DIY couple transform old bathroom into a modern space and save £1,000

One couple turned their old bathroom into a chic modern style – and saved £ 1,000 by doing the job themselves.

Teresa Jakubowska, 36, and her husband Raf, 40, bought a three bedroom single family home in Stevenage, Hertfordshire in 2020 to redecorate after moving in.

The house was built 24 years ago and Teresa, who works as an accountant, found the house old and outdated.

Above all, she wanted to give the bathroom a new look and change the room, so she got down to work with her husband and her craftsman brother Tomek.

A couple turned their old bathroom into a chic modern style – and saved £ 1,000 by doing the job themselves

The house was built 24 years ago and Teresa, who works as an accountant, found the house old and outdated

The house was built 24 years ago and Teresa, who works as an accountant, found the house old and outdated

The room now looks unrecognizable and cost a total of £ 3,000, with the couple saving money by taking advantage of wholesale vendors and buying display items.

The trio began by tearing down the pantry to make room for a new shower stall, installing new plumbing, and installing new electrics.

Teresa ordered tiles and fixtures while Tomek helped her create a floor plan for the accessories.

She sourced equipment from wholesalers, searched the internet for specials, and bought display items in stores that are much cheaper.

Teresa Jakubowska, 36, and her husband Raf, 40, bought a three bedroom single family home in Stevenage, Hertfordshire in 2020 to redecorate after moving in Teresa added that her brother Tomek (pictured together)

Teresa Jakubowska, 36, and her husband Raf, 40, bought a three bedroom single family home in Stevenage, Hertfordshire in 2020 to redecorate after moving in

The space now looks unrecognizable and cost a total of £ 3,000 which saves money by using wholesale vendors and buying display items.

The space now looks unrecognizable and cost a total of £ 3,000 which saves money by using wholesale vendors and buying display items.

The entire bathroom remodel only took seven days and they couldn’t be more pleased with the end result.

Teresa said, “My brother, with the help of me and my husband, did all the work on my bathroom himself.

“From the demolition of the old bathroom to the installation of a new sanitary system to relocate everything, new electrics to tiles and the installation of all accessories.”

The entire bathroom remodel only took seven days and they couldn't be more pleased with the end result

The entire bathroom remodel only took seven days and they couldn’t be more pleased with the end result

The trio began by demolishing the pantry to make room for a new shower cubicle, installing new plumbing, and new electrics

The trio began by demolishing the pantry to make room for a new shower cubicle, installing new plumbing, and new electrics

How Teresa saved money on her bathroom renovation

Crosswater shower for £ 700: £ 250

£ 600 bath from Affine: £ 250 for ex-display model

Grohe concealed shower set: £ 350 on eBay

Grohe concealed toilet assembly: £ 130 on eBay

Toilet stand: £ 150

All Grohe fittings from online retailers – individual prices not specified

LED mirror: £ 72 eBay.

Cabinet with sink: £ 240 from eBay

Tiles: £ 500 on sale at half price

Other tiles: £ 200

She added that he was “the only person” she trusted, and he advised her on which brands to use to keep costs down.

She said, “I’ve saved a lot of money by buying equipment from wholesalers, finding special offers on the internet or ex-exhibition items that are brand new but much cheaper.

“It probably saved me about £ 1,000 on equipment and tiles alone.”

However, there were a few challenges with the renovation – for example, when Tomek’s legs went through the ceiling when he slipped while laying the plumbing.

A hilarious shot shows his legs dangling through the hole.

Teresa said, “His foot went through the ceiling when my husband was helping him with something while the floorboards were being removed to install new plumbing.

“He slipped off the beam and walked through the kitchen ceiling! I was shocked, but when I heard boys crying with laughter upstairs, I couldn’t be mad – I was just glad he was fine.

“I absolutely love the bathroom now and can safely say that this is the best bathroom I could ever ask for.”

She sourced equipment from wholesalers, searched the internet for specials, and bought display items in stores that are much cheaper

She sourced equipment from wholesalers, searched the internet for specials, and bought display items in stores that are much cheaper

However, there were some challenges with the renovation ¿such as when Tomek's legs went through the ceiling when he slipped while installing the plumbing

However, there were a few challenges with the renovation – for example, when Tomek’s legs went through the ceiling when he slipped while laying the plumbing

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