The cost to replace a vanity unit will depend on the product you buy & then how extensive the replacement process will need to be.

Summary

The cost to replace a vanity will be approximately $400-$600 in Sydney

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Whether you are living in your own home or have a rental property in Sydney, there could be a time when you start thinking about replacing your vanity unit. The average cost to have a vanity replaced in Sydney is around $400. These are some of the common reasons why people will replace a vanity;

  • The old vanity gets damaged by water and the doors or drawers don’t open properly
  • The top of the vanity might have become worn or damaged and needs to be replaced.
  • You are changing the style of the bathroom so a new vanity, basin and top might enhance the look of the room.
  • You want to change the shape or size of the vanity to change the usability of your bathroom.
  • You want more storage in your bathroom and need a vanity with cupboard space.

We love this question, our answer is ‘How long is the piece of string you are holding?’ – why do we respond like this, well it is because there are millions of vanity unit choices available for sale in Australia. So how can we possibly answer the question of ‘how much is a vanity’

You can buy a cheap vanity for around $170 from places like Bunnings, Bathware Direct, eBay etc or you can spend $1,300 on vanity from premium designers like ADP, Loughlan Furniture, Timberline and hundreds of other designers.

Some people will get excited by a quotation that includes the supply of a vanity, but in some cases they don’t realise they might be getting a second hand unit or something bought cheap that won’t last long.

There are a few steps that need to be taken to correctly replace your vanity in Sydney. It is recommended you use a qualified plumber as you will be interfering with your water pipingsystems.

  1. Remove the existing vanity set up and hope that the existing wall or floor tiles are in good condition and don’t need to be retiled or painted.
  2. Check if the existing plumbing needs to be upgraded.
  3. Make sure the selected vanity that has been chosen will  definitely fit the space available as well as the plumbing connections available.
  4. Set up the new vanity and prepare it for installation.
  5. Sit the vanity in place and ensure the client is happy with what it will look like.
  6. Begin connecting all the plumbing including taps and mixers.
  7. Test and commission
  8. Seal with appropriate colour silicone to suite the surroundings
  9. Dispose of the old vanity and clean site

When you are considering the replacement of your vanity unit in your bathroom you have to think about what it is you have now & what you are going to be changing to. So for example you might have a pedestal sink and you want to convert that to a full vanity unit, so you may have to rework the plumbing to suit that type of changeover.

You might want a wall hung vanity unit so this will require not only plumbing changes but could also need wall re-enforcement to take the weight of the unit.

Yes, we can help you move the items in your bathroom that are on a concrete slab to alter your floor plan. In this situation, we would have to determine how far each item needs to be moved so that we can check the required services piping. How hard it is to move the floor plan around will depend on how far each item has to move and what the flooring or piping is like. Read our article about changing the floor plan on a concrete slab

Depending on how much space you have in your bathroom and how large or small the new vanity is that you want to install, it might be possible to change the floorplan slightly by putting it in a different location. This can help create more space in the room or change the flow quite considerably. It just really depends on the room and products you are working with.

Generally speaking there are six types of vanity units that you can buy to install in your bathroom. Then of course there are millions of different combinations of base, top, sink & taps to suit your interior design.

  • Pedestal Sink – this is also known as a free standing sink. This does not have any particular storage features around its body but it does come with look that adds a sense of class to any bathroom. It can fit in well with any kind of bathroom.

  • Free Standing Vanity –  is designed with some of the same functional features as a pedestal sink but instead offers a square or rectangular look. It can support one or two sinks and is available in a variety of design choices and finishes.

  • Wall Mounted Floating Vanity – directly mounted onto your walled surface in your bathroom. This is great for how it can fit in well within your bathroom and not take up loads of space in the process. In addition, it does not have to be connected directly to your floor.

  • Vessel Vanity – is often used in fancy restaurants and hotel lobbies. This is a vanity that uses a rising bowl around the sink area. It protrudes from out of the main body of the vanity and is linked to its own separate tap. There are storage spots on the bottom part like with anything else but the sink on its own will have a fancier look to it. This is a beautiful choice to have but it can take up quite a bit of space depending on what you plan on using with it.

  • Under-Mounted Sink – this uses a basin that is built directly inside of the vanity. This adds a more refined and modern look to the vanity as it offers a flatter appearance overall. Sometimes a slight riser can be found around the outside edges of the basin to create a special look all the way through. This is an attractive choice although the under-mounted design does keep the vanity from having as much storage space as some other choices.

  • Vanity Cabinet – the most common type of vanity is designed with a series of pull-out doors similar to what you might find out of a more traditional kitchen cabinet. This is made with a classic design that is attractive and gives off a nice tone when used right. 

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