New bathroom

I've had a quote for renovating a bathroom, and just wanted to check it was reasonable. Waiting for a second quite to come in too.

Bathroom is 3x3m. New shower unit with sliding door, new basin, new toilet, tile all walls, tile floor, board over ceiling and install spots, some electrical work to move a socket. The current bath is sunken so the floor in that area will need to be rebuilt. Power shower to be installed. Small radiator replaced with towel rail one.

We have been quoted £11,860 inc. VAT.
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  • Slinky
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    Have you specified what brand of fittings you want using, or is it just generic stuff, the cheapest the installer can get their hands on? Costs of fittings vary massively. As do tiles. When we had ours done, we bought what we want and the builder who was refurbishing our house arranged the fitting, tiling and electrics.

    Your question is a bit like how long is a piece of string?
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  • Emmia
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    edited 12 November 2023 at 6:27PM
    We've just done our shower room, 2.5x3.5m, walk in shower with glass panels (no door)  tiling on 3 walls + floor, new rimless loo (Duravit) , basin +vanity unit(Roca), mirror wall cabinet with lights, tray, shower fittings + heated towel rail + painting wall and ceiling. Shower is a crosswater with rainhead and handheld. Tiles weren't the cheapest...

    Plus, a new vanity unit and basin(Roca) and wall unit (unlit) in our other bathroom (as the ones in there were on their last legs). We spent about £14k all in, in London.

    We didn't need lighting as we have existing spots.

    I've spent another £400 on bathroom shelves and accessories.


  • rigolith
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    We said we want a normal size loo, not a modern child sized one. Deep sink. White/light grey tiles, nothing specific but not rubbish. We will see what they suggest, and the quote is based on what the builder thinks reasonably good quality stuff will cost.

    Sounds like it's in the ballpark at least.
  • Have a look at plumbworld for examples of differing prices and styles. It’s good to have an idea as to exactly what you want because you won’t be doing it again! https://www.plumbworld.co.uk/
  • rigolith
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    Thanks. Looking at Plumb World it seems like the cost of things like the toilet and shower are not going to have a huge impact on the quote, a few hundred each. Quick estimate puts the tiles in at around £1,300 for the kind we want. But that's the inc. VAT price. Do they pay VAT on materials as part of the job? I guess so. Not trade prices, but let's say £2,500 for materials. So about £9.5k for labour.

    Does it seem reasonable?
  • Slinky
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    edited 14 November 2023 at 1:32PM
    Just a thought, you might want to look at Comfort height toilets, depending on how tall you are and your age. We went for these as they are easier to stand up from. Normal toilets seem really low now, the height of a standard toilet has remained the same for years, but the average population is much taller than when they were first designed. Comfort height take the pressure off your knees.
    Make £2024 in 2024
    Prolific to 31/1/24 £100.32, Chase Interest £6.38, Chase roundup interest £0.07, Chase CB £5.01, Roadkill £1.08, Octopus referral reward £50, Octopoints £6.30
    Total £169.16/£2024  8.35%

    Make £2023 in 2023
    Water sewerage refund: £170.62,Topcashback: £243.47, Prolific: to 31/12/23 £975, Haggling: £45, Wombling(Roadkill): £6.04,  Chase CB £149.34, Chase roundup interest £1.35, WeBuyBooks:£8.37, Misc sales: £406.59, Delay repay £22, Amazon refund £3.41, EDF Smart Meter incentive £100, Santander Edge Cashback-Fees: £25.14, Octopus Reward £50, Bank transfer incentives £400
    Total: £2606.33/£2023  128.8%

  • rigolith
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    Yes, I was looking at those, thanks for reminding me.
  • Slinky
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    You might want to look at RAK as a brand. We've got these and are happy with them.
    Make £2024 in 2024
    Prolific to 31/1/24 £100.32, Chase Interest £6.38, Chase roundup interest £0.07, Chase CB £5.01, Roadkill £1.08, Octopus referral reward £50, Octopoints £6.30
    Total £169.16/£2024  8.35%

    Make £2023 in 2023
    Water sewerage refund: £170.62,Topcashback: £243.47, Prolific: to 31/12/23 £975, Haggling: £45, Wombling(Roadkill): £6.04,  Chase CB £149.34, Chase roundup interest £1.35, WeBuyBooks:£8.37, Misc sales: £406.59, Delay repay £22, Amazon refund £3.41, EDF Smart Meter incentive £100, Santander Edge Cashback-Fees: £25.14, Octopus Reward £50, Bank transfer incentives £400
    Total: £2606.33/£2023  128.8%

  • rigolith
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    Thanks. They look good but I can't find any prices for e.g. their washlet toilets, which probably means they are as expensive as the gold standard Toto ones. For cost reasons I'll probably end up with a suitable high toilet and a washlet seat from Amazon.
  • rigolith
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    Got another quote for a lot less, from a builder who has been recommended to us. Hard to know who to go with. Higher quote seemed more professional, the other guy has been said to be reliable and "a bit more expensive but does a good job".

    I don't really have any criteria to go on, other than cost and gut feeling about them.
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