The Basics of a Bathroom Renovation

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A bathroom renovation isn’t a small project to undertake. It takes considerable time, planning and a healthy budget to get a modern, high-end finish that will last for years to come. But once finished, you’re left with a beautiful, relaxing bathroom that you love to spend time in. 

If you’ve been considering a bathroom update but you’re unsure where to begin, this guide will take you through the basics to help you get started on the right foot. 

What To Ask Yourself Before You Begin

Before you dive into picking out the colours and finishes, here are some basic questions you should ask yourself:

  1. What is your overall budget? It’s best to plan this right at the beginning so you know what quality of finish you can shop for. 
  2. Is the current space functional? If not, a new layout may be needed. 
  3. What kind of toilet do you want? A wall hung toilet will need more planning than a free-standing one. 
  4. Do you have enough storage? If not, you may need to think about extra cabinets, a sink with drawer space, or a built-in linen closet. 
  5. Do you want a separate shower? If you have space, a separate shower is a great addition but there are many types of shower tray and enclosure to consider.
  6. Do you need a double sink? If multiple people use the bathroom, a double sink can save so much stress getting ready in the mornings. 

How Much Does a Bathroom Renovation Cost?

Cost of a bathroom renovation

The overall budget depends on the size of your bathroom and the quality of finishes you go for. However, in London, the average price of a new bathroom is £5,000 to £10,000. 

Bathtub: A cheap acrylic tub costs as little as £80. A better budget option is a steel bathtub starting at around £150. High-end cast iron, enamel or composite tubs can cost anything upwards of £500. 

Shower: Electric showers are usually the cheapest option, costing as little as £100. A more popular option is a power shower which starts at around £180. High-end showers come with multiple body jets, digital controls, speakers, a steam function and more, costing £250+.

Sink: A standard ceramic pedestal basin is the cheapest option at around £50. A more modern wall-hung basin with under-mount storage cost at least £150 but the better the quality, the more you’ll pay.  You can also save money on your renovation by finding a second-hand unit and upcycling it into a vintage-style vanity.

Toilet: A standard floor-mounted toilet can be as cheap as £80. However, if there’s one thing in your bathroom that you don’t want to start leaking, it’s the toilet. Wall-mounted toilets cost £200+.

Professional Fitting

Speaking of plumber labour. You should budget in the cost of labour when creating your bathroom renovation budget. 

It will take at least 2 to 3 days to fit your bathroom fixtures, which will cost around £1000 for a professional plumber. 

You may also need a professional tiler which will cost around £70 per metre squared. 

Improvements to Consider for Your Bathroom Remodel

If you’re updating a tired bathroom, here are some ideas for modern improvements to update the space:

Spa-like bathroom remodel

Low-flow hidden-tank toilet

Hidden-tank toilets have the cistern hidden behind the wall. This helps to save space in small bathrooms and also looks much more modern. 

A low-flow toilet helps save water during each flush which is more eco-friendly and can help save on water bills. 

2-inch plumbing draining pipes

Although this upgrade isn’t visible, it will make a big difference to the functionality of the room. 

Typical bathroom pipes are 1.5 or 1.25-inch PVC pipes. These clog easily, especially in family bathrooms. (Ever had issues with the shower draining too slowly?)

2-inch pipes can significantly improve the drainage in your bathroom. Helping to minimise shower backups and helping to eliminate that stale, drain smell that can linger. 

Improved Lighting

Bathrooms are the one room in the house where light is usually an issue. Windows are usually tiny and there’s usually a single light fixture in the middle of the ceiling. 

Now you’re updating your home, you should consider a new and improved lighting system. Consider wall lights either side of your mirror for a touch of luxury. 

If the room is dark, several spotlights flush to the ceiling can make the room bright and modern looking. 

5 Must-Know Bathroom Remodeling Tips

Here are some bathroom renovation ideas to help you make the most of your project:

Don’t Overdo the Tile

The biggest expense in a bathroom remodel is usually the tile. People tend to tile the entire room and the floor, which is an expensive task. The downfall is, tile is extremely hard to keep clean and can end up feeling cold. 

A little-known secret from experts is to reduce the use of tile. Tile is only needed around the bath to keep it sealed. Other walls can be left to paint to save a chunk of the budget. 

Don’t Forget Ventilation

No matter how big the windows are in your bathroom, all bathrooms should have a good quality ventilation system. This helps prevent mould from growing in the hot, steamy aftermath of hot baths or showers. 

Improved lighting in a bathroom remodel

Replace Bath with Shower

Do you ever use the bathtub or is it just gathering dust? Now may be a great time to replace the bath with a modern walk-in shower.  

Think About Bathroom Sink Height

If you’re installing a floating vanity, ensure the countertops are 32-34 inches from the floor. This is standard height for worktops. However, you also need to consider how much height difference the sink will add to this when added to the top of the vanity. 

If you have a separate sink bowl that’s being placed on the vanity, make sure this isn’t so high that it’s uncomfortable to use. If you’re unsure, your build team will be able to guide you on the proper placement. 

Splurge on a Single High-End Material

There’s no need to buy exclusively high-end finishes to make a bathroom look luxurious. Because this is often a small, plain room, just one high-end finish is all it takes to make a bathroom look expensive.

For example, save money by buying a mid-quality sink, but splurge on a large statement tap to make the entire sink look high-end. 

Is Your Bathroom in Need of a Renovation?

Just like many other remodel projects, a bathroom remodel has a lot of aspects to take into consideration. Which is why it’s important to do your homework before starting a new project. 

This is why we’re here. Contact us today and let us know how we can help you.

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