The bathroom is one of the most frequently used rooms of the house, which is why it is one of the first rooms homeowners think of when it comes to renovation. But, how much does it cost to renovate a bathroom? This depends on what you want to achieve and your budget. You will spend a lot more if you want to totally renovate it rather than simply give it a facelift.

Once you have decided on the type of bathroom renovation you want to undertake, other factors will also influence the cost of a bathroom renovation. The three main ones are:

  • the size of your bathroom (there is a difference between renovating a small bathroom or a toilet and a bathroom bigger than 8 m2)
  • the quality you opt for
  • and whether masonry work will be required or whether electrical or plumbing systems will need to be replaced.el mismo (no es igual reformar un baño pequeño o un aseo, que un baño de más de 8 m2

If your flat is already several years old, it is likely that the pipes are in poor condition or that they no longer comply with new regulations. This is why it is advisable to carry out a comprehensive renovation of your bathroom, including PVC toilet drain pipes, hot and cold water copper pipes, and electrical wiring. You will appreciate it later, preventing problems or leaks shortly after you have renovated your bathroom.

Things to consider when renovating a bathroom

There are many things to consider when budgeting to renovate a bathroom, so it is difficult to give an overall price; however, broadly speaking, two factors must be taken into account: labour and materials.

With regard to labour, there is a wide range of renovation companies to choose from, both large and small, and some large DIY companies even offer this service, so it's time to scour the market, get several quotes and compare them. To renovate facilities, ask the company to give you prices in units, not by hours of work. In other words, how much does it cost to renovate a square metre of PVC pipe, how much does each plug and light point cost, etc.

Rough prices for a bathroom renovation 

With regard to materials (wall tiles, toilets, bathroom units, taps, facilities, accessories, etc.), prices can also vary widely, from the cheapest possible to luxury and design brands of high quality, which will cost you. Below is a rough idea of the cheapest prices offered by one of the best-known DIY and construction chains:

  • washbasin unit: from €219 
  • shower tray: from €149
  • shower screen: from €139
  • toilet: from €129
  • bath: from €115

From that price upwards, you will find a wide range of prices, qualities and designs for each product.

In terms of flooring and tiles, the variety of materials suitable for use in bathrooms is so wide that final prices will vary greatly too. In the same DIY shop, you can find ceramic tiles for walls and floors from €12.99/m2 to €89.99/m2. Whatever you do, make sure the products you choose are resistant to humidity.

It is likely that your renovation company, when buying in bulk, will be able to give you a better price than those provided above, but this will always depend on what materials you want to use for your bathroom renovation.

Renovating a bathroom without any works

If all you want to do is update your bathroom without doing any works, either because your budget is not big enough or because you are renting and your landlord will not allow it, you can still get good results. Installing special vinyl flooring for wet areas on your current floor, refreshing your walls with tile paint, replacing an old sink with a bathroom unit or updating accessories are small changes you can make yourself if you consider yourself a bit of a handyman. Any large DIY shop will have everything you need to renovate your bathroom without performing any works.

Tips to consider

Whether you are doing the work yourself or employing a specialist to do it, undertaking a bathroom renovation, like any other renovation, can be a source of stress. Follow these tips to keep everything under control:

  • Make sure you are clear about how much you are willing to spend on the work. Ask for several quotes before deciding, but as well as looking at the price, assess the quality of the toilets and sinks and finishes, and their durability. Bear in mind that the saying "buy cheap, pay dearly" is often true and if you opt for lower quality materials, you run the risk of having to replace them much sooner. Sometimes it pays to spend a little more and avoid having to do works for a little longer.
  • Choose a trusted and professional renovation company, which can advise you, take care of all the work required and provide you with solutions tailored to your needs and tastes, and which will not leave you in the lurch in the middle of the renovation or fail to meet the agreed deadlines. Before choosing, you can take a look at reviews of the company online or ask family and friends for recommendations.
  • Plan the renovation very carefully. Think about what is not working in your current bathroom and why you want to change it. For example, if your bathroom is small, one way to save space is by replacing your bath with a shower tray. If your bathroom is not big enough, you can always install two sinks, combine a bathtub and shower or separate the toilet area. If you live with elderly people, make your new bathroom safer by choosing a non-slip shower tray and installing grab bars, a folding seat, etc. So grab a pencil and paper and a tape measure, and measure your bathroom and check standard toilet measurements so you can find out where to put everything; remember to leave enough space between them so you can still move around. Write down all your ideas and show them to your renovation company; they will be able to help you with all the details and give you the professional advice you need.
  • Don't forget lighting, especially if your bathroom has no natural light. You will need a good main light and also light fixtures over the sink mirror.

Now we have reviewed the main factors that influence the cost of bathroom renovation, you should be able to get a more realistic idea of how much it will cost to renovate yours.


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