Having your bathroom refurbished is definitely one of those jobs that can cost as much or as little as you want it to. The final overall cost of the job will depend upon whether you intend to use DIY superstore basics or go for high end designer fixtures and fittings.
Any good plumber, builder or bathroom fitter should be able to advise you on bathroom refurbishments at all points along that scale and also advise you on the brands or retailers to look out for. They may additionally be willing to simply go along to a wholesaler or plumbing supplies outlet on your behalf and pick out most of what you need for a basic set-up.
Bathroom refurbishments are very much about taste and you may decide to go with classic Victorian fixtures, glamorous claw foot baths or a modern wet room. Extras such as shower rooms, bidets, jacuzzis and double basins will add to the appeal of your refurb and can add value to your home as well. With jobs like this it is good to agree a strict timetable and a budget with your builder. You don’t want to be left without a bathroom for a long period of time.
The first thing that your tradesman will need to to do is come and measure up and discuss your needs with you, so you can both establish what is achievable in your bathroom. Once plans are agreed, the next stage will be for them to take out your old bathroom.
This can be a messy and inconvenient process and you will be without your bathroom for at least a day. Added costs here may include the price of hiring a skip to house all of the waste that will come out of the bathroom, including old bathtubs, sinks and pipework. Your tradesman will normally budget the value of any scrap metal into his quote, but do ask if you are not sure about this.
A good tradesman will try to keep waste to a minimum and re-use pipework where that is viable. If you are having the floor and any electrical sockets or lighting removed then your tradesman will do this as well. Always be very clear if any materials are staying or being re-used.
Once the old bathroom has been removed then your bathroom fitter can get to work on installing your new bathroom. The main part of the job will be bringing in the hardware and hooking it up to the water supply. So, your bath, shower, wash basin, toilet, shower, bidet or any other items will need to be fitted and tested by a plumber. They may also need to install radiators or underfloor heating.
The time the job takes will determine the cost that you pay for the job, so if you are having items such as baths simply replaced in the same location then costs will be kept down. If you are changing the entire layout of the bathroom then you can expect to pay more, as hardware will require new pipework to link it to the water supply and waste system.
Items such as ventilation fans, shaver sockets and lighting may need to be installed by a qualified electrician and the cost for them will depend on how much work needs to be done and the size of the bathroom. You may also need a carpenter to come in and make any custom cabinets or countertops that you wish to have in your new bathroom.
Once the plumbing and electrics are done, you will need to think about some of the decorative aspects of your bathroom. The bathroom should now be functioning, but you will still need any tiling, painting or flooring to be completed.
The costs of these are largely down to the size of the room and the kind of finish that you desire. Always ensure that you agree with your contractor that they will come back once the job is finished and deal with any snags. This could be anything from grout left on tiles to taps that need tightening. The bathroom should be left clean and tidy once the tradesmen are finished.
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