Category Archives: Bathrooms

  • How to Prepare for a Bathroom Renovation

    Whether it’s a simple facelift or a full bathroom remodel, bathroom renovations have the potential to become stressful and expensive if you aren’t prepared. Unlike many other rooms of the house, bathrooms and wet areas require more than paint and floor coverings, they must adhere to stringent regulations as the result can be damaging and costly if not completed properly. Budget Plumbing Centre is Perth’s leading supplier of high quality, affordable plumbing supplies and bathroom accessories. The key to a successful bathroom renovation is proper planning and preparation. Read on for our advice on things you can do to ensure a stress-free renovation that won’t blow the budget.

    Find Inspiration

    Magazines, architectural blogs, home improvement websites and social media platforms such as Instagram, Houzz and Pinterest are a great place to see the latest bathroom trends and innovations and is a great starting point if you are unsure of your style direction. Use Instagram to follow builders, home renovators and bathroom supply stores in your local area, and save any images you like into a Pinterest board. This enables you to share your inspiration with your builder down the track when you are discussing your bathroom renovation ideas with them.

    Be Realistic with Your Budget

    A budget is an essential part of your renovation planning and management, however it’s vital to be realistic with it. Do your research and get an understanding of what each aspect is going to cost, from trades such as building, plumbing, electrical and tiling to fittings, fixtures and bathroom accessories. Whether you have a little money or a lot to make improvements, understanding estimated costs will allow you to identify where you need to spend and where you can save and allocate your funds accordingly. A detailed budget that is continually monitored allows you to stick to any financial goals you have set for the project. Once you have determined how much you can afford to spend on your renovation, you can engage a building or renovation company to manage the process for you or you can choose to project manage yourself. Whichever way you go, seeking professional advice will help you determine what is and isn’t possible with your budget.

    Determine What You Must Have and What You Would Like to Have

    Once you have started researching the things you like, write out a list of all of the ‘must have’ items you want in your new bathroom. The list could include such things as a double vanity with extra storage, separate free-standing bathtub, underfloor heating, a tiled shower with frameless shower screen – everything you want in your bathroom renovation should be included. Once you have made your list, you may find that you need to narrow down your ‘must-haves’ to stay within your budget. It is better to do this now, rather than get to the end of the renovation and not be able to afford to finish because you included absolutely everything on your wish list.

    Shop Around

    Once you have your budget and your wish list prepared, spend the time to shop around to find everything you need at the best prices possible. While large-scale national bathroom supply chains may have a huge range of toilets, taps and bathroom accessories to choose from, they can often be overpriced so look for local suppliers in your town or suburb who may be able to move on price a bit more. When it comes to bathroom fittings, it’s important that you don’t compromise on quality to keep the costs down. Inferior bathroom products can fail or break and lead to costly repairs down the track, so focus on finding quality products that come backed by a warranty that are also at the right price. Planning and preparation are the most important stages of any renovation, but especially in the bathroom. If you want to keep costs down but still have a luxurious bathroom full of high quality fittings, check out the range at Budget Plumbing Centre. Stocking trusted brands at Perth’s best prices, we have everything you need for your bathroom renovation project. Visit us today or shop our range online now.

  • 5 Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Look and Feel Bigger

    The lack of space, limited natural light, and the number of fixtures to squeeze in make a small bathroom one of the more challenging spaces to design. Even if your bathroom is small, it doesn’t have to look small, with a few smart design choices you can easily create the illusion of a space. At Budget Plumbing Centre, we stock a huge range of affordable bathroom fittings to suit bathrooms of any shape, size and style. From corner bathroom vanity units to largescale mirrors, here’s a few ideas that can help transform your small bathroom to make it look and function as though it’s larger than it really is.

    Think Bright and White

    White finishes can make any space look bigger, but they’re especially effective in a bathroom. White paint, white tiles, a white vanity – using white for all surfaces creates a seamless look that makes the space appear bigger. White also enhances a spacious feel as it reflects light, rather than absorbing it.

    Using lots of white may sound boring and clinical, but playing with different textures and incorporating the occasional splash of black, metallic or timber will retain the seamless look while still giving the space charm and character.

