In this episode of the podcast, Frances walks through what is possible when renovating your bathroom at various price points. She covers off options at $1,500 to freshen up a dated bathroom. What can be achieved for about $10,000 and then what you can look at when you’re creating a high end bathroom. She provides plenty of examples of what can be done at each budget level.
$1,500- $2,000 Freshen Up
Things to consider:
- Are your bathroom tiles okay? If they are, then focus on changing outdated tapwear, towel rails, accessories, and basins. Changing these things can make a big difference in your bathroom.
- If the tiles are not great, painting them may be an option. This is not ideal on floor tiles as it cannot withstand high traffic, but it is possible on a wall tile. It won’t provide an ideal finish, but it can tidy things up.
- Painting or changing the cabinetry fronts
- Change the doors or drawer fronts and then paint the sides to match
- Use new handles on your vanity
- Paint the entire vanity using the Dulux Renovator paint range
- Replace any damaged or outdated light fittings or add decorative lighting for added atmosphere and light sources
- Paint the bathroom walls with a colour you love.
- Add a wallpaper- i.e Vinyl wallpaper as they are washable
Decoration/ Styling tips
- Add indoor plants
- Add new towels – It can add colour and pattern to your bathroom
- Add accessories such as candles, baskets, soap dispensers (ceramic, glass, stone), and shells
- Adding a different mirror- For instance, replacing a hanging mirror with a rounded mirror to break up all the straight edges that are traditionally in a bathroom.
$10,000-$15,000 Cosmetic Update
- Keep the floorplan the same but change the tiles, cabinetry and tapwear.
- Changing any plumbing locations adds to the cost.
- Replace shower bases so they are tiled- creates a sense of space and makes the design more modern and contemporary
- Replace old shower screens for a frameless shower version- removes the metals and heavy frames that makes the space larger
- Relatively straight forward
- Need to consider how it affects the shower base
- Not difficult to retrofit
- Re-do the tiles
- Ripping out all the tiles is a lot more expensive
- You need to consider the levels to your bathroom to determine if you can tile over the top
- Redoing the tiles is going to make the space feel completely invigorated.
- Replace cabinetry, shower and tapwear
- Replace vanity- go for a floating vanity if you are doing the re-tiling to create an illusion of space.
- New above counter basin
Luxe bathroom renovation
- Ripping out the whole bathroom -replacing all the tiles, new vanity, new lighting, new shower and all the fitting and fixtures are being replaced.
- You can change the floorplan – move the toilet or have a separate toilet
- High-end materials- marbles and natural stones for benchtops and walls
- Bespoke joinery with luxe veneers and laminates for cabinetry
- Luxury tapwear with premium finishes such as tumbled living bronze or living brass
- Under floor heating, heated towel rails and freestanding bath
- Bathroom connection to outdoors with larger windows, openable windows to landscape.
- Rain showers
- Jet showers
- Outdoor showers
- Floor to ceiling window in your shower
- Luxurious finish in your bathroom such as Tadelakt or Venetian plaster finish
- Custom freeform concrete benchtop
- Recycled glass benchtop
- Skylights that automatically close- Fabulous for dumping hot air and creating ventilation
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