1. What does a bathroom renovation cost?
  2. How long does a bathroom renovation take?
  3. What is the process from quote to completion?
  4. Will I be able to use it?
  5. Who provides and sources all materials?
  6. What about the rest of the house?
  7. What can go wrong?
  8. What are common mistakes we see people make
  9. Is STS Plumbing licensed?
  10. Do you offer warranty
  1. What does a bathroom renovation cost?

    To conduct a quick make over; replacing the toilet, vanity, shower screen, taps and towel rails you are looking at around $4500 including materials and fixtures. This can make a tired bathroom look new again.

    To either re-surface or tile over existing finishes, replace the toilet, vanity, shower screen, taps and towel rails you are looking at around $8500 to $12500. This is a good option to increase the resale value of a rental unit or if your bathroom structure is in great condition but you hate the colour of the tiles.

    A basic strip out where most fixtures are kept in the same place including water proofing tiling plumbing electrical and other trades the cost can range from $18000 to $25000. This option will ultimately give you the best long term outcomes or is needed if you would like to change the layout of the bathroom.

    Finally, there are high end options starting from $30000 to $60000. This would include a full strip out, using an interior designer to design the space, using high end fixtures, marble tiles, custom made vanity’s and strip lighting. This allows you to make a grand statement, creating a stylish bathroom that will still look great in 30 years. 

  2. How long does a bathroom renovation take?

    Obviously it will vary depending on what is done, however you should allow 3 weeks for a full standard bathroom renovation from removal to being able to use it again.

    For a high end bathroom this can take up to 5 weeks as you may need to wait for items like a custom made vanity and other fixtures as well as the extra time needed in conducting the work.

    If you are simply looking at the re-surfacing or tile over tile options, allow a week.

    Please note custom shower screens can take 2 weeks from measure to installation you can still use the shower or bath in this time but just need to be mindful of water splashing on other fixtures 

  3. What is the process from quote to completion?

    We will attend for a free site visit and quote where we discuss your options like tiles, moving fixtures, budget and design including whether an interior designer will add value to your project.

    STS will then draft a first quote based on the meeting. If you’re happy with the first quote, we will attend again to finalise the little details (tile colour, fittings and fixtures) and finalise a price. A contract will be signed to protect both parties as required by Fair Trading.

    STS then creates a schedule to conduct the job. This generally includes:

    • Demolition where a crew will remove your old bathroom.
    • STS and the electrician will conduct their “rough in”, installing baths, pipework and running wiring.
    • Time for rendering and then water proofing this will take some time to dry properly
    • The tiler will attend to lay a screed, install under floor heating if chosen. Then the tiling will begin.
    • Once complete the shower screen will be measured and ordered.
    • Time for a bit of carpentry, doors. Finishing off a window etc
    • Painting will then be conducted
    • Fit out will then be conducted by STS Plumbing to install taps, vanity’s toilets and bidet’s
    • The electrician will finish off the switches lights and could even hook up the LED TV at the end of your bath.
    • Final clean
    • Install the shower screen and you are all done.


  4. Will I be able to use it?

    It can be hard to be without your bathroom for a few weeks, but generally it will be out of action. However, there are solutions from port-a-loos or even portable bathrooms that can be rented with running hot and cold water. Alternatively, you can set up a temporary shower or toilet somewhere else on the property. STS Plumbing can can with you to provide rental solutions if this is an issue.

  5. Who provides and sources all materials?

    STS Plumbing provide and source all materials for your bathroom renovation if you don’t have the time visit the different suppliers to find the right products. This additional service does come at a cost, but we are happy to do it for you to ensure you get the best products for your bathroom renovation that match the colour, style and most of all, that fit the space.

  6. What about the rest of the house?

    Do you protect the rest of the house while work is being conducted? Yes we will lay drop sheets over floors and furniture in the house or apartment and can also offer a final cleaning service once the construction is finished to have your house looking cleaner than when we started.

  7. What can go wrong?

    When you are looking at an existing bathroom it isn’t possible to see any issues behind tiles like rotten timbers and floors, poor render or structural problems like termites or poor footings. STS Plumbing has great relationships with carpenters and builders that are able to resolve the issues quickly without throwing the schedule out too much. This work will cost extra but this is only to ensure that you have a great finished product.

  8. What are common mistakes we see people make

    #1  - Choosing a quote purely on price. This is a concern as cheap quote often means a poor quality bathroom and potentially more on-going bills as the price didn’t include items that higher quotes did.

    # 2 - Not ensuring that your contractor is only using licensed trades.

    #3 - The big one is letting your tiler conduct the full renovation including the plumbing and electrical. This happens regularly and you should be aware that it is illegal for any trade to conduct plumbing and electrical work without the correct qualifications and contractors license. Simon has personally seen the results of this and it never works out for you, the client.  

  9. Is STS Plumbing licensed?

    Yes, STS Plumbing holds a full bathroom renovation, kitchen renovation and laundry renovation license. You should always check if the contractor is licenced and you should also check to see that all the subcontractors are licensed as well. You can do this on the Office of Fair Trading web site: http://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/ftw/About_us/Online_services/Home_building_licence_check.page?

    STS Plumbing will supply a list of subcontractors and license numbers with insurance details so that you know that you are covered.

  10. Do you offer warranty

    STS Plumbing offers an industry 7 year warranty on all work conducted and a limited manufactures warranty on all fittings and fixtures.

    Any more questions on your upcoming bathroom renovation? Don’t hesitate to get in touch on (02) 9904 3074 to ask, or to organise a time for Simon to conduct a free site visit a secure an initial quote.