Many ‘purists’ believe that ‘style’ and ‘budget’ should not appear in the same sentence. But these are financially challenging times and the household purse strings are often stretched to near breaking point. So when it comes to renovating your bathroom or ensuite do you just give up or is the answer in savvy purchases, careful planning, and astute budgeting?

At the pragmatic end of the debate between ‘form’ and ‘function’, a low-budget bathroom renovation used to mean nothing but the most basic, utilitarian-looking choices in fixtures and fittings. But a new bathroom doesn’t necessarily mean you have to break the bank or compromise on style and quality. There are things you can do to achieve a high-end look at a low-end price.

Research

Elite - DD Ebony 900 & WB-203 Basin - Wall Hung – Vanity.’

This complete wall hung vanity with Elite DD ‘Ebony’ 900 drawer faces, WB-203 wash basin vessel, and ‘Dover White’ quartz stone benchtop is a versatile unit that will compliment many different décor styles.

Before jumping into your bathroom renovation it’s a good idea to work out exactly what you want. Study pictures in magazines and on the internet to help you choose an appropriate décor style. Short list the types of bathroom fittings that appeal to you such as, vanity cabinets, tapware, wash basins, shower recesses, baths etc. Browse through WHO’s great selection of affordable, quality bathroomware and accessories. By doing all of this, you should dampen the temptation to make ‘spur of the moment’ purchases or grab ‘on-sale’ items that can ultimately result in a hoard of unsuitable bathroom components. Make up your mind to mind your investment.

Planning

Thomas - 1200 & VC-E 1200 Vanity Basin - Free Standing – Vanity.

The ‘Thomas’ 1200 freestanding vanity cabinet with integrated white vitreous china vanity basin/benchtop will never leave you short on storage space. Ideal for large families.

Think about all the things you need to make your new bathroom perfect. How much storage space do you need? This will help you choose the right size vanity cabinet so you don’t fall short and have to purchase extra storage later on. WHO has a great selection of vanity cabinets that will suit the majority of storage requirements. Do you need a mirror cabinet or is a flat panel mirror sufficient? This can affect cost. Be precise when it comes to measurements to avoid costly mistakes. By working out everything you want in your bathroom, from tiling to fittings and accessories, you won’t have to dive into your bank account and blow your budget when you realise you’ve forgotten to include something important.

Budgeting

Olivia - 1800 & WB-538 - Wall Hung – Vanity.

WHO’s cost effective, quality, designer bathroomware never skimps on style and craftsmanship. This beautiful ‘Olivia’ drawer face vanity with elegant WB-538 bench top mount vanity basin vessels is proof high-end luxury doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

Break out the calculator and crunch the numbers. How much can you afford? Be realistic so you don’t blow apart your financial situation. Get a number of quotes from required skilled tradesmen such as cabinet fitters, plumbers, tilers, electricians etc. Their fees need to be incorporated into the overall cost of your bathroom renovation. Be flexible. If your heart is set on a particular type of bath and the cost is tipping the budget, consider where you can compromise on other items such as tapware or wall tiles. WHO Bathroom Warehouse offers premium, mix and match vanity customisation resulting in flexible pricing. By sticking to your budget, your new bathroom will be something to enjoy rather than a painful reminder of overspending.

WHO Bathroom Warehouse can help you achieve a cost-effective, quality bathroom by supplying lifetime-guaranteed designer products direct to the public at wholesale prices.

Now just about anyone can afford to have high-grade, beautiful, designer bathroomware that performs reliably and keeps its great appearance year after year (or WHO will replace it – that’s confidence for you!).