If you are investigating property renovation cost, scroll down and you’ll find links to a selection of indicative figures from over 13 years of renovating properties. You’ll also want to know how to renovate a home successfully; at the foot of this page, we provide links to guidance documents covering such issues as engaging contractors and understanding the total cost of your project. When you’ve found what you need on the individual costings links, please return to this page and read through the advice pages below.
By clicking on the following links, you’ll find prices from our projects and estimates gathered over the past 13 years. Every situation is different, and will be different again for your refurbishment. Nevertheless, the figures should give you a guide for property renovation cost in the UK. They are for tasks carried out in the Bath-Bristol area, so there will be regional variation; London and the South East will be more expensive on average; the rest of the UK will be less so. We uplifted older figures to Jan 2016 equivalents assuming an average annual inflation rate of 3.5%.
- Cost of major home renovation
- Cost of a new bathroom
- Cost of home electrics, including house re-wire
- Cost of a new kitchen
- Cost of general building work
- Cost of home decoration, including tiling
- Cost of domestic plumbing and heating jobs
- Cost of home joinery and carpentry
- Cost of bespoke furniture
- Cost of flooring
- Cost of window dressing
Cost Breakdown for Home Renovation
Our figures in the links above offer guidance on property renovation cost. You can also use the headings in our guides below as a checklist to make sure you’ve covered everything. When we calculate budgetary estimates for our clients we use extensive checklists for all contractor activities, supply of fittings and furnishings, cost of fees and risk provision for every room in the house, including the exterior and grounds. These then combine to present the total budget.
Total Cost of Home Renovation
You should find out how much it would cost to do up a home before committing to any major expense. TV make-over programmes leave the impression that jobs can be done quickly and cheaply. Watch out! One of the problems we’ve found is that people generally have little understanding of the cost of things.
A recent client had an offer accepted on a property with a cost in mind to renovate the house. He believed that the purchase price plus cost of renovation would create a home valued at greater than the investment. He then asked us to quote to design and carry out the work. Seeing the budget he had in mind, we decided to spend some time checking this out before we went too far. Using our database and general experience, we were able to show that the cost of renovation would be about £150 000 above the estimate. Our client decided to withdraw his offer. Obviously he was grateful to us for establishing the true cost before he committed further (and we lost a potential £35 000 commission as a result!)
Another of our clients carried out a cost comparison of renovating his house in Bath against moving home; we helped him to calculate the overall saving he would make by staying in Bath as opposed to purchasing a similar property elsewhere, given the extensive fees that a house move entails.
Cost of a New kitchen
A “new kitchen” is good example for showing how figures can be deceptive. A showroom will tell you the price of the “kitchen”. But they won’t know your total cost – the building work, the plumbing, the joinery, the electrics, the decoration, the flooring and so on. You might get excited by the prospect of a £10 000 kitchen, only to realise that it will cost another £15 000 to install it as you would really like. We have maintained a large database of real costs from our renovations over the years from a variety of suppliers and contractors to give a good range of total costs for typical tasks. We use this to help you to set a realistic budget for your project from start to finish.
Property Renovation and Interior Design Services
We’ve designed and delivered many home refurbishments over the years from single rooms to whole houses; from family homes to almost derelict. If it helps, you can find out more about our property renovation and interior design services.
Property Renovation Cost Estimating Service
Because people need support with costings, we provide a property renovation cost estimating service. This might be important if you are looking to buy or sell a property in Bath or Bristol, or simply want to budget for home improvements.
If you would like us to do this for you, we would provide a guide price based on your proposed renovation, along with any recommendations that we consider appropriate. Typically this service would cost £250+VAT for a typical UK 3 bedroom property. We would be glad to offset part of this against any follow on work to carry out a design and implementation project as described further here.
We offer more advice for successful home improvements in our various guides. Here are some links.
- Controlling the Cost of Home Improvements – Making sure you’ve considered everything in the total project cost
- Property Renovation Guide – The steps to a successful renovation including your choice of main contractor.
- How to Renovate a Property – Preparing for a home renovation and a guide on services offered by various professionals.
- How Much to Invest in a Property – Considerations on the amount of money you might consider spending on home improvements.
- Home Design – If you are struggling to visualise your new home, this shows how basic 3D images can help without costing the earth.
- Property Renovation Companies – What a good property renovation company should do, and how they can help you.
- Kitchen Design – Practical steps for designing your dream kitchen
- Bathroom Design – Considerations for a stylish yet practical bathroom