Renovations continue to revitalize the economy, with two-thirds of homeowners expressing their intent to renovate parts of or their entire home. The kitchen and bathroom are the most popular parts of the house up for renovation, according to a recent survey. Whereas a quarter of women want to overhaul the kitchen, a little less than a quarter of men want to remodel the bathroom.

Market experts expect the trend to continue until at least 2017, with renovation budgets growing tighter. Less than a third want to spend $5,000 or less for the project.

Such a budget, however, won’t be enough for a complete makeover, unless the bathroom is small. The cost could go lower if the renovation includes only furnishings and tile floors. That could be sufficient. In fact, Alex Brooks, author of “Planning Your Perfect Home Renovation,” said the most important parts of the home can benefit from small-scale improvements.

Below are some minor bathroom renovations you can undertake for the small budget you have now.


Whether you want a new colour or repaint the old one, a few litres of paint won’t cost you much. At around $18 to $20 per square metre including the ceiling, you’ll have a nice coat once you’re done. If you already have painting equipment at home, you can drive the cost even lower; even do away with the need for a professional painter, assuming you know your stuff.


Sometimes, the best renovations for bathrooms need no drilling or hammering whatsoever. Go to your local bed-and-bath store and purchase some matching accessories like towels, soap dishes, waste baskets, and even framed family photos. Okay, so the last one may require a bit of hammering, but you get the point.

Gorgeous bottles also make great interior décor, whether or not you’re going to use them later. If possible, recycle small shampoo and soap bottles, such as the lovely ones you find at a hotel.


A beautiful bathroom niche from companies like Ripple Systems make a great addition for your bathroom. There are dozens of styles to choose from, but installation remains the same: trace, cut, plaster, and seal.

  1. TRACE the hole using the niche at the location of your choice.
  2. CUT the hole accordingly using a diamond or masonry cutting tool.
  3. PLASTER silicone at the cut-out to prevent water from leaking into the wall.
  4. SEAL the niche in place using more silicone.

These ready-made niches provide both practical and decorative space, holding your soap dish, shampoo bottles, and a couple of pots of bamboo plants.


“High property prices reignite renovation intentions,”, March 14, 2015

“The $5000 renovation,” 9News, August 3, 2009

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