From making sure we look our best for the day ahead to unwinding in the evening with a relaxing bath, most people spend a considerable amount of time in the bathroom. In fact, the average person will spend 416 days in the bathroom over their lifetime. Given the high number of hours, it’s easy to see why bathrooms are a popular renovation choice.
Besides the fact that having a functional and aesthetically pleasing bathroom will make your life a lot easier, an up-to-date bathroom can add significant value to your home in the future.
If you’re considering a bathroom renovation, it can be difficult to know where to start. The best bathroom renovators will advise you on design, timeline, cost, the demands of the Canberra property market (if you’re eventually looking to sell or lease your home), and other useful information that you wouldn’t be able to obtain on your own.
So, what specific qualities should you look for in a bathroom renovation company, and how can you find the best?
What makes a great bathroom renovation company?
Not sure what you are looking for in a bathroom renovation company? No need to worry. Keep the following characteristics in mind:
- Extensive portfolio. Ask to view a company’s portfolio of bathroom renovations before you engage its services. That way, you can determine whether it has the skills to deliver the bathroom of your dreams.
- Experience. Not all building companies specialise in bathroom renovations. Look for a company that has extensive experience renovating bathrooms, which can be more complex than other types of renovations. Bathrooms need to look great but also be waterproof, compliant and functional.
- Transparent pricing. Your bathroom renovation company should be upfront with you about how much things will cost. Quotes and invoices should be transparent, with no unexpected additional fees or charges. If unexpected costs or extras do arise, the best companies will always consult you before engaging these costs.
- Reliable and respectful. From tilers to plumbers, look for a company with tradespeople who arrive on time and ready to work. The best treat customers’ homes like their own – keeping mess and disruption to a minimum, while being careful with your belongings.
The best bathroom renovation companies in Canberra
Riotact’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on Riotact and Facebook as well as maintained a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
New Worx Construction is a local, family run building company servicing the ACT and surrounding NSW regions. The multi-skilled and highly qualified team provides bespoke, ground-up builds, renovations, and smaller projects including bathrooms, laundries and kitchens. Every project begins with New Worx getting to know each client’s vision and taste and carries through with tailored design and detailed implementation.
The overriding philosophy at New Worx Construction is to provide clients with a carefree, transparent and enjoyable experience. The team has the experience and design flare to bring outdated bathrooms back to life, revamping or rebuilding to any style, including modern trends.
New Worx Construction kickstarts bathroom renovations with a detailed discussion and by being crystal clear, from beginning through to the final installation. Customer service is prompt and projects are delivered on time by New Worx Construction’s tight knit crew of full-time employees and qualified contractors. Director Chris is on site nearly every day to quality assure all aspects of the job.
Other services include new builds and extensions, kitchen and laundry renovations, decks, pergolas and other renovations (commercial and residential).
New Worx Construction is fully licensed and insured.
On Google, Joshua Wren wrote, “Such a great service and finished product from Chris and the team.”
Salt Renovations transforms bathrooms into beautiful, luxurious spaces. The team of renovation specialists also renovates kitchens, laundries and creates stunning interior designs.
The experts at Salt Renovations, with over 50 years of collective experience, revitalise bathroom spaces so they are welcoming, attractive, practical and functional. Salt Renovations’ bathroom renovations breathe new life into homes and add value to properties.
Salt Renovations’ project manager, operations manager and designers make bathroom renovations as flawless as possible. The unified team follows a five-step process targeted to meeting client goals. Each project is managed with attention to deal, from design through construction and to completion. The process starts with a no-obligation, in-home consultation. Salt Renovations, with exceptional communication strengths, works closely with clients on ideas, features and possibilities.
Clear and detailed fixed-price quotations give clients peace of mind that projects will be handled efficiently and not go over budget. Salt Renovation’s designs incorporate high-quality materials, innovative approaches and new technologies. The team – known for renovating with meticulous care — hands over project at completion, taking time to address client queries.
All renovations are developed and implemented with a commitment to excellence. Check out the gallery of photos online for bathroom renovation inspiration and ideas.
On The RiotAct, Elaine Woord wrote, “Oliver and his team from SALT Renovations delivered a bathroom/laundry renovation far exceeding our dreams and expectations. The team of tradesmen and Lisha were professional, accommodating and terrific to work with. We can’t fault the workmanship … The bathroom looks fantastic, the work was done on schedule and we had no hidden surprises.”
Locally owned and operated, Instyle Bathroom Renovations has a solid reputation as one of the region's leading design and construction bathroom services. Specialising in bathroom renovations, the business offers end-to-end packages tailored to all budgets, styles and requirements, with a 100 per cent guarantee.
Quality and professional experts maximise bathrooms through considered custom design, creating dream spaces. Services include designing, building, sourcing tiles and hardware, and handling plumbing and electrical. Instyle Bathroom Renovations offers first-class fixtures, fittings and finishes.
Instyle Bathroom Renovations, with over 15 years’ experience in the industry, has a Certified Project Manager with the Australian Institute of Project Management. The fully licensed and insured team is known for impeccable craftsmanship and innovation flair, so every renovation project is both beautiful and functional.
The first step with each renovation project is a free, complimentary in-home consultation to explore design and planning. Timely advice and renovation ideas ensure clients get the most out of their bathroom, including with tricky spaces. A professional interior designer is on hand to help sort through preferences.
