Spend for a budget reno “Same as the kitchen: two per cent of the property value.” CB Layout “Sticking to the ‘rule’ of not moving the plumbing can be a false economy. If you get a better layout, it will add value. And you have to have at least one bath, especially if there are children about.” CB
Tiles “Tile to the ceiling if you can. If you rip up old tiles, you’ll need to re-waterproof, which typically costs between $500 and $1000. Most importantly, never tile your bathroom yourself. It takes years for tradies to master their skills, and even experienced tilers can stuff it up.” CB
Paint “Mould-resistant paints don’t cost much and will future-proof the ceiling and walls.” Murray Flynn, master builder, Artbuilt Constructions Toilet “An in-wall toilet cistern will elevate the look of your WC to one of luxury.” JT
Light A window should provide sufficient natural light; a skylight is a luxury add-on. Downlights are sufficient for a lower-value property; up-spec for a pricier home.” CB
Tapware “I prefer mixer taps for basins, showers and baths, except when there are young kids in the house, in which case I’d recommend regular bath taps, for safety reasons.” DM
Factor in storage nooks when designing walls.