    Choose the Right Bathroom Vanity Unit

    Bathroom vanity cabinets are an integral part of every bathroom. Often the centrepiece of the room, they need to be stylish yet practical providing the opportunity to store items below the sink and behind closed doors. Choosing a vanity cabinet that is too big or too bulky will overwhelm the space but there are many great options that are perfect for smaller spaces.

    Corner vanity units – If you’re designing your tiny bathroom from scratch consider a compact corner vanity. A corner vanity gets the job done just as well—plus it gives you plenty of space and less to clean.

    Floating vanity units – In a tight bathroom space, it can be tricky to balance a demand for storage with a desire for space. A floating vanity is a great solution as it gives you lots practical storage for all of your essentials, but seeing the floor underneath makes the area feel much more open.

    Slimline vanity units – If you don’t really need maximum storage, consider using a smaller and slimmer vanity to leave a bit more open space, rather than fitting in the biggest unit you can. Leaving a little negative space will make the room feel less cramped, and thus more spacious.

    Install a Clear Glass Frameless Shower Screen

    Frameless shower screens maximise the amount of space and light in a room. As they don’t have the visual obstruction of a frame that blocks light or makes the shower seem like it’s taking up a lot of room, the seamless design allows light to pass through it easily and offers a bright, airy and clean aesthetic.

    Choose Compact Fixtures

    Bulky vanities and oversized bath tubs may look at home in a larger bathroom, but they can make a small bathroom feel claustrophobic. When choosing fittings and fixtures, go for compact, slimline toilets and vanities or consider floating versions to open up the space. Look for fixtures with minimal detailing and sleek, clean lines in a minimalist colour palette to blend seamlessly into the room.

    Go with a Big Mirror

    Mirrors not only create the illusion of more space, they also reflect more light back in the room. A large mirror that reaches the ceiling can double the size of your bathroom and make the room feel grand. Even better, choose a frameless mirror or a mirror with backlighting to double the impact and make the space grow.

    By following these simple tips, you can transform your small bathroom into a practical and clutter-free bathroom that functions for the whole family. If you would like more design ideas for small bathrooms, or if you are after top quality bathroom fixtures for your new build or renovation, visit our showrooms in Bibra Lake or Belmont today. Alternatively, you can shop our range online now or give our friendly team a call on (08) 9434 5222 or (08) 9277 4899.

  • Choosing the Right Bathroom Basin

    Bathroom basins come in all different shapes, sizes, colours and materials which make them one of the most important and exciting pieces you need to choose for your bathroom renovation. Affecting the look, feel and functionality of your space, you need to select the one that suits your needs, décor style and budget – but how do you do that when you are seriously spoiled for choice? At Budget Plumbing Centre, we have a huge range of quality bathroom basins Perth homeowners, builders and renovators trust. From wall mounted, to semi-recessed and freestanding, we have basin to suit every home and lifestyle. Let’s have a look at the different options available to help you make the right choice.


    Perfectly suited to an elegant and minimalist aesthetic, top mount, or ‘drop-in sinks’, are one of the most common types of bathroom basins. Designed so that most of the basin sits below the benchtop, with just the rim of the basin sitting on top, top-mount basins are suitable for almost any benchtop material including timber and laminate, as the cut out is completely covered by the basin and therefore doesn’t risk being damaged by water.


    An under-mount basin is one that sits underneath the benchtop where the rim of the sink is fixed to the underside of the benchtop, as opposed to sitting on top of it. This option creates a seamless look and really shows off your benchtop as well as maximising your bench space. Easy to clean, simply wipe water and spills directly from the benchtop into the sink without any obstruction. Just remember, under-mounting a basin will usually only be possible under a solid surface benchtop such as stone.


    Great for smaller spaces and ensuites, a wall-mounted basin is fixed directly to the wall without the need for it sit in or on a benchtop. A perfect space saving option for powder rooms and bathrooms where storage isn’t essential, they can make a room feel bigger, look more streamlined and give a minimalist feeling to the space. It’s important to note that for a wall mounted basin to work in your space, all the plumbing, including the waste, must be positioned inside the wall in order to have a clean look.


