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Renovating and styling your ensuite bathroom on a budget
21 January 2021
Transforming a bathroom or an ensuite can often be an expensive task, especially if you’re starting from scratch. In our recent ensuite makeover we faced that exact challenge, renovating from the ground up whilst trying to cut costs where we could. Suncorp asked us to share our learnings with you to help make change for less when renovating and styling your bathroom.
We've just completed a bathroom makeover, we completely gutted our ensuite to give it a luxe transformation and Suncorp have asked us to share with you how we made change for less
So in this video it's all about our top tips and advice on how you can make change for less when renovating and styling your bathroom or ensuite
Our ensuite went from this
We had a disaster cupboard that was half walk in robe half ensuite which we decided to turn into just one big luxurious master ensuite
Whenever you're starting from scratch in the bathroom it will be more expensive than simply doing cosmetic fixes however there are a couple of things to keep in mind in order to keep your costs down
Do you know what I was listening to just before?
It's been a hard day's night by the Beatles, it certainly has been
Followed quickly by help
When gutting your bathroom and starting again you are going to have to spend money on important trades like plumbers and tilers, however you can save money by actually doing a lot of the work yourselves
So in our ensuite we actually did our own demolition, we did our own cleaning and removal we also did our own waterproofing
I'm not gonna lie it was a lot of hard work, it took us about four days but that means we saved about a week's worth of labor costs
So if you don't need a skilled hand then do it yourself to save money
Save money on lighting by opting for well-placed downlights rather than bringing in feature pendants
If you position your down lights well they should be able to provide ample light for your space
Now in our ensuite I really wanted to bring in two feature wall pendants but when it came down to it our budget just wouldn't stretch that far so instead we just opted to use four down lights
We picked these up from our local hardware store they cost us 35 each they typically range between 10 and 50 so all up our lighting only cost 140 which is actually less than just one of those wall pendants I was looking at
Um I wanted to tap over here which was controversial
A little bit controversial but I think it'll work
So you were saying that maybe it should go over here?
No it's just saying it'll be easier to put it over there but we never choose the easy way
Make a plan early and map out your layout from the start
I can't stress this enough this is so important for you to understand exactly where everything is going in your bathroom or ensuite
I'm talking about fixtures, fittings, cabinetry, know where the height of your toilet roll holder is going to go or whereabouts do you want your mixer in the shower
Once you know these things you need to make sure you communicate that to your trades because if they don't know where they're going to go well they're just going to put them wherever they want
So don't forget time is money, you want to make sure you're not paying your trades to come back again in order to fix something
I've got all of these beautiful samples Jonno for our bathroom I think I know what I'm do, what I want and I'm just, I just needed to see it to make sure I knew where I was going
When it comes to interior design and styling it's important to first decide on a color palette
So this is the fun part this is where you get to decide exactly what your bathroom is going to look like so make sure you order samples and swatches of all your different finishes, so tiles fixes and fittings you want to make sure that you can see what they're going to look like together in the flesh
If you can't get hold of samples for your hardware then maybe think about getting something cheaper like a rope hook in the finish that you want that way you can see what it will look like together with your tiles
It's all just about experimenting, playing around with what works and what doesn't work because ultimately you want to be making a confident decision because things like tiles they can be expensive so you want to make sure you get it right
Thanks for watching guys I hope you found this video helpful for your next bathroom or ensuite makeover
A big thank you to Suncorp for asking us to share with you how we made change for less
I put together some tips and advice on the Suncorp website so hit the link below and like and subscribe because we've got plenty more videos coming your way
1. DIY what you can
If you’re starting from scratch in a bathroom you will need to hire important trades for plumbing and tiling etc, but you can save money by doing whatever tasks you can yourself. For our ensuite renovation we did our own demolition, cleaning, material removal and waterproofing. This was a lot of hard work, but we saved a full week of trade costs. Whilst hiring trades is important and necessary, if a certain task does not require a skilled hand then DIY to save money.
2. Save on lighting
When it came to deciding on lighting for our ensuite I wanted to add in feature wall sconces, however our budget simply didn’t stretch enough to be able to get the ones I wanted! So we decided to save on lighting costs by opting for well placed down lights instead. If you position your down lights well, they will provide ample lighting for your bathroom. Feature lighting such as wall pendants look great but will add to the cost, down lights are cheaper and easier to install. We used 4 down lights in our ensuite which we picked up from our local hardware store, they cost $35 each so all up our lighting cost $140.
3. Make a plan early
Map out your layout from the start and make sure you know exactly where you want your fixtures and fittings to be. Once you are confident with your layout be sure to communicate clearly with your trades. Trust me, if you don’t, they will often just put them wherever they think ‘looks good’, so be sure to have a plan and share it. Changing your mind can happen but if work is already underway that will cost you more in labour costs.
Bathroom Styling Tip
When it comes to the interior design and styling of your bathroom, it’s important to decide on a colour and material palette to work from. The best way to do this is to order samples and swatches of the finishes you are interested in. Think tiles, paint, fixtures and finishings.
Once you have physical samples you can look at how they all work together and choose the best combination. A good way to start is to create a base first by choosing tiles, then bring in different textures and colours to see what works.
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Images by: Hunting for George
Art Direction & Styling: Lucy Glade-Wright
Photography: Jonno Rodd
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