In order to keep a bathroom renovation or re-design within budget it’s essential that you start the project not only with a plan, but a few tricks up your sleeve. Here are three things you need to know about designing bathrooms, and some of them might surprise you.
1. Minimalist bathrooms are never cheap
While sleek, simple bathrooms may look like an affordable option for a bathroom renovation, they can actually end up being one of the more expensive styles. Specifying large single sheets of material such as stone, large tiles, no joins in benches, no handles on cabinetry and no grout lines in the tiles (which are common to this aesthetic) are all costly design features because they usually require professional installation, custom cuts of materials and custom cabinetry.
2. Don’t DIY your tiling
Even if your brand-new bathroom cost a small fortune to design, all it takes is badly done tiles to cheapen the end result. Conversely, an expert tile job can elevate a cheaper bathroom. When it comes to planning and undertaking tiling, it’s better to leave it to the professionals so they get the tiles perfectly straight and fitted to your space correctly, especially if you plan to use contrasting grout. A good tiler can tile a space in a short amount of time and disguise uneven walls, and provide a waterproof barrier between your bathroom and the structure of the house without the risk of leaks. As an added bonus, tiles can also act as the style statement in your bathroom.
3. Think big
If you’re on a tight budget and have chosen a more practical, economical bathroom, adding drama by way of oversized handles on cabinetry or a statement-making pendant light can to draw the eye towards the more directional design features of the room and make it feel more expensive. Another trick is to pick a shape and use it repetitively. For example, if you’ve got round tiles, pick a rounded basin, rounded tapware and a round mirror. You can do this with any shape, and it’ll make the space look high-end.
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