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Renovation costs

A renovation can cause a lot of inconvenience and costs, if the result is good then you will forget this very quickly. By drawing up a well-thought-out plan in advance, you can save a lot of frustration during the work and also save money on renovation costs. The cost, in particular, is an obstacle that many people encounter. What are the costs for a renovation and how can you save on renovation costs? Although every situation is unique, we can help you with the information on this page. We can already reveal that the cost of renting a container to dispose of your waste is relatively cheap. In the case of a major renovation, this will amount to approximately 5 percent of the total costs. In addition, we explain how you can save even more on the costs of a renovation at

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House renovation costs

Where do you start with the costs of renovating a house? First of all, you need to determine what you want to renovate, which parts of the house it concerns. For example, when renovating a bathroom, different things apply than when renovating a kitchen. A question that is often asked is "what does a renovation cost per m2?". If you know the amount for this, you only have to measure and you know exactly how much money you have to invest. Yet you cannot simply calculate the costs for a renovation per m2. In the first place because there are different requirements for each room, and secondly because you have a choice in quality and price.

Only a few costs generally apply, such as renting a container to deposit waste. You then pay for the contents of a container. But even then there are various options. This way you can make it simple for yourself and throw everything in the residual waste. But then you pay extra for waste processing. You can save a lot on costs by, for example, separating rubble from wood or construction waste. You can immediately see what the costs are per type of container on

House in the middle of renovation

Why would you renovate a house? There are several reasons for this. First, there is general maintenance to the home due to wear and tear. There may also be damage repairs or you would like to organize or use the house in a different way. In many cases, sustainability measures are also a reason to renovate a house, not least because of the high energy costs.

House renovation costs per type of renovation:


  • A dormer window with dimensions of 3 x 1 meter costs an average of 2000 to 6000 euros to renovate.
  • A toilet with dimensions of 2 x 1 meter costs an average of 750 to 1000 euros to renovate.
  • A basic kitchen costs between 5000 and 10,000 euros. A luxury kitchen between 10,000 and 20,000 euros. Count on average 10,000 euros for a new kitchen to renovate.
  • A bathroom costs on average between 5000 and 10,000 euros to renovate.
  • An attic costs on average between 8,000 and 15,000 euros to renovate.


  • Renovating an existing staircase: 1200 euros.
  • New stairs: Between 2000 and 4000 euros.
  • Facade renovation: From 10 to 50 euros per m2.
  • Replacing roof tiles: From 25 to 60 euros per m2.
  • Replacing roof tiles: From 25 to 60 euros per m2.
  • Replacing roof tiles: From 25 to 60 euros per m2.
  • Replacing windows: From 750 to 1100 euros per m2.
  • New roof: From 100 to 350 euros per m2.
  • Construction: Between 15,000 and 20,000 euros.
  • Building a basement: Between 11,000 and 13,000 euros.

These are average costs for a renovation. The renovation costs per m2 are usually lower for larger spaces and large-scale projects. If you always tackle a space, you pay less per project, but when you add up, you actually pay more. You can therefore reduce the renovation costs per m2 by scaling up the project. If you cannot bear the costs immediately, it is possible to borrow money for this, such as opening a building fund account at the bank.

Painting work during the renovation

With a complete home renovation, the renovation costs per m2 are considerably lower, and you will no longer have to spend a lot of money on your home for the coming years. With insulation or sustainability, you will also save every month on the energy bill and with sale the house will yield more. This way you will earn back the costs for renovation of your house per m2 twice over. An additional advantage is that you do not have to walk between the rubble for years.

Cost of renovation house

About half of the costs go to the hours worked. The contractor's costs for a renovation therefore largely determine the cost. At the average price for a renovation per m2, roughly half consists of salary for staff. Can you save on renovation costs by purchasing materials yourself and doing odd jobs in the evenings and weekends? Yes, that is certainly possible. It is true that specialists work faster and often deliver better work if you choose a reliable contractor. This does not alter the fact that you can certainly save by carrying out a number of activities yourself. Think of demolition and removal of rubble. For example, you can rent a container from and have residual material removed so that the contractor can get to work immediately. You can make agreements about this with the contractor. If you clearly indicate that you would like to save on renovation costs, the contractor will certainly think along with you. This also allows them to better plan their work and they are certainly not short of work at the moment. Discuss this in advance so that you proceed in the right way. If you destroy everything, a renovation can be a lot more expensive.

Kitchen renovation

In the overview above, we have divided the costs for a kitchen renovation into a basic kitchen and a luxury kitchen. Although this applies in principle to every room, it is precisely the kitchens that make a lot of difference. The costs for the renovation of a kitchen are not for the most part in breaking down or installing tiles, but mainly in the elements that are placed. A cheap kitchen unit is many times cheaper than a very luxurious kitchen. This has to do with the materials used, built-in equipment, style and also the layout of the space. You can assemble a standard kit or have each element custom made. In many cases, people choose a kitchen based on its appearance. We like the kitchens that television chefs use. Yet these are often studios, a real kitchen to work in must above all be functional. If you often cook yourself, then preferably choose a modular system with elements that are replaceable. When renovating a kitchen, costs are involved, don't forget maintenance costs due to wear or damage.

Renovation costs

It is difficult to give target prices for a renovation. The number of square meters per room is an indication. In addition, you will have to make a choice per room for cheap, average or luxury. Because the costs of refurbishing a house are so variable, here is an overview of the most common cost items:

  • Material costs
  • Standard or custom made
  • Division of duties owner / contractor
  • Contractor / personnel costs
  • Small or large-scale renovation
Items needed during a renovation

You can reduce the average costs for a renovation by cutting back on quality, but then you actually spread the costs over a longer period of time. If you can save by demolishing yourself and renting a dumpster, this is a better option than choosing the cheapest all-in contractor and hoping they don't cut corners.

Questions: Finally, five frequently asked questions about renovations:

What does a renovation cost per m2?

When it comes to a complete renovation of a house, for convenience, count between 50 and 250 euros per m2. This wide margin indicates that there are many options and that every project is unique.

What does a renovation cost?

If you work per space, a 'standard' price tag can often be attached to it, for total renovation a price per square or cubic meter is often calculated. A contractor can make a quote based on a home visit.

How expensive is renovation?

A renovation costs as much as you are willing to pay for it and what you are willing to carry out yourself. If you do the preparatory work yourself and let a contractor do the rest, you can quickly save thousands of euros. Think of the disposal of rubble.

How much does a renovation cost?

A very simple renovation of a house is possible from about 10,000 euros, but this can go up to 100,000 euros and more. If you buy a house, you can finance it through a construction account. It is also possible to borrow up to 6 percent extra on your mortgage to make the home more sustainable.

What does an average renovation cost?

Have a contractor prepare a quote and discuss the options together. Pay close attention to costs per square meter (m2), cubic meter (m3), costs for material, labor and waste disposal. By mapping out the costs per part, it is possible to see where you can save without sacrificing quality.

Maurice Hagen -

Maurice Hagen

Artikel is geschreven door Maurice Hagen. Eigenaar van en, met 23 jaar werkervaring in de recycling/milieusector.