If you’re thinking about renovating your bathroom, it may come as a surprise that it doesn’t need to be as expensive as many homeowners tend to think.
The cost of a bathroom renovation is difficult to estimate as it can depend on the bathroom size, how significant your changes are, your choice of fixtures and finishes, if Council permits are required and which suppliers you engage.
However, you might be surprised to know that you are able to keep your expenses under control, with a little planning.
When renovating, your biggest expense will be labor…and it’s also one of your most important. Engaging a professional ensures they have then education, skills and experience that will help keep your project on track. They also help you avoid mistakes and dealing with hidden problems that often arise during a renovation. It may also save you money (and stress) in the long run.
Here are our top four tips to save thousands on your bathroom renovations, and create the design, look and feel you’re after:
Choose tiles wisely
When it comes to choosing bathroom tiles, ceramic and porcelain tiles are highly practical for the bathroom and need no further upkeep once installed, unlike real stone tiles.
Save more money by only tiling areas that may be splashed with water. If you are tiling large areas, choose a quality, budget tile,and use feature tiles to draw in the eye.
In some cases, old tiles can be revived with tile paint. It’s quick, cheap and simple solution. Or consider painting your walls that aren’t at risk of being splashed, instead of tiling them.
Consider flooring options
Beautiful tiles on the floor make an impact, but if they’re beyond your budget, it’s worth investigating laminate flooring or vinyl flooring. Both are budget-friendly and can be created to mimic wood flooring or tiles, and both are tough for a busy bathroom.
Go green with energy saving fixtures
There are many options when it comes to energy saving finishes for your new bathroom, and they will save you money in the long run (and the environment).
Opt for a toilet that has dual flushing and water saving features, and you could save half the water a standard toilet would use when flushing.
Energy efficient shower fixtures can significantly lower the amount of water wasted in the bathroom, as can basin taps.
Another recent innovation is LED lighting. Available in a variety of colours and shades, LED can be used as an illuminating lighting instead of the harsh, overhead style often installed.
Fixtures and accessories
When it comes to decorating your bathroom, think less is more. You can save money by keeping things minimal and stylish.
Find the area of your bathroom you’d like to highlight, and allow budget for that feature, then accessorise around this piece with a stricter budget. For example, a claw foot bath may be on your wishlist, so spend on this item, then work from there.
Also, consider accessories that provide beauty and function such as mirrors, to add life to the space.