Bathroom Refurbishment On A Budget
Refurbishing a bathroom in a family home is a great idea for all sorts of reasons. It’s a room used regularly by all members of the household, so it makes sense to keep it in good condition. It can also add a significant amount of value to your home, should you choose to sell in future. For some people though it can also be prohibitively expensive, due to the high cost of essential bathroom units such as showers, baths and basins, combined with the cost of hiring professionals to install them.
There are other ways to make your bathroom more presentable without spending a fortune. In some cases, it may be a case of improving, rather than replacing, what’s already there. A classic example is giving your bathroom a thorough deep clean, as opposed to the weekly flick round. Use some quality, bathroom specific cleaning products to remove built up lime scale on surfaces, and purchase some cheap toothbrushes to help you get in-between tiles and into nooks and crannies. You’ll be surprised at the difference by the time you’ve finished.
Another option to consider is hiring a professional company who offer bath or shower repairs, rather than replace worn or temperamental fixtures and fittings. Faulty shower repairs are often quick and simple, meaning they’re also cheap. If you’ve got an enamel bath that is starting to feel gritty, there are plenty of companies out there who specialize in bath resurfacing. A quick Google search will reveal a host of DIY bath resurfacing kits, which whilst cheap can be tricky to apply and may not last as long as a solution applied by a professional bath resurfacing company.
Then there’s simple tasks to do like touching up or even replacing the paintwork. This is a simple enough task for even the most inexperienced DIYer to complete, and can be done to a high standard over a single weekend. A bright new colour can make any bathroom feel much bigger and spacious. If you want to enhance this effect even more, consider installing a large mirror on one wall to really increase the feeling of space in your bathroom.
If you’ve got a reasonable budget but looking to save money wherever possible, then consider whether you really need to replace all of your fixtures and fittings. If, for example, the toilet is perfectly fine then perhaps the money you’d set aside for a new one could be better used elsewhere? If you’re worried that it’ll look out of place with the new bits and pieces you’re installing, then why not replace things like the seat and handle to create a coherent look throughout?
A final tip, and an absolute golden money saving rule is to avoid changing the shape or layout of your bathroom at all times. Changing this is a sure fire way of sending your costs through the roof, as you will often have to replace a significant amount of the plumbing, which will result is a good deal of disruption to your family routine.
This post was written on behalf of Hometech, experts in repairs around the home.