The average cost to refit a bathroom is £3,000 to £4,500. If you choose an inexpensive suite and do the work yourself, cost can be less than £1,500. For a luxury suite installed by a specialist bathroom fitter, the price might exceed £6,500.
How much is a new bathroom – the old bathroom stripped out and the new bathroom supplied and fitted? This bathroom cost information is your guide to prices and staying within budget. Need help with bathroom and plumbing jargon? Don’t forget to read our bathroom jargon buster next.
An Overview of a Bathroom Refit Cost
|Low Cost||Average Cost||High Cost|
|DIY Labour||Some or All||Some or None||None|
|Suite Only/Full Refit||Suite or Full Refit||Full Refit||Full Refit|
|Flooring Type||Vinyl or Tile||Tile||Tile|
|Fixture Quality||Basic or mid-quality||Mid-quality||Mid-quality or Luxury|
Costs at a glance are found in the table above.
Below, you’ll find:
- A detailed list of fixture, wall and floor prices
- Cost factors that will help you determine where in the cost range your new bathroom will fall
- Permitting requirements
- Advice on whether refitting the bathroom is a DIY possibility
- Time it takes for fitters to do the work
- Refurbished bathroom prices from other readers
- The opportunity to get free quotes from proven bathroom fitters
Fixture, Floor and Wall Prices
If you want to know exactly where your money will be spent, this table sorts out replacement bathroom prices.
Not all costs in the table will apply to your bathroom refitting project. The “+” signs indicate that the cost of luxury items can exceed the given ranges. The sky is the limit.
|Bathroom Item||Cost Range||Factor|
|Stripping old bathroom||£275-£550||Size of Bathroom|
|Electrical work||£200-£350||Whether you’re changing outlets or adding light fixtures|
|Plumbing work||£650-£1,000||Number and type of fixtures, whether plumbing is moved/added|
|Bathroom suite||£300-£2,500+||Quality, material and elegance of the fixtures|
|Taps||£35-£200+||Type and finish|
|Shower enclosure||£100-£600||Size, quality and features|
|Wet room/wall kit||£225-£575||Style and quality|
|Tiling||£700-£1,200||£24-£48 per squre metre based on tile type, size and size of bathroom|
|Vinyl flooring||£150-£425||Style, size of bathroom|
|Lighting||£50-£200+||Number and quality of the fixtures|
Bathroom Refit Cost Factors
Bathroom installation cost is £1,500 to more than £6,500, a wide range. This section is designed to help narrow the cost estimates for the bathroom you’re planning.
- DIY or Fitters: It is possible to save the labour cost of removing the old bathroom by hiring a skip for disposal and doing the work yourself. This can include removing the bathroom and light fixtures, tearing out tiling or other wall/flooring materials.
- The Size of the Bathroom: Size determines the amount of tiling or other flooring/wall materials. It can also influence your selection of fixtures. A small bathroom might allow for a shower enclosure only and a pedestal basin. A large room can accommodate both a shower and a bath plus a vanity unit with two basins.
- Electrics and Plumbing Work: If you’re not moving, upgrading or adding plumbing or wiring, your expenses in this category will be minimum.
- Bathroom Suite: All the fixtures can be purchased separately or in a suite. Bath material affects cost. Acrylic baths cost £130-£300 but aren’t terribly Steel, from about £165, is moderately priced and long-lasting. A cast iron bath costs £700 and can top £2,000. A jetted bath costs £600-£850 installed. The cost range for basins is £50 to more than £350 based on material and size. An average cost is £90-£110.
- Tiling: At £24-£48 per square metre, how much tiling you choose will have a major impact on cost. You can save here by choosing a vinyl floor and using wet wall kits or a shower enclosure instead of a tiled shower.
- Extras: While not included in the list above, there are additional features you might enjoy in your new bathroom. An extractor fan installed costs £125-$250. Underfloor heating cost range is £400-£900. A multi-jet shower ranges from £250-£350. A combi boiler shower costs more — £400-£525. If you plan to use a lot of hot water luxuriating in your refitted bathroom, a new boiler might be necessary. They start at about £1,000 but can range to £4,000 for a combi boiler to meet all your hot water needs.
Is Refitting a Bathroom a DIY Job?
Gutting a bathroom doesn’t take special skills – just caution not to damage plumbing or electrics.
Leave the work to bathroom fitters if you don’t have experience with shutting off electricity and water supplies.
We recommend hiring a bathroom fitter for the plumbing and electrical work, installing fixtures, tiling and the finish work. You’re spending quite a lot of money on your new bathroom, and you want it to be “perfect.”
Besides, if anything does go wrong, and you did the work yourself, you’ll be responsible for the cost of repairs or have to live with crooked lines of tile. When you hire the work done, you should receive a warranty on the products used and the installation workmanship. Don’t engage a fitter that doesn’t back up the work.
Planning Permission Requirements
You will not usually require planning permission for a new bathroom, unless it’s part of a house extension, or if you change plumbing or electrics, in which case you may need part P approval for electrics and part H approval for plumbing. There is a very helpful guide to building regulations in the U.K, alternatively see the U.K. planning portal for more information. Expect the cost to be £50-£100 for each. You will not need a permit if you are simply replacing old fixtures.
Refitting a bathroom is not a quick job. Here’s an overview of what you can expect.
- Stripping out the old: 1/2 day to more than 1 day depending on the size of the bathroom and the materials in it. You’re likely going to need to factor in the cost to hire a skip for the rubbish.
- Plumbing and electric work inside the walls and floor:1-3 days depending on the extent of the work. This is called “first fixing.”
- Plastering the walls: 2-3 days
- Tiling: 1-2 days depending on the extent of the tiling.
- Second fixing: 1-2 days. This work involves fixing the vanity, basin, taps, toilet, shower enclosure, etc.
- Finish work: 1 day. The final details like fixing mirrors, sealing the bath and basin and cleaning your new bathroom to make it sparkle take about a day.
Total time is 7-9 days for most jobs. If there are any delays, the project can last up to 2 weeks.
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