Many people embark on a bathroom renovation without planning out their costs upfront. Often experiencing scope and cost creep as the project ensues. But your bathroom makeover doesn’t have to be this way.

Today, we’ll help you focus on budget-friendly features, with results that are both beautiful and functional.  

How to halve the bathroom renovation budget

A bathroom renovation can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $30,000. We believe you can still achieve lux without breaking the budget, or too much of a sweat!

For starters, you don’t always have to start from scratch. Depending on the age of your home, and your objectives, you could opt for a cosmetic refresh.

The best advice we (or your tradie) can give is to keep your plumbing where it currently is. Avoid moving pipework, and you cut your renovation down by thousands.

Who’ll benefit from the bathroom renovation

First, consider who will benefit from your bathroom renovation.

If you’re staying in the property for the next 5 to 10 years, concentrate on your wants and bathroom needs. But, if you’re planning on selling your home in the next 12 to 24 months, focus on adding value that will attract your ideal buyers.

Families want less extravagance and more practicality. If they have kids, they’ll most likely have a bath listed as a must-have. If your home is perfect for downsizers, they’ll want easy access in and out of the facilities. Possibly consider adding handrails. And first home buyers don’t typically expect anything fancy, just a nice simple modern look and feel that keeps the home in their budget expectations.

Spend your renovation money wisely

Marble tiles may seem like a must at first until you cost them up and discover that they are expensive, and are not necessarily a requirement in the eyes of home buyers.

Instead, choose neutral options that will appeal to a wide range of people. More cost-effective materials like Porcelain and natural stone can look just as great and don’t require such special cleaning care.

Tricks of the trade that make an impact

If your bathroom is lacking in size, there are a few design tricks that can easily, and cheaply,  create an illusion of space.

Mirrors reflect light, and they also help to extend a space visually, so go big.

Clutter can also make a small room, such as a bathroom, look crowded. Minimise ‘items’ on display and keep your colour palette to three colours, so it doesn’t look busy. The less work on the eye, the more luxurious the look.

Floating cabinetry is a great way to ‘add space’. Go for wider vanities where feasible to achieve maximum hidden storage.

And if you want to impact, consider fancy tapware or a pendant light. These inexpensive bathroom accessories can add luxurious touches to your bathroom.  

Thinking of selling? Beware of overcapitalising!

Here’s the bottom line. If you’re planning to put your property on the market in the near future, talk to an experienced local real estate agent.

Your agent meets property buyers and listens to their ideal wish list, daily. So, seek an agents advice and heed their warnings. There’s no point investing unnecessarily on your property before a potential sale – it’s just a waste of your time and money.

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Jane Booty, Tony Didd and team

Jane Booty, Tony Didd and team

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