We are considering installing a new bathroom. It's tiny and we want to replace the bath with a shower. Can anyone give us a sense of how much a new bathroom with fittings and plumbing and decorations cost. Maybe you have just installed a new bathroom? And do you need planning permission to put a new bathroom in? I have the figure of £3000-£4000 in my head. Am I close? Does anyone know someone who can do the job well, fast and not cost an arm and a leg!
You don't need planning permission ever to install a bathroom. Obviously if you're a tenant, you need to ask the landlord, but that's not 'planning permission'. If you're doing structural work (moving supporting walls etc.) then you may need to have the work done under building regulations, but this is unlikely if you're just doing a bathroom re-fit.
Your 3-4k estimate sounds about right, but it depends as always with what you're having done. A new bathroom suite is cheap, unless you want a designer one - £500 will get you a decent one from B&Q. Budget another £500 for tiles and materials, then on top of that are new fittings like a shower etc. and screen.
We just paid about £3k labour to have our bathroom donw, but that included a lot of work, stripping back to bare walls, underfloor heating etc.
If you search the posts, you will find the details of my builder, PM me if you can't find it.
If the building is Listed then some internal modifications can be subject to Listed Building Consent, e.g. doors, pipework through walls, windows etc.
All domestic electrical work done nowadays, except very minor works such as replacing a socket in a non-'wet' room e.g. living room) has to conform with Part P of the Building Regulations. Any electrical work in a bathroom has to conform. To ensure this you have to either employ someone who is registered with BRE Certification, British Standards Institution, ELECSA Ltd, NICEIC or NAPIT, or else do the work yourself and pay for the local council's building control inspector to check your work.
Price sounds about right for something relatively straightforward. Easy to start mounting up costs with expensive taps and tiles though.
Bathstore at Vauxhall usually have some good offers on bathroom suites and do free delivery. I'd also recommend a trip to CP Hart's warehouse at the back of their showroom on Hercules Road. It's just off Carlisle Lane, through a small back yard and into the back of the railway arch. It's full of ex-display, discontinued lines and cancelled orders at a fraction of the cost - however, bear in mind that at CP Hart prices, a 'fraction' still equates to standard Bathstore prices. Simon who runs it usually has a fair idea of what's coming in if you don't see what you're looking for on your first visit.