How much does a new cloakroom cost?
According to Checkatrade, nearly 50% of home buyers believe that having more than one toilet is essential. The reasons range from preventing waiting times and accidents for young children to keeping dinner guests from wandering upstairs (which may not be as neat and tidy as downstairs!). But how much does it cost to fit a cloakroom? And is there any way to cut the budget? Read on to find out more.
How much does it cost to fit a cloakroom?
The average cost to fit a cloakroom is £650 for materials and £600 for labour (source: Checkatrade). Note that groundworks may add a cost of around £300 and you should allow £100 for soil removal.
I don’t have room for a cloakroom. What can I do?
Why not add an extension? Although this can be expensive, a high-quality extension will increase the value of your home as well as add a convenient new bathroom.
The average downstairs toilet extension cost is £1250 per sq m (source: Checkatrade). In addition, you’ll need to pay for the bathroom fittings. For example, the average cost of a new toilet is £125 and a new basin is £150.
What factors will affect the cost of my downstairs cloakroom?
The cost of a downstairs cloakroom is strongly influenced by the following factors:
Size: Larger cloakrooms will take longer to install and require more materials so will be more expensive than smaller options.
Quality of fixtures: The quality of toilets, basins and other fixtures will affect the total cost of your new cloakroom. Higher-quality options are more durable and look amazing but will be more expensive.
Ease of access: Small, difficult-to-access areas will need longer labour times, which will be charged accordingly.
What do people often forget to budget for?
When budgeting for a new cloakroom, people often overlook the following:
Flooring: Costs will vary depending on the type of flooring you choose (e.g. vinyl, tiles or carpet) so it’s important to include them in your plans.
Tiles and paint: These are both essential as they’ll protect your walls from moisture – but many people forgot to think about how much they cost. As with flooring, prices will vary depending on what you choose.
Ventilation: Do you need extra ventilation? If so, it’ll incur extra costs.
How can I cut the cost of a downstairs cloakroom?
Installing a downstairs toilet needn’t be too costly, say the experts at Checkatrade. Below are a few ways you can keep costs low:
- Add as few fixtures as possible – for example, just add a toilet, basin and lighting.
- Consider the layout of your bathroom and reduce plumbing costs by installing fixtures as near as possible to existing waste and water lines.
- Think about stripping the space yourself before having the toilet installed. You can then either dispose of the materials at your local tip or hire a skip.
- Consider tackling painting and flooring yourself if you’re skilled in DIY.
Featured image: This enviable cloakroom belongs to Hannah of @theoldredhouse.
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