Cost for a small bathroom all-in

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I have a fairly modern house (1980) that i bought 2 years ago and the bathroom is awful. its only small - about 1,3M wide and 2.3m long and has an avocado bath, wc and sink at present - no shower!

I got promoted recently and just got a bonus of £4300 so this is something i need to change asap. my girlfriend and I both hate baths so we're thinking of toilet, sink and as large a shower as we can fit in there. is the cost going to be doable with a good degree of quality within this budget? (after tax lets say £3000). I know that sometimes bathrooms can work out expensive but ours is relatively small. we have a boiler in the kitchen, hot water tank in the spare room and cold water in the loft. probably need a pump?
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  • sheilavwsheilavw Forumite
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    Same as we were! small bathroom, length of bath. go in at door, bath to right length of room, then basin then toilet and taps of bath under window. We got ours done 2 years ago. Plain white suite from screwfix direct for £200. We had old suite (sage) removed, new one fitted, taps now at other end, power shower, screen, floor tiled, all bathoom tiled in white with border thing silvery round middle and 4 spot lights put into ceiling. I think it worked out about £1700 including the disposal of old suite. I thought of taking out the bath too but it can put future buyers off if you decide to move. People with young children like a bath as do older people. Must admit I am only one who has ever used the bath
  • becsbecs Forumite
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    I personally wouldn't redo the bathroom without a bath regardless of whether or not you and your girlfriend rarely use it. The majority of people buying houses will want a bath. My husband and I also rarely use the bath as we prefer showers but it is still nice to have the option after achey days gardening or for a bit of relaxation etc. I would never even consider buying a property without a bath. We've just redone our bathroom which is tiny although we were lucky enough to have the airing cupboard on the landing next to the bathroom so we have moved the tank and used this space as a seperate shower. Is there anywhere you could pinch a bit of space from say another bedroom perhaps to do this? Alternatively I would say a shower over the bath is the better option than no bath.
  • HoplozHoploz Forumite
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    Definitely keep a bath! In a very fast housing market last spring a house we looked at failed to sell for ages as they'd taken out bath (not much else wrong with it)

    We have a relatively large 8' square bathroom and have put in new suite (Homebase £500ish) and fully tiled walls, we went for vinyl flooring and it came to £2000 for everything, incl a plumber, carpenter and pro fitting of floor. (we put tiles up ourselves and they look just fine, tiler quoted £600)

    We are in Surrey so labour is not cheap round here either.
    So for 2k you should be able to get something fab and modern - go for it!
    (and ignore anything Dolphin say, I had them do a quote for me once ianother house and it was ridiculous, 10k or something)
  • asheashe Forumite
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    Thats the way it is at the moment. staircase down is to the left so no expansion there, master bedroom is to the right so no go that way either.
  • I've got the world's smallest bathroom so I went for a D shaped bath with a nice curved shower screen and it gives me the best of both worlds, bath, but elbox room in the shower. My suite was from B and Q, in the sale, got a nice looking sink and loo and the taps I upgraded a bit.... to be honest, the porcelain items don't vary much in quality, they are what they are, only in design, and I wanted a steel bath but got talked out of it by my plumber... I am more than happy with my plastic one. I added some classy looking glass mosaic tiles from www.mosaictraderuk.co.uk and some accessories shelving and the like and it looks like the bathroom in a boutique hotel.... I love it. Best room in the house...!!!
  • Hi you did really well with your bathroom pricing :T - we live in surrey -
    (Horley) was wondering where you got the suite from and also where you
    found the men to the job. I have a similar size to yours and want
    to replace the white suite with a white suite (ours is old and scratched) and retile and refloor on a budget like yours!:confused:
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  • ashe wrote: »
    I have a fairly modern house (1980) that i bought 2 years ago and the bathroom is awful. its only small - about 1,3M wide and 2.3m long and has an avocado bath, wc and sink at present - no shower!

    I got promoted recently and just got a bonus of £4300 so this is something i need to change asap. my girlfriend and I both hate baths so we're thinking of toilet, sink and as large a shower as we can fit in there. is the cost going to be doable with a good degree of quality within this budget? (after tax lets say £3000). I know that sometimes bathrooms can work out expensive but ours is relatively small. we have a boiler in the kitchen, hot water tank in the spare room and cold water in the loft. probably need a pump?


    My OH runs a plumbing and heating firm, and always advises never to take a bath out. If you went to sell you would put families off, there for sell's for a lower price!

    I finally had my bathroom finished this weekend and I am so please with it!

    Rather than going to b&q and places like that to source baths ect, you may want to try and source the items from places like wolseley or Ridgeonds. If you ask for trade they usually give it to you...worth a go?

    Ideal standard do loads of ranges and they are good quality goods!

    I would shop around buy the item's yourself to keep costs down...trust me there is a huge mark up on most things.

    Also you should ask your plumber if they have their part G & H, you need these in the future if you want to sell you house (hip pack). Part G is for plumbing alterations and part H is for drainage.

    I hope this is of some help?

    Good Luck!
  • ashe wrote: »
    I have a fairly modern house (1980) that i bought 2 years ago and the bathroom is awful. its only small - about 1,3M wide and 2.3m long and has an avocado bath, wc and sink at present - no shower!

    I got promoted recently and just got a bonus of £4300 so this is something i need to change asap. my girlfriend and I both hate baths so we're thinking of toilet, sink and as large a shower as we can fit in there. is the cost going to be doable with a good degree of quality within this budget? (after tax lets say £3000). I know that sometimes bathrooms can work out expensive but ours is relatively small. we have a boiler in the kitchen, hot water tank in the spare room and cold water in the loft. probably need a pump?

    Good afternoon: What you are proposing sounds achievable. Try to source your sanitaryware and other fixtures from plumbers' merchants eg. PTS as they do sell to all http://www.ptsplumbing.co.uk/brochure.asp . Many plumbers, including my OH, don't like fitting gear from the sheds eg. B&Q. You can find a qualified plumber( i.e someone who has relevant training/experience... the trade isn't regulated so unfortunately anyone with a roll of PTFE tape and a wrench can call him/herself a plumber:eek: )and consumer advice on the Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering website www.plumbers.org.uk . Links to manufacturers' websites and other info can be found here.. http://www.bathroom-association.org/

    HTH

    Canucklehead
    Ask to see CIPHE (Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering)
  • peediedjpeediedj Forumite
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    if you can get hold of a brochure by a company called "eastbrook" they have superb quality bathroom stuff,and its a very good price,we order it at work a fair bit,never had any complaints and qualitys always good
    Live in my shoes for a week,then tell me your lifes hard!
  • sheilavwsheilavw Forumite
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    When we were looking a couple of years ago we were finding shops like Focus and B and Q had cheap suites but everything was extra. We got ours delivered from Screwfix direct for £200 and absolutely everything was included. It was just a cast iron white suite, with the taps that say hot and cold on, even the bathpanel and toilet seat were included and we went for a maple colour but I think there was three other choices like white, beech etc
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