AECOM associate David Holmes provides an overview of rates for kitchen and bathroom fixtures and fittings
Kitchens and bathrooms are the most difficult products to provide general cost information for because of the very wide range in product specifications and the variable quantity of units likely to be fitted.
Many factors help make a good kitchen, based on usability and functionality.
Usability involves the design for the end user and ergonomic risks. Look for hazards to avoid such as placing fittings in a way that force users into awkward postures.
Functionality covers planning and layout to ensure kitchen tasks become more efficient. In a house all residents use the kitchen, from the least to the most able, the shortest to the tallest.
The kitchen costs below allow for volume manufacture units, rather than handmade one-off cabinets.
Water saving is one of the major drivers for bathroom fittings design. Dual flush toilets are virtually standard for all WC suites on the market today, reducing water use to an average of just 3 litres per flush. This can save up to 50% compared to standard single flush toilets.
Water saving measures are being fitted to taps and mixers to limit water flow, and many now offer click technology to adjust flow rates manually. Bath design has reduced capacities to below 150 litres, a 35% saving compared with standard size baths.
Typical all-in rates for residential market – volume housing to mid-range level, include units, worktop, sink and taps. Not including white goods
One bedroom flat (5 cabinets), each, £1800-£2200
Two bedroom house/flat (6 cabinets), each, £3400-£4300
Three bedroom house (8 cabinets), each, £6500-£8200
Four bedroom house with utility room (12 cabinets), each, £10,000-£15,000
Middle range specification (NB dimensions are approximate to indicate the approximate size of units)
Standard sized unframed units. veneered particle board cabinet construction, 600 mm deep for floor mounted units and 300 mm deep for wall mounted units
High gloss finish, floor standing units, 500 mm wide, high gloss finish, each, £250-£340
High gloss finish, floor standing units, 1000 mm wide, gloss finish, each, £325-£450
Solid timber doors, wall mounted, 500 mm wide units, £420-£600
Solid timber doors, wall mounted units, 1000 mm wide units, £540-£800
Upper middle range specification
Standard sized framed units. Solid timber cabinet construction with Birch ply or similar, 600 mm deep for floor mounted units and 300 mm deep for wall mounted units
Solid hardwood timber door, floor standing units, 500 mm wide, each, £580-£720
Solid hardwood timber doors, floor standing units, 1000 mm wide, each, £750-£900
Solid timber doors, wall mounted, 500 mm wide units, £620-£800
Solid timber doors, wall mounted units, 1000 mm wide units, £800-£1000
Door upgrades (applies to hardwood door rates)
Hardwood doors eg Oak, Ash, 20%
Premium hardwood eg Walnut, 30%
Hand painting, 25%
Worktops – generally up to 40 mm thick, per metre run
Solid timber, £180-£250
Sanitary ware – mid range
Low level WC, vitreous china pan, each, £265-£320
Wall urinal, vitreous china, each, £220-£265
Bath, pressed steel enamelled, each, £550-£670
Shower tray, glazed fireclay, each, £410-£500
Shower enclosure, hinged door and side panel, each, £450-£650
Hand wash basin, glazed fireclay, each, £150-£180
Sanitary ware – high range
Wall mounted WC, each, £650-£750
Wall mounted hand wash basin, each, £320-£400
Bath, freestanding, waterfall inlet filler, each, £1450-£1800
Shower door, bespoke, hinged door and side panel, each, £1000-£1800
Waterfall style basin filler, chrome finish, each, £75-£150
Waterfall style bath filler, chrome finish, each, £110-£180
Single kitchen single lever mixer tap, each, £80-£125
Kitchen pull out tap (pull out spray), chrome finish, each, £140-£250
Concussive basin self-closing taps, chrome, pair, £100-£250
Hydro taps (zip taps), each, £2500-£3000
Heated towel rails, 600 mm wide, standard chrome finish, each, £75-£140
Heated towel rails, 600 mm wide, designer stainless steel, each, £275-£350
Electric towel rail, 600 mm wide,standard, each, £125-£175