Creating your dream bathroom doesn’t mean that you have to spend a fortune. Big Bathroom Shop share their tips and advice on how to create your perfect bathroom for less.
Set a budget
Whether you’re creating a new bathroom from scratch or making some minor cosmetic changes, the first thing you should do is set a budget. Once you’ve worked out how much money is available, you can then figure out the best way to spend it. It’s a good idea to make a list of what you need in your bathroom and decide which items should be assigned more of the budget than others.
Stick with the same layout
Keeping the original layout will significantly reduce the cost of a bathroom renovation. A new layout means tearing out and replacing the tiles, as well as extra plumbing costs too. New fixtures such as the toilet and basin can easily be fitted where the previous ones once stood. Keeping the toilet and basin in the same place also means minimal disruption to the plumbing supply.
Spend less on the toilet & basin
Floor mounted toilets and basins are less expensive, which is mainly due to the fact that more installation work is required for wall mounted designs, where the frame and pipework needs to be embedded into the wall.
If you have a small bathroom, you don’t need to opt for a wall mounted toilet and basin, instead shop around for compact pedestal basins and short projection toilets to maximise space.
Also, purchasing a complete bathroom suite offers a more cost effective option compared to buying individual items. It’s a good idea to avoid bold trends, and instead choose a classic style that will stand the test of time.
Shower enclosures – framed or frameless?
Framed shower enclosures are less expensive than frameless designs, but you can still achieve a minimalistic look by choosing an enclosure with a slim frame and a low level shower tray.
But if a minimalist, seamless look is high up on your list of priorities, you will need to look at your budget to see where you can save in order to spend more on a frameless shower enclosure. A frameless design tends to be longer lasting than a framed model, which is due to the reinforced glass and easy to clean surface. With a frameless design you can even create a showering area with a just a single glass panel.
Go for an exposed shower system
Exposed shower systems typically cost less than concealed showers. A concealed shower system has the pipework hidden in the wall, and the extra work that’s required to do this is what ramps up the cost. An exposed shower system is quicker and easier to install, and looks just as stylish. There are plenty of traditional exposed shower systems available, which are perfect for adding elegance to any bathroom.
Don’t skimp on quality
Although there’s some elements of your bathroom where a cheaper option works well, it’s a good idea to spend more on the taps as they need to withstand everyday use. Opt for quality materials and check the taps are covered by a generous guarantee for added peace of mind.
Even though you should spend within your means, you will need to think carefully how cost-effective your purchases are. It may be tempting to skimp on quality, but down the line you could be faced with costly repairs and replacements. Investing in quality ensures fixtures are likely to stand the test of time.
Choose vinyl flooring
Rather than splashing out on fancy tiles for your bathroom, choose vinyl flooring instead. An affordable option, vinyl flooring is long-lasting and moisture-proof making it a great choice for a family bathroom. There’s a great range of designs available to suit any requirement including wood and stone effects, so you can easily create a luxury look for less.
If you really don’t have much to spend on a new bathroom, cosmetic updates can offer a simple and cost-effective solution. A fresh coat of paint can breathe a new lease of life into your bathroom, and applying new grout and sealant can smarten the space up.
The way you accessorise the space can make all the difference too. Add new towels, decorative objects and a couple of plants to revamp the room with minimum effort. You could even update the handles on cabinet doors and add a new pedal bin to freshen up the look.
Great tips for creating your perfect bathroom for less.