Disclaimer: Please note these prices are average, do not include materials and are offered as guidance only, to help you budget when posting a job on Helpers.ie.
Helpers.ie contacted 52 independent Tradesmen across Ireland to give you an idea of the approximate costs for a range of work on external doors.
We asked for the average price on the following:
- Bath or Basin Surfaces
- Bath Panel or Surround
- Condensation or Mould
- Dripping Tap or Shower
- Extractor fan
Installing Basic Bathroom Utilities
- Full Refurbishment
- Extractor fan
- Heated Towel Rail
- Shaver Socket
- Shower Cubicle
Installing Bathroom Extras
- Flooring -Wooden
- Painting & Decorating
- Underfloor Heating
- Wall Tiling
- Wet Room Preparation
|Bath or Basin Surfaces||€50||€250|
Your bath and wash basin are two items you will have thought long and hard about purchasing and probably spend a lot of time cleaning and polishing. So when they break, crack or start to look shabby then it can feel like your bathroom is on the way out.
The scratches, scrapes or scuffs in your bath or on your wash basin’s surface can be the result of wear and tear or accident, but an experienced plumber should have a good knowledge of whether the problem can be dealt with and how to improve your bathroom hardware’s appearance.
Ceramic, enamel or fibre-glass surfaces can all be cosmetically repaired. In most cases they will use an epoxy resin to effect the repair, which will ensure that the mend is water-tight and does not show. They may also use a enamel spray or silicone. Obviously this will be a lot easier on a white bathroom suite rather than one where the plumber or bathroom fitter will have to try to match the colour of your bath or basin.
In some cases they may offer to ‘give it a go’ if they are not sure if the item is repairable or if the repair will look good. This is where you are paying for the skill and experience of your tradesman, as well as their judgement. This may save you having to buy a new bath or basin and can keep the item functional until you are ready to invest in a new bathroom suite.
For cases where your plumber cannot repair your bath or basin there are specialists who deal with resurfacing of baths and basins. This can be costly, but it will certainly be less expensive than buying a new suite. The cost of the job will largely be down to how much time your tradesman spends on it.
They should have all the materials needed for a repair and will only charge more than labour costs for any extras they may have to buy, such as specialist repair kits in colours that are best suited to your needs.
|Bath Panel or Surround||€50||€250|
If your bath panel or surround has become damaged through an accident or simply wear and tear, then it is well worth asking a bathroom fittings expert, carpenter or tiler if they can repair it. You may find that a standard wooden or MDF bath panel is easier to replace than to repair.
Your tradesman should be able to find a decent match for your bath panel at a DIY outlet or at the original supplier or wholesaler. They may also be able to make a new panel themselves from wood or MDF, or have a carpenter do this for them.
Plumbers, bathroom fitters, carpenters and cabinet makers often work together and when you hire a skilled tradesman you also get access to his trusted subcontractors or associates. Wooden bath surrounds can also be repaired by a carpenter, although tiled areas will need to be dealt with by someone with expertise in that specialism. This may require removing, sourcing and replacing tiles that match your design.
Although if you have kept spares (which is always advisable) then your tradesman should be able to repair your bath surround with those. Other bath surround problems may be due to water getting into the surround or the area not being waterproof any more. This can usually be repaired with silicone and can be done in under an hour.
|Condensation or Mould||€50||€500|
Condensation mould occurs when your bathroom is insufficiently ventilated and heated. This means that certain spots in the bathroom are constantly wet, allowing mould to grow and spread. The easiest way to deal with this is to ensure you have a good ventilation extractor fan in the bathroom, which vents to the outside. If you do not have one then an electrician or bathroom expert should be able to advise you on them and fit one for you.
They may also suggest the installation of air bricks or installing a towel heater or radiator if a cold wall is attracting damp in your bathroom. Damp is often caused by your warm home being well insulated with not enough natural airflow, so opening the windows and refraining from drying clothes in the bathroom can help the problem to cease.
