Wondering what your bathroom renovation will cost? On average, a new bathroom costs around £3,000+. However, this will obviously depend on the quality of the fittings you choose, the size of the space, whether you are starting from scratch and need an entirely new plumbing system and how much of the work you will be doing yourself.
Whilst those on a tight budget might be pleased to hear that some suppliers sell complete suites for under £200, it is important to ascertain exactly what is included in these kind of rock-bottom prices and thoroughly check their quality.
In order for you to get a clear idea of what your bathroom renovation costs are likely to be, we’ve broken down the different elements, with guide prices for different levels of specification.
What Should I Pay for a New Bath?
- Low end: From £80
- Average cost: From around £200
- Top end: From £500+
Baths are not usually included in the rest of the bathroom suite (usually this only includes the WC and basin). The cost of a bath is usually dependant on the material it is made from and whether it is of a standard (700 x 1700mm) or more unusual size.
The very cheapest baths are usually made from thin acrylic and come ready to be built in to a frame, which can then be tiled or finished with a purpose-made bath panel.
These cheap acrylic baths cost from around £80, but can be flimsy, so do give them a thorough check before investing. Remember, at the top of the price scale there are also baths made from acrylics, but these are generally made from thicker, fibreglass-reinforced acrylic and are of a far better quality. Acrylic also keeps the water warm for longer than steel.
If you are on a tight budget and want a good value for money option, steel baths tend to be more durable than the very low-cost acrylic designs and often cost little, if any, more — starting from around £120.
Once you start looking at cast iron, timber, composite and stone, the prices rocket.
What Does a New Shower Cost?
- Low end: £50
- Average cost: £60 – £500
- Top end: £500 – £2,000+
Don’t forget to budget for your shower and enclosure separately — a tray and the drainage will also affect bathroom renovation costs. Merlyn Showering’s Black Framed Squared Walk-in cost £1,019 per panel.
Electric showers tend to be the cheapest option so ideal for those wishing to keep their bathroom renovation cost low.
They are connected to the mains cold water supply and heat water on demand. Although they tend not to reach the level of power provided by showers that are connected to the mains, choosing one with a higher kilowatt rating will help. On the plus side, they are economic to run, installation is straightforward and they start at around £50.
Another good budget shower option is bath/shower mixers, with prices again starting from £50. The shower hose and head are combined with the bath mixer tap and this is how the temperature is adjusted. They are easy and cheap to fit, but the pressure is not always great and getting the shower temperature right can be fiddly.
A manual shower mixer (from £60) has the hose and spray coming out from a wall unit, with a temperature control to adjust the temperature.
Thermostatic mixers are similar to manual mixers but have a built-in thermostat that automatically adjusts the water temperature (but not the pressure) if a tap elsewhere in the house is being used. They start at £125.
Power showers start at £150 and are connected to an integral pump to boost flow rate. However, they are not compatible with combi boilers as they need a supply from both a cold water cistern and a hot water cylinder.
These are just the basic shower types. Digital showers, shower towers, columns and cabins all offer a luxury showering experience, with a multitude of sprays and jets — at a cost of course, from £250 upwards.
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A new bathroom will increase the value of a property, but it’s worth not going overboard in terms of budget as the investment may not be recouped in the future.
To help stick to your budget, put together a spreadsheet to keep track of all the expenses, including:
- plumbing and electrical work
- fixtures and fittings, including baths/showers, tapware, tiles, vanity basins and lighting
- drainage and waste disposal
Having a contingency pot of around 10% is also incredibly useful.
Once you have your budget, visit easybathrooms.com to book your free 3D design.
What Will My Shower Enclosure Cost?
- Low end: From £100
- Average cost: £120 – £300
- Top end: £550+
This is a tricky one to cost. A basic inexpensive enclosure, that features a glass side panel and a door, or a quadrant enclosure with double doors, can cost as little as £100. However, you still need to factor in the cost of a shower tray, which will cost from £60 at the lowest end.
A complete ‘wet room‘ style enclosure, complete with walk-in tray and frameless shower screen will cost from £550. A frameless fixed enclosure, with no door, will start at around £200.
Wet room kits can also be purchased which include everything you need to form a platform, drainage and waterproofing equipment (but excluding tiles) — these cost around £500-£600.
This striking bathroom with Merlyn Showering twin shower panels provides a luxury ‘his n’ hers’ enclosure. From £354 per panel
How Much Does a Basin Cost?
- Low end: From £50
- Average cost: £60 – £150
- Top end: £300+
Some basins, such as countertop, require wall-mounted taps which can be more expensive than simple monoblocs. The Coda Basin Mixer from Frontline Bathrooms costs £105.
At the budget end of the market are ceramic pedestal basins that start at around £50.Their other benefit is that all pipework can easily be concealed behind the pedestal.
For something a little more delicate in appearance, a semi-pedestal or wall-hung basin is a good option, starting at £60. You will also need to consider how you will hide pipework — a wall hung basin will require a stud wall to be constructed.
Basins designed to sit in or on a vanity unit allow for storage — such as recessed, semi-recessed or freestanding basins which cost from £90 but remember to factor in the cost of the unit they sit on or in, too.
Whilst most basins are ceramic, glass, metal and stone are all options — but cost more than a standard ceramic basin. The most common basin size is 550mm x 400mm.
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How Much Does a Toilet Cost?
- Low end: From £50
- Average cost: £200 – £400
- Top end: £500
At the lower end of the price scale are floor-mounted, low-level WCs, which cost from £50. Traditional-style high-level toilets are another option, as are more modern-looking wall-mounted WCs — here the cistern and pipework is typically concealed within a frame in a studwall.
How Much Should I Pay for New Taps?
Pillar taps (taps with a separate tap for hot and for cold) are the cheapest type of tap, costing from £30 per pair. Mixer taps that have separate controls for hot and cold flow tend to be next up the scale, from around £45, with monobloc mixers (where flow and temperature are both controlled from one lever) usually at the top, from £50 up to the low £100s.
This traditional-style mixer tap is from The Pure Bathroom Collection. It costs £59.
When making sanitaryware choices, consider the effect they will have on the price of taps too. Counter-top, bowl-style basins, for example, will require wall-mounted taps or those set into a vanity unit, while freestanding baths will need wall- or floor-mounted taps. These can be more costly than simple mixer taps located on the bath or basin, both to buy and fit.
Bathroom Fitting Costs
When you are budgeting for your new bathroom, don’t forget labour costs, tiles, heated towel warmers, lighting and frames for baths to be built in to.
A plumber should be able to retrofit a bathroom in two or three days, as well as removing the old one — this would cost around £1,000.
To tile an average size bathroom would take one to five days. Costs of around £65/m2 can be expected, although these prices will vary depending on the tiles and sanitaryware you specify.
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