Our bathrooms are so important to us for a number of reasons. This is where we start and finish each day, where we take care of ourselves and wash away the stresses of the day. They also help to set the tone for the rest of our home.
Therefore, it stands to reason that you want to design the perfect bathroom, right down to the smallest details.
So, if you’re thinking about remodeling your bathroom this year or simply just giving it a little TLC, you’ve come to the right place.
With costs rising, we’ve put together this guide to look at the average costs of a new bathroom in 2023. This will help you to design and create your dream bathroom without blowing your budget.
The varying costs of bathroom installation
Although we are going to take a look at the average cost of a new bathroom, there is no denying that these costs may vary for a number of reasons. Firstly, it really depends on how much of your bathroom needs replacing and whether you are going to be remodeling/redesigning the layout of the room or simply swapping a like-for-like bathroom suite.
Location will also play a factor in costs, with some areas like London costing more for materials and the tradesmen to fit your new bathroom. On a similar note, if you need to hire tradesmen to fit the various appliances, this will increase the cost, whereas if you can do some or all of the work yourself, this will save you some money.
Finally, the size and shape of your bathroom will impact the number of materials and work required to complete the job. This will, of course, affect the overall cost.
So it’s vital that you keep all of this in mind when redesigning and redoing your bathroom, as this will help you to choose the most budget-friendly option whilst also creating the bathroom of your dreams.
The average cost of bathroom appliances
We’re now going to take a look at the different appliances and components that make up a bathroom and how much these will cost to replace. We’ll also look at the average cost of labor to give you a more accurate idea of the overall cost of your project.
Let’s start with the basics. If you want a bath in your bathroom, you can pick up a standard tub for between £145 to £300. Of course, if you want to make this more special, a freestanding bath could cost upwards of £300, and a whirlpool bath typically starts from £800 and up.
In terms of installation costs and time, a new bath can take between five hours to a day to fit and will cost around £400 to install.
If you simply want a new showerhead, these start for as little as £10, but if you want a whole new unit, it’s like to cost you anywhere from £130 and up, depending on the type of shower you choose. If you want a new shower tray, glass screen, etc., this will cost extra.
A basic shower system will only take a couple of hours to fit, but if you have a new shower enclosure fitted, this could take up to five or six hours and cost around £500 – £550 to install.
The price of a regular pedestal basin will start from around £60 and up, whereas a countertop basin can be bought for as little as £40. If you want a designer sink or something in a unique color or style, then it could cost you a little more.
You might also wish to change the taps on your existing or even new sink. Basic taps start at around £35, but if you want something more special, such as a mixer tap, these range from £55 to £100. You might also want to choose something that complements your style, like copper or brass taps though these tend to be more expensive.
Sinks are easier to fit and will take a couple of hours; this will set you back an average of £330 – £350, depending on the style and plumbing required.
As with your sink, the cost of a new toilet will vary depending on whether it is a basic model or something more designer. However, the average price will start at around £110 for a standard design.
These typically take two to three hours to plumb in, costing around £330 to £360 to install. That being said, more complex designs can take longer and therefore cost more.
- Tiles and flooring
Whether you’re having new tiles put on the wall or the floor, the price of tiles will very much depend on the type of tile and the material it’s made from. You might find you are paying per square meter or per individual tile.
However, when it comes to fitting these tiles, you’ll likely be charged per square meter, and this can take anywhere between a day to a week to complete depending on the size of your bathroom and whether you’re doing the walls, floor, or both.
A typical labor cost will be around £100 – £120 per square meter.
- Furniture and accessories
Once you’ve got all the big appliances and design elements in place, you need to get the finishing touches. These include bathroom furniture and accessories, such as cabinets, shower caddies, mirrors, towel rails, laundry baskets, candles, etc.
Of course, these will all vary in cost depending on the quality of the furniture and accessories you choose.
A good vanity unit will start from around £130, and if you want mirrored cabinets, you can pick these up for around £30.
A good mirror could set you back around £40 depending on length and frame, and a towel rail can start anywhere from £10 for a traditional rail to £65 for a heated rail, depending on what you want.
The average cost of a bathroom suite in 2023
So there you have it, a breakdown of the individual elements that will help you to transform your bathroom.
Buying a whole bathroom suite from the same place can help you to secure a better deal but to give you a better idea of the overall cost, an average bathroom costs £5,000, including your new suite, labor, and your finishing touches.
This can go as high as £10,000+ for more high-end appliances and furniture.