    If you are limited for space, but you would still like some vanity cabinets below your basin for storage, a semi-recessed basin is a great option. With the basin overhanging the vanity unit, it allows for much shallower cabinets – maybe even as shallow as 300mm. These basins keep a lot of the bench space free for cosmetics and products and are great for kids or elderly people with limited mobility, as you can get your body closer to the taps, without the obstruction of a benchtop and cabinets.

    Vessel Basins

    Similar in appearance to a large bowl, a vessel basin is one that generally sits completely on top of the benchtop. A perfect way to create a statement in your bathroom, vessel basins are right on trend and are available in a diverse range of colours, shapes and materials to suit any design style and décor. Due to their height and the way in which they sit above the bench, careful planning is required to ensure that the basin doesn’t end up being too high and uncomfortable for you to use.

    All-in-One Vanity

    Many off the shelf vanity cabinets from bathroom supplies stores offer an all-in-one benchtop with a basin that sits on top. Perfect for a quick and cost-effective makeover, these can be bought straight off the shelf so there’s no need to wait and are available in a range of sizes to suit most spaces. Easy to clean with no ridges or joins, they are a great choice for busy family bathrooms.

    Things to Consider When Choosing a Basin

    To help you choose the basin that best suits your needs, ask yourself the below questions:

    • Does it need to be accessible for one or two people only, or for a large family?
    • Is it for a powder room or ensuite, where space is an issue?
    • How much storage will you need?
    • Do you need a basin where the taps are easy to reach, ether for kids or for accessibility for elderly people?

    For expert advice to help you select the best bathroom basins for your Perth home, or to view any of our bathroom products, visit the team at Budget Plumbing Centre in Belmont or Bibra Lake today or shop our range online now.

  • 5 Benefits of Frameless Shower Screens

    Having a modern-looking bathroom can add significant value to your property but you don’t need to spend precious time and money on a full bathroom renovation, by simply updating the fittings and fixtures you can give your bathroom a fresh new look without breaking the bank. One of the ways to make a big impact in your bathroom is to update your tired old shower screen with a sleek, modern frameless sliding shower screen. At Budget Plumbing Centre, we supply a huge range of affordable frameless sliding shower screens in Perth, enabling you to give your bathroom a modern makeover on a budget. Whether you’re renovating your bathroom or building a brand new home, here’s the top 5 benefits you should know about frameless shower screens.

    Easy to Clean and Maintain

    Frameless sliding shower screens are much easier to clean than previous framed styles. The lack of frame means that they are simple to wipe down, and have no edges or awkward angles that are difficult to clean or hard to reach nooks and crannies. With easy access to the full glass panels, all that is needed is a regular clean to remove soap residue and water spots and a simple wipe with glass cleaner and a soft cloth. Keep in mind that hardware, such as hinges and handles should also be kept clean to keep them in good working order.

    Modern and Contemporary Design

    If you are looking for a sleek and sophisticated style for your shower screen, then a frameless shower screen is the perfect choice for you. A frameless option seamlessly blends into your bathroom décor and lacks bold frames that might deter from the contemporary aesthetic. Whether you have an older style home or a modern showpiece, a frameless shower screen will look fantastic in any style of bathroom. There is also a huge range of glass options, and you can choose from different styles such as sliding or bi-fold doors, to suit your needs, décor and budget.

    Maximise Space

    One of the main benefits of frameless sliding shower screens is that they suit even the smallest bathrooms. Not only because they open by sliding to the side, rather than swinging in or out like old fashioned framed styles, the lack of frame means they also blend into the room making the space appear bigger. They also allow more light to pass through, creating a brighter and more spacious feel.

    Easy to Install

    Whether you are doing a DIY renovation or just want your shower screen to be installed quickly and easily, as they don’t have frames that need to be bolted together perfectly, a frameless shower screen can be retrofitted to fit your space. The fixtures can be chosen to help make the most of the available space to ensure a smooth connection between different parts. You don’t have to be concerned about making things fit a certain way so you can install your new screen in no time.


    Frameless shower screens can be tailored to the shape and size of your shower space so you don’t need to design your shower to fit a certain size screen, you can design a screen to suit your shower. You can choose from a range of different glass, hardware and configuration options for a custom made frameless sliding shower screen that fits the size and style of your bathroom perfectly.

