Bathoom renovation - B&Q, homebase quotes - realisitic?

Discussion in 'Homes and gardens' started by guessaname, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. guessaname

    guessaname Frequent Poster


    Can you somebody look at this B&Q bathroom renovation quote and suggest me if its realistic or too expensive? I have read loads of negative comments about B&Q bathroom installations but the only thing I'm looking for is the after sales/installation services (withtin the guarantee period), B&Q says parts and labour are guaranteed for 5 years. In case of any leak or problem, B&Q will send a profeesional immediately to fix it. Is it real? Are there any other bathroom installation comapnies which do the job cheaper than B&Q, provide guarantee and respond to customer's problems immediately?

    Can you please recommend me a good bathroom installer within Dublin area who can give at least 2-3 years guarantee (and honor it)?

    Bathroom size : 1.6 x 1.8 meters
    Quotation from B&Q for Euro 4700.

    Work :
    - Remove the exisiting bath,basin,toilet and tiles around the bath
    - Replace with like-to-like bath,sink and toilet. No plumbing changes. (Supply and fit)
    - Tile the entire bathroom (walls and floor) (Supply and fit)
    - Fit bath screen (glass)
    - Fit Triton 90 electric shower (requires plumbing and wiring - Supply and fit

    Cost of material (Total : Euro 1400)
    - Bath, basin and toilet including taps and waste Euro 500 (I was told there's an offer on some ideal or sdeal (can't rememner the name) baths)
    - Tiles Euro 400
    - Electric shower : Euro 279.
    - bath screen : 94

    Cost of labour: Euro 3300

    I have an appointment with Homebase next week for deisigning my bathroom. Any ideas about Homebase?
  2. Jazz01

    Jazz01 Frequent Poster

    To be honest, I think it's on the high side... I've a slightly larger bathroom that has been gutted & tiled floor & walls, new bathroom suite, new shower, new screen, mirror for just over 2K.

    I didn't get a "5 year guarantee" on the work, but I am assuming (hoping) I won't need it... also just got a shower replaced, so wiring & plumbing done already there.

    Not included in my price above is the time spent picking up everything... and there was a lot of time spent driving around trying to get the "right" things in different places.

    €3300 - Just seems to be a high labour cost... maybe they are building in the "guarantee" into that price...
  3. guessaname

    guessaname Frequent Poster


    B&Q is charging euro 750 for fitting the electric shower. Shower costs about Euro 250 so total cost Euro 1000.
  4. Jazz01

    Jazz01 Frequent Poster

    That seems a LOT for an electric shower installation... Just a normal electric pump shower?
  5. guessaname

    guessaname Frequent Poster

    Triton 90
  6. SarahMc

    SarahMc Frequent Poster

    That seems very high to me. I sourced my own sanitary ware and shower, but these combined with fit came to about €2K.
    €750 to fit shower is a crazy price.
  7. Tired Paul

    Tired Paul Frequent Poster

    Overall that seems very expensive. We got our bathroom re-fitted just after Christmas, similar size to yours.
    Got rid of the old tiles myself - saved a days work for the tiler.
    Got the old bath re-enamalled for €120 - saved forking out for new bath
    Done my home work on the bathroom ware and bought in one store - had prices from other stores with me. HAVE TO HAGGLE!!!!!!!! - Saved over €250 compared to other bathroom showrooms in the same area.
    Did buy Chrome towel rail online and this was €95 cheaper that any shop I'd been too.
    I did know the tiler we used and agreed that he who co-ordinate the electrician & plumber. Paid a little bit extra for this but it was a hassle free operation.
    Job started on a Monday and completed by Friday afternoon.
    Whole cost from start to finish was €2750. Very pleased overall.
  8. bren1916

    bren1916 Frequent Poster

    Got very similar done last year (except shower remained in place).
    Sourced our own bathroom suite in 'Heat Merchants'.
    Tiles in 'Right Price Tiles'
    Got a local plumber to cost removing old tiles/suite and install new over 2 days.

    Total Cost €1,450 incl labour.

    Agree €750 for simply fitting a shower is ridiculous!
  9. guessaname

    guessaname Frequent Poster

    Thanks for all the replies friends. I got the same quote (E4500) from hombase as well.

    Now I'm looking for you guys to recommend me a good/reliable bathroom supplier and installer in Dublin area who can handle all the jobs required for renovation. As its the only bathroom I have, I need somebody who can finish the in agrred time frame.

    Thanks a mil. for all your replies.
  10. Woodie

    Woodie Frequent Poster

    Interested to know Tired Paul where you got this done. I have a metal bath sturdy and fine for a big family (rugby types) which I'd rather keep above a plastic job.