The tradesman/helper will first clean the area, probably with a bleach solution. When the area is dry they may use a fungicidal paint to ensure that the problem does not recur. In extreme cases a dehumidifier may have to be used and this will be hired in by the tradesman (at an extra cost to you) in order to finish the repair and make sure it lasts.
|Dripping Tap or Shower||€50||€100|
A dripping tap or shower is never the most serious of plumbing problems. But what dripping taps and shower heads lack in terms of urgency of need to repair, they make up for in terms of irritation. For this reason it is always best to get the problem dealt with as soon as you can, as a qualified plumber will quickly fix your taps and end the constant dripping sound.
Early treatment of the problem is also best for your taps and shower, as the problem will only get worse and those in hard water areas are likely to experience more of a build-up of calcium on their taps and shower heads. This can be unsightly and definitely stops the taps working as well.
Your plumber will take a dripping tap apart to see what the problem is. This is usually the washer or, in more modern taps, a cylinder or mixer mechanism. These parts can usually be replaced and your plumber will have any standard parts with him when he calls. Although he may advise you that it can be cheaper to replace cheap taps than to replace the cylinder or mixer mechanism.
Worn washers are the main cause of shower drips, but they can also spring leaks in the shower hose, which can cause drips. Your plumber will take the shower head apart and see what the problem is. Calcium build-up is a major cause of drips too, so make sure that you maintain your shower head with a calcium cleaning product or a natural alternative such as white vinegar. Always make sure the shower head is tightly secured before you call out your plumber to deal with with drips.
If your bathroom extractor fan ceases to function then you will find that condensation and even mould can build up on the walls and around window frames. It is therefore important that you call out an electrician to deal with the problem and repair the fan. In most cases the fan will have broken down due to a defective motor or a build up of dust and dirt inside the unit. The bathroom extractor fan may have also come away from its ceiling or wall mounting.
Your electrician should be able to find out what the problem is quickly as well as cleaning and testing the fan to prevent further problems. If the motor in your extractor fan has failed then your electrician should be able to fix or repair it. Although if you have a standard extractor fan then your electrician may advise that it is cheaper to replace the unit than to repair it. If replacing it then they will fit the new unit and attach it to the wall or ceiling for you before testing that it works correctly and that damp air is correctly removed from your bathroom.
The cost of repairing the floor in your bathroom will largely depend on the kind of materials your floor is made from. Bathroom floors can become scuffed or worn from wear and tear over time and they may also become damaged by spills, painting or repairs to pipes or electrics beneath the floor. But some materials are harder to repair and can take more time to fix than others.
If you have had the bathroom floor tiled with lino or rubber tiles then the repairs will be much easier to do and could cost considerably less. This is because your flooring expert will only have to remove and repair any tiles that have become worn or damaged. In most cases these can be individually lifted and replaced like for like. For this reason it is always advisable to keep a few spare tiles once any installation has taken place. Designs come in and out of fashion and it can be hard to find individual replacements a couple of years after the floor has been laid.
When repairing and replacing tiled floors your tradesman will lift the old tiles and remove adhesive from the floor. They will then apply new adhesive to the area of the tile and lay it down, making sure that it sits flush with those around it. Your flooring tradesman may also add sealant around the edge of the floor to make it watertight. This is especially important if your bathroom is a wet room.
Repairing wooden bathroom flooring
Bare wooden floorboards in bathrooms are fairly unusual, as they are not the easiest or most advisable material to use in a wet environment. Wooden floors in bathrooms tend to be solid overlays or laminate flooring. These can both take more time to assess and to repair than tiled bathroom flooring, as the floors are either put down as a whole or made in interlocking pieces. So, if one piece of flooring is badly damaged and needs replacing or re-laying then a large area or more than one piece of flooring may have to come up.
The damage could be down to scuffing, water damage, drops or spills. If it is simply a case of light scratches or wear then your tradesman should be able to deal with any repairs without first taking the floor up. Your flooring repair expert should have all the materials on hand to effect a small or large repair. For example, they will have materials that can deal with stains on wood and will have varnishes and stains that should match those that you have used.
A skilled flooring expert will be able to get any flooring up without causing damage to it or the flooring around it. They should also be able to make adjustments to the bathroom to prevent future damage of the flooring, such as shaving doors that are causing marks on the floor. Included in the price will be time taken to replace the floor and make good after any repairs are made.
