All you need to know about replacing an entire bathroom suite, including material & labour costs and how long the job should take to complete.
Welcome to our bathroom price guide article, which will help you understand the typical cost to rip out an old bathroom and install a new bathroom suite. The work they quoted for was to remove the old bathroom suite along with any floor and wall tiles, then to supply and fit new wall plasterboard and floor plyboard.
The average cost to replace an entire bathroom suite is typically in the range of £3,000 to £5,000 but can be as high as £10,00 for top-of-the-range suites for master bathrooms. The price will also vary depending on your location and who you get to do the job; larger companies tend to charge more than single tradespeople.
A bathroom specialist will often charge around £150-£200 a day in labour costs for a full bathroom installation. It usually takes approximately 7-10 days to complete the work, but again, this will depend on the size of the bathroom, the type of materials to be fitted and any extra pipework that's required.
Below are some estimated costs of replacing a full bathroom suite and associated jobs.
The cost of a bathroom installation will depend on several factors including the size, the quality of materials used, labour cost and time frames.
If your bathroom is 40 square feet or less, then you can expect to pay around £2,500 to £10,000 depending on the design you choose. An average size bathroom measuring 41 to 110 square foot would cost anywhere between £6,000 to £15,000, with the higher price including a complete renovation which could involve replacing showers, toilets, tiling, cabinets, lighting, etc. If you’re looking to renovate a master bathroom over 110 square metres, then this would cost upwards of £10,000 to £30,000 or more.
Now you’ve established the cost of the different sized bathrooms you need to decide on the quality of the design. For example, a budget bathroom remodel would consist of basic fixtures, low-cost upgrades along with some DIY work. This would include fixtures such as vinyl tiles and an acrylic bath.
If you wish to step it up a notch, you could opt for a medium-quality finish using midrange furnishings by upgrading your tiles to marble and installing a fibreglass bath.
For a luxury bathroom remodel, you would need to invest in high-end furnishings such as walk-in showers, heated flooring, lavish lighting and glass tiles.
To help you decide, which option is best for you, take a look at this cost breakdown of the installation of different sized bathrooms along with the various finishes.
|Size and quality||Cost|
|Small bathroom with a low-quality finish||£3,000|
|Small bathroom with a medium-quality finish||£7,000|
|Small bathroom with a high-quality finish||£10,000|
|Medium-size bathroom with a low-quality finish||£6,000|
|Medium-size bathroom with a medium-quality finish||£10,000|
|Medium-size bathroom with a high-quality finish||£15,000|
|Large bathroom with a low-quality finish||£10,000|
|Large bathroom with a medium-quality finish||£20,000|
|Large bathroom with a high-quality finish||£30,000+|
When remodelling a bathroom, you may want to purchase your own furnishings, as this will reduce the overall cost. This could include everything from showers, toilets, cabinets, lighting, flooring and more.
To help you understand the costs, take a look at the below table which sets out how much you should expect to pay dependent on size and quality.
|Size and quality||Cost|
|Small bathroom with a low-quality finish||£1,000|
|Small bathroom with a medium-quality finish||£1,200|
|Small bathroom with a high-quality finish||£1,500|
|Medium-size bathroom with a low-quality finish||£2,500|
|Medium-size bathroom with a medium-quality finish||£4,500|
|Medium-size bathroom with a high-quality finish||£6,500|
|Large bathroom with a low-quality finish||£7,000|
|Large bathroom with a medium-quality finish||£9,000|
|Large bathroom with a high-quality finish||£10,000+|
When it comes to renovating your bathroom, there are so many different costs you need to consider, which will be dependent on the changes you plan to make.
