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How To Renovate A Bathrooom On A Budget

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Per square meter, a bathroom can be the most expensive room in the house to renovate. Basically a "wet room," the floor must be waterproofed and the walls need to be tiled. The cost of plumbing and bathroom fixtures adds to the cost of a bathroom. With these costs and more to consider, how can you renovate a bathroom on a tight budget?

The Cost of a Full Bathroom Renovation

A full bathroom renovation costs approximately:

$5000 for a low-budget renovation $8500 for a standard renovation $15,000+ for a luxury renovation

We would all like to have a luxury renovation, but not all of us have an extra $10,000 or more to carry it out. Does that mean we have to make do with our outdated bathroom until the extra money falls into our lap? Not necessarily. There are ways to renovate a bathroom that can cost as little as a budget renovation but look like a luxury renovation.

Resurfacing versus Replacing

Tiling and replacing a bath are two expensive parts of a bathroom renovation. Tiles cost money, but paying a tiler to remove your old tiles and replace them with new tiles will cost even more. You might be able to find a relatively inexpensive bath tub, but a plumber will have to remove and replace the tub, which will add significantly to the cost. By the time you've replaced both the tiles and the bath, you could easily spend over half your budget.

Another way to "replace" your tiles and bath is to have a tile resurfacing service resurface your tiles and a bath and basin resurfacing expert resurface your bath and sink. If you let the experts handle the jobs, you'll get professional results for about a quarter of the cost of replacing your tiles and bath. Resurfacing tiles is possible on floors, but not recommended because of all the foot traffic. Resurfaced wall tiles can look beautiful and will withstand the test of time. A professionally resurfaced bath, too, will give you a long lasting, looks-like-new finish.

Budget Replacements

To have a modern bathroom, you will probably want to replace some things, but you don't have to spend a fortune. Consider replacing:

An old shower screen with a modern frameless shower screen Your taps with modern bathroom taps Your shower head with a modern water-saving shower head Your bathroom shelving, cabinets and vanity Bathroom accessories such as towel racks and soap dishes

To save money, replace your shower screen with a new one of the same size and replace your taps and shower head in the same location if possible. The shower screen installation cost will be lower and the plumber will not have to move pipes and fittings to replace the taps and shower head. Try to find a vanity that fits neatly into the space your current vanity takes up. You can replace a drop-in sink with a modern benchtop "vessel sink" and the plumbing won't cost too much more if the plumber doesn't have to move pipes.

You may need to take a more hands-on approach to a budget bathroom renovation than a full renovation because you'll need to employ a variety of trades to help you. Try to do your renovations a step at a time and in the right order. If the plumber only has to come in once to replace your taps and shower head, you'll save money because they won't have to charge a call-out fee every time they come out to do a small job. For this reason, you'll probably want to schedule the other jobs first. When you're ready for the plumber, have everything ready and they can complete their part of the job quickly.


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