If you’re just beginning to plan your bathroom renovation, you’re ready to consider your budget and learn how much a bathroom reno actually costs.

Bathroom renovations, for the novice, can be an overwhelming task, with regulations, plumbing, electrical and tiling to be considered.

We recommend consulting a professional for your bathroom renovation.

Depending on the type of renovation, the average cost ranges from a budget of $5,000 to $35,000+ for a high end renovation, with a small bathroom renovation <5m2 costs an average of $10,000.

The cost will be influenced by not only the size of the bathroom, but the quality of the fixtures, labour, and whether or not asbestos removal is required.

Breakdown of the cost of trades

We’ve broken down the cost of each tradesperson using a minimum budget bathroom renovation via Hire Trades.

TradeAverage hourly rateAverage cost

Add to this the cost of:

  • Tiles
  • Fixtures and fittings
  • Lighting
  • Waterproofing

And you can clearly begin estimating how much your renovation will cost.

How to save money

Money can be saved by:

  • Leaving the layout and existing plumbing the same
  • Choosing cheaper fixtures, or taking advantage of less expensive bulk buys
  • Using a linear drain which only requires 1 gradient, as opposed to point drains which require several.
  • Avoiding any structural work such as moving door frames
  • Complete any painting yourself.


Remember, a bathroom renovation is a solid investment, and choosing quality trades and waterproofing will ensure your home is safe from leaks and water damage for years to come.

While the initial outlay may seem expensive, the value added to the home will far outweigh the cost.


Greg Wallis, Owner Strip Drains Sydney
Email: info@stripdrains.com.au
Phone: 1300 30 88 93