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Bathroom renovation cost?

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  • Ganga
    Ganga Posts: 4,193 Forumite
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    Gavin83 said:
    If you're boxing in the area to the right of the door where are you planning on putting the radiator?

    Does the bathroom actually need doing? It really doesn't look that old to me!

    This is probably the 4th bathroom renovation related thread we've had on here recently that have been quoted a similar price to yourself. You could potentially receive a lower quote if you shopped around but this doesn't seem unusually high. Tradespeople are expensive at the moment.

    Personally I'd wait. We're on the cusp of a recession (if not already in one) and one of the first things people cut during financial hard times is home renovations. I expect at some point soon tradespeople will be fighting one another for available work and that'll only lead to lower prices.
    We're short of something like 220,000 construction workers.   When reputable regular paying companies can't get trades, it's a real problem.  

    It's only getting worse as the workforce is ageing because one day everyone decided that only thick people work in construction so didn't bother putting decent training in place.  Then we stopped the europeans from working here as well in an act of genius. 

    We're reaping what was sown.  

    Even aside from that, good people will always be in demand.  
    Agreed as we have seen plenty of posts on this site where the NOT SO GOOD trdes have attempted to carry out the work.
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  • danrv
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    I think the layout of the OP’s bathroom would need to stay the same, just with a bath and over shower between the walls where the shower cubicle is.
    £15k is top dollar for that bathroom and you should be able to get a better deal, nearer £10k. 
    Underfloor heating I assume would be wet type plumbed in.
  • jennifernil
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    We were somewhat shocked that ours was almost £10k, but then we have been used until recently to doing a lot of stuff ourselves, we have rarely had to engage a tradesman before, but a bathroom was something we had never attempted, and we are now "getting on a bit".

    Our house was built to our design some 34 years back, and since then we have not needed to do much to it, but now we need some modernisation and replacement of stuff.

    Last year (2022) we replaced our CH boiler, not because it did not work (it had been faultless for 33 years) but because it was now inefficient.  

    2021 we did our en suite, again not because there was a problem, but because we wanted an easy access shower instead of a bath with shower over.......and the fittings were coloured!

    And in November last year we also updated our second bathroom to remove the bath.   We still have a bath with shower over in our main  house bathroom.   Again,  it is coloured, but we have decided to let  whoever buys the house in the future do their own thing there, we are now 80 and 74, so may not be here that much longer!  The bathroom is perfectly functional, no leaks or anything, so we are not inclined to spend another £10k at present.  If it becomes necessary, then we will.

    The guys who did the work are excellent and have done a lot of work in our son's house and our daughter's house.  There is a big queue to get work done by them.  They also have many good ideas on design and suitable fittings.
  • greensalad
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    We were somewhat shocked that ours was almost £10k, but then we have been used until recently to doing a lot of stuff ourselves, we have rarely had to engage a tradesman before, but a bathroom was something we had never attempted, and we are now "getting on a bit".

    Our house was built to our design some 34 years back, and since then we have not needed to do much to it, but now we need some modernisation and replacement of stuff.

    Last year (2022) we replaced our CH boiler, not because it did not work (it had been faultless for 33 years) but because it was now inefficient.  

    2021 we did our en suite, again not because there was a problem, but because we wanted an easy access shower instead of a bath with shower over.......and the fittings were coloured!

    And in November last year we also updated our second bathroom to remove the bath.   We still have a bath with shower over in our main  house bathroom.   Again,  it is coloured, but we have decided to let  whoever buys the house in the future do their own thing there, we are now 80 and 74, so may not be here that much longer!  The bathroom is perfectly functional, no leaks or anything, so we are not inclined to spend another £10k at present.  If it becomes necessary, then we will.

    The guys who did the work are excellent and have done a lot of work in our son's house and our daughter's house.  There is a big queue to get work done by them.  They also have many good ideas on design and suitable fittings.
    Soon those coloured bath suites will be a selling point. I'm actually a big fan of the avocado suite and would totally have one!
  • danrv
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    Soon those coloured bath suites will be a selling point. I'm actually a big fan of the avocado suite and would totally have one!
    I broke up a whole mocha coloured bathroom suite, including a bidet and cast iron bath.
    Shame but had to go.
  • secla
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    We are having outs done next month a lot smaller than yours probably 4m2
    removing and disposing of current bathroom, skim ceiling and install roof lights, replace floorboard for ply to be tiled, install shower instead of bath, replace sink move toilet and radiator, a bit of boxing in where stairs come up, tile floor and walls floor to ceiling.

    4.3k for the labour then about 2.5k for all the furniture and 800 ish for tiles so about 7.5k all in

  • Ganga
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    We were somewhat shocked that ours was almost £10k, but then we have been used until recently to doing a lot of stuff ourselves, we have rarely had to engage a tradesman before, but a bathroom was something we had never attempted, and we are now "getting on a bit".

    Our house was built to our design some 34 years back, and since then we have not needed to do much to it, but now we need some modernisation and replacement of stuff.

    Last year (2022) we replaced our CH boiler, not because it did not work (it had been faultless for 33 years) but because it was now inefficient.  

    2021 we did our en suite, again not because there was a problem, but because we wanted an easy access shower instead of a bath with shower over.......and the fittings were coloured!

    And in November last year we also updated our second bathroom to remove the bath.   We still have a bath with shower over in our main  house bathroom.   Again,  it is coloured, but we have decided to let  whoever buys the house in the future do their own thing there, we are now 80 and 74, so may not be here that much longer!  The bathroom is perfectly functional, no leaks or anything, so we are not inclined to spend another £10k at present.  If it becomes necessary, then we will.

    The guys who did the work are excellent and have done a lot of work in our son's house and our daughter's house.  There is a big queue to get work done by them.  They also have many good ideas on design and suitable fittings.
    Whilst not your age yet we are not far behind you and we also had our old gas boiler changed as about 30 years old and this year having the bath taken out and a walk in shower fitted ,the bathroom fully re-vamped  as at our age will not be getting done again by us.We changed the bathroom fittings many years ago as they were light avocado in colour BUT when i took them to the council tip they did not even break when chucked from a hight into the skip
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  • sugar-walsh
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    This was our bathroom 
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  • sugar-walsh
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    And this is it now. New shower, floor, light, layout, radiator Cost in the region of £4k.

    Bought the bath 2nd hand, the shower and taps new on Facebook, used same sink. Changed the layout so we have a laundry room now too. Sourced everything ourselves and paid different trades to do the work.  Husband is a joiner by trade, but no longer works in industry, he did do things like the tiling though. 
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  • plumb1_2
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    If your happy then that’s great.
    Only one thing I can see what would cause me a issue, is that you’ve not repositioned the shaver socket , or is it still not finished 😊
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