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pfmaher

@Bagnato Architects, I agree about the riduculously high building costs in some regions of the US. Contractors charge what the local market will bear. Full stop. And to some extent the client has to bid for the attention of the contractor. Where I live there is so much demand for builders right now that they won’t even come out to to a home bid unless the job is worthy of them. Many, after hearing a client out (you can hear the dollar calculation going on in their heads...$10k increments), will dismiss you with a blunt “I’m booked a year out.” A contractor who advertises here on Houzz recently did that to me.

I don’t know how it is in Oz, but here contractors commonly bid a bit low and then pad jobs with up charges (“change orders”). So for any job one must budget an extra 10 percent at the least. For a larger job I would say 15 percent at the least. A retired contractor told me he knew a builder with a nice boat called...Change Order.

Not that I’m bitter or anything...

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@pfmaher, Yes in Australia we are experiencing exactly the same with our contractors. They have risen their rates to such an extent that housing affordability has become a real issue. They also fail to show up and when they do they considerably raise their costs. Of course its not all contractors but unfortunately its the current climate we are living under at the moment. I worry for the next generation of young people wanting to either own their own home or renovate. Even renting a home here is very expensive. It appears in your country that contractors have even taken it to another high. Some of the prices posted in the comments for works to a master bathroom are outrageous. In this global world we live in we all have access to fixtures and fittings that we can buy, so it is the labour cost which is too high.

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I love a great bathroom with a simple design, but great texture or natural light and a touch of colour

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