How to make the most of your bathroom makeover

  • 31 August 2018 | Tumelo Buthelezi

The bathroom. The place where most people start and finish their day. The space that you can lock yourself into to decompress if you had a bad day or get privacy if you need to disconnect from the world for a little while. Most importantly, it’s the one room in the house where you can’t take decor shortcuts as it gives your guests salient clues about your personality.

A lot more goes into renovating a bathroom than just getting towels that match with the tiles. There are a few things you need to consider before you decide to remodel this special room, such as …

Planning with a professional 

At some point, we all come home with new ideas inspired by a magazine catalogue, a friend’s remodeled set-up or something we saw online. In our excitement,  we think we could do bathroom renovations on a whim. But it doesn't work that way. Successfully completing any project depends on proper planning.

It’s important you get an expert opinion from a professional plumber or designer. A qualified advisor will be able to make suitable suggestions on positioning new elements and make sure they don’t interfere with pipes and wiring. The scope of the alterations must be based on the space you have available in the room.

Adding extra to the budget

Renovations often unearth problems bigger than the additional expense of getting fancy tiles and stylish mirrors. Some of the biggest hidden issues you may encounter include older components being incompatible with newer bathroom fittings, or structural deficiencies meaning that pipes have to be replaced.

A good rule of thumb is to add 10% to your total budget in case an unexpected problem arises during the course of the project and needs immediate attention. A professional will be able to advise on what you can anticipate and how much it might cost you.

Keeping things neutral

Try to keep things fairly neutral when extending your personal taste to your bathroom, because you might want to sell your house one day. Avoid implementing ideas and materials that go out of fashion quickly. Go with removable mirrors, vases, towels and mats that can easily be replaced if the new owner has revamping ideas different from yours.

Going green in your upgrades

Implement your dream bathroom design with the environment in mind. Go green by upgrading the bathroom with budget-friendly options such as low-flow toilets, sinks, shower heads and other modifications that will help you save water and money.

There’s an opportunity here for DIY if you decide to repurpose some objects and turn them into resourceful items in the bathroom. You could, for example, make a nice soap dispenser from a glass canning jar, cutting down on waste, recycling and adding your personal stamp on your bathroom at the same time.


Renovations can be exciting as long as they stay within the boundaries of the project timeline and your budget. Bathroom upgrades are highly technical and require the input of a professional if you want to bring the process to successful completion.

Get timeous project estimates to see what’s worth pursuing in your plan. It is also advisable that you make fewer alterations to keep project costs low and leave room for contingency money that will help you cover unforeseen expenses. Finally, play your part in protecting the environment by adding a green touch to the bathroom with water-saving shower heads, recycled glass and so on.