Having new lighting installed in your bathroom can really change the whole room without the expense and the mess of a major re-model. It can also provide the perfect finish for your newly-installed bathroom suite. The overall cost of the job will depend on the lights, fittings and accessories that you choose. But the cost of hiring your electrician for the job will usually be dictated by how many lights you need fitting, the size of the bathroom and the difficulty of the task. New bathrooms may require more work to hook them up to the electricity supply, but this should not add an inordinate amount to the overall cost of the job.
Having lighting installed in your bathroom
Down-lights are increasingly popular in all rooms in the home, but they make particular sense in the bathroom, where the recessed lighting can provide an even light in the room while also spotlighting areas such as mirrors, the bath and the shower. Down-light installation will require your electrician to drill holes in the bathroom ceiling for each of the lights you need, which can be time-consuming. They will then have to fit each light into the ceiling and hook them all up to the electrical supply. You can also achieve a similar effect with spotlights placed on a track or rail.
Others may prefer ceiling-mounted or wall-mounted clusters of lights, single lights or even strip-lights, with everything from Victorian to Art Deco styles on offer. Your electrician should even be able to fit you a glamorous Hollywood-style illuminated mirror, which can also light the room. They may even be able to save you money by offering advice on cheaper brands or more practical or economical ways to light your bathroom.
Safety when having bathroom lights installed
All lights fitted in your bathroom will need to be ‘IP-rated’, which means that they are ingress protected and tested for safety in a wet or steamy environment. The ratings required are different for each part of the bathroom, but your tradesman should be able to point you in the right direction if you are buying the items for them to come and fit.
Safety is paramount in the wet of your bathroom, so it pays to use an experienced electrician to carry out any lighting work. Your lighting will need to be earthed and wired into the system with a safety cord used to turn the lights on and off. A Part-P registered electrician should know all current safety regulations, which means you will have a safe high quality installation of any lighting fittings and fixtures. They will also be able to tell you if you will need an extra circuit for your lighting needs or any additions to your consumer unit/fuse box.
You may well find that the surrounds on your bath, shower, wash basin or bathroom sink begin to decay and perish with age, so that water can make its way down the back of fittings or drip down the back of bathroom furniture. Seals may also start to fail on wet rooms or where they have been made in floorboards or flooring, to stop water leaking from the bathroom. This can have a knock-on effect of damaging woodwork, flooring or decorative features in your bathroom as well as the ceiling of the floor below.
A bathroom specialist will be able to make repairs swiftly. They may choose to remove existing seals and install new watertight seals or to simply patch up the places where the seal has failed. This latter option will be cheaper, although it may work out to be less expensive in the long run to have the job overhauled completely. The cost of the job will depend on the size of your bathroom, how much re-sealing needs to be done and how long this takes to complete.
Grouting around tiles can become discoloured and dirty over time, acting as a haven for mould or mildew in damp bathrooms with insufficient heating. It can also crack and crumble over time, meaning that the seal between the tiles is no longer waterproof. For both of these problems it is worth getting a bathroom professional in to deal with the repairs, as cleaning grout or re-grouting is not a simple task.
The best way to clean the grout is with a steam cleaner, which any bathroom tradesman should have. This can restore both the cleanliness and the colour of your grout. If patching or re-grouting repairs are needed then your bathroom expert will first clean the tiles and grout (usually with a bleach solution) to ensure any dirt or crumbling grout is removed. They will then dry the areas that need re-grouting, mix the grout and apply it to the tiled area to make the tiles waterproof once again. The cost of the job will depend on just how much of the bathroom needs re-grouting, as well as the size of the room. If much of the grout looks bad then your tradesman may decide to remove most of it before re-grouting, rather than simply patching obviously damaged areas.
There could be a number of reasons as to why your shower may not be functioning correctly, which may range from problems with taps and fittings to a breakdown in your hot water supply. In most cases it is best to call out a professional to deal with the problem, as a qualified plumber will be able to discover the problem quickly and make any necessary repairs. Problems with water pressure could be down to anything from blocked or fractured pipes to blocked shower heads, malfunctioning washers and valves or even your water supply.
