Despite typically being one of the smaller rooms in the house, the look and upkeep of the bathroom should not be neglected. Fixtures, designs and tiles are all prone to wear and tear with continued use. And it can be expensive when it comes to time to repair and renovate it. We’ve made redecorating and redesigning your bathroom affordable with this budget-saving tips below.
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Budget-saving tips for you bathroom renovation:
- Set a budget
The first step is to define how much you’re willing to splash out on this bathroom renovation. Set down a maximum spend and figure out what can realistically be achieved within this budget. You can always opt for a partial makeover or selectively pick items that are in most need of a face-lift.
- Reserve tiles for the floor
The total price you spend on tiles can be reduced if you choose to restrict their use to just the floor of the bathroom. Although a fully-tiled bathroom (interior and shower walls) looks beautiful, it also costs a lot to achieve. There is a great selection of bathroom paint available that has been designed to achieve a similar result. You could still use additional tiles to create vertical patterns or a border around the wall, rather than covering it. There’s also the option of choosing an alternative floor surface, like wood planks or concrete.
- Get creative with lighting
Besides preventing mould and mildew build up, lighting can add a creative element. A popular, but expensive addition to a bathroom has been the installation of a skylight. There are more suitable, budget alternatives that can recreate this look. Sun tubes carry light down from the roof to your bathroom for a quarter of the price. And if this doesn’t strike your fancy, going with a safe bet like LED lights and using mirrors to reflect light can work just as well too.
- Ditch the bathtub, or make it function as a shower
Installing both a shower and a bathtub can be expensive, so why not combine the two? Alternatively, if you are like me, and hardly use the bathtub, why not get rid of it. A single shower in the bathroom will not only save a lot of space, will forego your need to spend cash on a new bathtub and fittings.
- Save on counter tops
The trend might be granite countertops but by opting for an unusual colour or one with an imperfection could cut back the costs. A counter top company mentions that most times the slab’s imperfections will be hidden by the sink basin. You could also opt to DIY the bathroom countertop by using an antique dresser or attractive table as a base for the sink.
- Update old fixtures
Even some small updates to old details in the bathroom can make the area look modern and new. Things like light fixtures, towel racks, faucets, curtains and containers can all be switched out for new, matching substitutes.
Remember that planning is a priority before setting out on any project or renovation. Take the time to think about how you want the bathroom to look or be styled as. Also, keep in mind what will need to be removed and what can fit with the new design. We hope these money-saving tips for renovating your bathroom come in handy.