5 Ideas for your Nelson Bathroom Renovation

Current bathroom design have you feeling stuck? Check out these five ways to improve your bathroom during a renovation.

Bathroom with timber cabinetry

Current bathroom design have you feeling stuck? Check out these five ways to improve your bathroom during a renovation. 

Nelson bathroom designs throughout the years

New Zealand has experienced a few different construction booms with each era lending its own unique characteristics. Bathrooms built during the 1940s and 50s were heavily influenced by Victorian and Edwardian styles, with freestanding bathtubs, high-mounted toilet tanks, and linoleum flooring. 

Bold colours gave way to neutral tones, and separate capsule showers gained popularity between the 1960s and 90s. At the turn of the century, wet rooms and ensuite bathrooms were becoming more common and presently, energy efficiency and functionality are prioritised equally to a beautiful design. 

Why is this important? The bathroom you start with can heavily impact what needs to be done to achieve the bathroom you’ve been dreaming about! And, inspiration is often cultivated from trends passed. 

5 ways to improve your bathroom

  1. Functional storage

Every bathroom needs storage, but it’s even more essential in small bathroom layouts. Take stock of the space you have to work with. Does it make more sense to incorporate vertical storage, or are you happy to give up floor space in order to achieve easily-accessible storage? A combination of concealed and open storage is a smart solution that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. 

cabinet storage
  1. Energy efficient upgrades

Energy efficiency can be achieved in a number of ways, and the best way to optimise your bathroom’s efficiency will depend on the design’s starting point. A recently renovated bathroom may only need a few tweaks here and there, like a water-saving shower head, but an older home could require double-glazed windows, a new water heating method, and updated electrical work. 

Backlit bathroom lighting
  1. Reflect your personal style

Whether it’s a Scandinavian-inspired bathroom design, statement tiles, or something completely unique, having a bathroom design that reflects your personal style is a sure-fire way to transform the space into something you truly love. While it’s easy to know what you love and dislike, the same can’t be said for creating a functional, cohesive design – that’s where bathroom professionals become invaluable. 

Sleek grey bathroom design
  1.  Smart features 

Bathrooms and technology may not feel like the most natural pairing, but integrating smart tech is a great way to elevate your bathroom design that is becoming more mainstream every day. Consider starting small with components like hands-free faucets, motion-sensor lighting, and underfloor heating.  

Black fixtures and smart features
  1. Combination lighting

Combination lighting is a design strategy that utilises both task and ambient lighting. There will be times when you’re rushing around in the bathroom and just need to see what you’re doing. This is where built-in vanity lighting and bright overhead lights come in handy. But bathrooms are often somewhere to relax and unwind or get a slow start to the day. In these cases, you’ll be happy to have soft lighting from scones, pendants, or dimmers. 

Lighting that looks like candles

Bathroom renovation costs

Bathroom renovations in Nelson typically cost between $25,000-$75,000*. However, material choice, layout changes, luxury features, and remedial work all play a big role in the final cost of your renovation. 

At Refresh, cost estimates are built into our 5-step process. Discussing costs early and often allows you to adjust the scope as you see fit, whether that means removing tasks to fit the budget, or finding wiggle room to add a few exciting extras. 

To learn more about how much a bathroom renovation costs, check out this article: Ultimate guide to Bathroom Renovations

Want the best chance to increase your property value in Nelson?

Get in touch with the professional team at Refresh to arrange a free consultation. We’ll discuss your ideas, budget, and goals and help come up with an effective plan to remodel your bathroom. 

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