Bathroom Renovations: Gold Coast Flair on a Budget

When it comes to bathroom renovations, South East Queensland renovators may find their initial enthusiasm ebbing as they discover the enormity of the expense involved in a major remodeling project. Based on figures provided in the 2011 Archicentre Cost Guide from the Australian Institute of Architects, residents of Brisbane and nearby coastal areas can expect to pay between $10,000 and $27,000 for their makeover. Those who plan on redesigning the layout of fixtures such as showers and bathtubs will likely find their costs at the higher end of this scale. In order to achieve cheap but chic bathroom renovations, Gold Coast home owners should focus on trying to incorporate their existing fittings and layout into their new design.

The good news is that wet areas for homes in this region are generally quite small. This means that when tackling bathroom renovations, Gold Coast families can easily create their own stylish ambience with just a little bit of know-how and some elbow grease. Those pushed for cash may find that by simply incorporating a fresh new color scheme they can dramatically boost the overall ambience of the room.

When putting together beautiful, magazine-style bathroom renovations, Gold Coast designers will often begin with a palette that’s carefully chosen to evoke a particular mood. Often a new look can be created by simply upgrading the wall colour and introducing some well-coordinated accessories. Towels, floor rugs, pictures, curtains and other bits and pieces can all be used to accent and enhance the chosen palette. To achieve maximum visual impact in their bathroom renovations, Gold Coast home owners can visit some of the local bathroom design showrooms located at Helensvale and Burleigh Heads for inspiration and ideas.

When undertaking bathroom renovations, Gold Coast renovators can help keep labor costs down by doing some of the demolition themselves. However, where tiles, tubs and vanities need revamping, it’s probably best to call in the experts. By recycling rather than replacing these items, expenditure can be kept to a bare minimum. For significantly less than the cost of traditional bathroom renovations, Gold Coast resurfacing specialists can make worn and outdated showers, bathtubs, tiles and cabinets look brand new again through the application of a durable acrylic coating. To simulate the look of much more expensive bathroom renovations, Gold Coast resurfacing technicians can spray countertops to look like granite, while cupboard doors can be overhauled with a glossy finish that resembles a two-pack coating.

If fittings must be replaced, expenses can be minimized by using salvaged or secondhand building materials. Both Hinterland Salvage at Nerang and Red Ned’s Salvage and Secondhand at Tweed Heads are meccas for locals seeking bargains for their bathroom renovations. Gold Coast building material auctions are also held regularly at Southport and Carrara and these are another great source of discounted goods.

Those who want to add real wow-factor to their makeover might consider taking money saved on labor costs and new materials, and using it to purchase an eye-catching decorator piece that will create a sense of luxury in the room. By bringing a little creativity to their bathroom renovations, Gold Coast families can save a bundle while still creating a beautiful sanctuary in which to relax and unwind at the end of the day.