Building & Renovating

3 Tips on Planning Your Bathroom Renovation on a Budget

Architects Anthony Yan and Paul Peña give a couple of reminders to help make the most of your makeover budget

Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: At Maculangan (Main Photo)

Tired of your bathroom's dirty tiles? Do you need new fixtures or a fresh coat of paint? If you're thinking of renovating your bathroom, you need to plan ahead and work on a feasible budget. As much as possible, do do not proceed without finalizing what needs to be done and how much you can spare to achieve the look that you have in mind.

Before you start contacting professionals and scouting for materials, here are helpful tips that may just come in handy:

Plan the costs

According to architect Anthony Yan, the budget will depend on your bathroom’s size. “For the plumbing fixtures itself, P50,000 is not bad, but this does not include a tub. Tiles for floors and walls may cost P30,000, but it really depends on the look the owner wants to achieve.” It would be best to consult with a professional to inquire about costs and see if it's possible to work around your allotted budget. You can also visit different stores to take note of the price range of materials.

Focus on quality fixtures

If you have a limited budget, both architects suggest that you focus on quality plumbing fixtures—shower, bidet, water closet, faucet, lavatory, and internal components. “Plumbing fixtures are the key to a healthy bathroom. These are the ones that homeowners will use often so they have to be durable,” explains Anthony.

Opt for affordable tiles

You can scrimp on tiles “because they are just decorative. Some even go for a smooth concrete finish, depending on the bathroom's style,” says Anthony. “Kasi sa tiles, even though you buy a very reasonably priced one, if you place them together, nagwo-work siya and it will look nice.”

Photo by Marc Jao.

Consider this sample budget breakdown when planning a bathroom makeover:

Bathroom fixtures

  • Lavatory: 6%
  • Lavatory Faucet: 6%
  • Bath tub: 7%
  • Bathtub Faucet: 22%
  • Shower Set: 12%
  • Hand spray: 2%

Bathroom accessories 2%

Tiles (floor and wall) 7%

This snippet originally appeared in the May 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Minor edits have been made by the editors. Log on to for more details.

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