How Much is a New Bathroom?
Like most people across the UK, you’ve no doubt considered getting a new bathroom but hesitated because of the potential cost.
The truth is, there’s a lot of information out there about the cost of a bathroom and for fitting it. But why is it expensive? Can you get a new bathroom for less? And how much could it set you back? Well, Plumbworld is here to help explain how much a bathroom can be, for all budgets.
By looking in the right places, it is possible to get the new bathroom you’ve always wanted. We have gathered together the information you need about various bathroom appliances, along with the cost of having them fitted, to answer the question ‘how much is a new bathroom?’.
Read on to find out the real price of a new bathroom and everything you need to know before starting out on a project…
What is the average cost of a new bathroom?
Generally, the cost for a bathroom replacement or installation will range from £2,500 to more than £6,500. This will cover the more basic, lower end of the scale, to the luxury bathroom, which can cost over £7,000. Generally, the price of a new bathroom will often be decided by three main factors:
- The value of the new suite being installed, which includes a bath, shower, basin and toilet, depending on your bathroom. This is the first and most important factor. The average cost can be £500 - £2,000
- The cost of installation is next, and this will mainly depend on the length of time the job will take and the number of people working on it. The average cost can be £800 - £3,000
- The final factor is the cost of removing your old bathroom, tiling, and as well as any additional items, such as taps, towel rails and sealant. The average cost can be £500 - £2,500
Remember: The size of your bathroom will influence the cost of both installation and removal of the old suite. The larger it is, the more it will cost.
How much does it cost to fit a bathroom?
Although you can get an estimation for the cost when planning a new bathroom, the final figure can vary.
Installers charge different amounts depending on what’s being fitted in the bathroom. A small job, such as fitting a new basin, can cost from £70 - £150. However, larger jobs, like tiling a bathroom, can cost as much as £1,000.
Even though the average cost of a bathroom is £4,500, you can save money by shopping smart. In fact, if you’re simply swapping a like-for-like suite, without any additional tiling or flooring, you could do this for around £1,500.
Bathroom installation costs can vary so much due to the fact that each job needs to be priced in relation to each circumstance. The shape and size of your bathroom can affect how easy a job is to complete, the time it will take and how much material is required. Unforeseen complications, such as damaged pipes, will increase the cost of a quote.
Tip: quality is always a priority, so it’s worth paying that bit more to ensure your bathroom has a professional finish and avoids expensive mistakes.
What factors can affect the cost of installation?
Of course, appliances are not the only factors that influence the price of a new bathroom. Other issues, such as plumbing and electrical work, or having tiling done can also influence the overall cost. We’ve gone into more detail about some of them below.
Depending on how old your current bathroom is, you may be looking to upgrade your current lighting to LED spotlights. This could be for their appearance and lower running costs. Other electrical work may include installing a socket, extractor fan or a power shower. Typical costs can be around the £300 mark depending on other variables.
Tiling is one of those trades which require expertise to be done properly. The cost of tiling can vary depending on the size of the bathroom and the tiles you have chosen. An average cost for tiling can be between £850 - £950. If it goes wrong and is not done correctly, tiling can be costly to fix, so it’s important to ensure you get the best tiler you can.
Read more: How to Tile a Bathroom Wall
A commonly ignored area that comes back to haunt most homeowners is flooring. Some bathroom fitters will not include flooring on their quotes so their price is low and then add it on as an extra. You should always ensure you have the price included if you are looking to replace the flooring.
Read more: How to Tile a Bathroom Floor
Obviously, a large portion of your money will go towards plumbing, which can include new taps, a toilet, shower or bath and a sink. The costs can increase if there is a significant alteration to the existing layout which will need more plumbing work. About £700 to £900 will often be needed for the plumbing services.
What are the costs of bathroom appliances?
When looking to buy a new bathroom, there are different ways you can do it. This could be piece-by-piece, with a replacement suite or a new one.
Bathroom suites can range in style, cost as well as what is part of the suite itself. At Plumbworld, you can have a suite that includes a toilet and basin, a vanity unit and a toilet or a basin, toilet as well as a bath. Our bathroom suite prices start at £139 and can go up to £1,000.
When looking to include your bath as part of a renovation, consider whether you do need a new one or whether a panel and tap upgrade will do the job. If you do want a new bath, they can start in price at around £150 for single-ended baths and go right up to £2,900.
Installing a bath can cost between £100 - £250 and take 3 - 5 hours.
Read more: What Size Bath Do You Need?
Showers come in a range of types, which influences their cost. You will also need to consider whether your home plumbing matches the type of shower you want. Shower prices can start at around £80 and go as high as £1,200. Mixer shower parts start low but need to be bought separately, such as the mixer and shower head.
Installing a shower, of most kinds, can cost between £250 - £400 and take 8 hours for a new fitting or 2 hours for a replacement.
Read more: What Are The Different Types of Showers?
Out of all bathroom appliances, basins are often the cheapest, especially if it is a pedestal basin. At Plumbworld, our basins start from around £40 for a wall-hung basin up to £1,000 for certain vanity unit and basin combinations.
Installing a basin with pedestal can cost between £70 - £150 and it can take 1 - 2 hours.
Toilets, despite their obvious importance, are one of the cheaper appliances for a bathroom. There are different types of toilet, so the prices can differ. At Plumbworld, our toilets start in price from around £90 for a back-to-wall toilet and can cost up to £350 for a toilet and basin unit.
Installing a toilet can cost between £75 - £150 and take 2 - 3 hours.
One of the easiest ways to transform your bathroom is with new taps, either for a basin or bathtub. At Plumbworld, our taps are available in a range of styles with various prices. They can start at around £20 and go up to £275 for a freestanding bath shower mixer tap.
Changing a basin or bath tap can cost between £50 - £100 and may take 1 - 2 hours.
Read more: Bathroom Taps Buying Guide
How long does it take to fit a bathroom?
The time it takes to fit a new bathroom all depends on not only what you’ve bought but also your current bathroom.
Removing the existing tiles, whether on the floor or walls, preparing these surfaces and installing the new tiles is the most time-consuming part of fitting a new bathroom. Installing a bath, toilet or basin is often straight forward unless work is needed on your plumbing.
For a complete bathroom refurbishment, you should expect the work to take around 6 - 8 days. If you are not having any tiling done, and only having the bath, sink and toilet replaced, then this can take around 2 days. Additional time will be needed if you are changing the position of the toilet or sink.
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