How much does a new Bathroom Cost?
You won’t be surprised to hear that there isn’t a definitive answer to this question.
The price of a new bathroom will be determined by a wide range of variable factors including the size and shape of the space being transformed, the quality of the fixtures and fittings selected, and of course, the cost of engaging a specialist to deliver the project.
But if you’ve decided you want to have a new bathroom in your home, you’ll want at least some idea of what it’s likely to cost at the outset, so you can budget and plan. Before you start visiting showrooms and browsing glossy brochures for inspiration, you’ll want to check that your expectations are realistic.
While we can’t tell you exactly what your new bathroom will cost without having met with you, visited your home and taken a full brief, we can help you to understand the key cost areas involved in a bathroom project. These are listed below.
What do I have to budget for?
We’ve put this short article together to highlight the major cost areas and to help you decide on the approach that’s best for you.
As you’d expect, the prices that different businesses charge will vary depending on the way they work, where they are located, and the level of expertise they’re able to deliver. At the end of this article, you’ll find a quick reference price guide for your new bathroom. Based on our own way of working and decades of experience, it will give you an indication of our own scale of costs.
The Key Cost Areas
As we’ve noted already, there are numerous factors that can influence how much your new bathroom will cost, but for convenience, they can be grouped into two key areas:
This is the more exciting of the two key cost areas and the easier one to estimate – because it’s simply the price of the fixtures and fittings you want installed.
We say ‘simply’ – but as soon as you begin to plan your dream bathroom, you’ll quickly realise that your choice is virtually infinite! You’ll need to think about everything from basins, toilets, shower units, taps and cabinets to lighting, heating, tiles and flooring.
And just to make things even more interesting, you’ll find that in each of these areas, prices can vary hugely depending on style, material and quality.
In our experience, great quality suites and tiles for an average-sized family bathroom will start at about £3,000, and we regularly work on projects where the value of fixtures and fittings exceeds £15,000.
Depending on the kind of person you are, and how much time you have at your disposal, this stage can be fun as you explore your options and choose all the components you want. With a little time spent on research, you should be able to draw up a list of fixtures and fittings that meet with your budget.
It’s not for everyone though, and if you don’t have the time or inclination to shop for fixtures and fittings, you will be best selecting a specialist who can offer you a Design & Build solution. With this approach, you can choose either to specify exactly what you want included in your bathroom design, or explain your personal style preferences and let them suggest products that accommodate your taste. The right installer will always be happy to help you with this part of the process, suggesting brands and helping to ensure that as well as looking great, everything you select will be compatible with your plumbing and electrical systems.
When sourcing products for your bathroom, keep in mind that – as with most things in life, you will (mostly) get what you pay for. There are some online suppliers that have poor reputations, and installers will rightly decline to deal with them or their products. Your installer should have good relationships with established suppliers (staffed by real people) who are happy to advise and assist, recommend and source products – and help overcome any challenges.
So now you have an approximate price for your fixtures and fittings, how much is it going to cost to have them installed?
Again, at the risk of appearing to avoid the question, it depends. Every project is unique in terms of scale and requirements, and as with all professions, you’ll find significant variations in the prices different builders charge for their work.
Why is this?
It can be down to how a builder calculates the cost of labour. Some will simply estimate the number of days they expect a job to take, multiply this by their daily rate, and add on an amount to cover the amount they expect to spend on materials. It’s a hit and miss approach which doesn’t always work and can sometimes result in a builder under-pricing – which in turn, may lead to them cutting corners or billing more than they quoted.
The size of the building company will also have an impact on what they charge. As well as having to cover the pay of the team involved and the cost of materials, the price a builder charges will have to include an allowance for their overheads. These might include things such as office support and vehicle running costs, in-house design and other expertise, and can vary significantly say between a sole trader and a company that has many employees on its payroll.
Tiling is skilled work and labour-intensive, so if you have a large area to cover, it’s going to make up a significant proportion of your labour costs. It’s worth investing in having tiling done well though: along with the suite you choose, it will be the most visible aspect of your new bathroom. Paying good money for quality tiles and then having them installed by a second-rate tiler will save you money – but will be a decision you’ll come to regret long term!
If you want to alter the current layout of your bathroom, this will also affect the labour element of your project, and the price you’ll ultimately have to pay.
Things like removing walls, putting in new windows, moving a toilet or repositioning a bath are all feasible, but will affect costs and can’t be accounted for in our guide prices below.
A good designer will always help you to balance your vision with your budget.
Feature lighting, underfloor heating, towel warmers, mirror de-misters and other luxury appliances will add the finishing touch to your new bathroom. But remember that having them safely fitted by a fully qualified electrician will add to your final bill.
Of course, price won’t be the only factor you’ll have to take into consideration when selecting a builder – you’ll want to be certain they have the credentials to undertake work to the standard you expect, and that they will be able to support you with services beyond the installation itself. These might include providing professional design, offering long warranties, cleaning, and storing your suite off-site ahead of fitting.
As you can see, there are many variables involved, but what is certain is that the cost of having your new bathroom installed is likely to make up the greater part of the overall project budget.
At Ashley Lewis Bathrooms, ahead of preparing a quote for installing a new bathroom, we will look in detail at everything involved in delivering the project.
We’ll take all the relevant data for your design brief and use our own robust, tried and tested process to give you a fixed price. We’ll accurately calculate how many hours work will be needed, and we’ll scrutinise material requirements in close detail, working out precise quantities for everything right down to pipework and tile-edging.
It might sound like a complicated process, but working from templates enables us to prepare installation costs quickly and accurately, with no ‘guesstimating’ involved.
A Quick Reference Price Guide for Your New Bathroom
So now let’s get down to the numbers! It’s important to make clear that the following guide does not set out accurate, fixed prices. Rather, it is intended to give you a broad understanding of the main costs likely to be involved in a typical bathroom project. The prices are based on our own experience of installing between 30 and 50 bathrooms per year and represent averages for our high quality work.
Prices are shown in thousands of pounds and include all labour, materials, tiles, bathroom suite and VAT.
|Minimum tiling to room||50% tiling to room||100% tiling to room|
|Shower room||£8 - 10k||£ 9 - 11k||£ 10 - 12k|
|Small Bathroom||£9 - 11k||£8 - 12k||£11 - 13k|
|Large Bathroom||£10 - 12k||£11 - 13k||£12 - 14k|
Are You Ready to Commission Your New Bathroom?
Transforming your bathroom may well cost more than you initially thought, but it’s crucial you select the right partner to work with. Cutting corners by using inexpert installers or inferior products will be a false economy, costing you more in money and frustration further down the line. Make sure you get it right first time by engaging a reputable company who can show you examples of their work, give you a fixed price to include absolutely everything, and who will cover their work with long guarantees so you can have complete peace of mind.
Now a blatant plug for ourselves: If you’d like a quote from a friendly, professional business with a superb reputation and the best client reviews, look no further than Ashley Lewis Construction. We have a huge and ever-growing base of happy clients for renovations and extensions as well as luxury bathrooms. We take care of everything to do with your project from design to installation, decorating and finishing touches, and we will provide you with an all-inclusive fixed price and long guarantees. Simply fill in our contact form now to arrange an initial chat.