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Ways To Save Money On A Bathroom Makeover

There are certain places in the house which are pretty much personal and those spaces need not be some dark gloomy room. A bathroom is one those areas of the house which gives a personal space for an individual hence needs to be carved with care along with giving proper time. But we would not want to end up creating something which is out of the budget and also does not look the way we wanted to or planned.

Choose the contractor wisely:  Remodeling the bathroom is a rather complex activity but if done with proper planning and coordination then it can turn out to be fun as well as seem easy. One can save a lot of time, energy and money if you find the right contractor to get this task completed. But the question arises how do we know whether the choice made is right or wrong. Firstly, when it comes to quotation or estimates, try and get the quotes from multiple contractors and also when you sit to compare the prices, you understand how they differ keeping in mind the quality work perspective. Before you look for the right contractor check out for the scope of work, product quality which would be used for installation, other materials to be used and their quality, the warranty which would be provided on the products, and the prior job experience of the contractors. Don’t just go for someone who has the lowest quote, rather question, clear the doubts and then select the best contractor along with reasonable budget which fits your bill.

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Plan Wisely: One of the common mistakes done by a homemaker is they do not understand the crucial basics such as what are the existing materials in the bathroom such as concrete walls. Flooring tiles, cavity space, any existing plumbing work and the electrical wiring. When you look to alter the wall, ceiling, sunken fixtures then it would take in a lot of money and time. Think, if this is really required. Consider certain things such as position of the doors, skylight, plumbing work, cavity space in the walls and ceiling. All of this would need one shell money hence think if these are really required to be changed.

Choose quality products: Poor choices can lead to huge problems in the future. Bathroom is that area of the house which undergoes a daily beating, hence it would pay the homemaker if poor choices are made in terms of products. Buy wisely. Depending on the space of the bathroom, make a choice of going in for bath tub or a shower. Going for either of them then consider the shapes and sizes of these items. Consider mainly the needs and the preference of the user.

Flooring: There are a range of options available for when it comes to flooring such as vinyl, wooden, bamboo to tile, concrete, marble and many more. Before choosing the material for flooring keep in mind the durability, functionality, slip resistance as well as maintenance post the usage. There is constant change in temperature in the bathroom which can create a havoc to flooring which are wooden or laminated flooring. The excellent choice in such cases are the porcelain tiles.

Sinks and Cabinets: There are two main types of sink, one which rests on a pedestal or some type of furniture and the other which hangs from the wall. When the bathroom size is smaller wherein there is less space for storage you can go in for pedestal or wall hung sinks since it would give an illusion of space. Choose the material and type of sink wisely. One of the great choice of sink is to go in for a double bowl solid surface vanity top having no drip edges. Cabinets should be clearly dependent again on the space available in the bathroom, the last thing you would want is too much clutter leaving no space for proper movement. Ensure that the cabinet is proportionate in both width and depth compared to the rest of the room. The doors of the cabinet should swing freely and also the height is comfortable for the user. You can also go in for shelves or make a DIY cabinet at home itself using some old wooden drawer and getting it repainted.

Adequate Ventilation: What would be the use of the remodeled bathroom if there is improper ventilation. Poor ventilation can lead to build-up of mold and mildew. This would again lead to getting them cleared and if it doesn’t then it would lead to bringing in some specialist to evaluate and test them before performing the mold remediation. Hence install an exhaust fan so that the temperature is evenly maintained leaving no room for moisture inside the bathroom after every use.

Keep Plumbing work as it is: Using the existing piping or plumbing work would save you a great deal of money. Relocating the other items in the bathroom are no big task but the plumbing work would come out to be the major as well as costliest one if you plan to go ahead with changing the piping in the bathroom.

Don’t let money go down in the toilet: When you consider to remodel the bathroom one can also think about replacing the toilet seat and the lid. This can be done instead of changing the entire unit of the porcelain perch. Just changing the lid and seat would itself give a new and fresh look to the bathroom instead of purchasing an entire unit which would be too costly. This would also save you on the plumbing installation fees.

Save on the Tiles: The bathroom need not have tiles everywhere or tile till the ceiling. Consider certain other alternatives such as bead board, wood panels or high end looking tile replacements. Wood would require additional maintenance but it totally gives a comforting touch than the tile.

Add an element of adequate lighting: Adding lots of light to the bathroom is certainly a good idea and a good investment in itself. For this you need not splurge in too much money, search for some good lighting at home décor store and go in for good deals. If the bathroom has an easy roof access, then consider the possibility of bringing in the natural light as well.

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Tips for Planning a Quick and Inexpensive Bathroom Renovation

Are you looking out for renovating your bathroom but the mention of money scares you to bits. Figuring out to remodel the bathroom along with managing the financials is no longer a stressful job. One can easily handle it, if certain things are kept in mind and followed as a rule of thumb.

Planning is a must – Planning is the most crucial stage. It goes without saying that anything if not planned well may either turn out to be superb or it would be a disaster. Who would want to take such chances when it comes to renovating anything, for that matter even a bathroom. There would be certain hurdles or delays during the renovation part but everyone would need to ensure that the delay should not happen from their end. Hence before you visit the contractor have a rough layout in your mind. With the world going so smart, there are so many options laid out. Do some planning on where you would want to have the basin, what color or pattern the tiles should look, what should be the design of the basin or the taps and the list is endless. Remember there is always room for improvement in planning as and when you meet more people to discuss this but firstly the individual who is looking out to renovate should have certain things planned in his mind so as to avoid last minute hustle or running around here and there. To save those extra bucks as well as energy you can work with a designer who can give you good ideas on where budget cut can be done and what all would be required.

