With the cost of a bathroom renovation in New Zealand averaging between $10,000 and $20,000 for a basic model — and topping out at $20,000 to $35,000 for a mid to high range option, the need for a few tips on 'more for less' has never been greater.
Englefield, one of New Zealand's leading bathroomware suppliers since 1982, has developed a range of bathroom solutions to suit all styles and budgets — with many products designed to update and rejuvenate existing bathrooms without the need for a major renovation.
The brand offers numerous tips on how to get the most for each renovation dollar — and how to save money when a complete renovation is in order.
It starts, says Englefield, with the planning — such as ensuring the homeowner knows exactly where existing pipes and service connections are in order to save on hidden tradesmen costs.
Englefield also advises potential renovators to seek out some of the latest developments in bathroom fittings to save on installation.
The brand's toilets with Vario set outs, for example, are designed to minimise installation costs by being suitable for use with both P and S-traps.
And for those houses with timber floors — and the inherent concerns over waterproofing and leakage — Englefield recommends its watertight shower enclosures. When installed by a recommended shower installer these enclosures are guaranteed to be leak-proof and have gained an enviable reputation for durability and longevity.
For those bathrooms whose basics — such as bath and tiles — are not dated or damaged, a simple update of tapware and accessories (including towel rail, soap holder, robe hooks and towels) can create a completely fresh, new look. Add a few lush plants in a corner or on a bench and a very contemporary look can be achieved at minimum expense.
Englefield's tapware collections such as Studio and Milano are easy to install and feature a very economical 5 star WELS rating (using a mere six litres of water a minute). Change all tapware, including shower, bath and basin, to achieve a cost-effective, considered, homogeneous look.
Think Long Term
It is essential to take a long term approach to bathroom renovations and makeovers — quality is very much a determining factor in what to select for bathrooms. Many of the cheaper bathroom fittings feature a substandard, thinner chrome finish. This means it will wear very quickly and reveal the metal underlayer, which may or may not be brass. Homeowners should ensure all tapware and metal accessories are made to the highest standards — Englefield, for example, uses only the highest quality materials manufactured to the most exacting standards. All of the brand's products carry lengthy warranties and all are backed by an after sales service that offers a swift response to any issues, repairs or requests for spare parts.