The average cost of a new bathroom is around £3,000, but this can vary hugely depending on whether you are starting from scratch, replacing an existing suite, doing the work on a DIY basis, and the level of luxury you want. Although some suppliers advertise complete suites for under £200, it is not always clear what is included, so be sure to find out before parting with any money.
How Much Does a Bath Cost?
Average cost: Approx. £400
Top-end: £1,400 – £10,000
Usually sold separately from the rest of the suite, which often only includes the WC and basin, the cost of baths depends mainly on what they are made from. 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 have some kind of decorative panel fitted to it.
These very cheap acrylic baths cost from around £70, but can be flimsy and squeaky 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 value for money, basic 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 really rocket.
How Much do Showers Cost?
Average cost: £60 – £500
Top-end: £500 – £2,000 +
Electric showers are amongst the cheapest options. They provide water separately from the mains cold water supply and heat water on demand. Although they tend not to reach the level of power provided by those showers connected to the mains, choosing one with a higher kilowatt rating will help — they are very economic to run and easy to install and they start at £50.
Next up are bath/shower mixers, with prices 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 a bit of a fiddle.
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 if a tap elsewhere in the house is being used. They start at £125.
Power showers start at £200 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 – £2,000 upwards.
How Much Do Shower Enclosures Cost?
Low-end: From £70
Average cost: £80 – £300
Top-end: £550 +
This is a tricky one to cost. A very basic inexpensive enclosure, that is a couple of glass side panels and a door, or a quadrant enclosure with double doors, can cost as little as £70-£80. 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, whilst just 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.
How Much Does a Bathroom Basin Cost?
Low-end: From £50
Average cost: £60 – £150
Top-end: £300 +
At the budget end of the market are ceramic pedestal basins which start at around £50. For something a little more delicate in appearance, a semi-pedestal or wall-hung basin is a good option, starting at £60.
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 £60
Average cost: £200 – £400
At the lower end of the price scale are floor-mounted, low-level WCs, which cost from £60. Traditional-style high-level toilets are another option, as are more modern-looking wall-mounted WCs — they usually see the cistern and pipework concealed within a frame in a studwall.
How Much do Taps Cost?
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 £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.
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, whilst 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.
Don’t Forget the Extras
When you are budgeting for your new bathroom, don’t forget tiles, heated towel warmers, lighting and frames for baths to be built in to.
Don’t forget labour costs either. 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 a small bathroom would take one to three days and cost between £350 and £800. These prices will vary depending on the tiles and sanitaryware you specify.