Much as we might like to have a brand new bathroom. It’s not always possible to go for a full upgrade. But our Which? Trusted traders have got plenty of advice for the cost conscious about how to improve a bathroom.
Which? surveyed recommended bathroom fitters in 2012 to find out how much you should spend on 12 common jobs, including fitting a new suite, re-sealing the bath and tiling. We contacted a number of Which? Trusted traders at the end of 2017 to bring you a snapshot of more up to date prices. Find out how much you should spend on bathroom fitting jobs.
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If you want to change the bathroom suite, updating it with a contemporary colour or style is an easy way to improve a bathroom. And it doesn’t have to cost the earth.
If you’d like to upgrade with a complete refurbishment, the Which? guide to planning a new bathroom has lots of useful advice.
Tiles are a major part of many bathrooms and can completely change the look and feel of the room. But tiling can be expensive. Follow our Which? Trusted traders’ tips to keep the budget under control.
If you want to add or replace tiling – the costs will depend on the condition of your walls. When you remove tiles, the wall often comes away with them. If your walls are in a poor condition, they will need to be prepared, which can also increase costs.
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If you want to add a shower to a bathroom, then ‘exposed' showers are ideal. These are fitted directly onto the wall rather than being concealed behind it, so disruption to the bathroom is minimal.
If you want a concealed fitting, you can make the installation cheaper by fitting the shower against a stud wall,’ says Ward Bathrooms Ltd’s Terry Ward. ‘This saves cutting out solid walls to accommodate pipes, valves and so on, followed by making the decoration good.’
Improved lighting or an illuminated mirror can brighten up a bathroom at low cost.
A qualified electrician will be able to install LED downlighters, which are cheap to run, in more or less any bathroom. Some bathroom fitters don’t do electrical work. Others might contract it out. But, all electrical work will need to be certified/signed off by a qualified Part P electrician.
Freestanding accessories, such as towel rails and trolleys, are a no-fuss way to improve storage. Wall-mounted cabinets are usually easy to add too, provided you have space.
Small accessories, such as shower baskets and toilet roll holders, can sometimes be attached using adhesive pads or suction fittings.
Adding a heated towel rail usually involves substantial work. But replacing an existing one without major disruption is sometimes possible if the pipes are in the right place.
Extractor fans can usually be retrofitted in a bathroom. They remove damp air and are a worthwhile investment since they help prevent mould and improve the longevity of grouting. If your bathroom is not on ground floor level it might take longer to fit the duct through the exterior wall.
However you want to improve your bathroom, if you need a reliable professional, there’s a Which? Trusted trader that can help in your area.