Thinking of adding a new bathroom to your house or maybe building one from scratch? Then you must be wondering how much you are going to spend on it. A new bathroom’s cost can be full of surprises if you don’t learn everything you need before buying materials or hiring contractors.
But fear no more. We have put together a new bathroom guide for you with all the necessary information about the expenses involved. This way you can enjoy the experience instead of fear it.
How much does a new bathroom cost?
It depends a lot on what you are planning to do and where you live. In the UK, a new bathroom average cost is something from £2000 to £5000, according to the materials you choose and how much work is involved. Hiring the services of an interior designer also increases the bill.
What is included in the cost of a new bathroom
You should expect to spend a significant part of your budget on materials to build floor and walls, install pipes and electricity, and to buy the basic appliances (toilet, shower head, sink). Their impact on the cost of a new bathroom will vary based on how fancy you go when you choose them.
Then, there is labour cost. Your contractor will charge you according to the skills and time required to complete the task. And you might need more than one tradesperson: plumber, electrician, tiler, etc. Usually, you will be able to find them all working together for the same company or in partnership. And the mandatory insurance will also be included in their quote.
Finally, be prepared to extra costs – and these are the ones you want to keep track so not to lose control of your budget. You might spend money during your search for materials and tradespeople. Or staying out of your house while the job is done. You should also consider the cost of waste disposal if it isn’t included in your contractor’s fee.
What to consider when installing a new bathroom suite
When talking about installing a new bathroom suite, you must consider a few things. One of them is what bathroom we are talking about. The master one, for instance, requires more work, as it usually is the largest in the house. It’s also supposed to be the nicest.
But, sometimes, the master bedroom is private, placed inside the couples’ bedroom. Meaning you can be more personal in terms of decoration. But it also means you might need to move a few walls to get it done. On the other hand, a bathroom that will be used by children or people with little mobility demands specific design.
How you can reduce my new bathroom installation costs
There are a few things you can do to decrease your new bathroom installation’s cost. The first one is to avoid design materials and appliances. You can find the same level of quality in unbranded options. You can also hunt for items on flea markets and auctions.
Another one is to be smart while searching for your contractors. Don’t be fooled by sweet talk or fancy websites. Sometimes, the best choice is the simplest one. And don’t go for the cheapest without considering other factors. References are the primary instrument to ensure you hired the right person.
How much does a new bathroom floor cost?
The floor is one of the most sensitive parts of your bathroom, and to know how much it costs will depend on a thorough inspection. The thing is that you will need to ask a professional to do it for you, as the subfloor also has to be checked. Hopefully, everything will be fine. But if not, you will have to spend some more on it.
A new bathroom floor’s cost will vary according to some choices you make. First, you need to choose between tiles (ceramic, porcelain, stone), vinyl or wood. Then, check the labour cost with your contractor – it can range from £300 to £1500, but it depends on the area covered. Lastly, consider if you want a heated floor – and if so, which kind (electric or hydronic). It will increase your bill around £500 more.
Where to find new bathroom ideas that won’t leave you out of pocket
If you are lost, consider asking your family and friends for new bathroom ideas. Pick those who have bought brand-new houses or apartments as they will have first-hand experience about it. You can also find some interesting ideas on social media, especially on Pinterest – but make sure you search for cheap ideas.
Another possibility is to hire an interior designer or ask a contractor to help you with the planning. It might seem like an extra cost, but it will save you some money in the long run. As experienced professionals, they can help you to find affordable materials and the right places to buy them.
What about installing an outdoor bathroom?
Installing an outdoor bathroom is a great idea when you have guests hanging out in the backyard or around a swimming pool frequently. Or if you have an office or guest room outside. And it can be cheaper than you think, especially if you are happy with a DIY solution.
But if you want something of higher quality, understand that you are talking about construction work. Unlikely when you are installing a new bathroom inside your house, you will need to build walls and everything else from ground up. And it will add more line items onto the bill.
As you can see, there are many things you need to consider when analysing the cost of a new bathroom. However, the information you got above in this new bathroom guide should help you to get started. Best of luck!