How much does a house renovation cost? When it comes to renovating your own home, this is one of the first things you should establish.

There is so much hype around home improvement, in part fuelled by shows like The Block, House Rules, Selling Houses Australia and Grand Designs Australia and entire channels like 9Life, which features home improvement shows from around the world.

There is, however, one key aspect missing from the majority of these shows and it’s the most important of all – a realistic renovation cost! On a renovation TV show, costs are reduced through sponsorship deals and discount agreements and budgeting doesn’t make for the most riveting of television, so it’s never discussed in great detail.

The best place to start is with some facts and ballpark figures. We have complied data from our previous jobs and experiences to develop some estimates, but they are just that – estimates. Exact prices depend on the house, scale, type of construction, scope of works, selections, planning requirements, inclusions and exclusions. The only way to obtain a final renovation cost and comprehensive fixed price quotation is for us to complete our full planning, bill of quantity and quotation process.

How much does a bathroom renovation cost?

Let’s start with the bathroom. For less than $7,500, you could potentially rip out and replace the vanity, toilet, shower screen, tapware and accessories for a minor makeover. This facelift does not involve retiling, relocating fixtures or any construction works.

The moment you wish to remove and retile the walls and/or floors, we compromise the waterproofing system. As a licensed builder, we must build to the National Construction Code and relevant Australian Standards. Therefor this means we need to strip it back to the frame and complete the renovation to the current code.

Bathrooms are the single most expensive room to renovate in any household. What most people don’t realise is the vast number of trades, steps and processes involved in such a small space to achieve compliance.

The biggest benefit of a full bathroom renovation is that you open up the ability to rearrange and reconfigure the space with modern fixtures and fittings, improving the layout and functionality. A typical full bathroom renovation will set you back between $25,000 – $35,000, sometimes more for larger bathrooms, in slab plumbing alterations or higher-end finishes.

How much does a kitchen renovation cost?

With the flat pack revolution, you can pop down to Bunnings, Ikea or the like and pick up a full kitchen for anywhere from $8000 – $20,000 plus assembly and installation. But you do need to factor in other costs such as appliances, plumbing, electrical and the demolition and removal of the existing kitchen. Not to mention the cost on your relationship assembling the puzzle!

To save your relationship and open up more opportunities, another option is a complete kitchen renovation. We can reconfigure the space and have a cabinet-maker build a custom kitchen for $40,000 – $50,000.

If your new kitchen design involves opening up the space by knocking down a wall, it’s hard to know exact costs. This is because there are so many differing factors. For instance, houses built with a trussed roof don’t have any roof or ceiling loads on the internal walls, whereas older houses do. You are best to contact a builder or engineer to investigate, design and quote any structural alterations and establish the renovation cost.

Should you be considering completing a renovation or extension, or are interested in knowing more about the cost of your project. Get in touch with Kevin and Ray at Update Renovate today. We offer a unique all-in-one design and construction service, aimed at simplifying your building journey.

Our Happy Client’s Kind Comments

Why did you choose Update Renovate?

From the very first meeting with Kevin and Ray we felt very comfortable and there wasn’t the hard sell that we have previously experienced when we attempted this project with another company. Ray couldn’t of been more helpful, during the design stage we were trying to cut costs and he was more than accommodating, offering suggestions and making amendments to suit our needs. All of the tradespersons were very professional, approachable and accommodating and most importantly we felt totally comfortable with the crew at our property at all times.

Finally we are absolutely happy with the final outcome of our second storey extension. We would definitely use Update Renovate again for our next project and recommend them to anyone looking to extend.

Wayne & Sue Power, Bracken Ridge

Would you choose Update Renovate for your next building project? Yes

We are very happy with Update Renovates work completing our extension. During both the design and construction processes, we greatly appreciated their flexibility to accommodate changes, professional advice and ideas. Also the minor maintenance jobs they completed around the house were a real bonus! Thank you!

