According to Experian a new bathroom suite will add around £7,250 to the value of your home, so whether you’re looking to update the space for your own peace of mind, or make it more desirable to potential buyers, it is at the top of the list for many looking to renovate their homes.
But when you’re conscious of your budget and the sustainability of your project, you may want to take some steps to ensure that you’re not only financially ready, but making conscious choices on how the materials and grand design will affect your carbon foot print.
Set a Budget
Consumer ambassadors Which? Have found that only 9% of bathroom projects come under budget due to unforeseen expenses and delays.
With this in mind Bathroom retailer Bella Bathrooms have created a bathroom calculator which can enable you to estimate the cost of your renovation.
Starting with your projected budget, you can then select your preferred options before it gives you a rough estimate and a complete checklist.
The costs that can be involved with a renovation can often be daunting, so making the financials a reality can ensure you end up with the dream bathroom you had hoped for.
Bathroom suites are a grey area in the eco-conscious world, as purchasing a brand new suite may seem wasteful, but in fact there are now many innovative products that can enable you to reduce water usage, and last longer than your average suites.
There are now many ways to recycle your old suites, enabling you to renovate without the worry of it ending up in landfill.
Call your local council and they will be able to provide you with details of where old suites can be taken for recycling.
Heat it Up
When we think about turning up that thermostat we immediately start to see the money rolling out the door. But that needn’t be the case for when you’re about to enjoy a soak in the bath.
During your renovation, take the time to fill the wall cavities with insulation, and swap those ugly wall radiators for underfloor heating.
George Clarke, well known presenter of The Restoration Man comments that, “as an architect who likes using space efficiently, I detest wall radiators because they’re energy inefficient. People tend to associate underfloor heating with new build homes, but it can be installed to good affect in older properties, particularly bathrooms”.
When it comes to the décor of the bathroom you’ll be pleased to know that eco-conscious products are on the rise.
Odourless and water based paints are now available in a spectrum of colours and many wallpaper brands are beginning to filter down.
The true trick is sourcing them which will come from plenty of research and sweet talking any local traders.
Renovating your bathroom doesn’t have to be a stressful experience as you pledge to be sustainable. With some organisation and the right direction, it can enable you to create a space that equates to complete bliss.