A professional plumber will go through tests and use their expert knowledge to work out the source of this or any other problem that you may be having with your shower. They can find the source of leaks or drips, work out why the water is not heating or why the shower head is coming away from any fitting. They can also replace parts such as leaking hoses, broken shower heads and soap dishes or shower gel holders. The cost of the job will depend on the size of the problem and how long it takes to locate and repair. Mending taps or washers on your shower should only take an hour or so, whereas locating and repairing a leaking pipe that feeds the shower will take a lot longer.
“Installation Basic Bathroom Utilities“
Having your bathroom refurbished is definitely one of those jobs that can cost as much or as little as you want it to. The final overall cost of the job will depend upon whether you intend to use DIY superstore basics or go for high end designer fixtures and fittings.
Any good plumber, builder or bathroom fitter should be able to advise you on bathroom refurbishments at all points along that scale and also advise you on the brands or retailers to look out for. They may additionally be willing to simply go along to a wholesaler or plumbing supplies outlet on your behalf and pick out most of what you need for a basic set-up.
Bathroom refurbishments are very much about taste and you may decide to go with classic Victorian fixtures, glamorous claw foot baths or a modern wet room. Extras such as shower rooms, bidets, jacuzzis and double basins will add to the appeal of your refurb and can add value to your home as well. With jobs like this it is good to agree a strict timetable and a budget with your builder. You don’t want to be left without a bathroom for a long period of time.
What is involved in a bathroom refurbishment?
The first thing that your tradesman will need to to do is come and measure up and discuss your needs with you, so you can both establish what is achievable in your bathroom. Once plans are agreed, the next stage will be for them to take out your old bathroom.
This can be a messy and inconvenient process and you will be without your bathroom for at least a day. Added costs here may include the price of hiring a skip to house all of the waste that will come out of the bathroom, including old bathtubs, sinks and pipework. Your tradesman will normally budget the value of any scrap metal into his quote, but do ask if you are not sure about this.
A good tradesman will try to keep waste to a minimum and re-use pipework where that is viable. If you are having the floor and any electrical sockets or lighting removed then your tradesman will do this as well. Always be very clear if any materials are staying or being re-used.
Having your bathroom fully refurbished
Once the old bathroom has been removed then your bathroom fitter can get to work on installing your new bathroom. The main part of the job will be bringing in the hardware and hooking it up to the water supply. So, your bath, shower, wash basin, toilet, shower, bidet or any other items will need to be fitted and tested by a plumber. They may also need to install radiators or underfloor heating.
The time the job takes will determine the cost that you pay for the job, so if you are having items such as baths simply replaced in the same location then costs will be kept down. If you are changing the entire layout of the bathroom then you can expect to pay more, as hardware will require new pipework to link it to the water supply and waste system.
Items such as ventilation fans, shaver sockets and lighting may need to be installed by a qualified electrician and the cost for them will depend on how much work needs to be done and the size of the bathroom. You may also need a carpenter to come in and make any custom cabinets or counter-tops that you wish to have in your new bathroom.
Finishing off your bathroom re-modelling
Once the plumbing and electrics are done, you will need to think about some of the decorative aspects of your bathroom. The bathroom should now be functioning, but you will still need any tiling, painting or flooring to be completed.
The costs of these are largely down to the size of the room and the kind of finish that you desire. Always ensure that you agree with your contractor that they will come back once the job is finished and deal with any snags. This could be anything from grout left on tiles to taps that need tightening. The bathroom should be left clean and tidy once the tradesmen are finished.
Having a new wash basin or bathroom sink installed in your home is a basic job and a good plumber should be able to do this in an hour or so if it is replacing an old one. If this is the case, then it is simply a case of removing the old basin and hooking the new one up to the water supply and fitting taps and any other details.
There may be some remedial work to do to make good any tiling or décor around the sink, once your plumber has attached it to the wall. If the sink is an entirely new installation in a new room, or a new location, then the job will take a little more time. Your plumber may have to add new pipes in this case, so that the sink is linked to the water supply and the plughole is hooked up so that it can drain away.
The overall cost of the job will depend upon the cost of the basin that you choose, as well as how elaborate or decorative the fittings are. But the costs of installation should not be excessive or hugely variable.
Having a new bath installed can greatly transform your bathroom and make using it all the more pleasurable. Replacing a worn, small or unattractive bathtub makes for a far more relaxing bath time and makes your bathroom a better space in which to spend your time.
