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The Sane and Simple Start Guide for Bathroom Remodels

A bathroom renovation can seem a daunting subject to try and absorb because its scope can be broader than the Grand Canyon. Information overload - which is what the Internet is infamous for – can occur but it is still a good starting point for your research. So here are the nuts-and-bolts of bathroom remodels focusing on three cost levels - low, mid and high-end - and what you can expect to get.

Bathroom remodelling

The “starter” Bathroom Remodel

Estimate: $5,000 (DIY) to $12,000(DIFM)


  • Generally happy with existing bathroom
  • Want to upgrade and replace items where required
  • Limited budget
  • Want to optimise the value of your home without spending a large amount

What’s Possible?

  • the plumbing stays put, as do most of the wall linings, but you can upgrade your fixtures and fittings with off-the-shelf products.
  • At the upper end of the price range you can do away with the shower over bath and go to a new standalone shower if there is room.
  • Vinyl flooring for sure.
  • Walls are generally a paint finish although feature tiling can be introduced at the middle to upper end of the price range.

At this level it’s resourcefulness and creativity that’s going to carry the day.

The Mid- to High-End Bathroom Remodel

Estimate: $12,000 to $25,000


  • Not only is the bathroom tired the layout needs some work
  • Wanting new fixtures and fittings
  • Wanting to add a bit of style

What’s Possible?

  • The wall linings are gone are we start from scratch
  • Fixtures can be relocated
  • Separate the shower from the bath and add some wriggle room.
  • Tiles are on the agenda
  • A bathroom with a bit of the WOW factor

At this level it’s smart design and good product selection that wins the day

The Bells-and-All-the-Whistles Bathroom Remodel

Estimate: $25,000 plus


  • Time to look at adding some space and giving you a home spa – you deserve it!
  • Wanting more space and more pzazz
  • Wanting to make a statement

What’s Possible?

In reality anything – it’s all down to what you want and how much you want to spend

At this level it’s all about “a little bit extra” and not having to wait for a vacation to treat yourself to a spa like experience. Or simply start the day in a room that invigorates you or end it in one that refreshes you.

In all of the above options the following is true:

  1. Don’t take short cuts when it comes to keeping water where it belongs
  2. Effective ventilation is critical
  3. Use only experienced bathroom contractors
  4. Think ahead – what changes in use are going to occur during the lifetime of the renovation.

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