    If you’re looking for a low maintenance, contemporary style shower screen that will maximise light and space, this style of shower screen could be right for you. Budget Plumbing is a family owned and operated business, supplying Perth builders, tradespeople and homeowners with an impressive range of plumbing fixtures and fittings for large scale projects to small DIY renovations. For high quality, affordable frameless sliding shower screens Perth locals trust, visit one of our showrooms today or shop online now.

  • A Guide to Measuring and Selecting a Bathroom Vanity

    Whether you are renovating your bathroom or replacing an outdated vanity, your floor plan and overall space will help you determine the best size vanity for your room. Bathroom vanities are available in a wide range of sizes so getting accurate measurements is crucial. Budget Plumbing Centre is Perth’s leading supplier of high quality, affordable fixtures and fittings for bathrooms, kitchens and laundries. Here’s our guide to help you determine the right vanity for your space.

    Measuring the Available Space

    Measure up your available space after the bath, shower and toilet have been accounted for. Ensure you leave enough space in front of the vanity and enough room for opening doors and drawers. If your space is blank, mark out the shower, bath and toilet sizes this will help you to visualise how much room you have available for the vanity. If you have measurements of a vanity that you like, try using a substitute such as a cardboard box to give you a visual indication of how it would affect the rest of the room.

    Measuring the Vanity Size

    To ensure the perfect fit in the room and correct plumbing, you will need to measure the vanity accurately.

    Width – When measuring the width, if the top of the vanity has a counter top that is wider than the base, be sure to measure this separately and label this measurement ‘top width’. The width of the base is the measurement from end to end of the base cabinetry. This is the ‘base width’.

    Depth – Measure the ‘base depth’ from the front of the vanity to the back wall. If the vanity is located between two walls or access around it is tight, you may need to remove a drawer or open a cupboard door and measure through the vanity. You will also need to measure the depth of the top of the vanity from the wall to the front edge of the countertop. This is the ‘top depth’ measurement.

    Height – Measure the height of the vanity from the floor to the top surface. When selecting a vanity’s height, it’s important to factor in existing features such as mirrors, lighting, wall cabinets, tapware and height requirements of the home’s occupants.

    Single, Double or Floating Vanity?

    Vanities come in a wide variety of sizes and styles, so it’s important you find one that not only fits the space but is also functional. Take into consideration who will be using the vanity the most, if it’s for a family, consider one with two basins and extra storage or if it’s for a children’s bathroom, consider purchasing a shorter vanity. If your bathroom is lacking space, consider a vanity that isn’t as too deep.

    Single Vanities

    The most common style, ideal for smaller bathrooms, ensuites and powder rooms, these vanities hold one sink that can be placed in the middle or to the left or right depending on your needs.

    They generally range in size from 0.6 – 1.2 metres wide.

    Double Vanities

    A great choice for busy, shared family bathrooms, these vanities hold two basins and often come with an abundance of storage. Ideal if you have more than 1.5m of space, double vanities typically range in size from 1.2 – 1.8 metres.

    Floating Vanities

    A popular choice for modern bathrooms, these vanities are wall-mounted and appear as though they are ‘floating’. They free up floor space and make cleaning around them easier. A great option for smaller bathrooms as the extra space below the vanity makes the room look and feel bigger.

    Other Things to Consider When Measuring and Selecting a Vanity

    • Will your bathroom door swing inwards and hit the vanity? Not only is this annoying, it will cause damage to both the door and the vanity. Similarly, if your shower has a door that swings out you will also need to ensure the vanity is far enough away so the shower door will not hit it.
    • Your vanity shouldn’t make navigating the rest of your bathroom difficult. For small spaces you may need to opt for a slimline design to avoid bumping into it.
    • You will also need to decide on the cabinetry finish, type of storage, counter top material (if not included with the base), basin style, and tapware style.

    When it comes to finding the right bathroom vanity, the options are limited only by space and budget. For a huge range of vanity units and other bathroom products check out Budget Plumbing Centre’s great selection of tapware, showers, basins, toilets, bathtubs – we have everything you need for your bathroom at Perth’s best prices. Visit our conveniently located outlets in Bibra Lake and Belmont today or get in touch with us online.