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Average Bathroom Renovation Cost in Auckland for 2020

A Bathroom renovation might seem simple and straight forward. This however is far from the truth. The fact is that a bathroom renovation is the most complex of all renovations due to the number of trades involved in a relatively small space.

Average bathroom renovation cost in Auckland 2020 can only be determined when all the various factors are considered. Trades involved in a bathroom renovation include a designer, demolisher, plumber, electrician, tiler, water proofer, installer, painter, grouter, and plasterer. Imagine managing the above trades within a small space. You can easily understand why organisation and planning is key to a bathroom renovation. Bathroom renovations typically should take about 2-3 weeks to complete if you have a project manager on site managing the trades for you.

Managing the trades on your own comes at a risk of either blowing your budget as you are dealing with so many different companies or extending the timeline of your project. Our first advice would be to get a company that provides project manager as part of their service.

But more on project management later, lets talk about the costs related to bathroom renovations.

Before you renovate your bathroom ask yourself the reason for your renovation and plan from there. Once you have determined the reason for your renovation then we can work out a plan and costs related to them.

Why do you need to renovate your bathroom?

Having a plan will ensure that you are spending your money at the right places.

Different families have different needs to renovate a bathroom. The fittings they choose and the choice between a bathtub or shower or both will be determined by your reason to renovate.

1.      A young family

A young family has very different needs compared to a mature family with older kids. If you have a toddler or a new baby on the way and there is no bathtub in your bathroom then it would be a wise choice to include a bathtub for your renovation.

2.      Growing family/Increase convenience

A growing family might mean that you need more space for adults to live comfortably in the house. This could either mean creating a separate toilet or dividing one en-suite into a toilet and a bathroom. If you have space in your home, then you can add an entire bathroom to increase convenience.

3.      Adding Value for Re-sale

We advise clients to not over capitalise if you are looking at adding value before a sale or renting your home. Renters and buyers alike prefer homes where they do not have to renovate. They want homes that are updated with little or no need of repairs.

Generally speaking, bathroom renovations add $1.50 for every $1 spent. People looking at selling their home should look at using simple yet updated products and fixtures. There is no need to buy a designer sink costing you $3000 if you are selling as that will not yield any return on investment.


4.      Improving quality of living/Adding a luxury bathroom

If you are renovating with the idea of adding comfort and a bit of luxury, then overcapitalising is not a bad idea at all. You can opt for a Wet room style bathroom if you have a small space, create a spa like feel or even splurge on that $3000 sink. The possibilities are endless depending on your budget.

So how much does it cost to renovation a bathroom in Auckland? – NZ Average

Once you know your exact reason to renovate then you can start planning your budget for your renovation. If you are carrying out your renovation through a renovation company then your renovation would include demolition, supplying of products and fixtures, installation, water proofing, flooring, painting and most importantly project management.

Difference in prices for a Standard, Mid-Range and Premium Range mainly is due to the type of supplier range you choose. Most companies will have a range of different suppliers that they work with to provide tailor made renovations for different client needs. For example, if you are opting for a standard bathroom renovation then Bath and Tile would be your supplier option from the company. If you are looking at a more premium range, then Reece would be an option.

Average Cost of Bathroom renovations NZ


(All types of bathroom renovations include demolition, supply of products and materials such as flooring vanity shower bathtub, water proofing, installation, plumbers, electricians, installers, painters, plasterers and a project manager to oversee the renovation)


Standard Bathroom Renovation    

$18,500 – $21,000                                              

Standard bathrooms would mean a total demolition of your previous fixtures and upgrading them with mid-range fixtures/materials. Little to no change in your existing layout. This type of renovation is most suited for people looking at adding value before selling or renting. This is also a good option for families looking at upgrading their bathroom on a limited budget to add convenience and a more modern look to their bathrooms.
Mid-Range Bathroom Renovations

$22,000 – $27,500

Mid-Range bathrooms mean that you can utilise and incorporate a more premium range of fixtures and materials.  A change in layout is also a possibility depending on your layout and its feasibility. A change in layout might need consent from the council if you are changing the toilet from its previous position. Mid-range bathrooms often include a bathtub and a shower.
Premium and Luxury Bathrooms

$28,000 and upwards

Luxury bathrooms involve a high level of customisation in terms of layout and architecture. The supplies and materials available to clients are from our premium suppliers that have specialised or one of a kind styled bathtubs or showers. These bathrooms can also be called designer bathrooms as the involvement of our designers is more pronounced. Spa bathrooms with waterfalls etc are an example of luxury custom bathrooms.


