How Much Does A Bathroom Installation Cost?

How Much Does a Bathroom Installation Cost?

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.

Exposed Shower Valve

Exposed Shower Valve

Concealed Shower Valve

Concealed Shower Valve

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 £1800.00 to £2000.00 to install a standard cloakroom toilet room.

Between £1800.00 to £2000.00

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 Plumbing Materials

First Fix Plumbing 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

Bath Side Panel

Bath End Panel

Bath Screen

Bath Waste

Bath Taps

Separate Shower Valve for Bath?

 

Basin

Basin Unit?

Basin Taps

Basin Waste

 

Toilet Pan

Toilet Cistern

Toilet Seat

 

Shower Tray

Shower Waste

Shower Enclosure

Shower Valve

Shower Handset & Rail

Shower Fixed Head & Arm

 

Bathroom Accessories

Toilet Roll Holder

Toothbrush Holder

Soap Dish Holder

Towel Rail Holder

Bathroom Mirror (heated ones with a demister pad are great!)

Shaver Socket

Bathroom Lights

Toilet Douche

Storage Unit

 

Tiles

 

Heated Towel Rail or Bathroom Radiator

Radiator Valves

 

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.

Brand New Bathroom Installation

Brand New Bathroom Installation

So, there you have it. A typical standard bathroom in the UK costs roughly £4000.00 to install.

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If you’re thinking of updating your bathroom suite at home and need some advice feel free to get in touch with us. We’d love to help you create and plan your dream bathroom.

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Richard Costello, from Dartford in Kent, is the owner of MultiPlumb and has been involved in the plumbing industry installing bathrooms and boiler systems for over 15 years. If you have any questions or suggestions for future blog posts feel to get in touch at richard@multiplumb.co.uk.

1 reply
  1. Madison
    Madison says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this breakdown, very concise and easy to understand. We always try to do the same thing when we are talking to new customers about bathroom installations, it’s key to understand costs and visualise the time and tools necessary to turn your dream bathroom into a reality!

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