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3 ways to design an ensuite you can actually afford

Homes to Love logo Homes to Love 7/07/2019 Lakshmi Krishnasamy

a room with a sink and a mirror © Provided by Bauer Media Group (NZ) LP Having your very own ensuite doesn’t have to be a pipe dream, here are the three key ways to design a bathroom on a budget

3 ways to design an ensuite you can actually afford

When it comes to the number one thing people would add to their homes, having an ensuite is at the top of many wish lists. Not only is it an added luxury but an ensuite can add real value to your home come resale time. The main issue is you don’t wait to break the bank or overcapitalise.

If you’re clever about your choices you won’t have to sacrifice your style or budget. Here are three practical tips that can help you turn your ensuite dream into a reality.

1. Find plumbing solutions

Plumbing is one of the biggest expenses when building an ensuite, especially when you’re adding it to a space that wasn’t previously used as a bathroom. Plumbing costs can greatly affect the placement of your sink, shower and toilet, which is not ideal when you’re designing a small space to flow well.

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The best way to keep your costs low and achieve a space you love is to choose a product like Sanipro. It’s a plumbing solution that macerates and pumps wastewater back to the existing sewer line without the need for major (and expensive) structural work. Created by French company Saniflo, the Sanipro system has up to three inlets for your sink, shower and toilet, giving you the flexibility to design your ensuite exactly how you want – without the price tag.

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2. Keep it compact

While it’s true smaller spaces need fewer materials and can cost less, when it comes to your ensuite budget you also need to be mindful of structural changes. If you can convert a walk-in wardrobe, commandeer space from an adjacent study or storage cupboard, or slice off a section of your own bedroom you can minimise costs.

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A smaller space forces you to be more considered with the pieces you to choose. You can easily squeeze a vanity, toilet and shower into just 1.5m x 2m. Look for fixtures that are designed for corners and are economic with space. Use a wall hung vanity as a focal point and add a large mirror to bounce light and create the illusion of extra space. If you can add recessed shelves behind your mirror or have cabinetry that doubles as a mirror you can cut down on clutter.

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3. Manage materials

While you might dream of a granite countertop and floor-to-ceiling tiles, this will cause a major dent in your budget. These days there are plenty of tapware and vanity options that look the part but don’t cost the earth. Do some price checks on Google or try checking out some bigger chain store brands who can offer budget-friendly toilets and vanities because of their size and buying power.

a white tub sitting next to a sink © Provided by Bauer Media Group (NZ) LP

The cost of tiling can easily add up, especially when you need to get a tiler in. Instead, swap tiles for vinyl or laminate flooring and consider painting. Soothing nature inspired colours will give your ensuite a designer touch and are a more considered option than stark white. But make sure you choose specialised, mould resistant paint. If you really have your heart set on tiles limit them to specific areas like behind the basin or mix with cheaper tiles as an accent.

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Pro tip

If you’re worried that your budget-friendly choices will look less than luxurious, remember that final touches can make a major difference to the overall look and feel of your space. Lighting fixtures, hand towels, artisan soaps and indoor plants can really lift your look.

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