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How much does it costs to renovate an apartment in Barcelona

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When you carry out a complete reform of an apartment, you must ensure that you obtain the corresponding planning permission.

The license is awarded by the Barcelona City Council. In this link you can obtain the building the planning permission for apartment renovations that do NOT require a change of interior distribution, that is, in those cases in which walls are NOT thrown away.

When you are not sure about the works to be carried out, the ideal is to contact an architect to carry out the project. 

The average price of a flat renovation in Barcelona varies substantially depending on multiple variables. 

In the case of a medium-sized apartment, of about 70 m², a comprehensive reform can range between €20,000 and €60,000, depending on whether the interior walls have to be modified, whether the exterior carpentry, the electrical system, whether there is or is not gotelé on the walls, if the house has wooden beams,…, in addition to the quality of the selected materials.

From A. Barcelona Reformas, we will try to help you know in advance how much the reform of your home could cost. 

The budget includes a wide series of items, which in the case of renovating a complete 70 m² apartment, would have the following costs:

Permissions and licences: 

-Assabentat of works. ONLY for reforms in which walls are not thrown. This permit is free and can be obtained from the Barcelona City Council website at this link

-Building permit when the demolition of partitions is necessary. On average, it can amount to around €3,000-3,500 between the architect’s fees, the visa and the City Council fees.


This section includes the removal and debris removal of coatings, flooring, kitchen furniture, toilets, wiring, pipes, carpentry, etc. If there is no demolition of partitions, it can be around €1,800 but, if there is demolition of partitions, it can easily amount to about €3,000

Masonry works: 

It includes coatings, pavements, formation of new partition walls, plastering of walls, false ceilings, etc. Without partition demolitions, it can cost around €4,000-4,500, but with a change in the layout of the home, it can easily exceed €10,000, depending on the work to be carried out. In addition, you have to add if you have to remove the paper, or the gotelé from the walls, which would mean about €2,400 more.

Plumbing works: 

Its cost will depend on whether it is necessary to introduce modifications, if they are partial or, on the contrary, it is a total renovation. The complete change of the plumbing system, including the toilets, the shower screen, the furniture and the taps, ranges between €4,000 and €6,000.

Electrical works: 

Its cost will depend, as in the case of plumbing, on the modifications that are required. For a house of about 70m2, the complete renovation usually ranges between €3,500-4,500. 

Gas works: 

A complete installation including boiler, radiators, embedded piping system, thermostat, etc., is usually around €4,200 

Interior carpentry work: 

A solid white lacquered door, currently around €400 already installed. If we assume that a 70m2 apartment has 6 doors, the price would be €2,400.

Exterior carpentry work: 

Perhaps this is the item that involves the greatest variation, depending on the number of windows, balcony doors and doors, existing in the house, in addition to the multitude of qualities. An average price for a flat with these characteristics would be around €3,500.


The furniture for a kitchen of about 8m² can cost around €4,500-€5,000 and Balay appliances (hood, vitro and oven), about €800.

Painting works: 

This is easier to calculate, and represents about €1,500. 


The average price of a 3,000 Fridge air conditioner is around €1,000, but if we go for a ducted air conditioning system for cooling the entire house, it can shoot up to €6,000

In conclusion, a price cannot be given for how much it would cost to renovate an apartment in Barcelona, until a professional visits said home and knows both the state of the apartment and the needs of the client, but a prior guiding idea, if can give and, that is what we have tried with this article. 

At A. Barcelona Reformas, we also have a price simulator that works very well, but ONLY in cases where the distribution of the home is NOT modified.

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How to Refurbish a House With Cheap Tricks

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If you’ve got big ideas and a small budget, learn how to furbish a house with cheap tricks. Invest time in learning new skills rather than money in paying a pro to produce the results you desire while growing your DIY abilities. The key to making cheap tricks work in your renovation is taking on small jobs that make a big impact. Prioritizing your home’s needs and waiting to take on big projects until you gain the skills or the money to do them right ensures that your refurbish will result in your dream home, one project at a time.