If you are replacing an old bath in your current bathroom then the job will be a simple one, with the old bath being removed and the new one being placed in the same area. There may be some remedial work to do in terms of replacing or adding tiling or other décor, but the job should not take long for a professional to complete.
If your bath is much larger than a previous one or if you want to re-orientate it then costs will be higher, as this will require extra work to fit the bath in as well as extra pipework. There may also be added costs for tiling, bath surround or redecoration.
If the bath is being installed in an entirely new bathroom, such as a second bathroom or ensuite, then the major cost will be in preparing the room for the bath and making sure the right pipework is installed to get water into and out of the bathroom.
You will need a qualified plumber to carry out all of this kind of work, to ensure that your bath is fitted and installed correctly, so that it drains properly and does not leak at all. The size and design of the bath will dictate the overall cost of the job, with fittings such as taps adding to the cost. The installation cost itself, however, should be fairly standard and any good plumber should have the job carried out within a morning, or a day at the very most.
Installing a cabinet in your bathroom is a great way to keep it tidy and the area around your bath free from countless bottles of shampoo or shaving cream. Any tradesman should be able to fit a readymade cabinet in your bathroom as part of any other job they may be undertaking, but you will need a carpenter or cabinet-maker if you want a custom-made and fitted cabinet.
If the cabinet is fitted then it will need to be attached to the wall and this may also require some remedial work to fit the cabinet in with tiling. Tiles may need to be added or removed to accommodate the cabinet and you will need to make sure that that no water will be running down the sides of the cabinet when it is in use. Solid wood or metal is best for bathroom cabinets, as MDF cabinets can react badly with steam and water.
All bathrooms require ventilation and having an extractor fan is the best way to ensure that yours does not become damp. It should also help you out when it comes to having a shave or applying your make up in the bathroom after a bath or shower.
You will need an electrician to install and fit an extractor fan in your bathroom, which will be attached to the ceiling or high up on a wall. The fan will need to be wired into the electrical supply and it can then have a pull switch attached or be linked to the main bathroom light switch, so that that the fan comes on when the light does.
One of the main parts of this job is to make sure that the fan has somewhere to vent to, which will mean installing ducting that will take the air out of the bathroom and out of the house via a roof or exterior wall.
|Heated Towel Rail||€50||€250|
Having a heated towel rail in your bathroom may seem like something of a luxury, but if you have the space then it is a great addition and can work as a radiator to keep the room warm too. The kind of towel rail you choose will determine which trade you need to call in. But most will plump for the convenience of a towel rail that is plumbed into the central heating system by a plumber, over an electric heater, that you will need an electrician to put in.
This should be a simple task for an experienced plumber to undertake, as the towel rail will simply be connected to the same pipework that serve your heating system. Some pipework may need to be done to run this to the bathroom and that will be the main labour and parts cost. The overall budget will, naturally, depend on the model you choose, which can vary from standard models to modern design pieces that will really make a great finish for your bathroom.
Obviously, the overall cost of installing a mirror in your bathroom will be dependent upon the size and the style of the mirror. But the basic costs of putting up a bathroom mirror should be relatively low and the job should not take long for any experienced tradesman to complete. They will need to measure up the space, drill any holes that may be needed for screws and then lift the mirror into place, before either screwing it into the bathroom wall or attaching it to a hanger, or an already installed frame.
Having a shaver socket in your bathroom is the only way to safely get power into the room. Regulations do not allow for ordinary plug sockets, so having a shaver socket installed provides a convenient way to power both showers and electric toothbrushes.
You will need an electrician to undertake the job, but it will be a straightforward task for him. He will simply need to drill a hole in the wall for the socket and then attach this to the electrical supply before testing it and then screwing the faceplate to the wall. You should already have electrical wires nearby for lights and bathroom extractor fans, so fitting a shaver socket should not be a lengthy or complex task for your electrician.
Installing a shower cubicle can be a replacement for your bath or a new addition to a bathroom. The cubicle itself will make up a large amount of the cost of the job, but that will depend on the size and model of shower cubicle and fittings that you decide upon.
