What is the cost breakdown of a bathroom renovation?


If you’re looking to renovate your bathroom and don’t know what costs to expect, fret not! We did a breakdown of all the segments of a bathroom renovation cost along with its prices so that you don’t have to. Budgeting for a bathroom renovation is easier than you think. Getting an accurate price is simple after breaking down the different chunks and aspects of the renovation. Read on to find out more about the average cost of a new bathroom

An average cost for a new bathroom normally goes from £3,000 onwards. Typically, you should consider these factors as the bulk of your total renovation costs: the size of the bathroom, the amount of work necessary to renovate the bathroom, and the finishing bathroom quality that you are looking for.

Affordable complete bathroom suites can be found online for less than £200 for a set, which is great if you are looking to minimise costs. However, it comes with the price of having to triple check the products to ensure it is of adequate quality and finish. 

How much does a bathroom fitting cost?

It is crucial that fitting costs are considered when you are trying to work out the renovation costs for your new bathroom. Not to mention labour costs, tiles and built-in furniture such as lights and bath frames and even electric towel warmers.

Plumbing costs should amount to around £1,000, and the removal and reconstruction process should take about an estimated two or three days.

What is the cost of tiling a bathroom?

An average-sized bathroom would require one to five days to tile, with the costs being estimated at £65/m². Tiling costs differ based on the tiles you choose and the size of your bathroom. Along with the aesthetics of your bathroom flooring, you must ensure that it goes well with your choice of fittings. The most significant aspect of your flooring is that it has to be water-resistant, able to withstand humidity and resistant to slipping. Costs can vary depending on the type of materials being chosen, such as vinyl, concrete or stone

What is the cost of a bath?

Low-end baths typically cost from £80, while an average bath would cost around £200 and high-end baths start from £500.

Bathroom suites typically do not come with a bathtub as it usually only comes with a toilet bowl and washbasin, so this is something you need to keep in mind when purchasing a bathroom suite as you probably have to buy the bath separately.

A bath can vary in costs and it is dependent on its material and its size. The size of the bath can affect its cost depending on whether it is a typical bath size or a more atypical size.

Baths made from thin acrylic are your best bet if you’re looking to find the cheapest bath options. It arrives ready to be built and it can be finished with a bath panel. Do note that the bath panel will not be included and will require a separate purchase.

Baths made from acrylic are cheaper, costing from £80 onwards, but require a meticulous check before making the purchase as they can crack easily due to their fragility. If you’re looking for acrylic which is of higher quality, you may opt for a fibre-glass reinforced acrylic which is thicker and better in quality. Compared to steel baths, an acrylic bath can keep water for a longer time.

If you’re on a budget but still want durability for your bath, steel baths are the perfect choice for you. Steel baths are more resilient than cheap acrylic and only cost a bit more. The cost of a steel bath typically starts at around £120.

Comparatively, cast iron, timber and stone are some of the higher-end materials which can require a hefty sum but are great for making a statement with your new bathroom.

How much does a shower cost?

A low-end shower starts from £50, followed by an average shower costing anywhere from £60 to £500, and the top end showers costing from £500 to £2000 onwards.

An electric shower is great for those who don’t know where to start when it comes to choosing a shower, as they are the cheapest to buy and are great for those who want to update their bathroom at a low cost.

Although a higher kilowatt rating might help, electric showers cannot really reach the level of power that power showers or showers using stored hot water can provide as electric showers are only connected to the main cold water supply and demand-type water heaters. But they are not as expensive to run, do not require a complicated installation process and start at an estimated £50. 

Another cheap alternative would be shower mixers, in which prices start at £50. The combination of the hose, shower head and tap adjusts the temperature of the water. It does not cost much to fit and is an easy process, but can lack in water pressure and it may be troubling to get the temperature right.

Manual shower mixers typically start at £60, and the water hose and water spray are affixed onto a wall unit. The temperature of the water can be adjusted using temperature control. Similar to manual mixers which start at £125, thermostatic mixers contain a built-in thermostat, allowing for automated temperature adjustments whenever a tap is running somewhere else in the house. 

Power showers are another option you could take a look at. Their prices start at £150 and its flow rate is boosted through a built-in pump it is connected to. One of its downsides is that it might be incompatible with a combination boiler. Hence, a supply is required from a cold water cistern and a hot water cylinder.

The aforementioned shower types covered highlight just some of the basics. You can always opt for more luxurious shower types such as shower cabins, and a plethora of different sprays and varying types of jets, usually starting from £250.

What is the cost of a shower enclosure?

Low-end shower enclosures start from £100, while average ones cost from £120 to £300 and higher-end shower enclosures cost anywhere from £550 onwards, and these vary depending on the organization and materials necessary for its set up. A standard shower enclosure with a side glass panel and a door or a cubicle with two doors can cost from £100. Remember to factor in your shower tray costs, which typically start at £60.

An enclosure within a wet room, with add-ons such as a walk-in tray and shower screen that is frameless, will cost you about £550. A fixed doorless and frameless enclosure will start at £200. You may also consider purchasing a wet room kit that comes with equipment for the setup of the wet room such as drainage and making the wetroom waterproof. These wet room kits normally cost from £500 to £600.

What is the cost of a basin?

A low-end basin usually starts from £50, average basins cost within the range of £60 to £150 and top-end basins cost from £300 upwards.

Pedestal basins made from ceramic can cost from £50 and allows for the pipework to be easily hidden by the pedestal. A more modern choice would be either a semi pedestal basin or a wall-hung one, which usually start from £60. A stud wall is required for the installation of a wall-hung basin in order for the pipework to be hidden. 

Basin designs are meant for it to sit on a vanity unit and for effective storage underneath. The costs of the basins usually start from an estimated £90. However, the price of the unit that the basin is situated on should be considered as well when planning for your budget. Basins made out of pricier materials include ceramic, stone, glass and more. Typically, basins are usually 550mm wide and 400mm tall.

How much is a toilet?

Low-end toilets are priced from £50. These are usually floor-mounted and low-level toilets. average toilets are priced within the range of £200 to £400 and top-end toilet costs start from £500. Other options for toilets for your choosing are traditional high-level WCs or conversely, you may go for a modern wall-mounted toilet which usually hides the cistern and pipework in a frame inside of a stud wall. 

What is the cost of a new tap?

The cheapest types of taps, starting at £30 for a pair, are pillar taps which separate hot and cold water. Mixer taps are a step up, with knobs for hot water and cold water, starting from £45. Monobloc mixers are one of the higher-end taps, where the water flow and water temperature are adjusted from a single lever and it can cost anywhere from £50, not exceeding £100.

The toilet bowls, cisterns, and other fittings of your choice will determine the types of taps that are available for you. For instance, bowl-style basins require taps that are wall-mounted or situated on a vanity unit. The basin and fitting costs can add up and end up being more expensive than a mixer tap which is put on the bath or basin.


Bathroom renovation costs can vary depending on whether you choose to opt for low-end items and services or want to invest in higher-end options for your bathroom fitting. While the economical options may sound enticing as you want to cut costs as much as possible, you should keep in mind that you get what you pay for, and higher-end products may last you longer which can ultimately save you money in the long run.

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