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Think from long term perspective: With the changes in time, there are so many trends which have come and gone and many of them look so appealing. There would be cases wherein an individual would be obsessed with a certain pattern of the tile or the certain way the tap should look and so on but it is always wise to avoid too many trends since it can happen that after a couple of years they can look so dated and when you plan to sell your house it may cause as a hindrance. Hence one should try and keep the design timeless so as to protect the resale value of the house.

Check out for rates from various contractors: Individuals who are on a budget when it comes to renovation should always ensure to get the quotes from more than one contractor. By doing so, you could get an average estimate about the total cost of the renovation and also there would be some room for negotiation. This would help you to save a lot of money rather than just going with whatever the first contractor has to say.

Think! What needs to remain and what can be remodeled: For those renovations which are done on a tight budget, it is always good to determine which places or areas in the bathroom need remodeling and which of the areas can be kept as it is. Even the minute work done in remodeling should be worth the investment. If one thinks that the tiles are good, then you can play around with the lighting wherein you can add some good modern looking bulbs or some lamps.

Keep the plumbing intact: Unless there is a major need for plumbing work, one can go along with the existing plumbing work since most of the money would be spent in getting the plumbing work done correctly. When it comes to relocating certain sections of the bathroom such as moving the bath tub or some other utilities then it would not cost you much as when you plan for changing he plumbing fixtures.

Don’t let the money go down the drain: When it comes to remodeling the toilet section, just look to replacing the toilet seat and the lid instead of going in for the whole porcelain perch. When just the above two things are changed, it would give the toilet a fresh look without the need for purchasing an entire new unit thus saving on the cost.

Co-ordinate and limit the accessories: When you look to remodeling the bathroom, always match the accessories. Do not bring too many items in the bathroom, keep it simple but give it a designer look. When it comes to flooring, always choose something which is durable and resistant to moisture such as vinyl wood planks for someone who loves wooden accessories. Instead of stone slabs one can go in for tiles which are pretty much cheap as well as have varied patterns and shapes. If you are one of those tile lovers, then go in for small tiles instead of the larger ones since they become difficult to cut and can also lead to improper drainage. You can also go in for handheld sprayer to be maintained near the bath tub if you have a tub. This would make the task of rinsing pretty much easy and at the same time maintaining the tub as well.

Power of shelves: One can also add in pullout shelves instead of going in for deep cabinets so that you ensure to only store in the necessities and perfect order and also which can be found when you need them. Prepping up such cabinet interiors with such sliding surfaces avoids the digging around in the dark and also keeps you away from purchasing items which are already present in the bathroom. If not the shelf, go in for utilizing any drawers in the house which are currently not being used. Back up these drawers with some pretty paper cutting and drill them to the wall. Clean the drawer and make it look new with a fresh paint. Voila, your old drawer is now re-purposed and used as shelf in the bathroom. Saves lot of money and at the same time you can reuse old items rather than simply throwing them away.

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Bathroom Planning : Bathroom Hints

Here are some points you might want to consider when choosing the right bathroom renovation company:

-Ask them for real referrals and if you can make contact with any of their previous clients. If there is any hesitation here then forget about them. If they don’t have a least one happy client willing to do this then that gives you a good idea of how things are going to go for you.

-Make sure the quotes are very detailed and transparent. There might be hidden costs or they may be using inferior products.

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-Consider going with a company that has a physical address and landline. They can’t hide behind a mobile phone if something goes wrong and you know they are committed to staying around for a long time.

-If the salesmen talks himself up too much and tells you to trust him he’s been doing this for so many years blah blah then go with someone else. Their work and recommendations should sell itself. “Never trust someone who says trust me”

-Don’t choose the cheapest quote because it is the cheapest. You will probably get what you paid for, the cheapest job.

-Sometimes getting a company to do everything can be cheaper than doing yourself.

-Find a company that you get a good gut feeling about, then try to put out a deal with them.


It’s the question on everyone’s mind, “how much is my bathroom renovation going to cost?”. Bathroom renovation costs vary greatly depending on many factors. Some questions you might want to first ask yourself before renovating your bathroom are:

“What kind of bathroom do I want?”

“What standard of work am I expecting?”

“What kind of company do I want to do this for me?”

“Am I renovating for myself or to sell?”

“Is my budget realistic for what I am expecting?”

This will give you some idea of what we charge for our quality, all-inclusive bathroom renovations for a small bathroom:

Basic renovation/makeover: $9-$14k

Designer/high end renovation: $14k-$22k

Re-design/new layout: add approx. $1000-$4000

Medium size bathroom: Add $1k-$3k to above prices

Large size bathroom: Add $2k-$4k to above prices

Large size, magazine worthy, award winning bathrooms:$25k –$50k

HIA average bathroom renovation cost for 2013/14: $15,122

  • “The HIA Kitchens and Bathrooms survey found an average value for a new bathroom in 2012/13 of $13,986 compared to an average value for a bathroom renovation of $15,122.”


The end price of your bathroom renovation will ultimately be up to you. We will not compromise on quality fittings and tradesmen so our quote may be slightly higher than other bathroom renovation companies. We can help you to decide where you might want to prioritise  costs and invest in other items. Ultimately, we deliver bathrooms that are exceptional value-for-money with great customer service.

Call us and we’ll come and discuss possible costs and provide you with an obligation free, detailed quote for your bathroom renovation.

Remember, “quality doesn’t cost, it pays”.

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