Reliable quotes are detailed and have no hidden costs. Instyle Bathroom Renovations offers timely advice, recommendations and service. Booking online is easy.
Instyle Bathroom Renovations also handles laundry and kitchen renovations.
As Hope Westbury wrote on Google, “Thank you for our wonderful bathroom renovation which you helped us completely redesign. I can't fault your work and professionalism. The project was managed extremely well, and I really appreciated being kept up-to-date and informed on where everything was up to.”
When you’re renovating, you want a vision brought to life by someone you can trust. Mark Sheppard Bathrooms and Renovations (MSBR) is Canberra’s only fixed-price renovator, which means no hidden costs and no surprises.
This family business is revolutionising what was once a cottage industry, using an online project management tool to provide daily updates and photos, making your renovation fully transparent, trackable and shareable. Through the tool you can also choose, approve and alter your design and products throughout the renovation. A dedicated interior designer will help you plan your dream space, and will even go shopping with you to help you pick the perfect products.
All tradespeople are fully qualified, employed directly by MSBR rather than subcontracted. They guarantee their work with an industry first 20-year waterproofing warranty, and as well as specialising in bathrooms, they can help you renovate your laundry, kitchen, and more.
As RiotACT commenter Maree Pronin says, "l had Mark Sheppard renovate our bathroom [in] 2018 and am completely happy. The new design is outstanding due to Mark’s creative design and everything was done to the highest quality for decent price. When Mark found the floor had a big hole in it – he replaced [it] without any extra charge to maintain the integrity of his original quote (that was worth $3000)... Mark did such a good job that l would recommend him 100 percent as he does things to the highest standard."
G6 Concepts is a trusted team of local renovation and electrical specialists who work with reputable suppliers to create stunning, functional bathroom, laundry and kitchen spaces, complying with Australian standards. G6 Concepts works with clients to determine needs for bathrooms, ensuites, toilets and laundries, providing ideas and advice to budget. G6 Concepts’ superior results add value to properties.
A bonus is G6 Concepts’ project management. The team streamlines renovations by organising trades, demolition, rubbish removal and flooring.
Owned and managed by Blake Harlock-Fletcher, with 15 years’ experience, G6 Concepts has completed thousands of projects with professional, quality service. Electricians are fully licensed and insured. Team qualifications also include electrical certificates, refrigeration certificates and asbestos removal.
G6 Concepts is professional, prompt and efficient. The team communicates clearly and guarantees satisfaction.
ACT Licensed Electrician: 2017494.
On Facebook, Tracey Wannell wrote, “Blake and his team recently finished an ensuite knock down-rebuild for me … I’m so impressed with the final product …”
The Bathroom Company has helped Canberrans get the bathrooms of their dreams since 1993. It divides its bathroom renovation projects into three stages: consultation (finding out exactly what you want from your new bathroom), design (bringing your ideas to life - even consulting interior designers where needed) and renovation (where a dedicated on-site foreman acts as your single point of contact).
The Bathroom Company can help you achieve bathroom bliss by taking the hassle out of your bathroom renovations. Their endeavour is to not only professionally improve your home and its value, but also to add that personal touch that makes it your home.
Gavin and Ruth shared their experience working with The Bathroom Company in a website testimonial, "Andrew and team were friendly and easy to deal with, gave us good advice on the design of our bathroom and provided quotes quickly. They did a high-quality job on time and budget, with no fuss and always kept us up to date on progress. We are very happy with the end result!"
If you’re embarking on a renovation project and are looking for some services to help you in the process, check out our articles on the best joiners, the best tilers, the best flooring specialists, the best plasterers, the best painters and the best carpenters in Canberra.
If you’re after more-specific work for your kitchen, check out our article on the best kitchen renovation companies our region has to offer.
Your experience with bathroom renovation companies in Canberra
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is it possible to do my bathroom renovation myself?
Doing your own bathroom renovation is possible but not advisable. While painting walls and retiling the floors might be achievable, navigating the plumbing and installing new systems require professional help that bathroom renovation companies specialise in. Hiring a professional ensures a high-quality, durable and good-looking space. It also helps you to avoid the headache of having to eventually repair poorly installed pieces.
Why should I renovate my bathroom?
There are so many benefits to renovating your bathroom. It can give you an opportunity to install more-efficient systems that save water. You can also avoid a build-up of mildew by increasing the ventilation. You can even optimise the space available to you while giving it a more modern look.
Does renovating my bathroom add value to my home?
If you're planning on eventually selling or leasing your property, renovating the bathroom can prove to be an extremely lucrative choice, particularly if your old bathroom was built decades ago. While it may seem like a great cost now, the returns later on may outweigh it. A modern, durable and sustainable bathroom can add a great deal of value to your house.
How much does it cost to renovate a bathroom?
This depends entirely on what you're having done. Taking into account jobs such as retiling, fixture refitting, plumbing and installation of new appliances, the renovation may involve some high costs. This could be anywhere from $5000 to $15,000 or more.
Can I choose my fixtures and appliances for my bathroom?
Absolutely. The bathroom renovation company will guide you through the design process and help you decide what will work best for your space. It will also be able to recommend suppliers to you, and might even secure a discounted trade price. Alternatively, you can source your fixtures and appliances independently and the renovators can install them for you.