This bathroom renovation budget breakdown will simplify your planning

Interior designer Lucy Sargent breaks down bathroom renovations according to particular budgets


If you just want to freshen up your bathroom, use your budget on little things that will really pack a punch. For instance, you could update your basin mixer and shower mixer to a different finish and find some funky towels that have texture and colour. Also, try adding some greenery with an indoor plant or two, choosing coloured pots that tie in with the towels or the tapware finish.


With this budget you can make cosmetic changes as well as updating your vanity. Choose a vanity with maximum storage and efficient use of space. If you currently have a flat mirror, consider a cabinet mirror for additional storage. If you still have a bit of budget left over, look at updating the toilet to a more modern system.


You could update all your fixtures with this sort of budget: a new toilet, bath, vanity and shower rail. Choose a mid-range price point for taps and fixtures and consider a lick of paint on the ceiling and walls. You could change up your tiling as well, but get quotes before you start so there are no surprises down the track. Lighting is another feature worthy of an update. Change to LED lights for a more sustainable option and have your electrician install vanity lighting.


To do a full bathroom renovation using quality fixtures, you could easily expect to spend $35K or more. With this budget you can afford to be adventurous with brass or gunmetal tapware, add a custom-made vanity, and invest in good-quality tiles. Consider hiring an interior designer – they can suggest options you may not have considered and provide 3-D renders so you know exactly what to expect.

– Lucy Sargent, Interior Designer
Pocketspace Interiors, Auckland.

Photography by: The Virtue, Vanessa Lewis, Bauer Syndication, Nicola Edmonds

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