Melinda & Geoff Ericksson, Eight Mile Plains

We would love to say thank you to the whole team,

Firstly Ray, thanks for being so prompt to my barrage of emails and questions, you were always so helpful that I never had any doubts. Secondly we cannot sing the praises of Rob and Lachy enough, they are not only talented carpenters they are also lovely guys who made our building experience very enjoyable, so much so that our 2 year old was in tears when they finished. We love our new home and don’t know how we lived without the space. So finally, thanks again you have a great team.

Matthew & Jenna White, Ipswich

We are very happy with the end product. The professional service and advice provided throughout the project was both helpful and greatly appreciated. Specifically thanks to Ray and all the Update Renovate team who had a hand in the extension and renovation.

Would you choose Update Renovate to complete you next building project? Yes

Would you recommend Update Renovate to family and friends? Yes

Roger & Lynn Lane, Upper Mt Gravatt

From the initial quote through to the final completion of the job, Update Renovate were both very professional and thorough. All the tradespeople were polite, on time and the whole process was simple and well managed. We are very happy with the result and would not hesitate to recommend Update Renovate to other customers.

Would you choose Update Renovate to complete any future building works? Yes

Ken & Gill Miller, Carindale

The carpenters and all the tradies that came to our house where great. Most noteworthy, the plaster repairs are seamless and the tiling is terrific. Many thanks to Kevin, Leigh, Peta, Dave, Phil and everyone involved. We are very happy with our extension and have already recommended Update Renovate to a few friends and family.

Sally-Anne & Adrian Waller, Carindale

How do you rate the building and construction stage?

All the Update Renovate carpenters on our job were both very friendly and professional. Dave and Phil were always able to answer our questions and were able to accommodate the small changes we made during the build. We are extremely happy with the work that Update Renovate has done for us.  We love our new house.

Hamish & Natalie McLean, Holland Park

How do you rate the initial consultation and concept design stage service?

We were very happy with the initial consultation with Kevin. He was both open and honest and had some great ideas that we hadn’t even thought about. Also we felt reassured that he knew the full building process, had a good understanding of building regulations and most importantly he wasn’t just a salesman for the company.

Hamish & Natalie McLean, Holland Park

How do you rate the initial consultation and concept design stage services?

Excellent and very accommodating. Both Kevin and Ray contributed simple and practical ideas that resulted in an excellent functional design that met our needs and budget. They provided great advice, were quick to make changes and respond to our questions.

Scott Shooter & Melanie Wilson, Wakerley

Would you use or recommend Update Renovate again in the future?

YES 150%. We are completely thrilled with the result. The whole process was simple and practical. Furthermore the team was excellent and very considerate of our needs while we lived and worked from the house. 

Scott Shooter & Melanie Wilson, Wakerley

Thank you all for the excellent work you have done on our house over the past year. Everyone was polite, considerate and helpful and all work of an excellent standard. Thank you Kevin for your patience with us and the calm, efficent way you tackled all our requests and problems as they arose. Special thanks to Tim and Peter the tiler for their meticulous attention to detail, we are very happy with our new improved home.

Shane Roberts, Camp Hill

Great response to concerns and rectified issues as they arose, not that there were many. Very flexible, we had to delay start date and team was understanding of that. Staff who worked on the site were fantastic, very helpful and friendly. Happy to explain and seemed very proud of the work they did. Office team also very responsive and got back in reasonable timeframes.

Julie & Marshall Newton, MacGregor

Fantastic service from start to finish. Very happy with the process and end result of our renovation.

Simon & Hollie Strong, Mt Gravatt

Ray, Kevin and the Update Renovate team worked with us from start to completion and guided us every step of the way. They took great care to help us create our vision and welcomed our input and feedback.  Throughout the entire project, communication was of the highest standard and we always knew where things where at. The team were always respectful of not only our family, but also our neighbours. We stayed in the house through the build, and the site was always left clean and tidy and the team went out of their way to make this as seamless as possible.
We could not be happier with the finished project and highly recommend Update Renovate.

Jason & Fiona Strong, Mt Gravatt East

We would definitely recommend Ray, Kevin, Rob and the team from Update Renovate. They are a very organised outfit who delivered exactly what we wanted in excellent time and outstanding quality.

Simon Hartigan, Holland Park