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Last Updated on December 4, 2020

How Much Does A New Bathroom Cost? UK Price Comparison

Zac Houghton

Zac Houghton

Construction expert and founder of Loftera.

Did you know that a refurbished bathroom can add up to 5% on your overall property value?

So, without question, it is absolutely worth investing in a new bathroom. In this blog, we will delve into your potential new bathroom cost, and offer our advice on how to ensure the project is done to the best standard possible.

First and foremost, the original question – the average cost of a new bathroom? In the UK, the average cost of a new bathroom is around £4,500, but there are an array of factors that come into play when making up that price.

There are ways in which you can reduce that price by up to £2,000, by being inventive. On the flip side, a new bathroom installation can cost more than that average £4,500, depending on location, cost of materials and layout.

If that average is around where you expected, great. If not, read on to find out which items of a bathroom are the most expensive, and where savings can be made.

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Now Bathroom Cost Estimate: A Breakdown

There are certain items that are absolutely essential to any new bathroom. A shower, toilet and sink fall into the category, but there are additions that most people will insist on also.

 

Let’s take a closer look at the main components of a newly-designed bathroom, and how much you can expect to pay for each.

Table of Contents

Bath

What sort of bathroom doesn’t contain a bath? It is quite literally in the name!

An acrylic bath is the cheapest option available, but will need to be fitted with tiling and framework. You can upgrade this option so that it doesn’t require a frame, but of course this will add to the cost.

A standard steel bath is slightly more expensive than an acrylic alternative, but remains in its original condition for longer, so may well be worth looking into.

Your fitting of a new bath should take no longer than five hours.

Price Breakdown:

Design

Minimum Average Price

Maximum Average Price

Basic

£70

£120

Standard

£200

£700

Luxury

£300

£1,500

Shower

In modern day bathroom fittings, an electric shower is often fitted due to it being the cheapest option. While it may be the least expensive, there is no compromise on quality in terms of water temperature and pressure.

An electrical connection is all that is required, as this is then used to heat the water inside the unit.

Perhaps a more traditional type of shower fitting involves a thermostat that keeps the temperature constant, and is usually fitted inside a bath.

Are you sick of the low water pressure inside your property? Having a booster pump fitted can deal with this issue for your new showers, but can double your overall cost.

Feeling particularly fancy? A digital shower that provides jets to offer the ultimate cleaning experience can cost up to £2,000.

A shower should take a similar amount of time to fit as your new bath, although can be done within three hours depending on your choices.

Price Breakdown:

Design

Minimum Average Price

Maximum Average Price

Basic

£50

£100

Standard

£100

£500

Luxury

£500

£2,000

Toilet

The most common design for a new toilet basin is within the bathroom itself. It is not uncommon to find a toilet fitted in its own room adjacent to the bathroom, but you will usually find it fitted all in one room.

There isn’t too much more to say on toilets, they serve a purpose. Once again, they should take no longer than three hours to install.

Price Breakdown:

Design

Minimum Average Price

Maximum Average Price

Basic

£50

£75

Standard

£100

£300

Luxury

£300

£500

Sink

Unlike a toilet, there is a fair amount of versatility involved in fitting a new sink basin. Mounted from the wall, from a pedestal, or even a vanity unit – the choice is yours.

A vanity unit is the most expensive, while materials also have a major say in the overall cost of your new sink fitting. Ceramic is the cheapest, while steel, glass and stone can see your price increase by up to 3x. On average, a new sink should take no more than a couple of hours to fit.

Price Breakdown:

Design

Minimum Average Price

Maximum Average Price

Basic

£50

£100

Standard

£100

£300

Luxury

£300

£500

Taps

Haven’t thought about your choice of taps? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. A lot of people assume that they are simply provided as part of the sink installation, but you have an input into the taps that are to be fitted.

You can have two taps – one hot and one cold, or you can opt for a mixer tap that changes the temperature as you alter the setting.

You can have taps fitted to the wall, the basin itself and onto a worktop. As you can tell, there are more options than you might think.

Taking no longer than two hours to install, you will have to decide on the style and materials used.

Price Breakdown:

Design

Minimum Average Price

Maximum Average Price

Basic

£30

£50

Standard

£50

£75

Luxury

£75

£100

Tiling

When you step out of your shower or bath, you want to feel some nice tiles under your feet. It is essential that the tiling is waterproof, for obvious reasons.

Some people do opt for vinyl flooring as a cheaper alternative, which is most certainly worth asking about.

Price Breakdown

Design

Minimum Average Price

Maximum Average Price

Basic

£25 per m2

£30 per m2

Standard

£35 per m2

£50 per m2

Luxury

£50 per m2

£75 per m2

Extractor Fan

An essential addition to regulate heat, an extractor fan is an often overlooked necessity of a new bathroom fitting.

With sinks, showers and baths providing plenty of excess heat, as well as potential additions such as underfloor heating and heated towel rails, an extractor fan can regulate the use of heat.

This costs up to £250 and should take between three and five hours to fit.

