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How to Design Your Bathroom the Smart Budget Way

April 14, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 130

How to Design Your Bathroom the Smart Budget Way

Among the many rooms in the house, the bathroom is one of the most expensive spaces to renovate due to all the specialised work (e.g. plumbing, wiring and carpentry) that go into it. If you have a strict budget to keep to, it's important to plan a design that meets both your tastes and needs. Be sure to do sufficient research before the renovation begins so you'll know exactly what you need. This could potentially save you thousands of dollars if you do it right.

Proper upgrades to your bathroom will also ensure that your house or flat can enjoy a better resale value in a few years' time. Keen to try out a quirky design? Then ensure that the decorations are limited to accessories and fixtures that can be easily removed or changed in the future, just in case. Here are a few important things to remember while you make your bathroom plans:

Family Checklist Unless you're living alone, you will undoubtedly have family members who will use the bathroom as well. So ask yourself a few questions:

1. Who will be using this bathroom? E.g. elderly family members or children 2 Are there any special physical needs such as disabilities that you need to cater to? 3. Who is in charge of cleaning the bathroom and how often will you clean it?

If you're living with a family that has a wide range of ages and personalities, then it's wise to invest in a universal design that works for everyone. Shop for bathroom fittings that are easy to use or require little effort to clean. For example, soap scum show up more obviously on a dark coloured sink than on a neutral or light coloured one.

Needs & Wants Make a list of what you'll love to have in your bathroom. Then divide this list into Essential Things and Nice-to-Have Things. You can take note of the things you'll love to have but don't get too distracted by them. Finalise the items you need first and decide if a fixture can be easily added without having to hack off half your wall later. If not, get it installed now.

Affordable Options Replace high-end accessories and flooring with similar products that cost within your means. For example, a marble vanity top can be replaced with a laminated one with faux marble finish. The key here is to choose simple accessories and fittings that will stand the test of trends as well as wear and tear.

Have you recently remodeled or renovated your bathroom? Do share your stories and experience with us in the comments below!

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