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- 1 How Much Does a Bath Cost?
- 2 How Much Do Showers Cost?
- 3 How Much Do Shower Enclosures Cost?
- 4 How Much Does a Bathroom Basin Cost?
- 5 How Much Do Toilets Cost?
- 6 How Much Do Bathroom Taps Cost?
- 7 How can I save money on my bathroom refurbishment cost?
- 8 I have a bigger budget, what else can I get for my money?
- 9 Should I hire a contractor?
How Much Does a Bath Cost?
- Low-end: £70
- Average cost: Approx. £400
- Top-end: £1,400 – £10,000
The cost of installing a bath, will depend mostly on the material that you will select. If you budget is really tight the best two options are i) acrylic baths and ii) steel baths.
Acrylic baths usually are ready to be fitted in the frame, which can later be tiled or have some kind of decorative panel fitted to it. The price of a cheap acrylics bath starts from £70, but they are very sensitive and they are not very durable. The best type of acrylic baths are the ones that are made from thicker fibreglass-reinforced acrylic.
If you are trying to save money, then a good solution would be to go for a basic steel bath as it tends to be more durable. The price of a steel bath starts from £120. However, steel baths have the disadvantage of not being able to keep the water warm for a long time. Cast iron, timber and composite and stone baths are very expensive, so they are not recommended.
How Much Do Showers Cost?
- Low-end: £50
- Average cost: £60 – £500
- Top-end: £500 – £2,000 +
Electric showers are cheap and also very easy to install due to multiple cable and water entry points they have, which make them the best solution for replacing an existing shower. The way electric showers work is that they heat water on demand, that is provided by the mains cold water supply and stored water.
The pressure of the water depends on the pressure of the mains as they do not require a pump. Even though they do not tend to provide the same level of power provided by those showers connected to the main, choosing one with higher wattage, will give you better waterflow. They are very economic and prices start from £50.
Bath/shower mixers are another cheap option, starting from £50. They use a valve to mix the existing hot and cold water before sending it to the shower head. The flow of the water is entirely dependent on the pressure of your water system. They are easy to install but perhaps their biggest advantage is getting the shower temperature right.
Manual shower mixers operate by blending hot and cold water together to achieve the desired temperature. They usually require high water pressure to operate, which makes them ideal for unvented heating systems but even if you have a gravity fed system, the pressure can be increased by using a shower pump. Prices start from £60, which makes them a good solution.
Thermostatic mixers operate in similar way to manual shower mixers but they have a thermostat that help adjust the water temperature if anyone else in the houses uses hot water. Prices start from £125.
Power showers work in a similar way to manual shower mixers, however they have an integral pump to boost the water pressure, which makes them a perfect solution for homes suffering from low pressure. The only drawback is that they are not compatible with combi boilers. Power showers prices start from £200.
Digital showers mix the cold and hot water by using a thermostat and pump the water to the shower outlets. You have greater control over the flow and temperature of the water at simple touch of a button. They are stylish, functional and practical. Digital showers prices start from £370.
Shower towers or shower panels are all about elegance and luxury and will transform your bathroom and bring shower experience into an entire new level. With a shower tower every day is a different experience with its body jets, handsets and amazing water flow.
How Much Do Shower Enclosures Cost?
- Low-end: From £70
- Average cost: £80 – £300
- Top-end: £550 +
Shower enclosures or shower cubicles are a must of any modern bathroom. They are perfect for anyone
that prefers a power shower instead of long hot soak in a bath. Shower enclosures are also very stylish and practical, creating the perfect showering experience with their great variety of sizes and styles available in the market.
The cost of a shower enclosure can vary significantly, starting from as little as £80-£90 for a basic one with a single or double door. On the top of that you will also need to include the cost for each shower tray, which comes to at a least £60 each.
For a complete “wet room” style enclosure expect to pay around £550, whilst for a frameless fixed enclosure without a door you will need to spend around £200.
If you are looking for wet room kit, prices start from £450. The kit contains almost everything you need to form a platform apart from tiles (waterproofing, drainage etc.)
How Much Does a Bathroom Basin Cost?
- Low-end: £50
- Average cost: Approx. £50 – £90
- Top-end: £350 +
Bathroom basins come in a great variety and you can find something to suit your taste from eco-friendly models to ultra-modern vanity basin bowls. Pedestals are the most popular option in the UK, as they are affordable and can accommodate any taste and budget. They are constructed using high quality, easy to clean durable materials.
Full pedestal basins are the most popular choice, as they hide all the pipework that connects to the your taps. They are also floor mounted which allows to create a neat and tidy finish from the floor to the basin. Full pedestal basins prices start from £50.
Semi pedestal basins are a better suited for smaller, en suite bathrooms and cloakrooms. There is wide range of semi pedestal basin designs to choose from that can give a continental feed to a modern bathroom. Half pedestal sinks are also high quality, easy to clean and they conceal the pipe work behind the wall, adding a bit more space to small bathrooms. Prices start from as little as £65.
