Costed: Kitchens & bathrooms

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. 

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KITCHENS 

All-in rates

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

Granite, £160-£200

Quartz, £185-£230

Composite, £100-£150

Solid timber, £180-£250

Laminate, £80-£115


BATHROOMS

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

Taps

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

Accessories

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