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How Much Will It Cost To Renovate Your Bathroom?

How much will it cost to renovate your bathroom? This is the most frequently asked question by people looking to redecorate their home.

People are always asking me how much things will cost. Usually, they want to know the cost of something before they even know what they want. Then, after I tell them, they say “well, that sounds reasonable” and go off and do something else.

That’s why I’m going to give you a summarize of everything you need to know. Including the materials, labor, permits and everything else you need to know to ensure you come out a winner.


How Much Will It Cost To Renovate Your Bathroom?

If you are thinking about renovating your bathroom in Singapore, then you should know that it will cost you between estimated  $6,550 and $35,000. This does not include the actual cost of the supplies you will need to renovate your bathroom.

For example, if you decide to tile your entire bathroom, then you will have to buy a lot of tiles. Tiles are not expensive, but they are very heavy. So if you are doing this yourself, you will have to get a ton of them at one time from somewhere like Home Depot or The Tile Shop. In addition, you will also have to get a ton of other stuff like glue, grout, and tools. All of these things add up and the total

Factors Affecting the Cost of Renovation in Singapore

As a property owner, one of the main concerns that will affect the cost of your renovation will be the condition of the building that you are renovating. In this issue, we are going to look at what factors will affect the condition of the building that you are renovating. 


Renovation costs will vary depending on the type of residence. Resale condominiums, for example, may cost 20 – 40% more to renovate as compared to BTOs.

The higher cost of renovation is due to the following reasons.

  • Additional hacking of walls or tiles will cost you more than no hacking at all. That’s because hacking adds to the size of the structure, which increases the amount of materials you must purchase (more concrete, steel and bricks) and the amount of time and manpower it takes to erect the structure (more time for drying and curing of cement, and more time for nailing and taping of bricks). Therefore, you should always opt for a BTO flat if possible.
  • Piping doesn’t matter. What does is the fact you are spending money to make your home more comfortable and appealing to buyers. You don’t want to spend a fortune on making your home more comfortable and appealing to buyers… unless… it translates into a higher resale value.
  • It is recommended that all new residential construction include a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) for every two electrical receptacles in the breaker box. This is a relatively inexpensive ($20-$100 per installation) precaution which will prevent deadly electrocution hazards.
  • Pre-fitted sinks and toilet bowls are included in extra toilet fittings BTOs. Adding on to the renovation cost will be the requirement for homeowners to purchase and install their bathroom fitting.
  • Space savings The biggest winner from BTO is often space. In a BTO remodel, you can literally remove wall and ceiling to open up your space, creating a much larger living area. A smaller space means less material required, which translates to a lower cost.


Hacking and carpentry are two of the most expensive elements in any renovation project. Therefore, it’s always best to spend as little as possible on these areas when you do your renovation. If you’ve got a tight budget, you may want to reconsider doing the renovation at all.


If you want to avoid overspending, stay away from the half-hacked walls. Compared to fully hacked walls, such walls are more labour intensive and more expensive to achieve.



When renovating, it’s important to consider the materials used. Countertops, flooring and other materials have a big impact on the total cost of the renovation. Go with what’s most affordable if you are working with a small budget.



There is a “theme price” for any space. A Scandinavian theme will always be more expensive than an industrial theme. This is because an “exposed pipes and tubes” look is not desirable in a minimalistic space. Minimalist homeowners will always spend extra to have electrical piping and tubes concealed to give the illusion of a smooth, sleek space.



When you hire an interior designer it will cost you about 20 – 30% more as they take charge of everything related to the renovation. This includes designing, the supervision of work, and carrying out the work as you direct. The contactor will only carry out the work as you instruct, and thus, charge you less. These are some of the main differences between an interior designer (ID) and a general contractor (GC).



The Lowest Price You’ll Ever Pay To Renovate Your Bathroom

About $4,000-$7,000

Why? Because that’s all it’ll cost you to completely renew your plumbing, tile flooring, repaint the walls, install new light fixtures, and so on.

And get this: If you have a tenant living in your apartment building, they will pay ALL of the renovation costs… even if… they don’t want to live there anymore!

This is a legal agreement that exists in many Asian countries. It’s a “Right-

  • To “hack” a bathroom about $1,200-$1,500
  • Plumbling about $1,200-$1,500
  • Tilling about $3,000-$4,000
  • Shower screen about $600-$850
  • Vanity about $850-$1200 (depending on the size)

**All prices in Singapore Dollar

Of course, these costs are indicative and relative.


Whatever your budget is, this is the number you need to use as your benchmark. Whatever number you come up with will be high enough so you don’t feel pressured to spend more than you can afford.

Remember: You don’t need the highest quality of everything. You just need the essentials and ask 9 Creation for quality advise.

What’s the cheapest (yet still decent) option you can think of? Well, if you and your significant other are on the same page, you can get away with