Couple save £3,300 on their dream bathroom by doing all the work themselves – but it took four weeks
DOING up your first home can be a bit tight on the pocket, especially after forking out for the deposit on the house, plus your mortgage AND bills on top.
But one savvy couple, both 28, have revealed tips on how to renovate your home on a budget.
Charlotte Reynolds and Mitchell Shergold have both managed to dramatically transform their bathroom in just four weeks and managed to save a whopping £3,300.
The pair, who moved into their current home in Essex in March 2020, just two weeks before the first national Covid lockdown, did all the work themselves including plumbing and tiling.
Their brand-new bathroom transformation cost them just £1,200.
Before this, they had made 70k in profit from renovating and selling their first property, a small, 2-bed bungalow.
Charlotte said: “We have always gone for houses that require a lot of work as we find this is the best way to really get the most out of our money and to completely transform the space to suit our individual needs and tastes.”
According to CheckATrade.com, a bathroom costs an average of £4,500 to install all of the new elements.
Charlotte and Mitchell were able to do their bathroom for nearly a quarter of that price with a saving of £3,300.
A study from Schofield’s reveals that remodelling your bathroom can even increase your house value by 4%. That’s a whopping £10,640 for the average UK home.
Charlotte said: “For the bathroom, the style we went for is a mixture of Scandinavian/boho but with modern touches in the fixtures and fittings.
“I wanted the bathroom to be bright and airy yet relaxing. Most of my inspiration came from some of my favourite accounts on Instagram and also Pinterest!”
We tried to keep costs down by searching the internet and comparing prices between different companies
Charlotte and Mitchell were keen to complete the bathroom before the arrival of their baby daughter in July 2020, and have been sharing their updates to their Instagram, Richmond.Renovation.
Charlotte explained: “Mitchell was able to do all of the work himself, including the plumbing and tiling, which saved us a huge amount of money.
“One of the challenges of doing the work yourself is that it can take a little longer to complete, so patience (and preferably friends or family willing to lend their shower) are key.
“Mitchell had to manage his time around work and other commitments – chipping away at the bathroom whenever he had a spare minute. So overall the full transformation took roughly 3-4 weeks.
'The full transformation took weeks'
“The full cost of the makeover was around £1200 including plaster, tiles, suite, fixtures and fittings.
“We tried to keep costs down by searching the internet and comparing prices between different companies.
"It can be worth spending a little time shopping around to find the best deals – a top tip is to always read the reviews before buying.
“To anyone thinking about trying out some DIY in their bathroom, I say go for it! There are plenty of YouTube videos and Instagram posts showing you how it’s done.
The full cost of the makeover was around £1200 including plaster, tiles, suite, fixtures and fittings
“As long as you are able to take your time and pay attention to detail, you’ll save yourself a tonne of money and have the satisfaction of knowing you did it yourself.”
Mitchell revealed his top tips for those looking to get their hands dirty with some DIY work in their bathroom.
He said: “Have confidence with what you’re doing.
"Don’t worry if you mess up or something doesn’t quite go to plan as you can always try again. Making mistakes is sometimes the best way to learn and improve on your next attempt.
“Preparation is always key. For example, when tiling a floor, have a think beforehand about where is best to start tiling for minimum waste.
“Lay the tiles out on the floor so you can see where they will go.
'Satisfaction of knowing you did it yourself'
"Also, prepare your surfaces properly to make things as easy as possible when you start laying the tiles. (I.e. backer board on wooden floorboards or self-levelling to get a nice level surface on concrete).
“When it comes to plumbing, again you want to have an idea of where you will be running your pipes etc, measure and cut accordingly and assemble your pipework before soldering to make sure everything is correct.”
It can be worth spending a little time shopping around to find the best deals – a top tip is to always read the reviews before buying
Tap Warehouse spotted the couple's brand new bathroom.
They noted one of their favourite things about Charlotte and Mitchell’s bathroom transformation is how both the floor and wall tiling completely transformed the room.
Not only giving it that light, airy and modern feel but also making the room look bigger and more spacious.
Tap Warehouse has put together their favourite styles of tiles to transform your bathroom.
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