How We Planned Our Budget For Our Bathroom Renovation Costs

Bathroom Renovation
Bathroom Renovation


If you are wondering, “how much does a new bathroom renovation typically cost?”, then you’ve come to the right place! We will be sharing tips and tricks to save up for your bathroom renovation, things you should take note of, and how to budget your costs for the renovation works to ensure a smooth-sailing renovation process to achieve the bathroom of your dreams!

Planning renovation costs for our bathroom was put on the back burner, and it ended up being one of the later rooms to be renovated, especially after spending copiously on renovation works for the rest of our 1930s theme inspired home. As insane as it may sound to most renovators, we did the bathroom renovations last, unlike most house renovation plans where the bathrooms get done first.

This is because we chose to place our priorities on the other parts of the house, such as the kitchen renovation downstairs. Furthermore, we needed more time to save up for the hefty renovation costs for our bathroom as we wanted to make sure that the renovation works would be executed skillfully.

Just like you, we had zero clues on how much it would cost to fit a bathroom. Prior to this, we hadn’t saved up for renovation costs for a bathroom before and had no idea where to start. Where and how do you even begin with calculating costs, learn how to save smartly for the renovation and plan the dates to start work when there are so many aspects to be factored in?

After spending many hours on online searches to find out costs, talking to suppliers on the phone and getting price quotations for an average UK bathroom renovation, we managed to break down the costs and create a budget plan to determine precisely the time needed for us to save up before we can go about starting on the renovations.

How much does a typical UK bathroom cost?

Based on our research, we found that the average cost for a bathroom fitting ranges depending on the work that needs to be done. The range for renovation costs can go anywhere from £1,000 to £8,000, with the latter being the cost for a bathroom suite replacement and a simple remodel, electrical work, plumbing, and labour for the former.

It is important to note that renovation costs differ depending on your bathroom size, location and damage repair costs. Hence, your budget should be broken down by items and kept as specific as possible, plus an additional 10% of the total costs for a precautionary measure. This is to ensure there is a reserve of funds to pay for any additional costs that you may encounter in your renovation journey.

What’s the most ideal way to oversee your budget and work out renovation costs?

Everything may seem uncertain and you may feel highly unnerving in the beginning when it comes to planning and budgeting for your bathroom renovation, especially when water is being involved. With high chances of water damage, pipe leaks and implications caused by condensation may surface if the renovation is managed and carried out poorly, and this will result in a need to fork out more money to pay for reparations. Using the tools in the renovation planner we’ve devised, we estimated and tracked not only the costs for our bathroom, but for our entire house. We gave plenty of time for the whole renovation process and overestimated the costs for the renovation work. Being cynical in this case would be better than listing costs based on your pride. This will help with controlling your budgets and prevent costs from piling up later on in the process.

Bathrooms can come in all tastes and sizes. Seeing as every bathroom is unique to the owners’ tastes, you need a budget that is tailored to your tastes before starting the work. The budget breakdown should be broken down into individual items, with its cost attached to it. The best piece of advice we can give you is to download a cost spreadsheet for your house renovation and research and list down the estimated costs of every single item down to the smallest detail, be it a floor tile or a nail. On top of that, an additional 10% should be added as an emergency fund for any oversight on extra costs.

How much did we spend on our new bathroom in the end?

Our bathroom is nothing too extravagant as it is merely a humble bathroom remodel. While we do love it, we would definitely have splurged on some higher-end items for our bathroom if we had the money for it. Despite that, we didn’t skimp on the renovation either, with our floor tiles being within the mid-price range. However, we did opt for laminated marble worktops over real marble. Maybe one day!


After calculating our overall costs, it ended up nearing £8,000 in total. Hopefully, through this post, you’ve learned a thing or two about rough costs for bathroom renovation works in the UK. As taxing as renovation works can be, the process can be enjoyable if you know how to plan for it in advance. This is why it is crucial to know almost exactly how much you are going to spend on your bathroom, and give yourself an appropriate time frame to save up for it to save yourself the time, money and trouble of going back and forth with the renovation works, which could potentially result in costly mistakes. If you wish to view the detailed cost breakdown to do a bathroom makeover at a similar scale to ours, you may want to take a look at our downloadable budget planner for renovation works as a reference point. Our house costs are included in the planner if you’re looking to renovate other rooms in your house as well. As different bathrooms can incur varying expenses, you just have to tweak your plans to know what works best within your budget and to obtain an end result that is of your liking. Happy renovating!



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