Whether you are embarking on a complete renovation journey for your bathroom or just planning to do some DIY renovation, you must know everything about toilet renovation cost. Hacking a toilet and designing it from scratch definitely requires some effort and money, but before you get into the buying process, have you jotted down what you actually need? Renovation is a great way to make fixes to an existing room, without having to hack it completely.
With inputs from Noel, our designer, this toilet renovation cost guide will help you spend your money wisely and we will help you make an informed decision about which parts of your bathroom need more attention.
How much do you need to invest in a toilet renovation?
While on average you will be spending about $4,000-$7,000 on an entire renovation project. Here’s an estimation of a basic toilet renovation cost:
- To hack a bathroom about $1,200-$1,500
- Plumbling about $1,200-$1,500
- Tilling about $3,000-$4,000
- Shower screen about $600-$850
- Vanity about $850-$1200 (depending on the size)
**All prices in Singapore Dollar
Of course, these costs are indicative and relative. You will have to take into account the materials and finishes you are opting for. For example, are you looking for fancy, designer tiles or regular ceramic tiles? Do you need a huge vanity unit or a compact one? Everything is going to change your budget little by little.
What can alter your toilet reno budget?
The answer would be your bath fixtures and accessories. These can really change your budget to a whole new level. For example, if you opt for smart showers with voice and WiFi control, you are not going to get it an equivalent price as a regular shower. Similarly, heated floors and non-slip flooring can take a slight toll on your toilet renovation cost.
The basics of a toilet renovation
Unless you own landed property in Singapore or buy a new condo, you will mostly be purchasing resale HDBs or condos. This means that you will definitely want to redo your toilet, for hygiene reasons. Usually, in old toilets, the water pipes are concealed behind the walls and the first step to renovating this space is new water pipework to prevent any leakages. Waterproofing the floor tiles is the next and very important step.
What is included in a bathroom renovation package?
Once you consult an expert for your toilet renovation cost, they will most likely give you a list of things that you should renovate in your toilet, depending on the condition of your bathroom. If you really do not want to empty your bank account, you must know the must-renovate things in your bathroom.
Usually, when you opt for a complete bathroom renovation, it includes some basic things like:
- Plumbing work for new piping
- New tile finish
- Waterproofing works
- Shower screen
- New bath fixture
Read this for more: Planning Your Toilet Renovation? Here’s a Guide to Help You Prepare.
Ask these questions before getting a toilet renovation
When our designers interact with homeowners to design any part of their home, they ask a lot of questions related to their usage, needs, preferences, lifestyle, and so forth. You have to do the same when it comes to getting your toilet renovated.
- What is it that you are looking for in your bathroom?
- Are you looking for just the basics?
- Or do you want a designer touch in your bathroom?
- Do you need to get a child-friendly or/and elder-friendly design?
- How many people will be using this bathroom?
Once you have figured this out, you will know where you will be spending your money.
Once you have answers to the above questions, you will figure out that no matter what your reason to renovate your bathroom, you will need an easy maintenance space. Who likes cleaning things all the time or looking at stains and sulking? While deciding your toilet renovation cost, make sure you take into account the materials you will be selecting. Opt for tiles and quartz as surface materials as they are non-porous and easiest to clean.
While glass shower enclosures look lovely, they can be a pain to clean. Instead, opt for smaller partitions that just about keep water splashes away.
Coming to another important aspect of your toilet renovation. Your storage requirements can alter your toilet renovation cost immensely. Always assess the availability of space and your needs before you decide on that vanity unit. If you happen to have a lot of things to store in here, then you should go for a vanity that has ample drawers and cabinets.
For some of us, our bathroom is an extremely important space and we just cannot do with a regular design. So if you are inclined towards the look and feel of this space, then you might want to set aside a certain amount of money on adding designer elements. Just like the homeowners in this condo. They have added a decorative marble tile inlay above the bathtub here, that elevates the look of this space and adds an elegant touch.
Essentials to keep in mind
There are certain important things that you should consider while renovating your bathroom and setting aside money for it.
Your bathroom requires proper ventilation. If you do not have windows, you might want to hack a wall and create an opening to promote some sort of ventilation. We also suggest you get frosted glass windows that help maintain privacy. Invest in a good quality window as the moisture level here is going to be high. You can opt for Venetian blinds as well.
Working with a compact bathroom? Then you need to plan the layout in such a way that the entire space is utilised very well. You do not need to compromise on the design or functionality just because you are dealing with less square footage. An experienced designer can help you get an ergonomic design with all the essential fixtures in the smallest of bathrooms.
Last but not the least, do not forget to add the right type of lighting in your bathroom, especially if you are working with tight spaces. We suggest you invest in LED lights for under wall cabinets and recessed lights for the ceiling. Of course, you will need lights that are moisture resistant. Keep your vanity and sink area well-lit since you will need more light here.
3 interesting toilet renovation tips that everyone can try
#1: Expand your toilet space by extending it outwards
While renovating your toilet, you might realise that you need more space than what is available. If space allows, you can always extend your toilet area by breaking a wall. Your vanity area can easily be incorporated into this extra space. Make sure you have a divider in between the vanity and the bedroom.
#2: Try installing sliding doors
Instead of regular hinged doors for your toilet, try installing sliding doors. This will not only save you some space but will also look unique. Get a mirrored door and turn it into a full-length vanity mirror. You can install Hollywood lights around it for effect. This is ideal for compact bedrooms as hinged doors need clearance space while opening and closing.
#3: Build niche storage in your shower area
It is always a good idea to be clever with storage when it comes to toilet renovation. Experts recommend niche storage since it is easy to achieve. Utilising vertical space is a great way of adding storage. Whether it is your shower area or vanity, these can be really useful.
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