How Much Does a New Bathroom Cost?

tiling a bathroom

So just how much does a new bathroom cost? If you’re like a lot of homeowners, you’ve probably wondered what is the average cost of a new bathroom? The truth is, there’s a lot of contradictory information floating around the web about the cost of a new bathroom. That’s why we rolled up our sleeves and uncovered all the latest information. And what we discovered is that by looking in the right places it is possible to gather all the info you need before deciding on any new bathroom redesign project. Read on to find out more…

The average new bathroom cost is £4,500, but this can vary hugely depending on whether you are starting from scratch, replacing an existing suite, the level of luxury you want to create, and if you plan to undertake any DIY work. Although you can get a new bathroom suite from as low as £200, it’s not always obvious what’s included, so make sure to check before you buy. This article will provide you with some guidance on how much it can cost to fit a new bathroom.

The cost of fitting a bathroom can vary depending upon if you are replacing items, such as removing the old basin and fitting a new one in the exact same space, or if you plan to completely redesign the bathroom and install the fixtures and fittings in new positions.

It’s a good idea to ask potential bathroom fitters if they have a minimum charge. Some fitters have a minimum charge of half a day, which means you could end up paying more for a small job like replacing a sink, so it may be more cost effective to combine several jobs that need doing at once. There are also certain things that can increase the cost of the job, such as replacing old or damaged pipework and extra tile work.

One important thing to be aware of is traders using contractors, which means it will be more difficult to keep an eye on who is doing what, so make sure to ask your trader if they plan to do the work themselves or contract out. If they are contracting out, can they ensure the quality of the work?

We recommend finding a local tradesman at Cost2Build to carry out your home improvement projects.

Waste disposal is another thing to take into consideration. Traders have to pay business rates to dispose of waste and there’s usually a minimum charge to dispose of small amounts. To save money you could get rid of the waste yourself or hire a skip.


It’s definitely worth hiring a professional tiler, as someone who is inexperienced can take two or three times as long to tile your bathroom. Old tiles that need to be removed and walls that are in poor condition, which will need to be prepared, can increase a bathroom fitters cost. To ensure a professional finish, the toilet and basin may have to be removed, so the tiler can tile behind them. Bathrooms that have a lot of furniture, doors and windows will also need to be tiled around, meaning increased costs. The type of tiles you choose can also affect your bathroom renovation cost. Large tiles will cover the area faster, while smaller ones can take longer.

Underfloor heating

If your existing bathroom floor is tiled, the longer it will take to remove and replace the flooring, increasing the price and completion time. Your bathroom fitter may not do electrical work, so it will need to be contracted out. Whoever fits your underfloor heating needs to be certified or signed off by a qualified Part P electrician.

Electrical work

Another new bathroom renovation cost is electrical work. If your bathroom is dated, you may want to upgrade the lighting to energy efficient LED spotlights. Other electrical work can include fitting a shaving socket and an extractor fan. The typical cost for electrical work is around £300.

Bathroom flooring

The bathroom floor can get overlooked as some bathroom fitters will leave flooring off their quotes to ensure a lower price, but they’ll then add it on as an extra. If you want the floor replaced always ensure it’s included in the price. Vinyl flooring can cost £200-£400 depending on the size of your bathroom.

Plumbing work

A large proportion of your budget will go towards various plumbing jobs such as fitting new taps, toilet, shower, bath and sink. If there is a significant alteration to the existing layout, more plumbing work will be required, so expect to your new bathroom installation costs to increase.

How much does it cost to have a new bathroom fitted?

modern bathroom suite

Although you can get a good estimation of costs when planning a new bathroom, the end figure can vary quite a lot. Small jobs such as fitting a new basin can cost from £70-£120, while bigger jobs like tiling a large bathroom can cost as much as £1,000.

Even though the average cost of a new bathroom is £4,500, you can save money by shopping smart and comparing prices. In fact, you can achieve a designer look for as little as £2,000 if you plan and budget well.

Bathroom installation costs can vary so much due to the fact that each job needs to be priced in relation to individual circumstances. The shape and size of your bathroom can affect how easy a job is to complete, the length of time it will take and how much material is required. Don’t forget to factor in unforeseen complications such as damaged pipework, which will increase the cost of the quote.

Quality is always priority with any installation job, so it’s definitely worth paying that bit more to ensure your bathroom has a professional finish. Cut corners and you could end up paying more in the long run to rectify expensive mistakes.

Bathroom installation costs

The below is a list of approximate bathroom refurbishment costs.

  • Basin £70-£120
  • Toilet £75-£140
  • Bath £130-£220
  • Taps £50-£80
  • Standard shower £60
  • Power shower £150-£200
  • Tiling £400-£1300
  • Underfloor heating £350-£850
  • Extractor fan £150-£240
  • Old bathroom suite removal £150
  • Rubble and rubbish removal £150 per tonne
  • Removing tiles £12-£18 per square metre

Fitting a bathroom – how long does it take?

Removing the existing wall/floor tiles, preparing the walls and floor and installing the new tiles is the most time consuming part of fitting a bathroom. Installing the bath, toilet and basin normally straight forward. For a complete bathroom refurbishment, expect the work to take approximately 6-8 days. If you’re only having the bath, sink and toilet replaced, then this can take around 2 days. Additional pipework and time is needed if changing the position of the toilet and sink.

What does a full bathroom suite cost?

modern bathroom suiteAt BigBathroomShop we have bathroom suite bundles from as low as £200, so you can easily update your bathroom without breaking the bank.

From taps to showers and furniture, plus much more, we have all you need to complete your bathroom renovation and at affordable prices too so you can keep costs down.

Stuck for bathroom ideas? Then why not take a look at our bathroom inspiration hub? Whether you want to create a contemporary or a traditional look, we can help transform your visions and ideas into reality.

We also have a fantastic collection of expert buyer’s guides and DIY guides to help you complete your bathroom renovation project in no time.

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