Choosing something standard from a DIY outlet will certainly cost less than other brands, but the cost for fitting either will remain the same, as a skilled plumber should find the job fairly simple to complete. They should also be able to advise you on models to choose, sizes and fittings such as taps. This is where hiring a skilled professional comes into its own. Part of what you are paying for is their years of knowledge and experience, which can certainly save you money.
For a new shower cubicle you will probably need some pipework to be done by your plumber, so that the shower fits seamlessly into your water and waste pipe systems. If you choose to have an electric shower installed then you will need to speak to your prospective plumber to make sure they deal with such types, as not all plumbers do.
The cubicle itself, including shower tray and doors, will need to be fitted well by a professional in order to look good and to ensure there are no leaks when it is used. You may need to have someone in to redecorate or re-tile if the shower is being fitted into an existing bathroom, or to add additional tiles where the shower may make the wall wet.
Installing new taps in your bathroom is a very simple task for any experienced plumber to undertake and they should be able to install any taps you choose on your wash basin, bath or shower within an hour. The fitting on most modern tap types is standard, so there is not much need to alterations to pipework to be made in advance of fitting.
Your new taps should be functioning in no time, whether they are designer brands or something your plumber picked up at the DIY store for you. Your plumber should be able to advise you on brands to trust, as they will have mended and replaced hundreds of taps during their working life. The cost of the job overall will be dependent on the design and the materials of the taps that you use.
“Installation Basic Bathroom Utilities“
|Flooring – Tiled||€50||€600|
When it comes to finishing a bathroom, the flooring is hugely important. You want something that is both water resistant and hard-wearing, as well as something that is safe when wet. There are a vast number of tiling types to choose from, which can vary from simply continuing the tiling from your walls, to choosing specialist rubberised finishes or modern patterned linos.
The cost of the flooring will depend on which kind of finish you choose as well as the quality of the tiling, although the cost to lay any of these materials should remain standard. Your flooring expert or bathroom fitter will first have to remove any current flooring you have and prepare the floor for the new tiles. This may mean sanding or even the floor out so that they have a flat surface to lay the tiles on.
Your tradesman will then lay out the tiles to see how they fit and to make sure that any cuts to be made still give the best possible layout for the tiles. They will then mix and apply an adhesive or mortar to put on the floor before laying the tiles on top of this.
They will then press down the tiles as needed and make sure there is a good, even finish. If the bathroom floor tiles need grouting then this will be done at the end of the job, with a good clean up of any excess grouting being done after this.
When choosing a flooring for your bathroom there are a number of wooden finishes that you can have installed. Your bathroom fitter or flooring installer should be able to advise you on the best finish for your bathroom, but you can choose from laminate, wood flooring, real wood finishes and wood-effect tiling.
You will need to buy flooring that is suitable for bathrooms, as it will need to be both waterproof and easy to keep clean. Your local DIY superstore should have a section specifically for bathroom flooring, but your tradesman or a manufacturer should be able to let you know which wooden flooring provides the finish that you need.
Fitting wooden flooring in your bathroom
Your fitter will first remove your old flooring if you have any and will then clean up the floorboards to attain an even surface on which to lay your choice of flooring. After laying out the flooring to ensure a good fit, your tradesman will then cut the flooring to size.
Next, the tradesman will apply an adhesive to your floor, which should provide a good waterproof finish and stop water going through to a ceiling below. Some wooden finishes may be nailed or screwed down at one end, while others may simply have screw holes for decorative effect.
Planks will generally be sealed before the job is finished to stop any leaking. If you intend to simply have your floorboards painted or stained in the bathroom then do remember that you should have them taken up and the joists below treated, before sealing the floor.
It is hard to attain a truly waterproof floor with floorboards and your flooring expert should be able to tell you whether this is possible or advisable in your home.
Having new lighting installed in your bathroom can really change the whole room without the expense and the mess of a major re-model. It can also provide the perfect finish for your newly-installed bathroom suite.
Your electrician will be able to talk you through the options that may work best for you, or you can simply pick out the items you would like at the local DIY, lighting shops or online. Although you should always make it clear that you are buying the lights for your bathroom.
The overall cost of the job will depend on the lights, fittings and accessories that you choose. But the cost of hiring your electrician for the job will ususally be dictated by how many lights you need fitting, the size of the bathroom and the difficulty of the task.
