How Much Does A Bathroom Renovation Cost?

Renovating your bathroom is an exciting project that enhances your living space and adds value to your home. However, the anticipation of a renovated bathroom often comes with a pressing question: How much will it cost?

Whether you have plans for a complete makeover or a small upgrade, you should consider various factors that can influence your bathroom’s renovation costs. To help you along the way, our guide provides you with a rough estimation to help you budget your project effectively.

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What Are Common Upgrades & Changes When Renovating A Bathroom?

  1. Tiling – Floor and wall tiles are often replaced for a fresh and updated look.
  2. Bathroom Suite – Upgrading the entire bathroom suite, including the bathtub, shower, toilet, and sink.
  3. Shower Installation – Replacing a bathtub with a shower enclosure or upgrading the existing shower.
  4. Toilet Upgrade – Installing a new toilet, perhaps a more water-efficient or modern design (i.e. wall-mounted).
  5. Vanity & Sink – Upgrading the vanity unit and sink for additional storage and a more stylish appearance.
  6. Storage Solutions – Adding or upgrading bathroom storage, such as cabinets or shelves.
  7. Lighting – Enhancing the lighting with modern fixtures, LED options, or adding task lighting around mirrors.
  8. Ventilation – Improving ventilation with the installation of extractor fans.
  9. Heating – Upgrading or installing underfloor heating for a comfortable experience.
  10. Accessibility Features – Adding features like grab bars, non-slip flooring, or a walk-in shower for accessibility.
  11. Colour Scheme – Choosing a new colour scheme for walls, tiles, and accessories.
  12. Mirrors and Accessories – Installing decorative mirrors and updating bathroom accessories.
  13. Flooring – Replacing or upgrading flooring materials such as vinyl, ceramic tiles, or stone.
  14. Plumbing and Electrics – Checking and upgrading plumbing and electrical systems as needed.
  15. Window Treatments – Updating or installing window treatments for privacy and natural light control.
  16. Decorative Elements – Adding decorative elements such as artwork, plants, or shelving.

how much does it cost to redo a bathroom

We all want our bathrooms to reflect our personal tastes, and occasionally, this desire goes beyond the typical bathroom decor to embrace a full makeover.

However, as much as we would all like a new bathroom, the renovation costs, along with kitchens, are well-known for being the most expensive home improvement projects.

Therefore, as the cost to redo your bathroom varies depending on whether you are taking on a full or partial renovation, we discuss each scenario below to give you an idea of the overall cost.

How Much Does A New Bathroom Cost?

Bathroom renovations come in two categories with varying costs. For a comprehensive overhaul, a full bathroom renovation typically ranges from £4,000 to £10,000, and opting for high-end fittings could escalate the expenses to over £15,000.

The size of the bathroom significantly influences costs, with smaller spaces generally incurring lower expenses. Factors such as materials, labour costs, and necessary structural alterations also contribute to the overall expenditure.

On the other hand, partial bathroom renovations, focusing on specific fixtures without broader changes, come at a lower cost of around £2,000 to £5,000. This option allows for targeted upgrades, like installing a new shower or upgrading a toilet, with expenses dependent on the quality of fixtures and the extent of work required for the installation.

Estimating full and partial renovation costs is always helpful when determining a budget. However, to help you out even further, below is a complete breakdown of the costs, as some people may want to spend more or less on specific features.

What Factors Affect The Cost?

Installing A New Toilet

The cost of the toilet will depend on the type of toilet you choose, with close-coupled toilets being the most common type that usually cost less.

The back-to-wall and wall-mounted toilets, on the other hand, cost more due to concealed cisterns and complex installation requirements.

Below are the costs we’ve experienced in installing various types of toilets (costs include the toilet and installation):

  • Close Coupled Toilet – £350-£450
  • Back-To-Wall Toilet with WC unit – £550-£650 (add £100 to installation costs in case of wall concealed cistern)
  • Wall Mounted Toilet – £650-£750

If you are looking to install a specific toilet room instead of a completely new bathroom, the cost will vary slightly depending on certain factors, and we wrote a detailed guide specifically on the cost of a downstairs toilet.

how much does a bathroom renovation cost

Installing New Vanity Units

Furniture is an essential part of every modern bathroom, and the most common type of furniture is a vanity unit. The cost of the unit, as well as the installation, depends on the type, size, material, and brand, with wall-hung vanity units usually having a higher price due to their complicated installation. On the other hand, freestanding vanity units are relatively easier to install and cost less.

  • Freestanding Vanity Units – £300-£800
  • Wall Mounted Vanity Units – £350-£900

The Cost of Installing A New Shower Enclosure

Depending on the available space, you may decide to install a shower enclosure. A quadrant shower enclosure or a small walk-in enclosure is usually the preferred choice for a small bathroom, while a large bathroom can accommodate any shape, from rectangular to square to offset.

Based on our experience, below are the various costs of each type:

  • Quadrant Shower Enclosure with Shower Tray – £450-£550
  • Offset Quadrant Shower Enclosure with Shower Tray – £550-£650
  • Square Shower Enclosures with Shower Tray – £550-£650
  • Rectangular Shower Enclosures with Shower Tray – £550-£700
  • Walk-in Shower Enclosure – £1,000-£1,500

*These costs only include average unit price and installation costs. It does not include any tile work required inside the enclosure.

Note: For more information, read our guide on how much it costs to fit a shower.

Installing A New Bath

Baths are available in various types, such as straight, curved and shower baths, each in different designs. The cost depends heavily on the material and whether you buy it with a shower screen and the bath panels required for a neat finish. Size also plays a role because a tub for a small bathroom will cost far less than a larger tub.

For a standard acrylic bath that comes with bath panels, you can expect to pay around £200 to £300 for the bath itself and then between £100 to £200 for the installation. The price may increase in the case of freestanding or shower baths or if any changes are required in the plumbing for installation.

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    Other Bathroom Renovation Costs

    With the host of new and modern designs, you need to consider various other costs when planning for a new bathroom, and below is a breakdown:

    • Underfloor Heating
      • Small Bathrooms Up to 5m² (£75-£100 per square metre + £375-£500 for material costs)
      • Medium Bathrooms Up to 10m² (£75-£100 per square metre + £375-£1000 for material costs)
      • Large Bathrooms Over 10m² (£75-£100 per square metre + £1,000 plus for material costs)
      • *Installation usually costs £200 to £300 per day for a qualified installer with an estimated duration required of around 1.5 days
    • Tiling: £400-£1,500 (varies depending on tiles used and the size of the bathroom)
    • Wall & Ceiling Painting: £100-£500 (varies depending on the paint used and the size of the bathroom)
    • Ventilation: £150-£400 – This includes a new extractor fan’s unit price and installation.

    What Potential Costly Issues May Arise?

    Bathroom renovations, particularly in older properties, can sometimes bring unexpected costs. Therefore, it’s advised that you prepare a contingency budget for the overall renovation plan to avoid disappointment. Some of the most common issues that arise include the following:

    • Structural issues such as rot, mould and water damage
    • Pipes and plumbing that may result in leaks if not repaired
    • Electrical upgrades as the current electrics may not meet the safety standards or accommodate new fixtures

    Although the above may not need doing during the renovation, we always recommend upgrading or fixing where possible to avoid any issues further down the line.

    Final Words

    Understanding the cost of a new bathroom can be tricky as so many factors must be considered.

    Therefore, careful planning is crucial to keeping the renovation project within your budget. Whether you choose to do most of it yourself or opt for a professional, it’s often one of the most expensive home renovation projects you’ll take on.

    If you require further information regarding the cost of a new bathroom, feel free to contact us, and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.


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