Money Matters – Where To Spend Vs Save On Your Bathroom Renovation

05 Jul 2022 by Caroma

We always recommend adding a contingency of around 20% to account for any hidden surprises that might sneak in along the way. It’s better to be prepared for these unexpected extras, rather than being caught out by them when they occur.

If you’re wondering where to splurge and where to save on your bathroom renovation, here’s the lowdown from our Caroma experts:

• Your toilet, tapware and basin will need to stand the test of time. Invest in good quality items that come with a warranty.

• Design costs can be expensive. Save yourself some cash by coming into one of our Caroma Flagship Showrooms for our expert advice - at no cost! Our 3D modelers can help you plan and visualise your dream bathroom layout.

• Custom joinery can be costly. If your quote doesn’t suit your budget, perhaps try an off-the-shelf vanity to save a budget blowout.

• Tiles are an item you could choose to splurge or save on, depending on your budget. If you have your heart set on hand-crafted Italian tiles and they fit your budget, go for it! If not, you should be able to pick up some classic white subway tiles at a budget friendly price.

• Moving windows and plumbing in a bathroom usually comes at quite an expense. If you can plan your desired layout without moving these, you’re bound to save some pennies.

• A skylight won’t fit every budget but if yours can stretch, it’s a great way to bring natural light into your bathroom.

Don’t buy finishes (think tiles) that you fall in love with before planning and completing the overall design of your whole bathroom – they may not work, or they may limit your final look and spend. Remember to consider installation costs when selecting products. For example, if you select a toilet with an in-wall cistern for a solid-brick home, there are costs associated with installing the plumbing or building out a false wall to hide the cistern. Don’t lose control. If you engage trades before you’ve selected your toilets, tapware, bath and more, or before you know the end result of your bathroom, you can be pushed into making rush decisions at the builder’s request. Stay in control and make considered choices by getting it done first.

Money Matters – Where To Spend Vs Save On Your Bathroom Renovation

Money Matters – Where To Spend Vs Save On Your Bathroom Renovation

For over 75 years GWA Bathrooms & Kitchens brands, such as Caroma, Fowler, Stylus and Dorf have been a part of life in Australia. A wholly owned subsidiary of GWA International Limited, GWA Bathrooms & Kitchens is a Brisbane-based, Australian managed company with diverse interests in the building products industry and related companies.Clever thinkingOur reputation for innovative thinking stretches back to our founding fathers. In 1837, the Fowler brand began manufacturing sanitaryware. Dorf was established in 1948 by Keith Hooper, an admirer of Henry Ford. He decided to switch the letters in the word ‘Ford’ to create the innovative tapware brand we know today.Caroma was founded in 1941 by Charles Rothauser and his wife Roma when they developed the first one-piece plastic cistern, winning the first of many awards for Caroma including the FH Edwards Laurel in 1956. In 1980, Caroma introduced the world’s first dual flush toilet, which continues to save millions of litres of water each year.Caroma and Dorf remain to be some of Australia’s most widely recognised brands and continue to provide innovative solutions for everyday Australians and professionals alike.Unmatched Sustainability RecordOur Research & Development team, under the leadership of Dr. Steve Cummings, is recognised globally for its water saving achievements.Over the years, our products have saved Australia and the world billions of litres of potable water, the world’s most precious resource.As the leading manufacturer of Australian bathroom products, GWA Bathrooms & Kitchens has always made sustainability the focus of product performance.Long before it became fashionable to think of the environment, GWA was developing water saving and energy efficient technologies. We’ve pioneered an impressive list of industry firsts including:- Commercialised the dual flush button system.- The 6/3 litre dual flush cistern.- The 4.5/3 litre dual flush cistern with Smartflush® technology.- Industry first WELS 5 star rating for toilet suites with the new Profile toilet suite with integrated hand basin.- Industry first WELS 6 star rating for urinals with the new Cube® 0.8L electronic urinal suiteAlways SolvingToday, our Research & Development team is dedicated to continuing our reputation for innovation with a focus on developing the latest water-saving technology. Every product we make is designed and built to respond to society’s changing needs and an ever-increasing desire for efficiency and environmental consciousness. Our products meet relevant Australian Standards, WELS certification and Codes of Practice for new build and retrofit applications.Ever EvolvingAbove all, bathroom and kitchen products need to be desirable, practical and functional. At GWA Bathrooms & Kitchens, we’re committed to leading the way in developing groundbreaking industry innovations to ensure we continue to provide these benefits to the Australian people for years to come.


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