New bathrooms may require more work to hook them up to the electricity supply, but this should not add an inordinate amount to the overall cost of the job.
Having lighting installed in your Bathroom
Downlights are increasingly popular in all rooms in the home, but they make particular sense in the bathroom, where the recessed lighting can provide an even light in the room while also spotlighting areas such as mirrors, the bath and the shower.
Downlight installation will require your electrician to drill holes in the bathroom ceiling for each of the lights you need, which can be time-consuming. They will then have to fit each light into the ceiling and hook them all up to the electrical supply. You can also achieve a similar effect with spotlights placed on a track or rail. Others may prefer ceiling-mounted or wall-mounted clusters of lights, single lights or even strip-lights, with everything from Victorian to Art Deco styles on offer.
When you hire an experienced electrician you are getting someone with a good amount of knowledge of what will work and years of working with lighting. So you should feel free to ask them for advice on what will work in the space you have. They may even be able to save you money by offering advice on cheaper brands or more practical or economical ways to light your bathroom.
Safety when having bathroom lights installed
All lights fitted in your bathroom will need to be ‘IP-rated’, which means that they are ingress protected and tested for safety in a wet or steamy environment. The ratings required are different for each part of the bathroom, but your tradesman should be able to point you in the right direction if you are buying the items for him to come and fit.
Safety is paramount in the wet of your bathroom, so it pays to use an experienced electrician to carry out any lighting work. Your lighting will need to be earthed and wired into the system with a safety cord used to turn the lights on and off.
A Part-P registered electrician should know all current safety regulations like the back of his hand, which means you will have a safe high quality installation of any lighting fittings and fixtures. They will also be able to tell you if you will need an extra circuit for your lighting needs or any additions to your consumer unit/fuse box.
|Painting & Decorating||€50||€700|
Once you have had a new bathroom fitted or a current one overhauled, you will want to bring someone in to give it a new look. That new look may be a lick of paint or an entire makeover. But having a professional painter and decorator to help you with decisions on décor as well as on hand to carry out the work will certainly mean that you end up with a far better finish.
The cost of the job will largely depend upon the size of the bathroom that needs decorating. Paints and finishes will obviously add to the overall price of the job, although most painters and decorators will be willing to quote a price where you buy the paint or one with paint included.
Their expertise will be very useful when it comes to decorating a bathroom, as you will want a finish that will not be ruined by steam or water and will not leave you with areas of damp.
Having your bathroom painted and decorated
Your painter and decorator will first prepare the bathroom, removing any décor that needs to be taken down before starting. If there is wallpaper that needs stripping then this can add a half-day to the job, especially if the wallpaper is a hard to remove design, such as woodchip or a heavily-textured finish.
Shaver sockets or other fittings will also have to be taken out before the decorator starts to prepare the walls. If wallpaper is being removed then this may expose cracks or holes in the walls that need filling. Any damage such as this will need to be filled and allowed to dry before the painter and decorator can continue. The same is true if the walls need skimming or plastering at all first.
In most cases it will be a simple case of removing old décor, making good and carrying on. So, your decorator will hang wallpaper, paint walls and ensure that woodwork or features are decorated too. They should take particular care with paint types, especially on areas that are likely to get wet. Skirting boards can be protected with water-resistant bathroom paint and wallpapers bought in vinyl finishes to ensure a long-lasting finish.
Getting the look of your bathroom right
An experienced painter and decorator or an interior designer will be able to give you great ideas for the overall look of the bathroom, working to your budget. If you are not confident with colours or finishes they will be able to assist you. Painters and decorators can keep abreast of colour trends, the latest in paints and can also advice on which colours and brands work best with period features or eras you are trying to invoke.
Once you have chosen colours then you may want to think about accessories to finish off the appearance of the bathroom design. This could be anything from stools or chairs in contrasting shades to towel racks or portable storage cabinets. Your decorator or designer may also suggest candleholders, cushions or nautical-themed ornaments to create a relaxing space with a cohesive look.
