functions, features or popular styles.

What is the Cost of Bathroom Renovations in Australia?

According to a survey by the Housing Industry Association, the average cost of renovating a bathroom in Australia was approximately $17,500. Additionally, reliable bathroom renovators will charge between $45 and $55 per square metre for removing bathroom tiles.

Actual breakdown of bathroom renovation costs:

  • Small bathroom renovation can be as low as $5,000, up to $25-30,000 for a large-sized family bathroom, and above $35,000 for a luxury bathroom renovation.
  • The cost of tiling depends on the type of tiles being used, their price, and the cost of a tiler. While budget tiles cost between $30 and $55 per square, premium tiles cost more.
  • Adding fixtures like a high-quality vanity will cost between $700-850 and $1500 or more if you install a premium vanity for an ensuite bathroom.

Other key factors that impact average bathroom renovation cost are pests in the house or structural issues. Also, if you discover safety issues, such as Asbestos, you’ll need to pay an additional amount to address any safety risks.

What Factors Influence the Cost of Renovating an Ensuite?

Most bathroom companies that provide ensuite renovation will consider the following:

  • The average size of the existing bathroom (both residential and commercial)
  • Type of structural changes required like replastering, adding skylights, and more
  • The quality of materials and type of fixtures being used, i.e. vanities, light fixtures, underfloor heating, etc.
  • The cost of tiling, waterproofing and plumbing
  • The cost of luxurious elements like a framed shower screen or premium floor tiles

How Much Does it Cost to Upgrade a Bathtub?

Replacing a bathtub in Australia can cost anywhere between $1000 to $10,000, depending on your taste and preferences, the functionality of the bathroom, and the quality of plumbing fixtures used during the renovation.

A standard replacement for a budget bathtub will cost around $300 to $1000, mainly if you use acrylic or fibreglass material. However, removing and replacing a mid-range bathtub can cost about $2500.

A premium upgrade for a luxury bathroom can cost between $3000 to $10,000, depending on the type of bathtub you want. For instance, installing a high-end jacuzzi made from ceramic or stone for an ensuite bathroom will be more expensive for a bathtub renovation. You also need to consider the cost of the bathtub installation, which will vary depending on many factors.

Key Takeaways

Need Help Remodelling an Ensuite Bathroom? Get in Touch with Our Experts!

At Hunter Bathroom Renovations, our specialists will assist you in many ways, from material selection to professional paint application. We provide expert bathroom remodelling services, helping you find suitable fixtures, accessories, and more.

Get a quick estimate for renovating a luxury bathroom.

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Jarrod Adnum

Jarrod Adnum is the founder of Hunter Bathroom Renovations. He is proud to lead an experienced team and support staff that are experts in their field. All staff ensure you are getting the best solutions and service for your bathroom.

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