A nice bathroom can have a big effect on the home. As one of the rooms frequented by visitors, it says a lot about you! So if you’re thinking about renovating, here are some of the most important things to keep in mind.
Let’s Talk About Money
When thinking about renovating your bathroom, the best place to start is looking at your budget. This will dictate the kinds of materials you can use, and it’ll help you avoid ending up with a half-finished renovation. Understanding the limitations of what you can spend will help you decide what you can replace, and where you need to be creative.
Going Green Is Good For Everyone!
Many use a renovation as an opportunity to go “green.” Not only is this good for the environment but it’s fantastic for you, too. Green products often have great design and tend to lead to lower energy bills. Going green doesn’t have to mean getting the highest tech energy fittings; it can be as simple as painting a bathroom cabinet, rather than leaving it for the bin men.
Don’t Underestimate the Power of the Upcycling
If you’d like to save some money on your renovation, upcycling your bath, shower, sink or tiles can be much cheaper than buying new, and with a little creativity can be just as effective. You’ll also avoid having to live in a building site weeks, too.
Ask Yourself, “Do I Really NEED To Move That?”
One of the biggest costs associated with a renovation is moving your plumbing. It’ll require you to hire in a professional plumber, who’ll charge you for their time and materials. Just think, where you save on plumbing, you’ll be able to splash out on higher quality fixtures and fittings, like a new shower system for example.
Nobody Likes A Show-Off…
Many people underestimate how difficult a full renovation is, and remember, time is money. So if your DIY skill level is lacking, a bad job may lead to you having to hire someone to fix your failed attempt, so finding a good contractor may well save you money in the long run.
Think About the Little Things
Another cost-effective way of updating a bathroom is by switching the hardware. Changing drawer handles, shower heads and taps so that they are in the same style creates cohesion and can change the tone of the room cheaply and efficiently. Chrome fittings are on trend at the moment!
Light the Way to a Bigger Bathroom
Lighting is a big factor in the bathroom; dim lights are nice for a relaxing bath whereas bright lights are great for shaving or applying makeup. Adding more lighting can make a small room feel much larger.
Ventilation is one of the most important things to keep in mind. As a room which creates a lot of moisture, mould and damp can thrive here, so be sure to consider how well your room is ventilated and install a vent fan if possible. There are some stylish fans on the market these days, so you won’t have to compromise on style!