Any experienced renovator will tell you that remodelling a bathroom is no cheap undertaking. But, as a wet zone and one of the most used rooms in the home, it’s important to get it right. Here are our tips on where to cut back the budget and where to invest.
As one of the most expensive rooms to renovate, it’s a good idea to keep your bathroom to a timeless design – and thankfully, classic tiles don’t always cost a fortune. While luxurious natural stones might make it look like a designer resort, if you don’t have time on your side, they aren’t worth the maintenance they require. Opt for a large format porcelain or ceramic tile that mimics the look and textures of natural patterns and stone. Or, choose a wall that remains tile free – a great way to save money.
As the focal point of the room, the vanity has the power to inject both style and practicality into the space. It’s the first thing you’ll see when you walk in every day, so make sure you love it. If it’s a family bathroom, it’s also critical to consider how much storage you are going to need and whether you want wall hung or freestanding. Do your research and be willing to invest in the perfect piece to suit your home, for the ultimate designer statement look to Reece’s Issy Z8 butterfly unit designed by Melbourne-based furniture maker Zuster.
With so many options available it is quite easy to spend thousands of dollars on a porcelain throne. However, with the rise in toilet technology and innovative design at different price points, there is no reason to flush away your money for a quality product. Keep your toilet simple yet innovative like Reece's American Standard Acacia-E.
Each and every individual bathroom fixture, from towel rack to shower head, helps to set the overall style and tone. As everyday touch points, poor quality options will wear faster and need replacing sooner. Splash out on well-made, good quality fixtures with a timeless finish.
In modern bathrooms, it is increasingly common forgo the bathtub altogether – though they are an essential for the family home. Unless you are longing for a speciality tub or a Jacuzzi style instalment (that you’ll never use), you’ll be able to get your hands on an acrylic or fibreglass option that won’t cost you the earth – try the Mizu range from Reece.
Finer details: SPLURGE
The finer details will make more of an impact than you realise – until you install them. Go premium with power point cover plates, push plugs and floor wastes to give the space a touch of luxe. The good news is that splurging on these small items will still feel like a save!