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Makeover in a Bandar Utama terrace house by Envision Design. Give your bathroom a new lease of life in the new year. (Recommend.my pic)

A bathroom renovation is one of the top home improvement projects in Malaysia, and is a great way to give your house a New Year’s makeover.

The process generally involves the following:

  • Hacking and demolishing the old tiles (floor and/or wall)
  • Waterproofing the floor
  • Plumbing and piping
  • Wetwork such as constructing a raised divider or shower cubby
  • Wiring for the water heater, lighting and plug points
  • Tiling on floor and wall
  • Installing new doors and windows or shower screens
  • Installing new bathroom fittings and accessories
  • Painting work

With the average Malaysian home being around 110 sq m, bathrooms are usually in the region of up to 7 sq m. At this size, you can expect a general breakdown of costs as follows, bearing in mind these are just estimates and will vary according to bathroom size, materials and other factors.

  • Hacking and demolishing: RM2,000

Consider removing cracked, dull and outdated tiles. Depending on your request, the contractor will hack the wall and/or floor tiles, which would include dismantling existing fixtures such as the sink and toilet tank.

After the old tiles are hacked, the contractor will level and waterproof the whole floor with material that prevents water from penetrating or permeating through. It might take some time to be fully cured before moving on to the next step.

  • New plumbing and piping: RM1,000

This is an optional step if you intend to change the layout, such as moving the sink to a different location in the bathroom. It might also be needed if you want to relocate water outlets, such as switching from a bathtub to a standing shower.

This is a term for building something using cement, laying bricks, plastering and skim coating. It also refers to the process of building a recessed shelf in the shower area, a new concrete top for the sink, a wall or floor divider to separate wet and dry areas, as well as installing tiles on the floor and wall.

Wall and floor bathroom tiles in The Henge, Kepong by Big Design Interior. (Right) Recessed sink and undersink cabinet in Astoria Ampang by Divine Classic Interiors. (Recommend.my pics)

Go with the porcelain tiles that are anti-slip and slightly textured for the floor. They are more durable and easy to clean. For the walls, opt for ceramic tiles all the way up to the ceiling or just 2m high to reduce costs. The rest of the wall can be painted.

  • Bathroom fittings and accessories: RM2,200

The price for bathroom fittings such as the sink, toilet tank and bathtub varies depending on the size, type and brand. The same applies to accessories such as your faucets, showerhead and bidet.

  • Glass shower screen and door: RM1,800

If you are currently using a shower curtain, consider an upgrade by installing a glass shower screen or door. The tempered glass will be a bit costly as it requires proper mounting and sealing, but it is durable, easy to clean, and will make your bathroom …….

Source: https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/leisure/property/2021/12/19/how-much-does-a-bathroom-renovation-cost-in-malaysia/

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