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4 Renovating Steps for a Bathroom Makeover

Inspired by interior designer Joy Jabile-Ejercito's luxurious bathroom? Here are practical tips on how to upgrade your own private space

Photography: Mark Francis Jesalva Interior Designer: Joy Jabile Ejercito

During a recent visit to the 20th Philippine World Building and Construction Exposition (WORLDBEX)  at the World Trade Center and the Philippine Trade Training Center, a luxurious bathroom set-up caught the eyes of the Real Living team.

While most bathrooms are simple and utilitarian, this bathroom was posh, sophisticated, and unapologetically glamorous. We thought that it could be perfect in a home, resort, hotel, or spa.

If you would also like to create a luxe feel in your bathroom or simply update its look, feel, and function, here are four common bathroom renovation steps:

Think about your budget, schedule, and design preferences.

Before you start your bathroom overhaul (or any kind of renovation), answer these three questions first.

  • How much can you spend on the project?
  • How much time can you spare?
  • What is the design style that you are going for?

Remember that the theme should complement the style of the rest of your home. For more ideas, check out design books, magazines, and websites. 

(In photo: Luxurious bathroom designed by interior designer Joy Ejercito. You can see her exhibit at Worldbex until March 15. Click here to learn more about Worldbex.)

Hire a designer and contractor.

Although many people think that hiring an expert can be expensive, a professional can actually decrease your renovation expenses. A good designer and contractor will help you avoid costly mistakes and even improve your original vision for your bathroom.

RL Tip: Need more help? Click here for a practical guide on bathroom renovating and/or decorating. 

Buy tiles and fixtures.

With the help of your contractor and designer, you can now finalize your bathroom plans. In choosing your tiles, fixtures, and accessories, keep in mind that around two-thirds of your budget will already go to labor and materials-related expenses. The remaining one-third can be used on selecting the ideal pieces for your space. 

(In photo: For this bathroom set-up, Marvesan Construction was responsible for the construction and electrical works. The shower and lavatory fixtures came from Wilcon Depot.)

RL Tip: Having trouble? Click here for four tips on picking and purchasing bathroom tiles.

Don't forget the details.

Complete your space with lights and accessories that will make the bathroom stand out.

In this bathroom, the chandelier, floor lamp and wall-mounted lamp came from Illuminati. The other lighting fixtures were from Sparklight. The abstract paintings are by Ricky Isidro while the "Embrace" sculpture was made by Seb Chua.

RL Tip: Ready for your own bathroom makeover? Contact interior designer Joy Ejercito at 0917 820 6858. 

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