Renovating a Bathroom While on a Budget

So, you’re thinking about redecorating and redesigning your bathroom but don’t have a ton of money to spend? Here’s the good news: As impossible as it may seem, there are plenty of ways to remodel a bathroom on a budget, such as doing it yourself. You’ll just need to be a bit more creative.  

It’s common for bathroom remodels to involve taking down everything and replacing them. With this strategy, it’s normal to have a project that cost five figures. It’s true that a renovated bathroom can update the style of your home and can be better adapted to your and your family’s current needs. But just because every element is being replaced, does not mean that the result will be up to par. Instead, to renovate and redesign smartly, you want to resist the impulse of doing a major overhaul of the room. This will prevent the bathroom remodel costs from spiraling out of control.

To stop the remodeling project from taking its toll on you, think out of the box, be willing to compromise, opt for more economical alternatives and make essential changes to improve the functionality of your bathroom. Even a low-cost bathroom remodel can help you achieve that and improve the style of your home. An added bonus is having more money in your bank account than homeowners who went the more expensive route.

Design Your Bathroom Yourself

Instead of going to an architect or an interior designer, find the design that best fits your vision. Below is a list of things you need to consider before starting the bathroom makeover:

i) Color scheme

Choose a color scheme that won’t clash with your tiles or your choice of paint. Look at different hues and shades of the same color before settling for anything.

ii) New fixtures

Decide if you’ll replace or remodel your shower, tub, and faucets.

iii) Storage spaces

Remember that a functional bathroom needs to have sufficient storage room for towels and toiletries. Make sure you have enough shelves, cabinets and/or towel bars to make up for any lost storage space.

iv) Location of utilities

Decide where you want the electrical wiring and plumbing pipes to be located and make sure you get accurate measurements for each of these.

Inexpensive Bathroom Remodeling Ideas

1. Limit Your Tile

In addition to needing a ton of tiles for the flooring and walls, you‘ll also need to pay a considerable amount of money to have them installed. To save money, you can focus on changing only high-impact areas, such as the floor, instead of the walls and floor inside the shower stall. If you really want a tile that’s a bit expensive, try using them as accent tiles only and use cheaper tiles for the rest.

2. Paint Your Walls and Wooden Floor

Repainting the walls has to be the most effective way of giving a room a new look, especially when you don’t have much to spare. Additionally, if there’s a wooden floor in your bathroom, you can simply repaint it rather then ripping it out and replacing it with a new flooring. It not only saves you money but is also less time consuming protects the environment.

Wooden floors are not the best flooring solution for a bathroom. But if you already have one, repainting them is a cheap way to have them last longer while also giving the room a new look. Remember to look paint that’s resistant to moisture, mold, and mildew. A high-quality paint with a satin finish should do the job.

3. Refresh Cabinets and Sink by Installing New Hardware

An easy way to make a bathroom sparkle without replacing an entire vanity or cabinet is by buying and installing new hardware, such as sink faucets, towel racks, light fixtures, and drawer pulls.  While these little details may seem insignificant, they can make a big difference in your bathroom at a relatively low cost.

Here’s a tip to make this even easier than it already is: make sure that the screw alignment matches up with the holes on your existing cabinets and vanity. This way you can skip the whole process of drilling new holes.

To Conclude

The bottom line is, bathroom remodels can come with staggeringly high costs if you are not careful. To avoid unmet deadlines and those costs, consider doing a surface remodeling of the bathroom yourself. You should be able to handle it if you have even a moderate amount of experience.

While you can skip a general contractor to save costs, we will advise getting high-quality materials that pros depend on. While saving on labor may be ok, cost-cutting will most definitely not fly when it comes to the materials you will use for the renovation. Remember that a good makeover should be able to last for a long time without needing any more patching up.

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