Let’s face it – household chores aren’t exactly something we look forward to doing. Although we’re not saying a laundry room renovation will suddenly transform you into a sing-while-you-wash kind of person, it will make the chore more enjoyable.
The laundry is one of the most hardworking rooms in the house. If you have a family and young children, you’ll know how difficult it is to get on top of the washing and just how much time you spend in the laundry. With that in mind, your laundry must have a practical layout, functional appliances and plenty of bench space for clothes, baskets and other laundry essentials. Unfortunately, the laundry is a last-minute thought for many homes, and the floor plan is usually less than desirable and less than user-friendly.
So, suppose you’re ready to renovate your laundry to make it more spacious and functional. In that case, we have all the details on how much a laundry renovation will cost, depending on how big your laundry is and whether you want a luxurious or straightforward laundry renovation. Planning your next laundry renovations? Hitch Property Constructions has you covered!
Whether doing the laundry is a walk in the park or the bane of your existence may well depend on how well-designed the room is. Here are some tips to help you make your washing room work.
How much does a laundry renovation cost?
Depending on the size of your laundry and the quality of materials used, most laundries in Australia will cost between $5,000 and $10,000 to renovate, not including appliances, according to the Housing Industry Association’s renovation guide. A good rule of thumb is to match the quality of materials used in your laundry with your kitchen or bathroom or pare it back slightly. It’s not like you’ll be hosting dinner parties there after all! Marble benchtops and splashback will cost a lot more than laminate, but one typical school of thought is that there is no point in going all out in your laundry if the rest of your home is more modest.
If you need new appliances, whether a front loader washing machine, top loader washing machine or clothes dryer, it’s often worth considering their performance and reliability, quietness, design, value for money and additional functionality before purchasing.
DIY Renovation costs
Data collected in 2018 has found that laundries are the fifth most popular room to renovate. Most people spend between $2000 renovating a small laundry and $3000 renovating a larger laundry of 5 square metres or more if you plan to do it yourself.
Professional Renovation Costs
However, if you plan to hire tradies to get the laundry renovation done for you, you’ll be looking at a more significant price tag. Studies report that, if you include the cost of new fittings and the labour costs of a plumber, waterproofer, tiler, and someone to install your fittings, you can expect to pay around $16,000 for a basic laundry, about $17,500 for a standard laundry with some bells, and $19,000 on a luxury laundry renovation with all the bells and whistles.
How much will appliances cost?
It’s important to factor in the cost of new appliances and fittings into your laundry renovation, in addition to any structural and cosmetic changes you plan to make.
- A dryer can cost between $500 and $2000 depending on size and brand; however, you can reduce costs by buying a washer/dryer combo.
- An exhaust fan to reduce moisture from using a dryer will set you back between $30 and $80.
- Tapware can cost as much as you want it to, but for a basic tapware set up, you can expect to pay somewhere between $50 and $100.
- If you’re happy with a standard sink rather than a custom stone, ceramic or marble design, then you can pay between $100 to $500, depending on size and brand.
How can I finance the renovation work?
It’s wise to consider how you might finance the work before you start.
Options could include:
- Paying out of your pocket – using your savings or a mortgage offset account or redraw facility, if you have one on your home loan;
- Refinancing your home loan; or
- Applying for a new loan – you may be able to use a personal loan or a construction loan, depending on your circumstances.
What is a Realistic Timeline?
Contact your local council.
Ask your local DCP (Development Control Plan) what kind of permits and licenses you need for a laundry room renovation. Apartment blocks and houses may require different types of permits – or no permit at all, depending on your project’s scope. If you’re increasing the footprint of your home, you’ll likely need a license. If you’re renovating an existing space, you may not be required to obtain one. Obtaining a working permit may take up to 15 working days, depending on your location.
Check your home insurance policy.
Ensure your home is protected by insurance. While you may not need to inform your insurer of your project, you’ll want to check the policy to ensure you’re appropriately covered.
Have materials tested
If you built your home before 1980, and you’re planning to remove drywall or handle insulation, enlist the help of an expert to test for hazardous materials. If any dangerous materials such as lead, asbestos or asbestos-containing materials (ACM) are found, they’ll need to be removed and discarded safely and professionally.
Complete a structural test
If you plan to move or remove a wall, you may want to consult a framing specialist to confirm that what you want to remove isn’t structural.
Consult with your neighbours
If you live in an apartment block, Strata may require you to notify your neighbours of your project plan and timeline.
Disconnect electricity, water and other connected services
This is especially important if you’re doing any plumbing (i.e. adding a washing station, basin, basin taps, etc.) Ensure everything is disconnected and turned off to avoid a potentially disastrous situation.
How to Plan Your Budget
Cost of permits
If a permit is required, you can expect to pay between $500 and $2,000.
Cost of having materials tested & removed
Check out our laundry renovation cost guide. See if you are required to have hazardous materials tested. You’ll need to consider the cost to hire a professional and the potential cost of removal. The cost of removal will vary based on what exactly needs removing.
Cost of a structural test
If you require a framing specialist’s help, you’ll need to consult with a local tradie for a quote.
Cost of a plumber
A plumber’s hourly rate ranges between $100 and $150 depending on where you live and the plumber’s experience. To replace and fit basin taps, you may pay between $80 and $250, and to install a basin or sink, you’ll pay between $160 and $550.