Your choice of underfloor heating will influence the choice of tradesman/helper for the job, as underfloor heating for your bathroom can be ‘wet’ (linked to gas central heating) or ‘dry’ (electrical underfloor heating). A good bathroom specialist will be able to advise you on which will be best for you and any good tradesman will ask about your needs and the type of flooring you have before taking on the job.
A plumber or heating engineer will fit ‘wet’ underfloor heating, whereas an electrician should fit electrical ‘dry’ underfloor heating. Electrical underfloor heating is far easier to lay, as the heating elements come on a roll of mat, which can be cut to size by your tradesman and then connected to your electrical supply and a thermostat.
For ‘wet’ underfloor heating a heating engineer will install flexible pipework beneath the floor, which will be linked to your water and central heating system. He may also install insulation boards to keep the heat from leaking.
In both cases your tradesman/helper will need to lift and then refit any floor before the system is fully operable. There may be a small amount of cosmetic work to do once the floor is re-laid, as lifting floors can damage the finish. In some cases you will need a new floor after the heating is installed. Your tradesman should be able to advise you on whether this is the case.
Tiling your bathroom gives the room a good, clean finish that is water-resistant and is easy to maintain. But the cost of the job and materials, as well as some of the pitfalls of tiling, mean you really need to hire a professional to complete the task.
A good decorating professional will be able to calculate the cost of tiles for your bathroom, as well as giving you advice on what and where to buy in terms of brands and designs. They will have plenty of experience of working with tiles and will know where good quality tiles are available locally or nationally at a good rate. They may also be able to source antique or period tiles if you have a specific ideas of a vintage look that you would like to create.
Having your bathroom walls tiled
Your tradesman will first have to remove any décor from your walls, before filling cracks or holes and then cleaning and drying the walls. The walls need to be dry in order for the tiles to adhere and the tile adhesive or mortar to work. Do allow some time for this.
Your tiler or decorator may do the preparation one day and come back the next to complete the job. Or they may undertake other tasks that you have for them as the walls dry. Your decorator will then start to measure up the layout for tiles on the wall, marking up tile spaces where necessary or adding spacer marks.
They will then add adhesive to the walls before placing the tiles upon the walls. The tiles will be laid out in such a way as to give an even design and for any patterns to match as needed. Filling in the gaps at the edge of the tiling will complete the task, with half or quarter tiles being added to finish the job.
Once the tiles are up and the adhesive is dry your decorator will then grout the tiles to make the finish solid and water-resistant. Any excess grout should be removed from the tiles before the decorator can call the job complete and tidy up.
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Turning your bathroom into a wet room or adding a separate wet room is a modern bathroom trend that has a lot going for it. It looks good, gives you a feeling of freedom and can add value to your home. It does not, however, come cheap. There is a lot of preparation work to be done in order to create a wet room, as you are creating an environment which is watertight and in which any and all surfaces may get wet.
This means that you will have to ensure that your walls and floor are water-resistant, as well as making sure that all fixtures and fittings can stand up to being wet or exposed to more damp and steam than you may get in a normal bathroom.
In most cases the entire bathroom or shower room will be designated as a wet room, although some prefer to create what is effectively a half wet room, by placing the wet room within a larger standard bathroom. The wet area is then separated from the rest of the room, with toilet and sink kept in the ‘dry’ area.
Preparing a wet room in your home
Naturally, the materials, fittings and extras you choose for your wet room will dictate how much the whole project of installing one costs. Shower heads, floors and even storage suitable for wet rooms vary greatly. But the preparation work itself involves a few days of work, ensuring that the room is watertight and that the drainage is suitable.
These are the most important factors in your wet room. In a normal bathroom, most of the water is contained in a bath tub or shower, so having totally watertight floors is not such an issue. But if your tradesman does not give you a good finish on your wet room then your joists and ceilings could soon be soaked. Not to mention your electrics.
In preparing for a wet room your tradesman will need to install a water-resistant membrane on your floor, which should go over the top of a primer. Tape and shaped sealers will need to be placed around the edge of the room and at any doorways.
Always hire someone who has fitted wet rooms before and do ask to see previous work if you are unsure about any aspect of the job. An experienced professional will not have trouble fitting a good wet room, but it does take time and expertise to make sure that the job is done well and will last. A good tradesman will be willing to guarantee the job and come back to deal with any snags.