How To Budget For Your Bathroom Renovation

 

 

It's the big question. When we talk to our new customers, budget is always a bit of a grey area. It can be difficult to know how much a new bathroom will cost, especially when it is entirely dependent on personal taste and the type of bathroom you need. Let's face it, if money was no object we'd have marble imported from Italy. So here's a quick guide on what to consider when budgeting for your bathroom renovation.

Cost breakdown

The average bathroom costs £4,500 - £7,000 (not including labour). Costs can be broken down into these areas:

  • Plumbing Costs
  • Electrical Costs
  • Fixtures & Materials
  • Labour

The cost of your renovation depends on these 4 factors:

  1. Size of your bathroom
  2. Structural changes
  3. Quality of materials
  4. The style you want to achieve


Labour

This depends on your location, your project and the plumbing and technical specifications of your home. We recommend budgeting a minimum of £4500 for your labour. Often builders can charge a lot more.

We recommend using the existing plumbing wherever possible. Moving the toilet, for example, can add to your bathroom renovation cost more than you might think. The same can be said for showers, basins, and baths. Although when we really feel that moving around the plumbing will transform a space, it's worth considering the cost and compromising the budget elsewhere.

Other things to consider:

1. Purpose 

If you're renovating a family bathroom or an en-suite for example, what you want from the bathroom will be different. For a family bathroom you'll likely be looking for more practical solutions, and you'll likely want to include both a bath and shower into the design. First, decide what you want to get out of your bathroom, whether it's a shower only vibe, or a relaxing sanctuary. This will help you decide your deal breakers and therefore where you need to allocate your budget.

2. Must Haves

Think about what you absolutely want and do not want in your new bathroom. Whether this is a wet-tiled shower, or a bath with jets for example. Once you make a list of your priorities, you can then decide where to compromise. If you decide you want show-stopping expensive tiles, you can then lower your budget for other items like brassware.

3. Don't scrimp on the important bits

We source all of our materials from top brands around the world, who provide warranties of up to 25 years. Whilst it's tempting to scrimp and save if you're designing your bathroom yourself - if you find budget fixtures and fittings the likelihood is they won't be protected by a warranty. It's always worth paying more for top quality products that will last, and if anything needs replacing you're protected.

So with materials and labour you are looking at an average budget of around £11,000. We always recommend having a buffer for the build, as some issues can be discovered once your old bathroom is removed.