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Quick top tips to renovate any bathroom on a budget

It’s where you start and finish your day and is a room that can set the tone for your entire house. The bathroom is arguably one of the most important spaces of your home. A modern bathroom can also be a huge drawcard if you’re planning on selling. Property experts report that the quality of your bathrooms can add upwards of $100,000 to the value of your home.

However, while bathroom renovations can be an exciting project, it can also prove to be daunting on many fronts – from selecting the style through to setting budgets.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to cost you a second mortgage.

Generally speaking, bathroom renovations can cost anywhere from as little as $5,000 through to $30,000 or even higher. It all depends on decisions about styles and quality.

No matter what the price point, there are ways to keep the cost of tiles, accessories and renovations to the minimum with a few smart decisions and some handy tiling tips, like these:

Have a clear plan to renovate a bathroom on time and on budget!

Whether you seek help from an architect or you’re happy to sketch something up yourself, the key to achieving a bathroom on a budget is all in the planning.

Given bathroom renovations can take up to a month or more, it’s often hard to justify delaying the process even further by spending time on planning. However, having a plan worked out before you pick up the sledgehammer will ensure your design, budget and timeline are realistic.

By planning, you’ll avoid expensive errors. Misjudging a space or not thinking a design through will not only cost you time, but it can also put a considerable dent in your budget.

The important first step in planning is determining the style you want. Beaumont Tiles ‘What’s My Style’ quiz is the perfect base for determining how you want your finished bathroom to look.

Keep plumbing plumbed to beat budget blowouts

If you want to stick to a budget, keeping existing plumbing where it is will be your best option. Relocating your sink, bath and shower have the potential to chew up your entire bathroom budget before you’ve even begun.

More often than not, the basic layout of a bathroom is not the issue and doesn’t need to be ‘re-invented’. Concentrate your time, and money, on the details like fixtures, fittings and bathroomware. Leaving the layout as is will also help to streamline your choices and won’t leave you feeling overwhelmed.

Another issue to keep in mind with moving your plumbing is that you may require permission. If you’re renovating an apartment, there’s a good chance you will need permission from your downstairs neighbours to make changes.

Choose tiles and fixtures with flair

Rather than choosing a less vibrant and inexpensive tile to cover all the walls of your bathroom, consider allocating some of your budget to a more upmarket tile, but use it sparingly. A well-placed feature strip above your vanity or one single feature wall in your shower can pack a punch and make an impression in any bathroom without compromising your budget.

The same principle applies to fixtures. While it’s harder to use them sparingly, they’re still a very economical and inexpensive way to uplift your bathroom ideas without a considerable price tag, so it’s worth investing in the bathroom fittings you love to help achieve your overall style goals.

Package up and save

One of the most common ways to blow out your budget is choosing everything separately. It also makes keeping track of your overall budget harder, and you end up spending far more than you intended or in a worst-case scenario, you run out of money mid-renovation and are forced to stop altogether.

While the idea of simply buying a new bathroom might seem an expensive option, it’s certainly not the case. Beaumont Tiles’ bathroom packages start from as little as $4,000, and you can choose from a great selection of styles, including classic traditional, coastal, contemporary, country chic, eclectic bohemian and global fusion.

The best part is Beaumont’s have done the hard work for you – simply choose the package that suits the style you had in mind, and off you go!

Speak to the Experts

When you're brainstorming your bathroom renovation ideas there are a lot of unknowns: if I move my shower into the other corner and put the bath next to it, can the plumbing be changed easily? Does the floor need any special preparation? or even: what's behind this wall?

These can all be big scary unknowns, but discussing your plans with a qualified builder, plumber or tiler can eliminate all the unknowns and help you figure out what you can do to create beautiful bathrooms on a budget.

Get Realistic Quotes

Working out the cost of your materials is relatively easy and straightforward. Our consultants are always more than happy to help calculate how many tiles your bathroom needs.

Tilers, plumbers and builders generally charge by the hour, so it really pays to get quotes to know how much you should be budgeting for labour. A job you may assume takes a couple of hours may take a couple of days - knowing this can make all the difference to staying in your budget.

DI(WYC)Y

This funny acronym stands for: Do It (What You Can) Yourself.

The uber handy home handyman who knows how to waterproof, cut tiles, lay tiles and grout could save a fortune on labour. Even if you don't know how to do all these things (our DIY guide is great if you want to try!), you can still save on labour by doing some things like "demolition" (including cleaning!), preparing your wall and floor surfaces and fitting accessories yourself.

Feature your Features

That fancy feature tile you love so much doesn't have to break the bank: instead of covering a whole wall (or all your walls!) a well placed feature strip above your vanity or in your shower recess will add a very special touch to your new room.

Whatever your budget, we wish you all the best turning your bathroom ideas into reality. Our friendly, expert staff are always keen to talk about your project and offer style, DIY and product advice. You can also look for inspiration through our bathroom packages.