Wall hung basins or mounted basins are attached to the wall and do not sit upon the platform. There is a great variety of designs to choose from such as curved and angular designs. Wall hung basins make an excellent choice for compact, en suite bathrooms and cloakrooms. They are also a popular choice for families with children as they hight can be adjusted. Mounted basins prices start from £75.
How Much Do Toilets Cost?
- Low-end: £ 75
- Average cost: Approx. £ 75 – £150
- Top-end: £400 +
Toilets come in both contemporary and classic styles many different sizes and costs. Before choosing one for your home, make sure you know the size, budget and style to make it easier for you to find the right one. Also, before purchasing, make sure you measure carefully the distance between the floor drain and the wall, also called “rough in”.
Bowl shape: With regards to the Bowl Shape you have two options; the first one is to select an elongated bowl and the second one to select a round bowl. Elongated bowls offer more comfort, whilst round bowls take up less space.
Toilet height: For standard-sized toilets, the rim is 14 to 15 inches off the ground. Toilets with a rim 16 1/2 inches off the ground are ADA-approved.
Toilet style: You can choose a either a one-piece toilet, a two-piece toilet or wall-hung toilet. The most common types is the one-piece toilet as it is very economical and creates a sleek, stylish finish too. The two-piece toilet costs more to install but it saves more space. A wall-hung toilet cost more to install but it is Ideal for transfers from wheelchair or walker.
How Much Do Bathroom Taps Cost?
- Low-end: £50
- Average cost: Approx. £50 – 200
- Top-end: £ 400 +
Taps are usually the last thing we pay attention to but we always need to choose the carefully as they add a finishing touch to the look of the bathroom. Fortunately, there is a great choice to choose from that suits all budgets and tastes.
Basin taps: Basin taps should be given a lot of consideration as they can help improve the overall style of your bathroom. Wash basins comes with different types and styles of handles,depending on each one’s individual needs.
Bath shower mixer taps: Bath shower mixer taps combine functions of a tap and a shower.
Pillar taps: Pillar taps are available in both classic and contemporary designs and are made for baths and basins with two tap holes, it has a pair of separate pillars with one hot and one cold tap. They are both affordable and easy to install and feature a traditional cross head or a more lever handle.
Freestanding taps: They are available in a variety of styles and from mixers and monoblocs and make a perfect choice for roll-top baths and countertop basins. They can also be used to add a traditional look to your bathroom or a contemporary appeal modern or minimalist bathroom designs.
Dual flow taps: Dual flows are ideal when the you want to have equal pressure between cold and hot water flow within the body of the tap.
Monobloc: Monobloc taps are easy to use, neat and usually come with minimalistic designs. Cold and hot water is controlled by a mixer tap, through a single lever. Before you purchase make sure you check the water pressure as Monoblocs only work if the cold and hot water pressure is almost the same.
How can I save money on my bathroom refurbishment cost?
There are a few tips to help you save on your bathroom costs:
- Shop around and compare prices, you could save hundreds of pounds
- Do I really need an en suite? Is a question you need to ask as they can be pricey if there is no plumbing to the area? Maybe an extra toilet would be a better option for your family.
- Don’t change the size or shape of your bathroom. This involves costly building work.
- Think about refinishing your bath instead of replacing it.
- Avoid natural products like stone as they are a lot more expensive. There are some good tile products that look just like stone. If you really want stone look around for reclaimed stone as it is cheaper.
- Don’t replace all of the fixtures if you don’t have to. This could save you hundreds of pounds by leaving your old toilet or hand basin in place.
- Check out the discounted tile range, places will sell last year’s tiles at a cheaper price to make way for new stock. This could cut your bathroom cost by hundreds.
- Wait for the sales you could save lots on everything. You could get top of the range fixtures for the price of average ones.
I have a bigger budget, what else can I get for my money?
Even if you have a large budget it is still worth considering the tips above as you will have more to spend on other things such as:
- Wet rooms are great if you have the space to enjoy the luxury of no shower or bath screen. The average price for a wet room alone is greater than £5,000
- Install heated towel rails so you will never have cold clammy towels again. These are priced from around £50.
- Spoil yourself with an en suite. This is a great selling point for your home if and when you want to sell. The cost will start at £5,000 and if you need plumbing and more wiring it will be a lot more as labour costs are high
Should I hire a contractor?
In most cases this would definitely be advisable, after all what is the point in buying a stunning new bathroom if the end job looks shoddy and incomplete? It will end up being a waste of your time, whereas if you hire a contractor to do the job for you, you should end up with a far better and much more professional end result. If you do decide to hire a contractor, remember to ring around a few local ones in your area to get a feel for a quote. Also ask family and friends for recommendations.