First up, please bear in mind that renovating your own home is very different to renovating for profit. When flipping a home, keeping costs down is usually high on the list of priorities but when you’re renovating a space to live in, it pays to splurge in some areas. You should enjoy your home and life is to be lived, right?
I have renovated many homes for myself over the years – read on to find out where I choose to splurge and where I prefer to save.
While there’s no denying the bedroom is a sanctuary, it pays to be wise with where you spend your money. Personally, when renovating my own home, I prefer to splurge on the things that will remain for some time – window coverings, carpet and a great wardrobe fit-out are all musts for me. Put your money into those areas and spend less on furnishing the room – there are so many bargains to be had on the home furnishing front these days.
When it comes to my bathroom, I think it’s important to splurge on vanities and a bath if it’s freestanding. I also think spending generously on task lighting is key (particularly if there’s a woman in the house!) and spending big on a feature tile is a good idea too – you usually only require a small amount. On the converse, you can save money on the remainder of your tile bill by selecting a simple white one for the majority of the space.
Tapware is another area in which you can save as there are so many amazing, well-priced, good-quality options around nowadays. Glazing is another key saving area – you can usually pick up a simple shower screen for a steal.
As with the bathroom, I always splurge on lighting in the kitchen as task lighting is key when cooking. I also think it’s worth spending big on the splash back and benchtop as they are key to the overall look and feel of your kitchen. I always spend big on door handles too – if you have to have them, they need to be perfect!
When it comes to renovating savings in the kitchen, I think you can save on cabinetry as there are so many amazing, well-priced finishes available now. As with the bathroom, I feel you can save on tapware in the kitchen too.