How to keep the cost down with your bathroom renovation

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Paul Sainty Plumbing & Heating Services

Plan, plan, plan… Spend some time thinking about your bathroom space.

If you can keep the current layout that will save you money and the cost re-routing pipe work etc.

Do pay attention to detail when planning your space that means you’ll get it right first time, which can save you money, correcting mistakes later.

We offer a free planning service and provide you with drawings to help you visualise your new bathroom.

Tiles are expensive and you don’t need to tile everywhere. Create a focus on important areas such as bath, shower and around the basin. The rest of the room can be painted in a matching or contrasting colour to create harmony or an impact.

Mix it up! Look around online or in store for bargains and deals. If you use white sanitary ware you can mix and match items from multiple sources to get the best offers. Think about what you will use more. Basins have heavy use compared to baths so maybe invest in more expensive sink taps and buy cheaper bath taps. That way your bathroom will last the test of time!

Fake it…..Natural products such as limestone or marble cost a lot more and also take a lot of maintenance to keep it looking good. Opting for porcelain or ceramic tiles that look like natural stone will offer you the same finish and look as the real thing but will massively cut the cost of a new bathroom.

Trick of the eye. Use large neutral wall tiles to give the appearance of a larger space. Mirrors add light and reflection to give the illusion of space and size and add light. Matching wall and floor tiles give a seamless finish and make the room flow as one large space.

Light it up. Don’t forget your lighting! Bathroom lighting must be bright and functional. You can use a single central ceiling pendant with a strip of spotlights that can be directed for areas of use, to save re-wiring the room instead of lots of halogen down lights.
 
For the wow factor at very little cost a new trend is using waterproof LED strip lights (see picture).
 
Make sure you light up your mirror area. Lots of cabinets have lighting in-built which can save cost. Check your lighting is IP rated to use in wet areas.
 
Bespoke.. Look around antique fairs and charity shops for cabinets that could be converted into washstands, basin units or interesting storage units. This is an easy and cheap way to make your space unique and stamp it with your own unique style.