Average Toilet Renovation Cost

Most homes in Auckland have a separate and often neglected toilet. Usually the space is small, there is the old style discoloured Vinyl flooring and an a toilet hardly to be proud of. If you are renovating your bathroom then this would be a good time to consider renovating your toilet as well. This would save you time as both the bathroom and toilet can be renovated side by side. Generally it works out cheaper if the toilet renovation is done together with the bathroom renovation so there is no double up in labour/resources and product.

This includes removing all fixtures, toilet, basin (if any) and accessories in the bathroom before re-tiling. It takes about 5-10 or so working days per toilet, and new accessories have to be purchased prior to commencement.

Cost guide to renovate a toilet in Auckland


Tiling Works

  1. Supply & Overlay Wall Tiles To Ceiling Height — $1900-$3150 (Depending on Size and Complexity)
  2. Supply & Overlay Floor Tiles For Toilet — $800 – $1000 (Depending on size)
  3. The cost of tiles depending on the type of tile you get and its range. However, on average the cost of tiles would be $30 per square metre.

Plumbing Works

  1. Supply & Install 01 Set Toilet Bowl & Bidet Spray For Toilet — $860 upwards

The price of your toilet bowl itself will depend on the model and range you choose.

  1. Supply & Install 01 set Wash Basin w/ Tap — $250 and upwards Depending on Model)
  2. Supply & Replace Stainless Steel Piping for Toilet — $530 – $800 (Depending on Hot/Cold)

Haulage & Disposal

  1. Haulage & Disposal of Debris Generated — $350 – $600

Items To Purchase

  1. Purchase of New Toilet & Accessories for the Toilet Renovation — $200 to $300 and above

Estimated Toilet Renovation Cost: $12,000 and up for full toilet renovation overlay job
Estimated Turnaround: 5-6 Working Days

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What is the average cost of a bathroom?

On average a mid range bathroom costs anything between $18,000 to $25,000 in New Zealand. This would include all the materials such as flooring, shower/bathtub, Vanity, and Toilet. If renovating with a company this price would also include plumbing, installation, painting and Project Management.

What is the average cost a toilet renovation?

A full toilet renovation includes demolition of all previous sink, toilet and flooring to be replaced with new flooring, toilet, sink and a new coat of paint. Depending on the range you choose your toilet renovation would cost anywhere above $12,000.

Do i need consent from the council to add a toilet in my bathroom?

Any structural change to a home in Auckland requires consent from the council. If you are simply replacing your old toilet with a new one then you do not need consent. However if you are adding a toilet to a space then you will need consent. This is because a waste pipe needs to be built for the toilet. Most renovation companies handle the consent process on their own. Always ask your renovation company if they handle this process before starting your renovation.

How much does a bathroom renovation cost?

Basic Bathroom renovations cost between $18,500 - $21,000. Mid Range Bathroom renovations cost between $22,000 and $27,500. Premium Bathrooms will cost you anything above $28,000. The difference in prices is due to the range that you choose when it comes to materials and supplies like flooring, vanities, toilet, fixtures, and bathtub.

What Budget do i need for my bathroom renovation?

The budget for your bathroom renovation will be determined by the reason for your renovation. For example if you are renovating to sell then a basic bathroom renovation is right for you which would require a smaller budget compared to if you need a luxurious bathroom to increase comfort for your home.

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Bathroom Renovations Under $10,000 – On A Budget – NZ

With so many designs, beautiful fixtures and brilliant architects, designing a bathroom can seem like a fun filled experience. However, staying within your budget can turn this  bathroom renovation process into a stressful experience instead. When clients give us a budget of around $8K to $10K, we always advice them to not try and re-vamp their whole bathroom at the same time. Here are our tips on how you can in fact change the whole look of your bathroom under $10,000.

Bathroom Renovations under $10,000 are a definite possibility! YES it is a possibility! Bathroom Renovation Ideas while spending Under $10,000 – On A Budget – NZ.

1. Decide on your priority for your Bathroom Renovation

Think long and hard about your priorities. Do you want to change the look of your bathroom or are you looking at changing that old bathtub that you have had for ages? Or do you want to add heated floors? The key to bathroom renovations under $10,000 is to have a clear sense of priorities and careful planning.

2. Renovating the whole bathroom

Renovating the whole bathroom can be a near-impossible task under $10,000. If you are still looking at doing it, then you will have to compromise.

You could choose the most important fixture that you want to replace and get the other fixtures either second hard or of a cheaper variety. Get your plumbing sorted first because the price for plumbing is unlikely to differ no matter what fixture you get. Once the plumbing costs are sorted, then get that one thing replaced that is really high on your list. For example you might be wanting to replace your bath, well then get out there and buy the bath of your dreams. However for the kitchen cabinets and sink, look around your home and see what you could re-use.

An example of this is reusing your living room cabinets that you aren’t using anymore. Get them varnished, polish your old sink and get them fitted in your bathroom. This can prove to be a very elegant touch. This kind of renovation can take up to $10,000.

