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In short, yes. Individual trades such as plumbers, water-proofers and electricians all need to be qualified and licensed. For a complete bathroom renovation, you will typically require a qualified and licensed builder.
When it comes time to hiring a contractor make sure they are right for your job. Some questions you should ask them include:
Are you licensed?
Are you insured to work in my home?
How long will my job take?
Can you provide a written quote?
Do you have references I can follow up?
Can I see examples of your work?
For a simple bathroom renovation, we would allow anywhere between 3 to 4 weeks for the works to take place within your home. However, we have listed below some of the factors that can affect this timeframe slightly:
Standard Bathroom Budget would be $15,000 to $25,000 –depending on size and product selections. On average this is what most people spend when renovating their bathroom. Labour is by far the biggest cost to any bathroom renovations.You should expect to be looking at middle range tapware, vanities, toilets, baths etc.
You will have a larger range of tiles to choose from within the $30 per square metre range. As far as construction, there would be no major changes such as plumbing and drainage locations, ventilation, windows or door openings. Basically, out with the old and in with the new.
A premium or luxury bathroom renovation you should expect to pay from $25,000 upwards. Basically, you would be looking to completely redesign your bathroom with luxury add-ons which might include mood lighting, underfloor heating, skylight installation or even structural changes e.g. moving walls, windows, doorways etc. We would allow for major changes to the plumbing and drainage relocation.
You should expect to be looking at mid to high range tapware, frameless shower screen, in wall cistern and custom made or wall hung vanity, as well as a freestanding bathtub. Additionally, you will have a diverse range of tiles to choose from in the $50 per square metre range.
Waterproofing a bathroom is designed to contain water within the bathroom perimeter and to prevent water damage to wall and flooring structures. Under the Building Code of Australia - F1.7 and Australian Standards - AS3740, it is mandatory to waterproof a bathroom.
On completion, the qualified waterproofer must provide a waterproofing certificate to the bathroom renovator.
Yes, you definitely canchange the location of any item in the bathroom, ensuite or laundry. Just bear in mind when you move these items.
Yes, you can if you wish to reuse some items however, this would depend of their age and condition. All care is taken but not guaranteed as it is quite difficult to remove some of these items without breaking or damaging theme.g toilet pan.
Yes, it is possible to accommodate changes, however, it is far more cost effective not to make changes during construction. Minor changes are usually do-able without any extra cost. However, if the changes are major and were not part of the original scope of works listed on the quote e.g. moving plumbing outlets, these changes will be deemed as a variation.