• Helsby Construction Group

So you want to renovate your bathroom, but the thought of spending $25,000+ is stressing you out ?

Here’s the good news: You don’t need $20k + to transform your bathroom into a tranquil, elegant space. There are plenty of ways to renovate and redesign on a budget if you choose to restore where you can rather than replace! An average bathroom renovation costs around $15,500 while an upscale remodel is going to cost $25,000+. However if you get creative, you can do a bathroom renovation for $10,000 to $15,000, or even less, depending on how much you want to change. Remember, the goal of renovating your bathroom is to add value to your property! In other words, you’ll recover a significant portion of these costs when you sell your home, as much as 100%. So what are some things you can focus on to ensure your bathroom renovation is a cost-efficient as possible ?

Paint A new coat of paint transforms a room and is one of the easiest ways to visually transform a bathroom, especially a very old and dated one.

Neutral colours are best for longevity of bathroom style, particularly when selling the house. Stick to creams, beiges, whites and other low-key colours and use accessories to add splashes of colour to the bathroom.


As a way to save money, you can always choose to limit the number of tiles and focus on high-impact areas like the floor and splash backs (instead of the floor and walls).

Alternatively, you could tile one horizontal strip along the wall and paint the rest, which depending on your tile choice could make a bold statement. Layout

Obviously changing the layout of your existing bathroom fixtures, such as moving/adding a bath or shower to another part of the room, is going to add significant labour costs.

If you are conscious of this fact, and the layout of the room is not the main reason for renovating, then keeping the layout the same can be a big cost saving in the long run.

Bench Tops and Vanities

A popular trend is to luxuriate on granite bench tops. But because the bathroom benches are so small, the investment is often fairly low compared to what you’d spend on kitchen counters, for example.

A way to save on granite countertops is to buy a slab containing imperfections. The more visible the imperfection, the cheaper the price will be.

Keep in mind that your sink basin will take up a lot of surface area, so if the imperfection is located where the sink or faucets will be then you won’t see it anyway!


Address the little details. You can update light fixtures, sink faucets, towel racks, and drawer pulls for a reasonably small investment. These items may seem insignificant but updating them can make a big difference in your bathroom’s look.

As always, if you are interested in getting work started and you are looking for some expert advice and the best way forward, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team on 09-218-5255, or We can also provide the design and building consent services as well!

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