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The cabinets in this are bathroom have been reused from the previous living room of the client.

3. Make one fixture the hero of your bathroom renovation

Choose one extravagant thing that you want in your bathroom and make it a focal point. It could either be a Japanese bath with wooden skirting type benches around it to make it look like a spa or a waterfall shower. This focal point can be expensive but it can still fit in your budget as long as you do change much else in your bathroom.

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A great example of making one part of your bathroom a focal point

4. Design Design Design

There are a multitude of possibilities if you are not looking at changing your fixtures and are focused on a re-vamp or a new style for your bathroom.

a) Make one of the walls a focal point: Use tiles, mosaic, marble or wood. Use whatever you most desire and use that material on an entire wall instead of the whole bathroom. This will keep your costs under $10,000 as Mosaic can be very expensive. You can make this wall the focus of your bathroom. You could couple that wall with a few mirrors or antique looking lamps to give it a Moorish look (especially if you use mosaic on the walls!!)


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The use of Mosaic on walls and floors changes the look of the bathroom completely giving it an exotic Moorish feel

b) Replace your flooring: Replace your bland looking tiles for some colourful tiles. Add a bright rug in front of your sink cabinet, Paint your cabinets a dull gold, hang some brass lamps, add a few plants to add a bohemian look to your bathroom. This kind of renovation will only cost you $5,000-$7,000.

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The type of tile you use in your bathroom depends largely on the size of your bathroom

c) Use Laminate: Laminate is no more a cheap and boring option! There are a lot of styles and available in laminate which mimic real wood/texture, plus they do not rot, make you allergic and also have a moisture proof board that will save your surfaces.

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This bathroom uses textured laminate to give it a mature and sophisticated look

d) Picture Windows: You will be amazed at what a difference a picture window can make to your bathroom. Make sure that you buy a good quality picture window which is realistic as you do not want a shabby looking feel. Frame the picture window with a good wooden frame to make it look like a window. This should typically cost about $5000 to $6000.

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This ocean picture window instantly gives this bathroom a serene and calm feel

e) Create an illusion of space: adding mirrors can make your bathroom space look bigger and creating depth which will completely revamp your bathroom. Use mirrors not just for your vanity but perhaps behind the door or the upper half of your walls. This will cost you between $2000 to $6000 depending on the area.

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The mirror creates a dramatic effect in this bathroom and adding a touch of elegance

f) Lighting: lighting can do wonders to any room. Basic lighting is a must of course, but think about how you can highlight the special features of your bathroom with lighting. Maybe it is that gorgeous tapestry or a simple clean bathroom with a serene painting as a backdrop. Add ambiance  and charm to these features by adding soft light.

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This bathroom has very simple light fixtures making the room look fresh and sophisticated


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to organise sub contract specialist trades such as plumbers or electricians?

We have all trades covered. Superior Renovations have a network of trusted and well respected team of trades who understand our system, follow up process and can work effectively with the rest of our team to ensure a smooth renovation project. So you’re just engaging us (not multiple companies) to complete the whole job from start to finish.

Will I have a choice of fixtures and fittings and can I supply them myself?

Absolutely – if you would like to purchase anything directly and provide it for installation at the appropriate time then we have no objections to this but we always suggest clients to choose our suppliers for a number of reasons, we’re confident of the quality, we can manage the logistics, trade prices, and any troubleshooting during the renovation is easier since we can direct contact.

I have a limited budget – do you only do high end renovation projects?

No we cater for all tastes and budgets. We have a standard 3 option range (Budget, Mid and Luxury) for kitchens and bathrooms as well as offering tailor made packages to suit your personal requirements.

How long does tiling a bathroom take?

Tiling a bathroom is done in stages starting with waterproofing (assuming all the preparation has been done) which takes 1 day then another 24 hours to dry and once ready, tiling starts (which is a combination of cutting the tiles and putting them in place which will take between 2-4 days dependant on the size of the bathroom.

How to keep bathroom renovation costs down?

1. Choose lower end fittings/products 2. Instead of full-tile wall, choose half. 3. Keep plumbing where it is 4. Avoid changes that require consent 5. Reuse old fittings if possible 6. Sell anything that still has value 7. Put a budget plan in place 8. Consider doing parts of the renovation yourself

How long does bathroom renovation take?

Generally a bathroom renovation will between 3-4 week from date of demolition, however will be longer if it involves consent.

How much does a bathroom renovation cost?

Average cost to renovate a bathroom in Auckland is between $18,500 - $23,000 (design, supply and build) dependant on choice of fittings/products, whether it needs consent, and complexity of renovation.


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Or call us on   0800 199 888


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