Often overlooked, yet one of the most used rooms in the home is the bathroom. When it comes to remodelling the bathroom it can get expensive very quickly. One of the key tips to keeping your bathroom remodelling project on budget is planning ahead.
Depending on the style and the size of your bathroom it can cost on average between £3000 to £5000. In this article, I will discuss how to make your budget stretch as far as possible.
Update your fixtures and fittings
Light fixtures, sinks, towel racks and cabinet doors can all be replaced and updated for a small investment. If you don’t have enough of a budget to tear down your entire bathroom and start again you should replace all of the above first as they completely change the look and feel of your bathroom.
When updating your fixtures and fittings you don’t have to remove items either. Sometimes adding to the existing space with new shelving units or new robe hooks can give your space a new look.
When buying new fixtures and fittings you don’t have to buy from a home improvement store. Save money by looking for second-hand items online. Websites like eBay, Gumtree and Craigslist all have sections that sell second-hand bathroom fittings.
Buying second-hand fixtures can also add more character to your home, as these items often come with little cosmetic defects that have a story of their own.
Another quick win for saving money and rejuvenating the bathroom is by redoing the grout work and caulk. Grout and caulk can get grimy if not looked after. By replacing both you can freshen up your bathroom for less than £15 and it makes a massive difference.
Save the environment, save your wallet
Going green with your new bathroom is a great way to save money long term. Not only does going green make you feel better by saving the average family over 40,000 gallons of water per year, but it can save a considerable amount on your utility bills.
When remodelling your bathroom to be more green you should look at items like low flow toilets, dual flushing toilets, led lights, low flow shower heads and motion sensor taps.
Shop around for materials and labour
Whether you’re retiling the floor, fitting new electrics or installing a new bath you should always look around both online and locally and get more than 1 quote. In my experience, you should get at least 3 quotes before deciding to hire a contractor for your remodelling job.
When hiring a contractor, be sure to check out their reviews and past client work. This way you have less chance of being overcharged and you know that the contractor can carry out the work.
We have already discussed getting fixtures and fittings from auction websites and second-hand websites but if only brand new is good enough for your bathroom renovation you should look at brands within your price range.
Some companies can charge up to £3000 for a bathtub alone while companies like Tavistock bathrooms offer more affordable bathroom fixtures and fittings that look high end.
Install the toilet yourself
Bathroom remodelling projects are going to require the hiring of a plumber, but you don’t need one to replace a toilet.
Before you think I’m going crazy, replacing the toilet yourself is very easy to do as it only requires the connecting of a few waterline hookups.
If you do like the idea of installing your own toilet then I would advise asking a friend or a partner for a little help as some toilets are heavy and do require more than one person to move them.
Keep the plumbing where it is
I have kept this remodelling tip until last as it’s the best way to keep costs down when remodelling your bathroom.
Hiring a plumber is expensive and rightly so, a good plumber will do good quality work that stands the test of time, a bad plumber will complete low quality work which will cost you money to put right in the future.
When hiring a plumber you will want to hire them for the least amount of time possible to get your bathroom complete. The best way to achieve this is to leave all of the major plumbing in the same place.
When people make the choice to remodel their bathroom they often come up with great ideas that radically change the look of the space, they want new baths and showers in completely different positions than before, if only they knew that keeping the plumbing fixtures in the same place would save them thousands.
Unless changing the plumbing is necessary I would try to avoid it as much as possible. After all, if you have replaced the bath, the shower, the toilet, tiles, lighting and all the other accessories which often are added to new bathroom projects then your bathroom should look radically different anyway.
I personally remodelled my bathroom last year and by carrying out the tips above I was able to save £1500 from my original quote, which went towards a new family holiday.
If you have any tips on remodelling your bathroom on a budget please leave a comment below.