For those planning a new bathroom it’s essential to arm yourself with a good idea of what it’s going to cost.
The average cost of a new bathroom is approximately £3,000, but this all depends on whether you’re starting completely from scratch, replacing your existing bathroom suite, how much DIY work you can do on your own and the level of luxury that you want to create.
Bathroom suites are available from a little as under £200, but make sure to find out what’s included before spending any money.
The cost of a bath depends on the material it’s made from. Cheap baths are often made from thin acrylic, and are supplied ready to be built into a frame, which can be tiled or fitted with a panel. There are also expensive acrylic baths, but these are constructed from much thicker acrylic, which has been reinforced with fibre-glass for long lasting durability.
Steel baths are another option and are ideal if you’re on a limited budget, they’re also more durable then low cost acrylic baths.
Basins with a full pedestal are the most popular and least expensive option. But, for something more modern a wall mounted basin or a basin with a semi pedestal is a good choice. For a contemporary look to the bathroom, countertop basins are ideal and have been designed to sit on top of a vanity table or vanity shelf.
The majority of basins are ceramic and the most affordable, but glass, metal and stone materials cost a lot more and require more maintenance.
Close coupled toilets are the most affordable option and come in a variety of styles. At the higher end of the price scale there are wall hung toilets, which cost more to install than a standard WC. Wall hung toilets require a frame and concealed cistern, therefore adding to the overall cost, but are great for the modern bathroom.
Costing more than an electric shower and a bath shower mixer, thermostatic showers include a shower valve and shower head with a hose that comes out from the wall. Thermostatic showers are fitted with a built-in anti-scald device, so if the cold water supply fails or someone uses a tap elsewhere in the house the water will not run scalding hot.
For those on a limited budget an electric shower is ideal. Electric showers heat hot water on demand and although they aren’t very powerful, opting for one with a high kilowatt rating will help. Easy to install, an electric shower can be economical to run.
Bath shower mixers are another affordable option, this is where the shower hose and head are combined with the bath tap and the temperature and flow of water is controlled through this. Easy and cost effective to fit, a bath shower mixer doesn’t provide the best water pressure and getting the temperature right can be fiddly.
At the higher end you have shower panels and shower cabins, which offer a more luxurious showering experience.
Standard pillar taps are the cheapest type of tap available and cost from as little as £30 per pair. Mixer taps are next up on the scale, while mono mixer taps, where the flow and temperature is controlled with a single lever, tend to be the most expensive option.
When choosing a new basin and bath, consider the type of tap you’ll require. Countertop basins require wall mounted taps and freestanding baths need floor standing or wall mounted taps, which can be costly compared to standard taps that are simply fitted to the basin or bath.
Finally, don’t forget the finishing touches and any extras such as tiles, heating and lighting. Make sure to factor in labour costs too. The average cost of a plumber retrofitting a bathroom over two or three days, as well as removing the existing suite can cost around £1,000.