One of the first questions potential bathroom purchasers want to know when they contact my company is ‘ How much does a bathroom cost? This is a very difficult question to answer however I will try my best here to explain some general price guidelines.
In order to get some perspective on this I would like you to consider the same question but relate it to the purchase of a car. If you were in the market for a new car you would approach a dealer and ask to see the model you was interested in, and for arguments sake let’s assume it is a Ford Focus.
You would then have the choice of a Zetec Edition at £20,135 which is at the lower end of the market, or a RS Edition at £36,295 which is at the top end of the market. The difference in the price of these 2 cars is reflected in the variations you can choose from, and it is these changes that will increase the price of the vehicle.
The car is still a Ford Focus but now it is personalised to your own specific needs (larger engine, alloy wheels, Sat Nav) and it is this that will impact the price increase and personalise your purchasing experience. The same rules apply when choosing Bathroom and it’s how you personalise it that will be reflected in the final cost.
CHOOSING A BATHROOM
When you have finally decided to purchase a bathroom you will now need to consider all the options that you want to will personalise your project.
Unlike kitchens when it comes to your bathroom design this is based on functionality. The majority of bathrooms are changed because they are either old fashioned, the needs of the clients mobility has changed or a change in the family’s requirements. Therefore the overriding decision for purchasing a new bathroom is either updating an existing one or a need to change the functionality. In order to price a bathroom all these areas need to be covered during the design process.We discuss with the client in great detail the functionality of the bathroom as we need to understand what their personal requirements and final goal are.
The choice of design, sanitary styles, bath shapes, accessories, wall and floor finishes and showers will have impact on the overall price of your bathroom. Regardless of what type of bathroom you choose the installation is always based on the total amount of work required to complete the project to the clients specification, and this can include as little or as much work as you require.
There are many specialist companies who deal with Accessories, Furniture, Wet Room products and Showers plus many others within the sanitary market who cover Toilets, Basins etc.
Mr & Mrs A – Hempstead Valley
This customer not only wanted a complete new en-suite bathroom replaced but they also wanted a bigger walk in shower which was achieved by removing a wall.
It was a small bathroom however by changing around the position of items the end result was a far more spacious room.
Storage was needed but instead of using valuable floor space a Pursuit 1200 mirrored “wall cabinet” and a Bauhaus single drawer “wall hung” console unit were used to resolve this problem.
To compliment the room and to give an open feel to the room we used Antico luxury floor tiles and British Ceramic Files in the horizon range for the walls tiles which created a feeling of more space and were perfect for this en-suite bathroom. The customer also opted to have the floor tiles sealed with DryTreat for a lasting protection.
The shower area was the feather in the cap in this bathroom as it went from being a very small shower space to a beautiful large walk in shower in which we installed a Aqualisa Quartz Digital shower.
To protect all of the new items from limescale and to give them a longer life a NoCalc water treatment system was also installed.
The total Bathroom cost was £6,073.73 including disposal, but excluding installation.
Mr & Mrs C – East Malling
This bathroom was previously very much a family bathroom with a large corner bath which was ideal for bathing the children. But with the family now all grown up the customers needs had now changed and they were looking for something else.
The customer opted for a stand alone Harewood Slipper Bath with black claw feet and a Wentworth 3/4 bath shower mixer taps and the Burlington free standing vanity unit complimented the bath perfectly with the black granite finish.
The Mantis floor tiles in this bathroom were stunning and matched the room perfectly.
The overall finish was no longer a small children’s family bathroom but a beautiful haven for adults to relax in.
The total Bathroom cost was £4,108.20 including disposal, but excluding installation.
Mr & Mrs B – Maidstone
The next example was far more complicated and required a lot of additional plumbing and moving items into new positions as it was badly laid out, and the shower enclosure and bath positioning did not work well.
The client was very clear with their brief and explained that it was a large bathroom which was for the use of their daughter.
We installed a larger bath and moved it to a far better position and created a new walk in shower with a power shower. The original bathroom had no storage therefore we installed fitted furniture as well as incorporating a sink and back to wall toilet pan.
The shower area was paneled with shower boards and tiles were installed into the bath area and above the furniture. Finally the floor was covered with a luxury vinyl sheet.
This total Bathroom cost £9,117.42 including disposal but excluding the installation.
The installation package which included total rubbish removal, plastering, carpentry, tiling, plumbing, decorating and electrical work paid directly to the recommended installation Company and cost £3,942.00
The items were specified by MBK based on the “Best Value for Money” and the clients brief.
Mr & Mrs S – Maidstone
My third example is a straight change over where we just replaced existing products with new modern equivalents. The client had a very dated bathroom and she wanted to update the whole room, this would involve removing all the tiles and box work, re-plastering and installing new bath, shower tray, enclosure, toilet and basin. We altered the size of the bath so it was not buried in the wall, replaced the storage and installed a new shower tray and enclosure, using the existing shower fitment, changed the basin and bath taps, tiled and installed new flooring.
The total Bathroom cost was £3,479.50 including disposal, but excluding installation.
Mrs P – Walderslade
The first example is of a functional change to a client’s existing bathroom which were due to a change in their personal circumstances. The client was unable to use the bath therefore it was decided to remove the bath and replace it with a large walk in shower enclosure. On this project we found that there were restrictions on the electrical supply and we were unable to upgrade the existing shower, therefore we replaced it with an updated modern version of the existing one. We also installed a vanity unit, new toilet, a heated towel rail, vinyl flooring and supplied tiles where necessary. The total Bathroom cost £4,214 including disposal but excluding installation..
I hope this gives you an insight into our pricing guidelines and enables you to see if MBK Design Studio is a good fit for you. If so please contact us and we can commence the journey
So the answer to the original question is IT DEPENDS !