Top tips: Renovate your bathroom to fit your budget
When making the decision to renovate your bathroom there’s multiple things to consider; the style you want, the materials you want to use and, often most importantly, how much money you want to spend.
Whether you’re looking to refurbish your bathroom from scratch or update your current bathroom, we’ve put together our top tips to make sure your renovation doesn’t break the bank.
1) Do your research
Before taking the plunge and starting your bathroom renovation, it’s critical that you’ve researched into the most cost effective places to buy products. Whilst bathroom renovations don’t have to break the bank, it’s important not to scrimp on the quality of materials - if you do, you could end up causing long-term damage and spending more money on repairs than the renovation itself.
There are bathroom countertop options that vary hugely in cost, so whilst planning your renovation have a clear idea of the quality of countertop you’re looking for vs. your budget. For example, Solid Surface is a popular bathroom countertop choice as it’s durable and long lasting but it’s also one of the more expensive options. On the other hand, Laminate is a more inexpensive option but it’s not as durable.
2) Consider upcycling
If your bathroom is, on the whole, in a good condition, but could do with some touch ups here and there, why not consider upcycling? If done well, it can have the same ‘brand new’ look and feel than refurbishing from scratch - and also save you a lot of money.
For example, instead of replacing under the sink units, why not paint them a new colour to add character to your bathroom or, perhaps, replace old and grout-ridden tiles around the bath with statement wall panels. Keep an eye out for bathroom accessories, such as mirrors and ornaments, in second-hand shops, too - they can add personality and a unique look for just a few pounds.
3) Work out where you can save
To save money whilst renovating your bathroom, identify the areas where you can save. It’s likely that you’ll want the majority of your budget to go on items such as the bath, sink and toilet - as it’s important that these items are high quality - but changing the plumbing or hiring a bathroom designer might not be necessities.
Assess whether important items, such as baths and showers, need to be replaced due to functionality reasons or for aesthetic reasons. If it’s for the latter, consider simply replacing the taps to improve appearance and save money.
Renovating your bathroom doesn’t have to be costly; identify the areas where you can save and stick to your budget and you can have a modernised and updated bathroom for half the cost.