freestanding bath

Along with the kitchen, bathroom renovations are some of the most daunting, difficult and expensive to complete.

Never fear though because we’ve got a list of 10 handy tips to help you create that beautiful bathroom you’ve always wanted without the expensive price tag!

1. Accessorise!

The easiest, quickest and most cost-effective way to update the look and feel of your bathroom is by updating the little details – towels, indoor plants, shaving mirrors, toothbrush holders and shower curtains instantly add new features and colours to the space.

2. Keep the layout

Sticking with the existing layout of your bathroom and avoiding costly structural works keeps expenses down and timeframes to a minimum.

3. Easy installation

By choosing products that are easy to install (and can even be installed by yourself, eliminating the costs of tradespeople) and have long term warranties not only reduces expenses but also provides peace of mind should anything become faulty with the product down the line.

4. Update your shower screen

An instant and cost-effective way to open up the space in your bathroom and bring it up to date is by replacing old, chunky aluminium shower frames with sleek, frameless glass shower screens. It will do wonders for your renovation.

5. Large tiles

Larger format tiles not only add a sense of space to a bathroom due to their larger expanse and less grouting (which can add a cluttered feel) but are also faster to install for your tiler, saving you both time and money.

6. Clean your grout

Before deciding on the investment of new tiles and the associated costs, can your new bathroom utilise the existing tiles? Try giving the grout a good clean to freshen them up and you may be surprised at how good they actually are.

7. Think long-term

Your bathroom is an investment in the future value of your home, so think long-term and avoid current trends when selecting products, tiles, fixtures, fittings and colours.

Ask yourself how long you plan on staying in your home? Is this renovation for yourself to enjoy in the future or is it to appeal to potential buyers?

8. Plan for the worst

You never what could be hiding under those old tiles when you pull them up, so be prepared to find existing problems such as water damage.

9. Update your tapware

One of the quickest, easiest and cheapest ways to add new life to your bathroom is by updating the tapware. Replacing old, tired and outdated taps and faucets with modern chrome or black taps can make a huge difference for marginal cost.

10. Waterproof properly

Poor quality waterproofing will lead to extensive water damage problems (and repair bills) down the line, so avoid any chances by getting the waterproofing professionally assessed, completed and warranted.