They’re important, bathrooms.
Unless you’re a hippie who’s found nature somewhere in Far North Australia and are happy with the Outhouse, chances are at some point you’re going to want to improve your bathroom.
But bathrooms are not the easiest things to do up cheaply. Here are some tips on how to save money when your approach the job.
Think It Through
I’d like a huge bathroom too, but unless you have a huge budget, extreme patience or a bathroom the size of a closet, think through your desires to extend the room. With plumbing, tiles, walls and fixtures, it will inevitably cost you a fortune if you attempt to do it. If it’s a necessity, then go for it. But appreciate that it’ll drive up costs something severe, so sticking with your original floor plan is a big cost-saving measure.
Check It Out
Before you knock down entire walls to add in a new window or vent, or to completely replace the drywall, check with your contractor that it absolutely needs to happen. Sometimes, parts of a wall can be replaced, thereby saving you huge amounts of money and a lot of heartache. Don’t replace the toilet solely because you’re replacing the sink and bath. Check with the contractors what they think needs to go and what can be retained.
Taps can be ugly. Sometimes you find yourself questioning exactly what they could have been thinking in the 1960s when they chose that particular décor. It’s annoying, but if it’s all down to aesthetics, it may be something you can live with. If you don’t have a lot of spare money, save it for the stuff that is functionally imperative. When you’ve got more spare cash, you can come back and look at replacing the Ugliest Taps in All The World.
If you’re looking for some new floor coverings, check out your local manufactured home retailer. Inevitably, people want different colour schemes when they get a fabricated home, so there are tones of perfectly adequate floor coverings sitting around. It may take a while to find a piece that will work in your bathroom, but it will save you a considerable amount if you can.
If your porcelain is looking a bit weary, it doesn’t have to be a call for a new sink or toilet. It’s still a job that is better left to professionals, but is much cheaper than installing an entire new sink and it’ll look a whole sight better.
Light the Night
Before you decide that your bathroom is way too small for anyone to enjoy, think about simple ways of making the room look bigger. White or light colour schemes make the room look larger. Using lots of lights will not only make the room look more appealing and brighter, it will also make it look larger.
Night On The Tiles
It is recommended that you go with porcelain tiles as opposed to natural stone, as they are a fraction of the price and much easier to access. Similarly, look for discontinued lines of tiles. They’ll be much cheaper to purchase. Just ensure that you buy enough to replace a couple of broken tiles along the way, because they’ll be much harder to find ten years down the track.