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What does it cost to add a new ensuite bathroom?


Being a builder who specialises in home extensions & renovations I regularly receive calls from home owners wanting to know what it would cost to convert part of their existing living space into a new ensuite bathroom. Read on to find out more.

On average we find that adding an ensuite bathroom to an existing home will cost home owners between $15,000 to $20,000+. This cost will vary depending on the type of fittings & fixtures you choose for your new bathroom.

This may seem like a lot of money to create such a small space, but be mindful that adding a new ensuite bathroom usually means that there is no existing plumbing in place to accommodate the room, the area has to be waterproofed and additional walls and door openings will need to be constructed to accommodate the new space.

custom-designed-bathroomsHere are some tips to help you plan your new ensuite bathroom.

  • You can save some money on plumbing costs if you can convert and renovate existing wet areas such as an existing laundry or old bathroom.
  • Ideally your new bathroom design would include an external opening window, but if the space does not allow for this you can consider incorporating a skylight to allow natural light into the room. If there is no opening window there is a requirement for the room to be mechanically ventilated – this is easily achieved by installing an exhaust fan.
  • If you have a small area to work with consider using smart products that will make the room appear more spacious and open. Light coloured wall tiles, wall hung vanity units, shaving cabinet style mirrors and concealed cistern toilets can all make a small space feel much bigger than it is.
  • Building Code Of Australia (BCA) states that 2100mm is the minimum ceiling height for a room – however, it is preferable to keep the ceiling height at 2400mm or above.

bathroom-renovations-hunter-valleyWeigh up the benefits of building a new ensuite bathroom.

There are obvious immediate benefits to the occupier of the home when it comes to adding an ensuite bathroom to a home. You should also consider the advantages when you sell your home. Having an ensuite bathroom will appeal to a broader market ensuring that you get a good return on investment.

It’s not always easy to find the perfect place to position a new bathroom in an existing home layout. In some cases it might be best to consider extending the property if you have enough space.

If you would like to add an ensuite bathroom to your home, or want to discuss your options of extending Jarrad Mitchell Constructions can help.  Contact Jarrad on 0431 952 685.

Jarrad Lowe, Jarrad Mitchell Constructions – Servicing Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter Valley.

May 1, 2016 |

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