Bathroom renovations are some of the most difficult and pricey to get off the ground.
Between tiles and plumbing, starting the task can be pretty daunting - and that's before you've even counted the cost!
However, if you want your dream bathroom but don't have a lot of money to play with, there is still a way.
I spoke to the founder of The Blue Space online showroom, Josh Mammolithi, to get his best tips on achieving a luxurious, modern and practical bathroom on a budget.
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- If undertaking a full renovation, stick with the existing layout – make sure your new design works with the space you have. "The easiest place to waste money is when you move the design/position of your fittings," Josh cautions. "Once you start working behind the wall or under the floor plumbing it becomes a slippery slope. Of course, if your layout just does not work then this is a decision you need to consider carefully, as a better laid out bathroom can also add significant value to your home - as well as proving more practical."
- Choose products that are easy to install. "Investing in a quality product with a good warranty will save you more than purchasing a cheap product with installation problems," Josh advises. You will also avoid having to pick up the tab on product problems later down the line!
- Use larger format tiles and pick a standard laying pattern to save money for you and time for your tiler. Plan carefully to avoid variations as these will cost everyone money and delays during the project.
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- Consult your plumber first before starting your shopping as they will be able to tell you what technical requirements you must stick to. "Simple things like a back or bottom inlet toilet or wall mounted basin taps will help you narrow your selection," Josh assures.
- Before investing in new tiling, clean your grout and then, if needed, re-grout as this can prove a great interim clean up for a bathroom eyesore.
- Think long-term - not trend-based - when picking your products. Ask yourself how long are you going to stay in the home, are you doing this renovation for you or potential buyers and how is your family going to grow and change in the future? These all influence the set-up of your bathroom. "A fashionable trend now, might not be so fashionable in 15 years," Josh points out. "Timeless tiles and fittings can always be spiced up with the latest, unique tapware and accessories - which are easier to update in a mini -reno."
- Make accommodations for existing problems such as water damage. Unfortunately, you won't know if there is any until you remove tiles and check out what lies beneath.
Update your shower screen, suggests Josh. "A semi frameless shower screen can instantly open up space and give the feel of an entirely new renovation."
- Get waterproofing professionally assessed, done and warranted as this is incredibly important and will save you problems later on.
- Don't have much time or money? Update only your tapware. "Replacing tired or 80's coloured taps with modern chrome or black taps can make a huge difference at a fraction of the full reno cost," Josh says.