Top Tips For Giving Your Bathroom An Upgrade

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Your bathroom is a room that gets a lot of use and therefore it is natural that over time it can become tired and worn. Bathrooms can be expensive to get re-done, but due to their nature, it is important that you get them done properly. The last thing you want is for it to leak or break not long after you have got it renovated. That being said, you don’t need to break the bank to get it done, you just need to do your research and look into reviews of products and items. You can also shop around and see if you can buy the same item cheaper from a different shop. The cost of your bathroom will depend on if you are doing a complete renovation of everything from your team poly septic tanks to your lighting, or if you are looking to give it more of a cosmetic upgrade. Here are some top tips for giving your bathroom an upgrade.

  • Decide on a budget

This is the most important thing you need to consider when looking to get your bathroom done. The costs of a bathroom upgrade can quickly rack up, so you want to ensure it fits into what you are looking to spend. Some of the main things that you will need to think about are if there are elements that you can do yourself, what are the things you place the most value on in the room, and if you are looking to sell soon or if you are looking to stay in the house for a long time. The best way to do this is to make a spreadsheet, list out everything that you will need to spend on from the items to go in the room to the labor costs, and work out what you want to spend on each area.

  • Think about the usage of your bathroom

How are you going to use your bathroom? Is it going to be a family bathroom with young children getting plenty of use, will it be a luxurious wet room for you and your partner, or will it be an en-suite? When it comes to deciding how you want your bathroom to be designed, you will need to consider all of these factors. A family bathroom will get a lot more wear and tear as it is being used by so many people, whereas for a more luxurious bathroom for just your partner and yourself, you could (literally) splash out a little more on it. If your bathroom is smaller you could also spend more on items such as tiles as you won’t need so many as if you were re-doing a large bathroom. 

  • Consider the lighting you will use

Lighting can have a considerable impact on a room and this is the same for your bathroom. Consider what sort of lighting you will want as soon as possible as bad lighting can really have an impact on the room. Natural lighting is usually the best choice and if you can, try to get a skylight or large windows fitted in somewhere. If you are planning on having a vanity mirror, it is a good idea to put this where you will be facing the window so you can make full use of the natural lighting. You will also need to remember that artificial lighting will be used a lot and this is just as important. If you want more of an ambiance, you could consider spotlights with a dimmer switch, or low-level lighting. Try to avoid bare bulbs or harsh light sources which are not very relaxing! 

  • Choose materials that are made to last

As we’ve already said above, bathrooms get a lot of use, so you will want materials that are built to last. It can be tempting to go for something based on the aesthetic, but you want to make sure that it is just as sturdy and practical as it is nice to look at. Be sure to look at reviews online and also speak to your builder if you have any doubt. They will have experience in this and be able to advise on what is best! You want tiles that are non-porous (porcelain is often a good choice for this) and if you are getting cabinets fitted, stay away from cheap particle-board materials. These can quickly become damp, swell, and chip. When it comes to your plumbing fixtures, it can be tempting to opt for plastic as they are cheaper, but it is better to spend more on something such as brass that will last forever.

  • Add in some luxuries

Once you have decided on your budget and how you want your bathroom to look, it is time to think about any added luxuries that you will want to add in. Some good ideas for this include underfloor heating and heated towel rails. These could be a bigger upfront cost, but you will be much more comfortable – particularly during the winter months! You could also get a more luxurious shower such as a rain shower or a bath with jacuzzi jets. These are things that you can look out for when you know what you want to spend! Consider how much you will treasure and actually use these features before becoming swept up in the excitement of it all!

These are just a few things to think about when you are looking to redo your bathroom. It is important to keep your budget in mind throughout the project and get upfront costs wherever possible. If you just say yes to different things as you go along and then add it up at the end, you are likely to lose track and go way over your budget. Make sure to take before and after photos of the project for you to look back on too! What are some top things you have considered in the past when doing up your bathroom? 

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