Where NOT to Scrimp on your renovation
There will be some places where you’ll be tempted to save but they might not be worth the money. Some savings in the short term will cause your interiors to look old and worn before they should. Check out our tip 5 tips of where NOT to scrimp.
TIP No.1 : DON’T ECONOMISE ON YOUR EXTRACTOR FAN
You may know that we go on about extractor fans A LOT but it’s because saving a little bit of money on this key item is a grave mistake! Not selecting one that is powerful enough will cause your bathroom to age before it’s time.
Read up on our comprehensive guide to selecting the right one for your bathroom below:
TIP No. 2: DON’T CUT CORNERS ON PAINT FINISHES
Make sure you specify the right paint finishes. This is especially true if you have kids … spend a little bit extra on the wipe clean versions! It will means you won’t have to decorate as quickly.
TIP No. 3: DON’T USE BRANDED PAINTS THROUGHOUT YOUR HOME
Branded paints such as Farrow and Ball are so so SO lovely but they are more expensive, and they need more coats to get the same coverage. If you’re decorating a whole house you may want to match the colours with an alternative. Or concentrate the colour in a particular space to get the most impact.
We love this example by Emil Eve Architects who have used a dark green paint colour for the walls of the most popular space in a house, the kitchen and dining area! It immediately sets the tone for the rest of the house and works particualry well against the white apinted ceiling.
TIP No. 4: DON’T TIGHTEN YOUR BELT WITH THE KITCHEN WORKTOP
If you’re looking for maximum aesthetics and minimum cost, a great way to get a good looking kitchen is to save money by using basic Magnet or IKEA carcasses and simple cupboard doors, but spend a little extra on a killer worktop. It will elevate the whole design plus the worktop gets the most brutal use and a good quality worktop will pay dividends.
Check out our top three worktops below:
Corian is also extremely durable and easy to maintain. It is stain, heat, and sunlight resistant. It comes in a variety of colors that do not fade or change from wear and tear.
Drawbacks: Although Corian is a strong material, direct heat and sharp objects should be avoided as they could cause damage.
Marble is effortlessly beautiful, and we especially love Carrara Marble with it’s light grey veins and patterning. Works really well against a white backdrop, or light timber such as birch ply, or with painted cupboards like the example above. It’s also heat resistant, a plus for a kitchen worktop.
Drawbacks: it comes with a high price tag around £300 per sq/m and it must be looked after properly, including being sealed every few years.
Concrete is a very durable and long-lasting surface, and it’s built in raw aesthetic immediately adds depth to a space.
It can be custom made to any size or shape, doesn’t scratch and is easily cleaned.
Drawbacks: They are expensive, and require annual sealing. Plus repairs are nearly impossible and cracking does occur sometimes.
P.S. If you want to go one step further, spend a little extra on door handles to give that bespoke handmade feeling; check out our guide to door handles here.
TIP No. 5: DON’T SAVE ON EVERYDAY ITEMS
Light switches and door handles…. – stuff you use everyday! - To sum this up, think about what you’ll be using everyday and what you’re going to be in contact with and spend a little more on these items.
DESIGN - When working to a tight budget the fittings and finishes don’t have to be expensive. Paying for a bathroom design that is well considered will have more impact than and look more expensive than paying for expensive fittings that haven’t been well placed or considered