Bathroom refurbishment ranges from the
small makeover to the major refit. This article provides a flavour
of the changes that can be made and the associated labour costs.
'Like for like' means
removing the existing bath, basin (and if in the same room, the
toilet) fittings and replacing them with new fittings in the same
location with similar plumbing. This approach, when coupled with
redecoration and possibly replacement tiling results in a bathroom
which looks and feels like a new at modest cost. Variations which
influence cost include particularly wall tiling and floor finish
(e.g. tiling, laminate). If your plumbing is ancient then expect
some repairs of valves to be required. If you have just one loo
then keeping a facility functioning can usually be accommodated.
- Typical recommend time - around 5 to
Changing configuration does of course
add to the time and hence cost. Changes which tend to be the most
expensive are those requiring relocating the toilet waste. Changes
to hot and cold supplies are relatively simple assuming access
beneath the floor.
Tiling often has the greatest cost influence
as it is time consuming. Old tiles usually need to be removed
(we are not fans of tiling over existing tiles). Remember if tiles
have been tiled down onto an existing bath or basin then these
components probably won't come out without some tiles being removed.
If the old tiles are either concreted in (hard to remove) or on
plasterboard (which usually needs replacing) then more time will
be required. With tiling the greater the area and number of edges
the greater the cost. If ceramic floor tiling is being considered
then a stable base is required. Most manufacturers are recommending
from 10mm of ply boarding over floorboards for a base to tile
on. Consideration in these circumstances needs to be given to
the link to the adjoining room and to the need to trim the door(s).
Laminate flooring has become popular in recent years and this
offers an attractive, practical and economic alternative to floor
tiles, as does vinyl tiling. Remember with floor tiling and laminate
that its is best to site the toilet and basin pedestal on top
of the flooring rather than try and tile/lay laminate around them.
Tiling is usually costed for a specific installation.
is an increasingly popular facility in a bathroom. For more on
showers see the separate article here.
is often called for in bathrooms. Bathroom lights
must be suitable for the zone in which they are fitted. For more
on bathroom zones look at the technical support information here.
For general guidance on lighting read the separate article here.
are mandatory in new build bathrooms and it's a good idea to fit
one during a bathroom refurbishment if one is not already present.
Fans can be combined with lighting or independent. A through the
wall installation is the simplest or a ceiling unit can be fitted.
Fans, like lighting, come under Part P.
- Typical recommend time - from around
Much electrical work in bathrooms is subject
to Part P of the Building Regulations. More information can be
is often requested for bathrooms. Remember that access needs to
be maintained to parts that may need servicing e.g. a toilet cistern
and beneath the bath or basin). The time taken to box in varies
substantially with the complexity and is usually costed for a
can be overcome by fitting a macerator
(often known as Saniflo which is a trade name). A macerator requires
a much smaller outlet pipe and can pump waste uphill. They need
to be used with a certain amount of care as some items often disposed
of 'down the loo' can't be if a macerator is in use.
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