Good planning is essential before beginning a bathroom renovation journey. It helps to know how much it costs to fit a new bathroom suite, get new taps, buy bathroom furniture or even remodel to install a walk-in shower. Most of these costs are down to product choices and if you choose DIY or hire a professional, this can affect what you pay.
In this guide, we will break down the cost of remodelling your bathroom and provide some helpful tips on how to keep these costs down.
Bathroom Renovation Cost
Bathroom renovation costs in the UK are highly dependent on your product choices. On the lower end of the scale, an average bathroom renovation costs between £1,000 to £3,500. A more custom design using many different skills like plumbing, tiling plastering, joinery, painting, gas and electrics will cost upwards of £15,000 – £20,000. This is because of the coordination of the different tradespeople involved and the high level of skill required.
The size of your bathroom and how much of the work you plan to do yourself also affects the price. You can even get complete bathroom suites like these for under £200 but be mindful of quality and the size of the baths.
Bathroom Remodel Cost Breakdown
This breakdown serves to help you create an estimation for the average renovation cost. The breakdown below shows the average price of various products and their typical installation times.
How Much Does a New Bath Cost?
- Cheap: £100
- Mid-range: £250 – £800
- High End: 1300+
- Typical job time: 3 – 5 hours
When buying a new bath you should consider the fact that cheap baths which can cost as little as £80 are acrylic. They have no reinforcing and usually require a frame. This means tiling or waterproof cladding is needed, adding to the total cost. Even though some high-end baths are also acrylic, they are usually more durable and offer better quality. Expect to spend around £200 to £1000 for these.
If you want to get high quality at a great price, consider buying a steel bath. Regardless of your budget, steel baths are highly durable and cost around £120. A more luxurious bath made from cast iron or stone will set you back between £500 – £1400. However, they are incredibly stylish and durable.
How Much Does a Shower Cost?
- Cheap: £60
- Mid-range: £70 – £500
- High End: £550 – £2500
- Typical job time: 1 – 3 hours
Electric showers are the cheapest shower option. They are relatively easy to install and use little electricity. However, really cheap showers are not great at heating up the water.
One of the most popular bathroom renovation trends right now is converting bathrooms into walk-in showers or installing a steam shower. These showers let you create the spa experience in the comfort of your own home. Additionally, they require no extra tiling or decorating and can be fitted into your existing bathroom with no remodelling work required.
In our recent article about shower room ideas, we detailed some of the great health benefits of steam showers Benefits include improved circulation, clearer skin, and better exercise recovery. These shower cabins provide a great way to deal with stress and anxiety.
Steam showers cost between £500 – £2000 and are built for DIY install, with most of the pipework and electrics pre-installed by the manufacturer on the unit. Some steam showers even come with a quick click mechanism which simply clicks into place.
How Much Does a Toilet Cost?
- Cheap: £50
- Mid-range: £150 – £450
- High End: £500+
- Typical job time: 2 – 3 hours
There is no shortage of toilets to suit your budget. You will find that floor standing, low-level WCs are the cheapest, with prices starting from just £50. Toilets start to get more expensive with more luxurious designs. Items with concealed cistern and pipework will cost considerably more.
How Much Should I Pay For a Basin?
- Cheap: £50
- Mid-range: £60 – £150
- High End: £300+
- Typical job time: 1 – 2 hours
Ceramic pedestal basins are the cheapest basins you will find, costing around £50. They are cost-effective, great at concealing the pipework and deliver convenience. Semi-pedestal units are usually the more cost-effective solution because of their space-saving design. Since they are wall-hung they give your bathroom a clean, fresh and de-cluttered look.
You can opt for a slightly more luxurious vanity unit with basin like this one which has decent storage space, for less than £250.
How Much Do Taps Cost?
- Cheap: £30
- Mid-range: £40 – £65
- High End: £70 – £150
- Typical job time: 1 – 2 hours
The cheapest taps are pillar taps. They come in a pair, one for hot and the other for cold, costing around £30. Mixer taps, like the one pictured usually cost between £40 – £50.
The tap you choose and basin you pick go hand in hand. Counter-top basins with a bowl-style will need wall-mounted taps. If you choose a freestanding bath it needs to be paired with a floor-mounted tap. Floor-mounted taps cost a little bit more so that is something to consider.
Plumbing & Electrical Costs
Depending on the age of your bathroom, we advise always to try and use existing plumbing whenever possible. This cuts down the cost of re-installing plumbing if you decide to move the toilet, bath or basin. Most of the plumbing and electrical costs will come from the steel or copper pipes you buy – between £2 and £7 and the labour.
Simple electrical work like installing an electric shower or connecting hairdryer sockets will cost a few hundred pounds, however, significant structural changes requiring breaking into walls and floors can cost up to £900.
Bathroom Renovation & Installation Labour Cost
If you choose to hire skilled tradespeople to install your new bathroom you have to factor the cost of labour in your budgeting. On average, little jobs like installing a pedestal basin will cost you between £100 to £150. However, larger, slightly more complex install jobs such as tiling a decent size bathroom will cost £1,000 or more.
One more thing to consider when renovating your bathroom is waste disposal. You will either need to hire a skip, find a local tip to dispose of your waste or ask traders to dispose of the waste. There is an additional cost if traders do the waste disposal because of business rates they have to pay to get rid of the waste.
Unexpected Bathroom Renovation Costs To Consider
With any project, there will be unexpected costs. Unexpected plumbing costs may arise if more work is needed that estimated to install your new bath and basin. If you have an old bathroom and want to install LED spotlights, additional electrical work may be required.
More Bathroom Ideas and Guides
Get more bathroom ideas from the Switchfeel blog or find out more about our amazing steam showers which add a whole new level of luxury to your bathroom after your renovation.