In this blog we share our tips, tricks and advice on how to save money on your bathroom remodel.
Mix luxurious mosaics with affordable ceramic tiles
Rather than tile the entire bathroom in expensive mosaics, create a feature wall in the shower or over the basin to keep costs down.
Ceramic tiles are now available in realistic interpretations of wood, stone and marble so you can achieve a luxury look for much less compared to opting for the real thing. Make an impact without blowing the budget by cutting sheets of tiles in half or into strips to create a vertical feature behind a basin, or even around the tub.
Upgrading the flooring in your bathroom doesn’t have to cost the earth. If you would love stone or hardwood floors, but your budget doesn’t quite stretch that far and you want a more practical option then it’s definitely worth considering vinyl. Vinyl is waterproof, functional and stylish, as well as very durable, and it’s available in an array of styles such as natural wood and tile effects, so you can easily get the look for less.
Keep the layout the same
The key to any successful bathroom remodelling project is planning. Repositioning the plumbing can be expensive, so keep the layout the same.
Invest in quality showers and faucets
There are plenty of ways in which you can save money on your bathroom project, but you should always invest in high quality faucets and a shower, as these items are used every day. When choosing a shower valve, ensure that it incorporates an anti-scald device for a safer showering experience.
If you prefer to take a shower rather than a bath, buy a good quality shower head, and opt for one that has easy to clean nozzles to prevent limescale fbuilding up. We especially love the Hudson Reed 12” round fixed shower head, which creates a refreshing rainfall style effect.
To help you save even more money choose an eco-friendly shower head that has a flow restrictor to reduce your water usage. This helps to keep water costs down, and will also lower your energy bills as less water needs to be heated.
What can you do for yourself?
It can be surprising just how much DIY work you can do, so save money by buying ready-to-assemble cabinets and avoid paying someone else to fix them to the wall. A complete set of bathroom furniture can also help to save you money, instead of buying separate items. Why not start by fitting storage underneath and above the basin, and you can add more in the future when you have the budget.
Also, small tasks such as fitting mirrors, putting up towel rails and painting the walls can lead to impressive savings.
Keep an eye out for bargains
Although cheaper products may look pretty much the same as more expensive equivalents, they’re unlikely to have the same standard of finish, and probably won’t be as durable. The chrome finish on cheap faucets may start to peel, and the surface of the bath tub could crack, so spend as much as you can afford.
Sell your old fixtures
Auction sites are more popular than ever, and they provide a great platform for selling second hand items. Unwanted fixtures such as faucets that are in good condition are well worth selling, so you can recoup some of the expense that you’ve splashed out on for your new bathroom.
Author: Liz Robinson