Bathrooms on a Budget
Wait! Before you renovate (Read this!):The amount of time you spend in your master bathroom is often pre-determined by what it looks like. Besides the kitchen, the bathroom is the most important part of a house. Depending on what your bathroom budget is, you’ll be surprised at all the money-saving things that you can do, and trends that you can implement, to reinvent the look of yours. Some people want to renovate because they want to update the look of their bathroom. Others renovate to improve the flow of their bathroom, or to fix a problem – anything from leaks and mould, to ineffective flow, and lack of power outlets. When you’re demoing a master bathroom, there’s a good chance you’re going to change the layout to something more functional. That’s where added costs come from – getting new tile, tub, vanity and faucets. There are lots of current trends / changes to consider, as well: Plumbing: • Switch from bathtub-shower to full standup shower • Switch from bathtub-shower to shower and separate freestanding bathtub • Washlet (toilet seat-bidet combo) Electrical: • Additional outlets for hair dryer, curling iron, phone charger Heating: • Toilet seats • Washlet (toilet seat-bidet combo) • Towel bars/racks • Floor Design: • Shower floating bench • Vanity • Make-up table • Porcelain tile • Mirrors • Shower glass surround with a custom glass shower door.
• TubBefore you buy that soaker or claw foot tub, rethink your reinvention. The materials you choose for decorative elements, such as mirrors, sinks, floors, and tub fixtures can range, tremendously, in price. There are lots of products that look the part, but aren’t budget-breaking. Look for sales and ask the right questions and your bathroom could look as good as new.