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Mum quoted £7,500 for dream bathroom does it herself for less than half

December 30, 2019, 12:00 PM
  • Della Nolan, 37, was quoted £7,500 for a Wickes bathroom
  • Della sourced her own materials and paid a friend to fit the bathroom
  • The entire project came to less than half of the original quote

Bathrooms can be incredibly pricey to renovate, but when one family were quoted a whopping £7,500 to transform their bathroom, they were determined to keep the costs down and do it themselves.

The family managed to renovate their entire bathroom for less than half of what they were quoted thanks to DIY help from a family friend and some well-chosen bathroom accessories - and the end result truly is stunning.

Della Nolan, an office manager from Cambridgeshire, now has an Instagram-perfect bathroom that she created using items from Wayfair, Soak.com and Victoria Plum.

Della, 37, who is a mum to three girls with her partner James Lawrence, told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: “We bought the house in April and the whole thing was incredibly old fashioned.

"When you walk in the front door, this is the first room you see as it is the downstairs bathroom. It was so awful, we always kept the door closed!

"We have a friend who has fitted bathrooms and kitchens for him and his wife and different members of their family. He is actually a foster carer and taught himself DIY!

"We had decorated the kids' bedrooms before we moved in, but we knew this had to be the first room that had to be completely refurbished.

"I knew the type of wall tile I wanted but not colours, so we went to our friend Tony, asked him how much he would charge and if he could do it. He told us to go to Wickes, get a quote and go from there. Before we did that we went to Peterborough to look round bathroom showrooms.

"We saw a style of radiator and towel rail that we knew we had to have, then we saw the floor tiles in Wickes and that's when we decided on black and white everything!”

However, when Della got the quote from Wickes, it was sky-high - and thankfully her friend was able to help fit her bathroom for a fraction of the price.

"We got the quote from Wickes and it was £7,500 including labour,” Della added. "We went back to Tony with the quote and he said he would do it for £1,000, and all we had to do was buy what we wanted.

"The floor tiles were on offer so I popped to Wickes after work and bought them. We ordered the wall tiles from Topps Tiles, the radiator from Victoria Plum, the shower enclosure from Soak.com and the sink unit was also from there but it didn't come in black so my partner spray painted it. The toilet is from Wayfair.

“The project took around a month to complete, and materials cost around £2,000.”

Della is absolutely delighted with how her bathroom has turned out, and says it takes a lot of research to create a room you’re 100% happy with.

"My tips to anyone wanting to do this would be not to rush, but don't settle on something just because it's in your price range,” she advises.

"Scour the internet and try to find workarounds for things like units that match like we did. This is something you have to live with so make sure you're in love with what you choose.

“You should get also a lot of quotes and not just go for the first quote you have - if we'd done that, we would've ended up spending double.

“Also, try to go to different people for different things, like go to a plasterer and a plumber instead of someone that does both as you'll most likely get charged less for doing it separately.

"I hated this room before, and now I couldn't be happier with it - sometimes I just go in there and smile!”

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, says: “Della’s stunning bathroom proves that monochrome interiors have never looked so good. I’d agree with Della that doing lots of research, sourcing your own materials and getting as many quotes as you can is a great way of keeping prices down - less than half price for a fully fitted bathroom sounds like a great deal to me!”

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