Below you will find the estimated costs and duration of various additional costs for budget, medium and high-quality bathroom designs.
|Framed mirror||£140||30 minutes|
|Task lighting||£150||1 to 2 hours|
|New radiator||£50||3 hours|
|Refresh paint||£200||4 to 6 hours|
|Wall-length mirror||£240||1 to 2 hours|
|Upgraded cabinets||£500||2 to 3 hours|
|Downlights||£60 per light||3 to 4 hours|
|Heated towel rail||£150||2 to 3 hours|
|Extractor fan||£250||4 to 8 hours|
|LED mirror||£400||1 to 3 hours|
|Custom cabinets||£2000||4 to 5 hours|
|Automated lights||£20 per bulb||1 to 2 hours|
|Underfloor heating||£10 per square foot||2 to 4 days|
|Electrical changes||£2 to £4 per square foot||1 to 2 days|
|Walk-in shower||£1,000||2 to 4 days|
Individual costs for hiring a bathroom specialist to replace an entire bathroom suite including prep work, wall and floor tiling, and installing a mirror, light and heated handrail - Total Cost: £3,500
When evaluating your new bathroom cost, you need to remember the labour costs, which may add up depending on the work that needs completing and how long it takes.
If you’re just planning to make a few renovations, such as a replace your tiles, cabinets, repaint or purchase a new mirror, then this could take up to a week to complete. For an average refurbishment, you should expect a tradesman to complete the job within 10 days to 2 weeks. While, a complete remodel could take as long as 25 days depending on the size of your bathroom, the fixtures you choose and if any rewiring needs completing.
You may also need to consider the cost and time frame of removal if you are planning a complete renovation. On average, this should take around 10 hours for an average bathroom which can cost anywhere from £250 to £1,000 depending on the size and fixtures in your bathroom.
You will have to employ a number of different tradespeople to complete different tasks or just hire one company who can do it all. If you are going to hire them separately, take a look at the below breakdown of the average individual costs per hour:
Having a new bathroom installed may seem daunting, especially if it’s an expensive remodelling. To reassure you, here is a breakdown of what happens during a bathroom remodel:
The first thing that needs to be done before installing your bathroom is to rip out the old one. The extent of the removal will depend on the changes you want, although usually for a new bathroom this will involve removing the furnishings, stripping the walls and flooring, as well as giving the bathroom a good clean. Your water and heating will also be switched off to prevent any leaks during installation.
Once everything is cleaned up, the first job should involve the help of an electrician who will make sure that the electrics are all where they need to be. If not, they may need to reroute them to accommodate the new fixtures. They can also check to see if existing amenities are still intact before any other work can begin.
The tradespeople you hire will ensure that your bathroom walls are fully prepared for the plumbing pipework to be installed. This will involve making sure there are no leaks or dents which may need preparing before plumbing can begin.
The plumber you hire will try to work as quickly as possible, as they understand it is a necessity for homeowners to access their toilet. However, if any pipework needs replacing, it will be necessary for the tradespeople to continue working until everything is in order. They can then fit the toilet, bath/shower and basin while also making sure that everything is working as it should.
Once the fixtures are in place, you can call in a decorator or tiler to finish off the walls and floor. The tiles will be placed in accordance with the design, making sure that the placement of the tile is exact before it is stuck down. This will prevent any water damage, especially if you choose resilient tiles that will last. To make the walls look smooth, plaster the walls after the tiling is complete.
Once all the main fixtures are in place, the tradespeople will then assess their work, making sure that everything is correct. Then once everything is perfect, the aesthetic furnishings can be added such as lighting, mirrors, shelves and more, which will all improve the look of your home.
If you’re looking to save money, you could consider fitting the bathroom yourself, as this can cut your costs up to 70 per cent depending on how much work you do yourself.
To install a new bathroom properly, you need to make sure you understand the process, which could involve the following tasks:
To complete these tasks, you will need to make sure you have all the right equipment. If not, you will need to make sure you include these costs when pricing up a DIY bathroom installation.
|Hammer||£5 to £30|
|Caulking gun and sealant||£8 to £60|
|Tape measure||£3 to £15|
|Power drill||£20 to £200|
|Spackle and knife||£10 to £30|
|Safety mask||£2 to £10|
|Pry bar||£5 to £30|
|Chisel||£2 to £20|
|Wrench and screwdrivers||£10 to £50|
|Hacksaw||£5 to £30|
The toilet is one of the most important furnishings in your bathroom; therefore, it is important that you choose the right one for you. The average cost for a toilet installation is £280, although this will depend on the size and material, as well as who will be using the bathroom, as this will determine whether you choose a toilet for practicality or luxury.
