Having an aesthetically pleasing and high-functioning bathroom is every homeowner’s dream. But putting together the perfect space for it can be a costly endeavour. This is why it is important that both the homeowner and the contractor agree upon a money saving plan. How easy is it to be cost-savvy when building a bathroom?
All in all, it’s safe to say that a new bathroom can set homeowners a few good thousands of pounds back. Fortunately, there are some ways to reduce these costs and make sure that the bathroom you build stays on the low end of the statistic.
Here are five money saving tips for a high-functioning bathroom:
1. Stick to a plan
While it might be tempting to keep on adding new features to the bathroom you are working on, this is not the most cost-effective approach. Therefore, in order to avoid impulsive spending, the homeowner, contractors, and architect need to come up with a plan. Once the plan is made and in motion, sticking to it will make all the difference in the world.
2. Keep the plumbing
A sure way to reduce costs on a bathroom is to keep the already-existing plumbing if there is any. In the case of a simple bathroom remodel, keeping the original plumbing and maybe just fixing a few flaws along the way is the best option. This is also possible when adding a new bathroom in a repurposed space, with the condition that said space already has plumbing added.
However, if the plumbing needs to be built from scratch, good isometric drawings are essential. Plumbing experts know that good isometric drawings are hard to produce, but once you have your isometric drawings laid out, the actual pipework will almost put itself together.
3. Take your time
According to consumer reports, the number one costliest mistake people make when building or remodelling a bathroom is rushing things. Naturally, it is very tempting to want to finish everything as fast as possible, but rushing into this process leaves a lot of room for mistakes. So, take your time and put in your best work.
4. Consider alternative tiling
Depending on the size of the bathroom you are building, tiles can amount to a pretty hefty price. Nevertheless, you don’t need to have tiles everywhere. In order to alternate the design and the materials, you can use things like wooden panels or beadboard. They still look high-end, but they are also cost-effective.
5. Minimalism is key
It is understandable to want to go all out and install top of their range toilets, bathtubs, showers, and sinks. But, as previously mentioned, a luxury bathroom can cost an absolute fortune so it’s better to have a minimalist approach. Classic white pieces still look good and tidy, but they won’t hurt the homeowner’s pockets.