How much does a utility room cost? A guide to budgeting for this practical space

utility room with green walls and freestanding low level open storage units with small dog stood on rug
Our utility room cost guides takes you the the process of pricing up this practical space (Image credit: Garden Trading)

Whether you need a more dedicated laundry room, a place for the pet to sleep or simply somewhere to store the paraphernalia that goes hand in hand with family life, utility rooms are generally considered a valuable addition to your home.

But when it comes to budgeting for one, how much does a utility room cost and what do you need to plan for? 

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Tim Phillips

Tim Phillips is an experienced senior quantity surveyor and estimator and has worked in the construction industry for over 35 years. He has extensive experience of undertaking his own full-scale house renovations. He is also a speaker and expert at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows.

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FoundationsExcavations, skip, concrete£3400
DrainageNew pipework, manhole and connection to existing drainage£3100
Concrete slabSub-base, concrete and insulation£4200
WallsBlockwork walls and insulation£11,900
Windows & doorsOne double uPVC window and external uPVC back door£1000
Flat roofInsulated roof finished with membrane£4100
ScaffoldingHire for duration of project£1100
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ElectricsSockets, lighting circuits, smoke detector, ceiling spot lights, fused socket spurs, extractor (extending to existing circuit)£1000-£1500
PlasteringBoard and skim walls & ceilings£900
Painting & decoratingTwo coats to walls and ceilings plus supply and paint coving£700
RenderingPrepare and render external walls and finish with masonry paint£4200
Underfloor heatingSupply and install of wet underfloor heating£850-£1000
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Architect fees3-7% of total build cost
Planning permissionUpwards of £200 for full permission
Permitted developmentUpwards of £100 for a certificate of lawfulness
Building regulation feesAllocate £200
Party wall agreementsBudget a minimum of £1500 - £2000
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Builder£240 - £300
Costs to plaster a 9m2 room£1100
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Remove existing unitsRemoval and skip hire/disposalAllow £500
New sink & tapsMid-range sink, taps and installationAllow £500
ElectricsSupply & install for 2 new double sockets and replacement of extractor fanAllow £500
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Header Cell - Column 0 BudgetMid-rangePremium
Freestanding washing machine£233£579£1283
Heat pump tumble dryer£321£549£2227
Semi-integrated dishwasher£329£579£1299
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Worktop costs per m2
£20 - £40£150 - £400£225 - £500
Sarah Harley
Assistant Editor

Sarah is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Assistant Editor and joined the team in 2024. An established homes and interiors writer, Sarah has renovated and extended a number of properties, including a listing building and renovation project that featured on Grand Designs. Although she said she would never buy a listed property again, she has recently purchased a Grade II listed apartment. As it had already been professionally renovated, she has instead set her sights on tackling some changes to improve the building’s energy efficiency, as well as adding some personal touches to the interior.