The below table sets out the different costs for buying and installing a toilet, which will help you make the right decision:
|Type of toilet||Starting price||Properties|
|Low-level toilet||£50||- The cistern is located just above the toilet with handle flush
- Better flushing than high-level
|Wall hung toilet||£150||- This type of toilet saves space
- Modern design
- Easy to clean
|Two-piece toilet||£170||- Easier to install
- Cheap alternative
- Water-saving options
|High-level toilet||£180||- Cistern positioned high on the wall with a pull chain flush
- Traditional style
- Can be customised for a bespoke design.
|One-piece toilet||£200||- Perfect for small bathrooms
- Ideal for the elderly, children or for people with a disability
|Smart toilet||£500||- Increased health and hygiene
- Wash and dry functions
- Hands-free benefits
If you want to install a new bath, then you should expect to pay an average of £200. The cost of a bath will be dependent on several factors including size, with the standard being 700 x 1700mm. Keep in mind that some materials are more expensive than others.
Here is a breakdown of the costs of buying and installing a bathtub, which includes the different types of materials and their properties:
|Type of bath||Starting price||Properties|
|Acrylic bath||£80||Most common bathtub materials which is extremely efficient.|
|Steel bath||£120||Cheaper alternative to iron, long-lasting and easy to maintain.|
|Fibreglass bath||£200||An inexpensive option that is lightweight and versatile.|
|Cast iron bath||£300||Durable design, resistant to chips and dents and holds heat well.|
|Stone bath||£1,000||A freestanding bathtub perfect for a master bathroom.|
|Marble bath||£1,200||A versatile design which offers a luxurious but classic feel.|
If you have a small ensuite bathroom, you may want to opt for a shower which will fit in a compact space better than a bath. A bathroom shower usually costs around £280 depending on the type of shower you want.
Take a look at the following table, which offers an average cost breakdown of the different types of showers and how they work:
|Electric shower||£50||Connects to the cold water mains and is heated on demand. Eco-friendly and cheap to install.|
|Shower bath||£50||Uses the shower hose and bath faucet together for an easy and affordable shower unit.|
|Manual shower mixer||£60||This includes a wall-mounted hose and spray, along with a temperature control button.|
|Thermostatic mixers||£125||Similar to manual mixers, has a built-in thermostat which automatically adjusts the temperature.|
|Power showers||£150||Boosts water flow by being connected to an integral pump. Not uitable with combi boilers|
|Steam showers||£250||This type of shower is fully sealed to keep heat and steam in.|
|Digital towers||£550||This features a digital thermostat which is controlled remotely, as is the flow of the shower.|
For hygiene and aesthetic reasons, you will need to think about the type of sink you want in your bathroom. Sinks or basins come in a variety of materials including china, fireclay, porcelain, metal, iron and glass.
A bathroom basin typically costs around £60 to £150 depending on the material, size and the style you choose. Take a look at the below table which sets out the different sink types, their properties and prices.
|Pedestal sinks||£50||- Freestanding installation supported by a small column
- Concealed pipework
|Wall-hung sinks||£60||- Inserted into the wall
- Does not have a countertop
|Drop-in sinks||£70||- Installed above the countertop
- Easy to install
- Versatile design
|Vessel sinks||£80||- Above counter installation
- Variety of materials used
|Vanity top||£70 (not including countertop)||- Sink built into one-piece countertop
- Hidden plumbing
- Easy to install
|Undermount sinks||£110||- Installed from underneath a countertop
- Bespoke design
- Sleeker look
|Console sinks||£260||- Wall-mounted sink that sits on 2 or 4 leg-supports
- Handicap accessible
- Space below
If you are updating your sink, shower or bath, then you will also need to think about replacing your taps. Typical bathroom faucets cost around £100, which accounts for the replacement of several taps.