Cost of a carpenter
Carpenters charge anywhere from $40 – $80 an hour, depending on where you live. Their rates will also vary depending on what job they are carrying out. If you’re considering a custom installation or bespoke cabinetry in your laundry room, you’ll require a carpenter with a higher skill set. Highly skilled carpenters can charge $80 or more an hour.
Cost of a painter
Painters charge based on a square metre. In Australia, you can expect to pay between $12 – $30 per square metre.
Cost of a tiler
A tiler charges between $46 and $150 per square metre of tile, including the cost of floor preparation and waterproofing. This will vary based on the type of material used. Vinyl tiles are more comfortable to lay and therefore cost less to apply, while ceramic or quarry tiles are trickier and more costly.
Cost of appliances
Depending on quality, brand and energy star rating, you can expect to pay between $300 and $1,500.
Depending on quality, brand and energy star rating, you can expect to pay between $500 and $2,000.
A washer/dryer combo is great if you have a limited budget and limited space. These typically run between $500 and $2,000.
Cost of materials
An exhaust fan may be a wise investment if you have a dryer as it reduces moisture. This will cost between $30 and $150.
The cost of cabinetry will depend upon whether you need them custom made or not and the type of material you choose. This can cost anywhere between $300 and $2,000.
The cost of a benchtop in your laundry room will vary based on size and material. A laminate benchtop will cost between $120 and $350 per square metre, while a natural stone benchtop will cost between $800 and $2,200.
Many people opt for either tile or vinyl flooring for a laundry room. Depending on the supplier and the quality of finish, floor tiles typically cost between $35 and $50 per square metre or around $50 and $100 per square meter for high-quality natural stone tiles.
The cost of a basin will depend on the quality and make. Custom stone, ceramic and marble basins can cost thousands, while a standard sink will cost between $100 and $500. You can opt to buy a laundry trough unit that combines the tub and cabinet, which cost between $250 and $1,100.
Tapware can range between $50 and $500 depending on the material, brand, etc. How much you spend on tapware will depend upon your budget and design preferences.
What Tradespeople Will You Need?
Licensed asbestos and lead removalist
If asbestos or lead is detected in the area of the home, you’re renovating. You’ll need to hire a licensed removalist to remove it.
A structural tester
If you’re planning to move or take down a wall, you’ll want to hire a professional to ensure the wall isn’t structural.
An electrician and plumber
Depending on the project’s scope, you may want to hire an experienced electrician and plumber. A plumber can assist in installing a basin or tap if one doesn’t already exist. A laundry room could involve re-plumbing the sink and washer and dryer, which should take one to two days.
A licensed carpenter
A carpenter can assist with everything from cabinetry installation to benchtop installation – both of which may be necessary with a laundry room remodel.
A professional painter
Whether you’re remodelling or adding a laundry space to your home, you’ll require the help of a professional painter. A painter will ensure the work is completed to a high standard and paint everything from the walls to the ceiling to the doors.
A qualified tiler
Tiles are often the preferred flooring in laundry rooms and toilets as they’re water-resistant. If you’re installing a tile floor in your laundry room, you’ll want to enlist the help of a professional. This job requires a high level of experience as well as specific tools and equipment.
How do I design a laundry room layout?
Working with your room’s size and shape, you’ll be able to come up with a design best suited to your home. For instance, an L-shaped laundry with the washing machine and dryer off to one side can give you extra bench and cupboard space. Clothes rails are a lifesaver when it’s raining outside, and you need to hang a few items up to dry indoors. Consider keeping dirty clothes baskets in the laundry, too, to keep bedrooms and bathrooms clear of messy piles and save yourself from having to collect clothes to be washed from every room in the house. Check out a wide range of laundry renovations Melbourne services at Hitch Property Constructions.
Design ideas for your laundry room
- Collect images of laundries you like and choose a colour scheme you keep coming back to
- Allow bench space for washing baskets and sorting and folding clothes
- Add hanging rails to allow clothes to dry inside
- Consider mounting your washing machine and dryer vertically to save space
- Consider adding doors to hide away your laundry, especially in small apartments
How can I keep my laundry organised?
A well-organised laundry primarily comes down to storage and having everything in its place. Before you decide on your final design, think about what you use your laundry for and the space, you need to perform those tasks. If you’ve always wanted a dedicated space for your sewing machine or mending box, consider including a small desk and chair to one side. The laundry is also a suitable place to add a “mudroom” area for dirty shoes, bags, hats and coats if you don’t already have one. Or if your laundry is downstairs and away from the central kitchen, consider turning it into a combined laundry and second kitchen, with room for a small fridge and a cupboard for a few everyday items such as glasses and water jugs, to save you trips up and down the stairs.
Also, consider what you want to store away in your laundry. If you’re planning on keeping items like the ironing board and vacuum cleaner in here, you’ll need larger cupboard spaces to accommodate these. If you’ve got the area, double sinks are handy for when one sink is occupied with clothes soaking or champagne on ice, and you need the other to wash your hands, empty a bucket, rinse a paintbrush, put more champagne on ice etc. We have a wide range of Melbourne laundry renovations services at Hitch Property Constructions.
You may also want to buy buckets and tubs that easily fit into your sink and under your tap, so you can fill them with water and lift them out quickly.
An organised laundry with everything in its place and cupboards that maximise available space in the room could help make one of the most tedious jobs around the house much more bearable. It won’t do your washing and folding for you, but it will create a bright and fresh space to help you get on top of the housework.