Bathroom renovations can be notoriously expensive, and can be tough to complete when you are on a small budget. However, it’s important that you feel comfortable in your bathroom – and that it is safe. It’s also worth pointing out that should you decide to put your home up for sale, a new bathroom is a great selling point.
Today, I’m going to outline some of the things you should look at if your bathroom needs some TLC. With any luck, I’ll show you that you don’t have to hire an expensive interior designer to create the perfect space. Let’s get started.
First of all, if you are planning to reduce the cost of a bathroom upgrade, it’s important not to scrimp on the essentials. Make sure you have a professional eye on hand to look at the safety issues in your bathroom.
As everyone knows, plumbing and electrics are vital to all bathrooms, but they are also a lethal mix. It’s vital, therefore, to create a safe environment first and foremost. Hiring a plumber or an electrician to check your pipes and wiring might cost a little, but it will give you the safety and peace of mind that everyone needs.
OK, now you know that everything is safe, it’s time to look at the primary role of all bathrooms. As much as we would all love a spa-like environment, there’s little point in having one if you can’t do what you have to do. So make sure there is enough space to use your toilet, wash your face, and take a bath or shower.
If you have a small room, it will take a little ingenuity to make it work. Try looking at smaller appliances that will make a better fit, or perhaps combine a shower and bath. You could also think about using your corners better. In many bathrooms, there is a lot of space in the corners that is wasted, so address this by looking into corner sinks, toilets or baths. It might just free up that extra bit of space that you need.
Add some style
Now you can think about designing your bathroom. While themes can often seem a little tacky in other rooms in the house, they actually work well in a bathroom. They help to tie it together and can make the difference between a dull, miserable looking space and a vibrant, happy one.
Nautical themes are always a popular choice, as is the traditional spa look. Having a theme in mind will help you be more selective when you choose your pieces and colour schemes.
Making a focal point
All bathrooms need a focal point, and yours will depend on several things. First of all, in a smaller bathroom, it is the biggest thing that stands out. That will often be the shower or the bath. So, make sure that you are happy with your primary feature, and you can work the rest of your design around it. Take a look at these shower doors for a good example. As you can see, there are plenty of different styles to consider, so think carefully before making your choice.
For larger rooms, you will have a lot more options when it comes to your focal point. Some people like to have the bath as their focal point while others will choose the sink and vanity. As you can probably imagine, in all cases, people tend not to use the toilet as the focal point of their bathrooms!
Choosing your tiles
Tiles are expensive, and you may need a lot of them to ensure your wet spaces are waterproof. However, there are a lot of cost-effective options out there if you look hard enough. Plain white tiles are the cheapest option by far, but this doesn’t mean that you have to have dull white walls. You could invest a little extra in a funkier tile and use it as a border, or to break up the whiteness on a large wall. You don’t have to spend a lot – just enough to make your wall space a little more interesting.
Another thing to think about is where you are going to put your fittings. Your shower, for example, will need to be embedded into the tiles. Perhaps you could see this as an opportunity to make it more of a feature in itself? When you are on a tight budget, it’s important to get a little creative. Sketch out all of your ideas onto paper and try and imagine what they will look like first. You could also ask for a test selection of tiles to bring home before you choose the right one for your bathroom.
OK, so that’s all for now. Good luck with your renovation and I’d love to hear how you get on!