Before deciding on your bathroom taps, you need to consider the type of design you want, as well as which type of taps will work with the rest of your furnishings. Here is a price list of the different types of bathroom faucets, including both simple and luxury designs:
|Type of tap||Starting price||Properties|
|Mixer taps||£28||- Only use one tap hole
- Offers an even temperature
|Bath filler taps||£50||- Able to control the temperature better with one tap
- Does not require high water pressure
|Pillar taps||£60||- Most common style
- Two valves which control the flow of hot and cold water
|Deck mounted taps||£60||- Drilled into the rim of a basin or bath
- Easy plumbing access
- Full turn operation
|Bath/shower mixer taps||£90||- Hand-held shower head
- Balanced temperature
- Increased control
|Wall-mounted taps||£90||- Mounted on the wall and reaches into the bath or basin
- Hard to repair
|Floor-mounted taps||£150||- Drilled into the floor
- Allows bathtub or basin to be placed anywhere
- Exposed plumbing
To complete your bathroom, you will need to think about your tile preference for both your walls and floor. Tiles come in a variety of different materials, sizes, colours and more which can be a lot to consider and can also add up depending on how many tiles you need.
The cost of tiling is usually calculated per square metre. On average, professional tilers charge around £20 per square metre for tiles measuring 12 x 12 inches.
To help you choose the right tiles, take a look at the below table which discusses the variety of tiles, their costs and functions.
|Tile material||Cost per square foot||Properties|
|Vinyl tiles||£1 to £7||- Resistant to cracks
- Easy to install
- Simple compared to other tile materials
|Limestone tiles||£2 to £10||- Offers a natural look that adds warmth
- Versatile shaping
- Sensitive to acids
|Ceramic tiles||£3 to £8||- Doesn’t absorb water
- Durable although not as impervious as porcelain
|Linoleum||£4 to £8||- Biodegradable
- Easy to install
- prone to scratching and wear
|Marble tiles||£5 to £10||- Aesthetically-pleasing
- Susceptible to scratches
|Granite tiles||£5 to £15||- Unique aesthetic
- Strong material
- Can be slippery
|Glass tiles||£10 to £30||- Hard and durable
- Unlimited options
There are a variety of other elements you need to consider when having a new bathroom installed. This includes the heating facilities, with many opting for a vertical towel rail instead of a radiator, which on average would cost around £350. This would cover both the material and labour cost, as this would require a plumber’s expertise. You could also consider an electric towel rail which would cost around £420 for a full day’s work. This will include materials, labour, as well as any additional charges for installing electrical circuits.
If you’re planning a luxury bathroom installation, then you could opt to install underfloor heating, which typically costs around £6 to £16 per square foot. However, the price will depend on the system you choose. A dry system is powered by electric heat mats that are laid under your bathroom flooring. This is has a cheap upfront cost, although it can be expensive to run. Whereas, a wet system is made up of underfloor pipes which are connected to a boiler. This is a complicated and costly fitting process but is definitely the more cost-effective option in the long run.
Another added extra you may want to consider is a bidet, which typically costs around £250. Although this feature is a notable furnishing in other countries, it is not very popular in the UK, however, by installing one in your bathroom, you could create an exotic feel, while also improving your hygiene. Even if you have a small ensuite bathroom, you could install a washlet to replace your toilet seat, which is a high-tech bidet that washes and dries. For a more understated look, you could opt for a spray attachment for your toilet which you can purchase for as little as £30.
To improve the aesthetics of your bathroom, you should also consider the cost of mirrors, which could act as a centrepiece for your bathroom. If you want to keep it simple, you could stick with a flat-mounted mirror for as little as £20, while a professional mirror installation could cost up to £500 if it is placed over a vanity countertop.
