Smart ways to lower the cost of a new scheme without sacrificing its style or performance
Renovating your bathroom will make a huge difference to your home. Not only is it a space we need to use everyday, but it’s also a room that can increase the value of your property when its been updated. However, that doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune to create a beautiful bathroom. Read on for Grand Designs’ affordable bathroom renovation ideas…
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For a bespoke finish
Upgrade a standard inset tub by creating a feature bath panel. Clad a made-to-measure sturdy plywood sheet with tiles to suit your scheme.
Ask the experts
Take advantage of the free design service offered by many bathroom and DIY suppliers, such as Victoria Plum’s Design + Installation. Bear in mind that you will need to provide measurements. Otherwise, virtual tools such as Roca’s 3R Bathroom Planner can help you visualise its products in your space.
Consider the long-term benefits
It’s worth investing in quality taps and shower fittings to ensure that you get great performance over many years. Look out for water and energy-saving features to minimise your utility bills.
Ensure it’s well fitted
Professional installation is always worth the expense. Find a reputable firm via personal recommendation or through bodies such as TrustMark. The screens, walk-in tray, showerhead, handset, triple shower valve, and Athena vanity/basin are all from Nuie.
Bag a bargain
Make your budget go further by buying discounted ex-display and end-of-range items. Factory outlets are worth a visit, or wait for the seasonal sales.
Follow the footprint
Work with your current layout to reduce installation costs. Save more money by retaining the existing wall covering and flooring while upgrading the fittings. The below example matched existing drill holes helped to cut down installation costs.
Luxury look for less
Acrylic freestanding baths are good value and low maintenance. Choose robust fibreglass-reinforced acrylic for durability like the example below.