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Bathrooms – Trends, Reno Tips & Costs, and Signs You’re Due a New One!

27 July

We’ve all spent far too much time at home over the past few months.

And, whether it’s the lounge room, the master bedroom, the games room, or the kitchen or one of the bathrooms, you’ve probably cast a critical eye over them and let your mind wander for a few minutes of what you might do to spruce things up a bit.

Are you ready for a bathroom reno? Read on to see how you fare.

8 Signs Your Bathroom Is Due a Reno

Pink Bathroom Photo

Renovations done well add value to our homes in the longer term and enjoyment to our daily lives in the short term.

The bathroom is one of the key rooms that are just ripe for a renovation. It’s small enough that it won’t break the bank and it’s one of those rooms that let’s face it, we all spend time in, so why not spruce things up a little.

  1. The Plumbing is Old – outdated plumbing can be a ticking time bomb that could cause some serious damage – like everything, plumbing has a lifespan, so if the house and the plumbing are getting on in years, it may be time for more modern replacements.
  2. Mould Has Made its Mark – Not only can mould be unsightly, it also presents health risks especially as it grows. So if your mould is multiplying your tiles and grout are breeding grounds, it’s time to clean things up for good.
  3. The Layout is Non Functional – do you get frustrated with the cabinet door bumping your knee when you open it? Do you reach to the wrong side for the toilet roll, or is there just not enough room to sit comfortably?
  4. Not Enough Storage Space – every surface is covered with shampoos, body washes, razors, and toiletries of all types and it’s clutter, clutter, clutter. Storage space is way overdue!
  5. You’ve Outgrown The Space – Is your spa-like single gal luxury loo just not keeping pace with the needs placed on it by you, the 2 kids and a partner and it’s just not serving anyone very well?
  6. The Addition of Safety Features – if it’s time to add some safety features, instead of just adding to what’s already there, it might be better to rethink the whole layout to create a total and integrated solution rather than stopgap one.
  7. You’re Tired of Looking at the Same Old Tapware and Fixtures – they came with the house, you’ve never changed them, maybe it’s time to make your mark by choosing some sexy new tapware and fixtures that actually reflect your taste. Yes, it’s a functional room, but it can be fashionable too!
  8. It’s An Outdated Look – so your loo doesn’t look anything like what you’re seeing on The Block, or Better Homes and Gardens, maybe it’s time you bring the look forward a few years!

And, of course, if you’re going to go that reno route, you want to be sure you’re on trend!

2020 Bathroom Trends

It’s 2020 and while it’s been a lot of things (many we could have never predicted) we can still count on the latest in household decorating and design trends emerging to keep us on our decorating toes.

What are some of the best bathroom trends for 2020 and beyond?

Built in hand sanitiser stations?

Kidding. Not kidding. Too soon?

Seriously, now here are the real design trends for the well decorated bathroom of 2020 and beyond:.

  1. Rain showers are creating quite the downpour
  2. Coloured tapware – add some drama with black, gun metal gray or copper tapware
  3. Bathroom skylights are lighting up these small spaces
  4. Orchids – random, but yes, orchids, they provide a soft yet elegant accent and require minimal maintenance
  5. Coloured concrete sinks – a splash of colour helps you make a statement
  6. Unfinished wood is adding a warm organic feel to even the starkest of loos.
  7. Dark statement walls are adding drama
  8. Backlit mirrors create contrast and the illusion of hanging off the wall
  9. Bathroom art – yep, it’s a thing
  10. Stone and wood planked floors are mimicking the day spa right in your home.
  11. Bath caddies, complete with wine glass holder are supercharging the relax quotient
  12. Organiser baskets help manage the mess when there’s not enough storage
  13. A little succulent greenery spruces things up and requires almost no effort to maintain
  14. Whitening it up with white on white on white where textures are the pop!
  15. Exposed plumbing (yes, on purpose) That << >>>look has made it to the bathroom too
  16. And, you may want to sit down for this last one… Shower benches, an idea whose time is way overdue!

Any of these got you thinking? We’ll bet you can’t look at your loo the same way now. Where will you start?

16 Tips for bathroom reno success

We all want our household renos to be raging successes. We want that for you too. So, we’ve identified a few handy dandy tips to help you make it so.

When it’s time to go down the bathroom renovation path, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Plan a bathroom layout and stick to it – get a scale layout planned and decided before you start
  2. Appoint reliable and professional plumbing and electrical support early so they can help provide advice and guidance.
  3. Salvage any usable components and source the rest
  4. Choose your main components – fixtures, peicesk “sanitary ware” before doing the plastering or tiling
  5. Mixing and matching between suppliers may save you some budget
  6. It’s worth a try to haggle on the quoted costs of both products and services for your reno.
  7. While you’re at it, waterproof the space to limit leak risk
  8. Think about including the latest in smart and high tech features
  9. Remember that mirrors can add some bigger ‘feels’ in small spaces
  10. Never skimp on your tapware and fixtures. Quality is remembered long after price is forgotten.
  11. This is the time to vent! Fans and heat lamps and windows that open will help disperse both the steam and the odours!
  12. Try and stay away from the wall mounted fittings as they can require specialist fittings and drive up the cost.
  13. Lighting is important but don’t go overboard as this can also drive up the budget.
  14. Find a statement piece to help make your bathroom make a statement.
  15. Don’t forget, STORAGE, STORAGE, STORAGE. It keeps the small spaces neat and tidy.
  16. Ensure that materials are bathroom-friendly – i.e. that can withstand the moisture, steam and temperature spikes that are all part of the loo experience.

Costs for a Bathroom Reno

How much does a bathroom reno actually cost? It’s a bit like asking, ‘How long is a piece of string?’ The short answer is. It depends.

In 2018, the Housing Industry Association (HIA) survey found that the average cost of a bathroom renovation in Australia was just over $17K.

A ‘ bathroom could cost upwards of about $25K or more.budget’ bathroom renovation of a relatively small bathroom can come in around $5K While a major renovation of a larger

Generally speaking:

  • A budget reno costs between $5,000 and $15,000
  • A standard reno between $15,000 and $25,000
  • A premium or luxury renovation costs $25,000 and up.

But wait, f your want to keep your budget at the lower end, here are a few tips

Here are a few ideas for what you can do to keep your bathroom renovations under $10,000

  • Spruce up your walls – add some paint, resurface existing tiles and some new ones, add a feature, install some PVC panels or paint them a different colour.
  • Change up a fixture or two – or all of them! Switch up your tapware, your tub, your shower, or your vanity
  • Replace or add mirrors and lights for a different look and feel
  • Tap into the expansive power of natural light/ Bring more of it into your bathroom by installing a skylight or window.

Ideas for bathroom renovations under $5,000

  • To brighten things up, get your existing tiles cleaned and regrouted – the right colour grout can transform a space.
  • Consider having your tub and basin resurfaced
  • Paint your walls.
  • Paint or refinish your vanity and swap out the handles to finish off the look.
  • Modernise your light fittings and tapware.
  • Replace your shower enclosure with a more modern shower enclosure.
  • Replace your shower head

Bathroom and kitchen renovations add value to our homes and can provide added efficiency. They spruce up two of the rooms we use most often, so why wouldn’t you start there and make life at home a little nicer just for your own enjoyment?

If you are embarking on your own bathroom makeover, remember that we have a huge catalogue wide range of bathroom fixtures and tapware as well as the professional expertise to install them.

So, if we can be of any help, call us on 1300 390 361.