Calculate your budget and ensure you know what to expect for your spend.
Updating a bathroom is the second most popular home improvement, according to a 2020 study by Houzz. Its survey of nearly 7,000 UK homeowners found that the average spend comes in at around £4,000. Its bathroom trends report also revealed that 24 per cent of us will budget less than £2,500 and 10 per cent will invest more than £10,000. But what are the differences between buying a budget suite and investing in a luxury design? Essentially, how much does a new bathroom cost.
Budget bathroom cost
For £2,000-£3,000 you will be able to mix and match entry-level and more high-end baths, basins and loos or buy a matching suite. Avoid the cheapest single-skin acrylic and steel baths and look for more robust fibreglass-reinforced acrylic or 3.5mm-thick steel. It is possible to buy a standard bath, basin and loo for less than £500 in total.
What can you expect at this price point?
At this price point, bathroom furniture is machine-made in limited sizes, with both fitted and freestanding ranges available. It will be melamine-faced chipboard (MFC) or medium-density fibreboard (MDF) faced or wrapped in vinyl, laminate, melamine or timber veneers. Flat-pack cabinets are cheaper than ready-assembled ones. But in either case it is worth checking for quality runners and hinges.
Most companies offer an in-store bathroom design service. But you will need to provide detailed measurements of the room. Some fittings and units come straight off the shelves. Otherwise, delivery takes a few weeks. Installation can be arranged independently, or through some stores including Wickes and Homebase.
Take advantage of available price reductions by asking your builder or fitter to buy the designs you want. ‘Many high street and DIY stores offer discounts to trade,’ says designer Rebecca Hughes.
Installers can also buy from trade suppliers such as Howdens. Your tradesperson will provide costings prior to you committing to placing an order. If you prefer to shop online, many brands and retailers offer free planning tools. And, in the case of Victoria Plum, a full installation service.