How to Calculate the Cost of a Living Room Renovation

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If you plan to redecorate your living room and may not be sure about your budget, then you have chosen the right blog. The living room is one of the most budget-friendly areas of the house to renovate. Unlike a bathroom or kitchen, there are no plumbing or countertops that can inflate your remodelling budget. However, without proper planning, you can spend more money than expected.

In this article, we give you a breakup of the different items and costs to consider when doing a living room renovation. Depending on the level of renovation and the fixtures you use this will have an impact on the average costs of the living room renovation.


These are compulsory expenses, which you will incur regardless of the cost of your house renovation:

  • Insurance premiums
  • Site maintenance, ongoing cleaning and rubbish removal
  • Project management and site supervision
  • Material procurement, delivery and loading
  • Building permit application and associated council/ VBA costs
  • Building surveyor if required
  • Access equipment
  • Material warranty and service guarantee
  • Required certificates of inspection and compliance
  • Electrical Make Safe

Construction Drawing Design

You can set the living room as classic or bright according to your preferences. However, it is essential to have a plan. We recommend that you hire a professional designer to draw the following for you:

  • Floor plan
  • Interior view
  • Lighting Plan
  • Floor finishes plan
  • Wall finishes plan
  • Electrical appliances items list with power, sizes and schedule
  • Material samples
  • Construction details
  • Electrical service planning, drafting and documentation

Demolition and Removal

The living room is the least cluttered part of the house. Therefore, it is easier to disassemble compared to other sections of the house. Your contractor will charge you for removing the basics like:

  • Timber flooring
  • Carpets
  • Cabinets
  • Lights
  • Exhaust Fans
  • Ventilation system
  • Other Electrical
  • Wall Insulation
  • Ceiling Insulation
  • Ceiling
  • Plaster Board Walls to Ceiling
  • Windows
  • Doors

Floor/Wall/Ceiling Preparation & Installation

Decorating walls and ceilings is a great way to make your living room more attractive. How much you spend depends on the choice of materials. Nonetheless, these are the basic plastering and sealing work that needs to be paid:

  • Plaster ceiling throughout
  • Waterproof plasterboard on walls
  • Waterproof cement sheet for tiled wall and floor areas
  • Wall and ceiling insulation

Floor covering

Your floor covering can make a significant impact in your living room. However, you don’t have to spend a lot on upgrading it. Your contractor can touch upon either or all of the following:

  • Carpet
  • Timber floors
  • Polish timber floors


When it comes to fittings, you can spend a bit lavishly on the styles and designs. However, you need to pay the supply and installation charges for:

  • Standard Door
  • Sliding Door
  • Cabinetry wall and floor
  • Mirrors


While a designer sofa and high-quality paint are important to give a classic look to your living room, don’t miss out on proper lighting and electrical fittings. Generally, you need to pay an electrician to install:

  • Ceiling lights
  • Wall lights
  • Ceiling fan
  • Electric heater
  • Power points
  • Light switches
  • Floor heating


Although you can paint your living room yourself, a professional can suggest the best colour combinations and paint and cover the following areas:

  • Plaster ceiling and wall area
  • Fixed timber, including doors and skirting

You may consider other costs such as gas heater installation and other timber and carpentry work while budgeting.


The size and style of the living room can directly affect its value. However, before starting the renovation, consult a trusted professional designer to make the most of your space and budget.

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