In all the excitement of picking out stunning new bathroom fixtures and fittings, many of us forget to take the cost of bathroom installation into account.

Even if you consider yourself a dab hand at DIY, there are plenty of aspects of a renovation that you should leave to the professionals. So, whether you're updating an inherited bathroom or finally getting round to giving yours an upgrade, you’ll need to know what sort of installation costs to expect.

Have multiple lockdowns led to a price hike? Or has increased demand caused bathroom installation prices to plummet? We’ve done the research and got in touch with some of the highest-rated local fitters to give you the lowdown on how much bathroom refurbishment costs in 2021!

Estimated Bathroom Remodel Costs From Local Bathroom Fitters

We’ve spent the last few weeks getting in touch with local bathroom fitters to get quotes for almost every bathroom refurb job we could think of! Please note that, much like house prices, the cost of bathroom refurbishment in different parts of the country will vary by some degree. Estimates were provided throughout May 2021.

Tiles & Flooring

Let’s start with the base of every good bathroom; its walls and floors! When trying to estimate your bathroom remodel costs, it’s important that you accurately measure the area you plan to overhaul first. This is because prices can fluctuate massively depending on the size of your space and the materials you’re working with.

In 2021, to get a professional to install typical ceramic or porcelain wall and floor tiles you can expect costs of around £55 - £75 per square metre. Based on the average size of a UK bathroom (4.8 square metres).

Time-wise, things can vary quite a bit too. Expect your average tiling job to take anything between 6 hours to 2 whole days of work, depending on the size of the space and the complexity of the job.

If tiling the whole space sounds too intensive or costly, your can always opt for vinyl flooring instead. Installation costs for this will set you back between £125 - £250 and can take as little as a few hours to install.

Another thing for you to consider is underfloor heating. While it may have once been reserved for the mansions of millionaires, underfloor heating systems are now quite affordable - especially for smaller spaces.

Electric underfloor heating installation can be installed for £75 - £100 per square metre. However, wet underfloor heating systems (that require intricate underfloor plumbing work) are still very expensive. Avoid them if you’re looking to keep costs manageable.

Tiles & Flooring Bathroom Refurbishment Cost 2021
Whether you opt for the durability of tiles or the value of vinyl flooring, it's worth considering underfloor heating for those cold winter months.

Rails & Radiators

No bathroom refurbishment is complete without upgraded heating. No longer just practical items, rails and rads can now be used to add heaps of style to your bathroom’s overall look.

You can expect the installation of a standard heated towel rail or radiator to add about £150-£300 to your total bathroom remodel costs. It should take around 2-4 hours.

Rails & Radiators Bathroom Refurbishment Cost 2021
Though they can differ in functionality and heat output, both towel rails and radiators share similar installation costs.

Bathroom Suites

When it comes to bathroom refurbishment, your choice of bathroom suite is likely to be one of the most impactful purchases you make. With that in mind, it’s best you hire a professional to fit it properly!

Bathroom suite installation is quite an intensive job that will require a lot of plumbing. A standard suite (consisting of a toilet, bath, and basin) will take around 6-10 hours to install. It’ll cost anything from £325-£800 - again depending on the complexity of the job.

Bathroom Suites - Bathroom Refurbishment Cost 2021
A new bathroom suite can make or break a bathroom's style, so make sure to hire a professional to install yours.

Showers & Enclosures

Next up, that sparkling new shower. Simply replacing an old shower can be a really quick plug-and-play job. On the other hand, adding a shower to a bathroom that doesn’t already have one can take a whole day’s worth of plumbing and cost in the range of £325-£600.

Installing or refurbishing the shower enclosure itself will cost a similar amount, but you’ll also need to take into account any tiling that needs to be done. The total cost of a complete shower and shower enclosure installation will be around £550 - £1100, taking 1 or 2 days of work.

Showers & Enclosures - Bathroom Refurbishment Cost 2021
Many bathroom refurbishments in 2021 are opting for the ease of access that comes with sleek walk in shower enclosures.

Additional Costs?

Though we’ve ticked off the costs of all the key components of a bathroom refurbishment, there are a few additional costs that you may have to take into account.

Extractor Fans - Most bathrooms will already have a perfectly serviceable extractor fan installed. However, if yours doesn’t or you are converting a regular room into a bathroom you may need to add one. This will cost you between £100-£300, taking about 3-4 hours.

Lighting - You may have noticed that we didn’t include the costs of installing new bathroom ceiling lights. If you plan on doing this, you’ll need to pay for IP Rated lighting and a qualified electrician to install them for you.

Trips To Tips & Hiring Skips - All that debris from your old bathroom has got to go somewhere! The local bathroom fitters that we quizzed charge an average of £160 to remove each tonne of bathroom waste. You also have the option of managing this yourself; by hiring a skip or making many trips to your local skip.

We hope this has given you a rough idea of the installation cost involved in bathroom refurbishment in 2021. If you’re yet to pick out those all-important products, stick with us on the Victorian Plumbing blog for even more inspiration.