When pricing up your bathroom installation, you need to think about the different factors that could affect the cost, including:
If the design you want requires fixtures to be repositioned, then you may need to consider the cost of rerouting your electrical wires, which is around £2 to £4 per square foot.
When installing new fixtures, you may need to update your electrical panel, especially if you're installing a power shower as this will ensure that you get the most out of it. An electrical panel upgrade could cost between £700 to £1,200.
Before having your floor tiles installed, a professional will check to see if your floor is flat before they can proceed. If not, they may have to install a plywood subfloor before laying down the new tiles which could cost an extra £600.
If your bathroom is quite a cold space, then you may want to consider installing underfloor heating, which is quite an expensive addition but is definitely worth it. For underfloor heating, a professional will usually charge around £10 per square foot.
Before choosing your tile material, you may want to consider the size of your room, as the majority of tradespeople tend to charge per square foot, so the larger your bathroom is, the more you will pay. However, some professionals may offer a discount for large projects by lowering the amount per square foot.
You also need to consider the actual cost of the tiles and the labour price, as some tiles are more difficult to install than others. For example, ceramic tiles are an affordable option at just £3 to £8 per square foot. This is because they are easier to source, and also do not require a lot of effort to cut and fit. While brick pattern tiling may cost upwards of £10 per square foot, as it is harder to fit and there may also be more tile wastage.
Lighting is so important in a bathroom, as it opens up space which is especially helpful if you have a small ensuite bathroom. The table below sets out the different type of lighting, the costs and function.
|Downlights||£25 to £40||Can be used to accent mirrors or walls for a luxury feel.|
|Spotlights||£20 per light||Can be fitted in the floor or wall for a modern and relaxing atmosphere.|
|Wall lights||£125 per light||You can add these to the wall next to a mirror to brighten up the room.|
|LED mirror||£400||LED lights offer better ambience and task lighting.|
|Smart lights||£20 per bulb||Automated lights which have motion sensors and are much more eco-friendly.|
Before deciding on a design for your bathroom, you need to think about who is going to be using it. For example, if you require a family bathroom, then practicality should be your priority, which means you should keep the design simple. While an ensuite bathroom fit for two adults can afford a more luxurious design.
When designing your bathroom, you need to consider the layout as well as how the furnishings fit in the space. To do this, you may want to hire a bathroom designer who can help you plan the layout. They usually charge around £30 to £100 per hour depending on how big the job is.
One of the most important design elements for your bathroom is the colour scheme, as you need to make sure that everything is matching and looks good in the space. You can also work with a designer to figure out how the colour and décor can enhance the size of your bathroom if it is under 40 square foot.
The finishing touches in your bathroom are equally as important as the plumbing and tiling, as this is what provides a good aesthetic. This includes:
Installing a new bathroom could increase your house value, making it a worthwhile investment. The return on investment will, of course, be a lot higher for those installing an upscale bathroom which costs over £25,000, as the better the bathroom, the more interest there will be.
You can save money on your bathroom installation by only having the walls partially tiled or even tiling over the existing tiles, but this is not recommended. Budget bathroom suites and tiles can also save a lot of money but most look and feel cheap.
To lower costs, you could dismantle your bathroom and dispose of waste yourself. If you have access to a van, you could take everything to your local skip or hire your own skip for around £200.
You may also want to source materials yourself, as this cost is usually included in your final bill. Don’t be pressured into buying on the spot, get a written quote including everything you need and come back once you have compared with other prices. That being said, the tradesman fitting the bathroom suite will have access to trade prices, so check with them if they can get the suite you need even cheaper.
Before your new bathroom can be installed, you need to make sure all your old furnishings are removed. This includes ripping out the tiles, plumbing, electrics, and more which can take up to a week to complete. A full bathroom removal will cost around £300 to £500, which includes gutting and waste disposal.