Bathroom Planning on a Budget

Bathroom Planning on a Budget

You want to renovate your bathroom but the problem is you don’t know where to start. Between the tiling, the electrical work and the plumbing you just can’t do it all by yourself and you might probably think that it is outside the scope of your skills, much less your budget. Renovating a bathroom has to have a step-by-step approach in terms of planning, budgeting and finally carrying out your renovation. Only then will you know that it doesn’t need to be difficult and costly. All you need is a properly planned, well budgeted and carefully executed system.

1. Planning

First, take a trip to your bathroom and take note of the things to be improved inside your bathroom and the things that probably need to be changed or removed: Is it the lighting, the fixtures, maybe the shower or the dilapidated tiles – the list goes on but instead of just taking a mental note of all the things that you don’t like about your bathroom, write a list of all of them. It might look something like this:

1. There’s a crack in the shower screen and/or the mirror

2. The bathroom is too small

3. The floor and wall tiles need to be changed

4. The sink is old and dingy looking

5. The toilet is too big which is taking up too much space

6. The lighting needs to be changed

When you have identified the areas that need improvement or things that need to be changed and removed, organise your list in order of priority. What has to be done? What can you live with or without? Once you have organized your ideas you’re ready for the next step.

2. Budgeting

The next step is budgeting. Find out how much all of these changes are going to cost. Consider both budget and “dream” options. For instance, you can opt to paint your bathroom wall tiles rather than replace them with something new or maybe you can thoroughly clean your shower screen and those areas that require a deep clean to make it sparkle again or you might want to substitute the designer tapware range for a more affordable tapware range.

Also get quotes from tilers, electricians and plumbers so you can figure out how much money you have to shell out and how much you can save for more affordable options. While you will need to hire a licensed electrician and/or plumber, you might be able to tile your floor and walls yourself, so look into that and other money saving do-it-yourself jobs and you would be delighted to know how much you can save and might be surprised to see how much you can do and discover your “other hidden, untapped skills”. Besides, it’s fun to learn and experience new things.

Once you have a complete list of the various costs involved in bathroom renovation, you can put together a realistic budget. Add about 10% to your costs, just to be on the safe side and then you are ready for the final step which is executing your plan.

3. Executing Your Plan

By now you should have a workable plan and it’s time for action. This needs a step-by-step approach too. You will literally be starting from the ground- beginning from the floor and up.Be sure to account for any changes in the layout, also.If you’ve decided to replace your toilet with a wall hung toilet, the floor under the toilet will need to be tiled, too. Everything should be well accounted for from the planning, budget and execution.

Before you start your renovations, find your tradies and talk to each of them about the whole project. That will help you with your scheduling and their advice and suggestions may also help you avoid costly mistakes.

Now you are ready to renovate your bathroom. Remember, it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune to get started. All you need is a simple and easy approach and you are more than ready for that carefully planned budgeted and executed bathroom renovation . So there is no need to continue just thinking and pondering about changing your bathroom.Act now and you can have that “dream” bathroom of yours!


This article is courtesy of & Alana M. Gray.
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