A new bathroom doesn’t have to cost the earth, and knowing what to look out for means you can refurbish your bathroom even on a small budget. Take a look at our tips for giving your bathroom a new lease of life without putting too big a dent in your bank balance.
1. Know What You’re Getting
The first thing you need to do when looking at bathroom suites is understand what you are getting. For example, baths are usually sold separately, so if you are looking at a suite, make sure you know exactly what is included. You may also need to buy taps separately from the basin.
2. Choose Your Bath or Shower
Baths come in all styles and prices, ranging anywhere between a very affordable £70 and a luxurious £10,000 at the top end. The cheaper baths are made from a thin acrylic and while they keep the water warm for longer, a steel bath tends to be more durable and therefore provide better value for money even if it costs a little more at around £120. Bear in mind you may need to buy the frame and panel separately.
In terms of showers, the lower end starts at around £50 with the most expensive costing over £2,000. Electric showers and bath/shower mixers are the cheapest and they are also very economic to run, followed by manual shower mixers. Thermostatic mixers start at over £100, while power showers are over £200. This does not include the shower enclosure, which can be anywhere from under £100 to over £500. A basic enclosure with side panels and a door could cost as little as £80. However, shower trays may not be included and so could cost extra, at around £60.
3. Choose A Sink
Ceramic pedestal sinks start at around £50 with semi-pedestal or wall-hung sinks around £10 more. If you’d like a sink that sits on top of a vanity unit to give you a little storage, this will cost around £90 and then you’ll need to buy the unit as well. So this isn’t as cheap as buying a pedestal sink and then a cabinet to put on the wall, but it may save you some space depending on the layout of your bathroom.
Don’t forget about taps, which are often not included with the sink. Taps start at around £30 for pillar taps, which are separate units for hot and cold. Mixer taps are a little more, and are one tap with two separate controls for hot and cold. Expect to pay £50-100 for monobloc taps which control temperature and flow from one lever.
4. Add On Your Extras
If you can save a little money on your bathroom suite, you may want to treat yourself to some little extras, such as heated towel rails and lighting.
Bearing all this in mind, a budget bathroom could be achieved from around £150 for the entire suite, depending on whether you want a bath, shower or both. But don’t forget to factor in labour costs for plumbing and tiling, too – and be sure not to cut any corners where the fitting of your bathroom is concerned. Even if you are handy at the smaller jobs, it’s a good idea to get professional help if you’re not quite so confident with undertaking larger projects such as a bathroom installation. It’s better to pay for a professional to do a great job than to attempt it yourself, or to pay someone else who may not know what they are doing and be left with a mess and even more expense instead of the fresh new bathroom you’d been hoping for.
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