How Much Does a Bathroom Installation Cost?
If you’re reading this article, then you’re probably contemplating getting your bathroom refurbished which means that you’re probably wondering how much it’s going to cost. I’m happy to say that you’re in the right place. In this article, I go through the average costs for a bathroom installation in the UK.
Now I must stress that I can’t give a ‘one size fits all answer’ as it’s simply not possible. Bathrooms come in all shapes and sizes, but it also depends on the sanitary ware and brassware that’s actually being installed.
For example, a simple exposed shower bar valve wouldn’t take as much time to install as a triple function concealed shower valve complete with a fixed head, handset and rail and four body jets. The difference in time here is probably at least half a day’s work (maybe even more) and, as with every business out there, time equals money.
To make things easier to understand, I’m going to go through the average installation costs and not the equipment costs. I’m going to base the installation costs on good quality standard bathroom products that most of our customers choose, so not cheap contract sanitary ware and not high-end designer bathroom ranges either. I’m also going to outline costs for different types of bathrooms too as it’s more and more common for people to go for wetrooms and ensuite bathrooms as well as a standard bathroom.
So, let’s get started, shall we?
How Much a Standard Bathroom Costs to Install
In the UK, a typical standard bathroom installation would consist of a bath, a separate shower enclosure, a toilet and a basin. We would normally charge between £4000.00 to £4500.00 to install a standard bathroom suite.
Between £4000.00 to £4500.00.
How Much an Ensuite Bathroom Costs to Install
A typical ensuite installation would consist of a shower enclosure, a cloakroom or compact toilet and a basin. We would normally charge between £2800.00 to £3200.00 to install a standard ensuite bathroom.
Between £2800.00 to £3200.00
How Much a Wetroom Costs to Install
A wetroom installation normally consists of a shower screen with a shower drain installed into a tile floor, a toilet and a basin. This is probably the most complicated bathroom type to install as it needs to be done correctly so everything is watertight. Never cut corners or costs when installing a wetroom – you will regret it! We would normally charge between £4500.00 to £5000.00 to install a standard wetroom.
Between £4500.00 to £5000.00
How Much a Cloakroom Toilet Room Costs to Install
A basic cloakroom in the UK would consist of a cloakroom or compact toilet and a basin. We would normally charge between £1500.00 to £1800.00 to install a standard cloakroom toilet room.
Between £1500.00 to £1800.00
As with everything in life, you’ll always find more expensive plumbers and you’ll also find cheaper plumbers. We’ve been around for over 15 years and know exactly what we’re doing. We set our rates fairly so that we’re happy and our customers are happy. These are the rates that MultiPlumb charge and they include all first fix materials including building materials.
First fix materials include all pipework, fittings, and tools etc. Building materials include products like plasterboard, cement, tile adhesive, and grout etc. The customer pays for all the second fix materials.
Second fix materials are basically everything that you see once the bathroom installation has been completed. The bath, shower enclosure, toilet, basin, and tiles etc.
What other costs do I need to consider?
Aside from labour costs, it’s important to be realistic about your material costs. I can give you some averages, but it really depends on your wants and needs. Well ‘wants’ actually because we’re nearly always tempted to get the biggest and best products. Prices for bathroom products vary massively, for example, a simple shower enclosure could cost you anywhere from £300.00 to £3000.00. You can buy decent taps for as low as £100.00 but there are mono basin mixer taps on the market for over £1000.00! It’s kind of like putting together the spec for a brand new car – what is the limit? You probably don’t need any of the options but they’re certainly a nice touch.
For a standard bathroom in the UK I’d advise having about £3000.00 spare to spend on all of your bathroom materials. Here is a basic list of products that you’ll probably need to buy to help you budget accordingly:
Bath Side Panel
Bath End Panel
Separate Shower Valve for Bath?
Shower Handset & Rail
Shower Fixed Head & Arm
Toilet Roll Holder
Soap Dish Holder
Towel Rail Holder
Bathroom Mirror (heated ones with a demister pad are great!)
Heated Towel Rail or Bathroom Radiator
The above list is not exhaustive but covers the majority of the second fix items needed for a bathroom installation.
Remember to haggle and shop around for a good bathroom deal. I prefer to deal with small independent bathroom showrooms as they’re much more flexible in terms of discounts they can offer.
Never ever pay the full retail price!
I’ll let you in on some trade secrets.. As a general rule of thumb, you should aim for between 20% to 30% off of the retail prices in the book. Sometimes even more 😉
If you’re not sure where to buy your bathroom products from, send me an email and I can help point you in the right direction in terms of bathroom showrooms with a good reputation. Online retailers are improving but I still find working with a physical shop much much easier. There are certain online retailers who I would stay well away from! Remember, cheaper isn’t always best. It’s important to factor in qualities such as reliability, customer service, and aftercare.
So, there you have it. A typical standard bathroom in the UK costs roughly £4000.00 to install.
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