How To Save Money On Your Bathroom Renovation


Pictured above: 22x145mm Kit Kat Finger Tile Mosaic White Matt (Satin)

Are you excited about your upcoming bathroom renovation, but feeling a little apprehensive about the cost? The bathroom is the second-most expensive room to renovate, after the kitchen. According to Hipages, the average Australian bathroom renovation costs between $10,000 and $30,000.

However, there are some simple steps you can take to minimise any potential overspending on your reno. That way, you can instead focus on the excitement and joy of creating a beautiful new space in your home. Read on to discover our money-saving tips for your next bathroom renovation.

Set your budget, and stick to it

Have a realistic budget in mind for what you can spend on your renovation. It helps to make a list or spreadsheet to keep track of the project and expenses. You’ll need to track the cost of your hired tradespeople and all required materials. It also helps to have an emergency fund set aside (if you can) in case you encounter any unexpected leaks and the like.

Without proper planning, you may end up spending more than you anticipated. Save yourself from any unnecessary headaches by establishing and following a budget.

Pictured: Argile Ice 100x100mm and Argile Concrete 100x100mm

Don’t change the layout, plumbing, or electrical

Choosing to keep major aspects of the existing bathroom, such as the placement of the vanity, shower, bath, and toilet, is the best way to keep your renovation costs down. Moving plumbing pipes, particularly sewerage pipes, can be a time-consuming and costly exercise. The same goes for moving any electrical outlets. While this isn’t as exciting as a full-blown bathroom remodel, it is a more practical and affordable way to update your bathroom.

If you can, keep the layout as is, and personalise other elements to create a stylish look in your new bathroom, such as replacing tiles and updating the fixtures.

The Designer Tile Company showroom, located at 1664-1666 Centre Road, Springvale.

Buy clearance tiles

Ensure your renovation stays within budget and shop from the tile clearance category of our website. You will find hundreds of first-quality tiles that have been discontinued and reduced to clear, with prices slashed by up to 50% or more. You’ll even find high-quality, designer Italian and Spanish tiles in our clearance category!

New clearance tiles are added to our website regularly, so you don’t have to wait for special offers or promotions to secure a bargain. You can shop online any time that suits you. You can also visit our showroom, which is fitted with multiple tile displays, so you can visualise how the tiles will look in your space.

For a mosaic feature in your new bathroom, you can save money by applying the mosaic in a small area, such as the space between your vanity and a full-width mirror, or inside a shower/bath/wall niche. We supply clearance mosaics from as little as $1 per sheet, which will save costs monumentally on your bathroom renovation.

Our customer Peter renovated his bathroom with Ground Charcoal Matt 300x600mm and 600x600mm.

DIY what you can & what you’re capable of

You will need to hire licensed tradespeople for specialist tasks like waterproofing, plumbing, and electrical work. However, there are still plenty of aspects of a bathroom renovation you can do yourself if you are willing to put in the time and effort.

Some popular DIY tasks among renovators include stripping and demolishing the old bathroom, replastering, painting, and installing some fixtures. Remember to factor in waste removal and skip hire costs when you DIY.

You can also do your own tiling if you have the right tools to support you, and you understand the many steps and processes involved. For tiling, you’ll need to invest in various tools, including but not limited to:

• Tile cutter

• Trowel

• Notched trowel

• Sponge

You’ll also require materials like tile grouttile spacers, and silicone to complete your DIY tiling job. And don’t forget the star of the show, your tiles! Note that building regulations vary by state; it’s wise to familiarise yourself with your state’s rules before proceeding with any DIY tasks.

Your new bathroom will be well worth the time, investment, and effort. If you establish a budget, set realistic goals, shop smarter, and DIY what you can, you could end up saving thousands on your renovation.

Do you need help selecting tiles for your upcoming bathroom renovation? Give us a call on (03) 9558 4933 to speak to a tile expert, or visit our showroom located at 1664-1666 Centre Road, Springvale to view our huge range of tiles and tiling supplies in person.


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