A Guide To Toilet Renovation



Depending on your job and experience, you might have little to no knowledge of how much a toilet renovation could cost. Indeed, if this is the first time you are planning to renovate your toilet, you might be completely clueless. How much would it cost to renovate your toilet? What great small bathroom ideas are there? Well, the answer is that it depends. The cost of renovating your toilet will vary according to how much renovating you are doing, what kind of new fixtures you are getting, and if you are hiring someone to do it. With so many different costs to calculate, we’ve put together this short guide for you. So let’s dig in! 

How much will it cost?

On average, you can expect to spend about $4,000 to $7,000 dollars. Let’s break down the cost further: 

  • Hacking your bathroom totally will cost around $1,200 to $1,500
  • Getting plumbing done will cost from $1,200 to $1,500
  • Retiling your bathroom will be about $3,000 to $4,000
  • Getting a new shower screen in will be about $600 to $850
  • Fixing up a new vanity sink will range from $850 to $1200
  • Are you renting a dumpster for the demolition? 

The above breakdown is a simple estimate that you can use to project how much your entire renovation will cost. Based on the fixtures you choose and what material they are, your cost can vary further. For example, would you be getting a basic toilet cistern? Or would you be looking to get one with a bidet installed? Or, are you getting a basic vanity sink? Or do you want a large, ornate one? This will all change the cost of your renovation drastically. 

If you are looking to be more budget-friendly, you’ll have to cut down on the fancier fixtures. Instead of a smart shower with wifi control, you’ll have to get a basic shower. After all, the budget is what ultimately decides your renovation and design. 

What is an absolute must to change when renovating? 

This question is a little tricky but it depends on when you’re doing this renovation. Are you renovating your bathroom because you just bought a new place? Or are you renovating your bathroom because it’s been a few years and it’s getting old? If you’re getting a new place, redoing your toilet is definitely a must due to hygiene reasons. If the place you’re getting hasn’t had the toilet redone in a while, the water pipes are something you’ll definitely need to change. These pipes are hidden and hence, the past owners might not have known they were leaking. You’d also want to hack and redo the floor tiles. These floor tiles will then have to be waterproofed too. 

What are some considerations you should have in your new bathroom? 

When it comes to renovating your bathroom, you should first sit down and think about what you want your new bathroom to have. Do you just want a simple renovation to refresh it? Or, do you want a renovation to change the style of the bathroom and maybe, class it up? If you can’t think of any, here are a few considerations you might want: 

  1. Easy Maintenance 

The first most important consideration I’d have is that you’d want a toilet that can be easily maintained and cleaned. Cleaning your toilet is arguably the most disgusting and hence, you’d want to have a toilet that can be easily cleaned. You wouldn’t want to have to spend a great amount of time cleaning your toilet up. Therefore, when you’re renovating your toilet, you’d want to plan for it to be easily maintained. For example, you should choose tiles that are non-porous and hence, easy to clean. 

You would also want a layout that’s fairly open and easy to clean. For vanities, you might want to eliminate having any under portions as this would mean an area where dust and dirt can be easily trapped. Speak to your designer when you’re planning this out and they’ll be able to give you even more tips. 

  1. Storage Space 

Depending on personal preference, you might want varying amounts of available storage space in your toilet. If your toilet is where you also put on your make up and get ready, you might want more space to store all these items too. Alternatively, you might feel that storage space is not as important. This would all vary from person to person and hence, it would be something to consider when planning out your toilet renovation. Do you want to factor in space for storage? And if so, do you want it built-in or would you just be buying a cupboard or etagere for it? 

  1. Ventilation 

An important factor for your bathroom would be ventilation. This is something uncompromisable as your toilet would need airflow to ensure that it can dry and doesn’t become musty and wet. If the bathroom does not have windows, you might need to hack a wall to create one. This may seem unnecessary but ventilation is truly important for your toilet. If you feel uncomfortable with a window being in your toilet, you could get frosted windows to prevent anyone from looking in. 

  1. Space 

Lastly, space constraints are a real trouble when it comes to planning your bathroom layout. If your bathroom is small, you’ll have a harder time trying to fit everything into it. You’d want to have the necessities without cramping it up. This is where you’d have to plan a good layout for everything to fit in. If you are having trouble, I’d suggest getting a designer as they can help plan the layout to be as comfortable as possible, 


Renovating your toilet is often an important part of every renovation process. It’s one of the most private and intimate areas in your house and hence, you’d want to renovate it to your desire and comfort. With this guide, I hope you’ve gotten a better understanding of how your toilet renovation would cost and what considerations you’d have to make. Happy renovating!