1-Paint the interior walls. Test color options by painting samples on the walls. Choose colors that add warmth, dynamism and energy, such as cream, gold and red, or those that have a calming effect, such as blue, gray and white. Evaluate options in various natural and artificial light conditions. Include the ceiling for additional impact. Paint only the molding if you have limited time or a very limited budget. Strip the paint with a rotary tool and a wire brush attachment for professional painting results. Install and paint chair rail molding in living and dining areas for additional low-cost impact.

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2-Fix up your furniture. Empty each room entirely of all furniture and accessories. Decide what pieces are vital to each room. Evaluate that furniture’s upholstery and finishes. Reupholster and refinish any pieces that look tired or overly worn. Do not fix up unnecessary items or those that you do not love. Keep an eye out for new items to fix up to replace those that you permanently remove, or leave the room as-is for a calm, revived feeling.

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3-Spruce up small accessories that you use on a daily basis. Recover lampshades with vibrant paper or patterned fabric. Spray-paint inexpensive picture frames a bold shade of red. Cover light-switch plates with samples of wallpaper. Add throw pillows to couches and armchairs. Add colorful, contrasting blankets to the foot of the bed. Roll up dull accent carpeting and replace it with blank canvas, hemmed at the edges, for a clean, modern effect. Toss old linens, such as bed linens, napkins and towels, and replace them with new ones.

4-Fix all of the small things that are broken. Repair the gutters. Fix the latch on the kitchen cabinet. Patch the nail holes in the wall. Put a new handle on the bathroom door. Completing small jobs that are easy to delay can be a huge relief, with as much emotional impact as a complete gut job. Let completing these small jobs motivate you to take on larger, more intensive projects as time and money allow.


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How to reform an apartment for a person with limited mobility

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How to reform an apartment for a person with limited mobility

The persons who have to move in wheelchair have a few specific needs at the moment of being able to move with comfort in their own housing.

Today we deal with the process of reform that there would be necessary to carry out in an apartment in which someone lives with limited mobility. The above mentioned apartment will have to be conditioned in order that it could be used without problems by this person and to adapt a series of elements that provide to him a minimum of comfort.

In Barcelona Reformas we are specialized in this and many other situations. Consults your case and our experts will find the right solution to your needs. We adapt to your budget and put our experience at your service.

What are the main elements that must be changed in a home to suit a person with reduced mobility?

▪ First it is fundamental to check the doors. The minimal width must be 80 cm, when the normal thing is that scarcely it exceeds 70 cm.

▪ The draft of the door will have to to be able to be realized towards the biggest space to be able like that to operate the own chair. The better thing would be to place sliding doors. At present there exist designs that hide themselves inside the partition in spite of just realizing a small work of masonry, and the results are more than excellent.

Piso movilidad reducida

▪ Later we will proceed to the reform of the bathroom, changing the bath into an adapted shower and eliminating the sanitary unnecessary devices in order that there stays sufficient space in which to realize a theoretical circumference of 1,50 m. Of diameter. It is suitable to install a wash basin without pedestal, which allows a comfortable approximation of the person. In addition it is indispensable to place the corresponding accessories, as graspers and points of support in order that the disabled person could use the bathroom elements.

Baño movilidad reducida

▪ Finally, we will modify the position of some elements of the electrical installation and telecommunications. We will have to pay attention to the suitable location of the control panel. Also to that of the intercom and in case it is a question of more ancient buildings, we will have to check the mechanisms that they find to an inadequate height, in order that they could be operated from the height of a wheelchair.

This apartment reformed and furnished adequately, it will provide the sufficient comfort to a person in wheelchair. With a correct rehabilitation, a house in which someone lives with limited mobility will be able to feel to taste and to move of autonomous form without finding reefs to every step. In Barcelona Reformas we have exact budgets to every need. Before undertaking the rehabilitation of your house, come and consult us.

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