Underfloor Heating

Speaking of underfloor heating cost, this is a brilliant addition to any new bathroom. In those cold months, it takes away the need to step onto cold tiles when leaving the shower or bath. It has a lot of benefits.

You’ll have to factor the removal of existing flooring into your final price, but the finish can be superb. c

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Factors That Impact A New Bathroom Cost

When committing to a new bathroom, it is essential that you have a budget in mind and stick to it. Cutting corners is a big no go, but there are ways to save money on this project.

Let’s take a look at the main factors that impact a new bathroom cost, and discuss ways in which we can make savings.

Storage & Countertops

Opting for an under the sink cabinet can save money as it can fitted at the same time as the basin. More often than not, people will want a few cabinets installed as well as countertops to display fresheners and keep their beauty kits and cosmetic items.

Naturally, countertops made of marble or glass will cost more than their laminate or granite counterparts.

Customising your cabinets will impact the price, as will choosing wood over plastic. It’s all about how important these additions are to you.

Plumbing

If your bathroom refurbishment is a particularly complex one, there is every chance that it will increase the cost of your piping and plumbing.

If at all possible, it is best to keep your toilet, sink, shower and bath where they were, so that the existing piping can be used.

However, if you are redesigning your bathroom, the chances are that some, if not all, of these items will be moved around. That is completely understandable, but just factor it into your budgeting to avoid any surprises.

Flooring

We have already touched on this, but your choice of flooring could make a difference of several hundreds of pounds. Vinyl will be considerably cheaper than tiling, but this all comes down to personal preference.

The existing flooring will need to be removed, which will add to the cost in terms of materials and labour.

Layout

We don’t expect a minor paint job to put too much of a dent into your overall budget, but the layout of your bathroom can have a huge say on your final cost. Knocking through a partition wall in order to create a larger space is a factor, while on the flip side, adding walls to create individual rooms for a toilet and bathroom area will increase your price by even more.

Waste Removal

Depending on the size of the refurbishment, you may need to gut your entire existing bathroom and start from scratch. Many labourers charge a small disposal fee for lifting existing materials, while hiring a skip is the most common way to remove any unwanted waste.

Hiring a Professional: Our Top Tips

If a price seems too high, or even too low, it probably is. An unreasonably high quote usually comes from a labourer who is fully booked, and is taking a chance in landing your job at a premium price without really needing the work. Alternatively, the low price might seem too good to be true, and probably is. A lowball quote tends to come from a labourer who doesn’t have much in the way of bookings, usually because the standard of work isn’t up to scratch.

It may seem obvious, but please don’t commit to any builder if you haven’t seen a portfolio of their work. In this digital age, they should really have a website or social media page with before and after shots, along with a reel of testimonials from happy clients.

Always hire local. If anything goes wrong, they are nearby to address the situation. Also, take a look at how long they have been trading. They should have the necessary experience and the required contacts to draft in to help if required.

Most builders will provide insurance credentials without asking, but some don’t. Don’t feel rude, it is a big job you are committing to. Before they start work, ask them about their insurance details.

Similarly, you’ll want to be sure that a local authority has approved the builder to work on this type of project. If they don’t have the relevant qualifications, you’ll want assurances that they’ll be bringing in a professional for that part of the job.

How Long Should a Bathroom Renovation Take?

This depends on the size and layout of the bathroom in question. A small, square room will take much less time (and be much less expensive) than a room with partition walls and a complex design.

However, as an average, you can expect the refurbishment work to be completed in eight to ten days.

Benefits of Fitting a New Bathroom

You probably already know the main benefits of having a new bathroom fitted. That is why you have committed to the project after all.

However, here are some of the main reasons as to why it is a good idea to refurbish your existing bathroom, or build a new one altogether.

Increases the Value of Your Property

We take you back to the opening sentence of this blog. A new bathroom can add 5% to your property value. Not much more to say on that, a no brainer.

Correct Faults

Most rooms within a home have faults that require attention, we just tend to cover them up or turn a blind eye. In refurbishing your bathroom, you can finally attend to such faults.

Leaks, lack of storage or broken fitted lights are just three examples of faults that will be addressed as part of a refurbishment.

Utilise Space

A professional builder will be confident enough to suggest amendments to a layout of a bathroom, in order to better utilise existing space.

This can be in the shape of shelving, mirrored cabinets, or increased cabinet space under the sink. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

Improve Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important, and rightly so. Did you know that there is such a thing as water-saving showerheads? Or even low flow toilets that don’t use as much water when flushing. They might not sound like much, but every little helps. Another great way to improve the energy efficiency is to fix your boiler – check out our boiler service cost to find out how much extra it will cost you.

It Will Look Beautiful

The above are all clear benefits, but let’s be real with each other here, you are committing to this job because you want your new bathroom to look fantastic.

We all get house proud, and a new bathroom will make you want to look after it that bit more.

New Bathroom Cost: Is it Worthwhile?

Absolutely. There are an array of factors to take into account, and many ways in which you can save money on the building of a new bathroom.

A new bathroom improves your experience within the home, and increases your property value.

If you have the finances available, it is a long-term investment worth making.

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