Homeowners often complain about the high cost of renovation and how it can take a huge toll on them. But even if it seems impossible to get one done at a cheap price, it is absolutely attainable. Planning and budgeting will be key. Low-cost remodelling also involves not tearing down the whole bathroom – Instead of ripping everything away at one go, attack the renovation project in sections.
However, if you want a hassle-free renovation, you may want to hire a contractor. While it may be less stressful, bear in mind that it will cost more than a project that you undertake yourself. On the upside, your bathroom will be done in a matter of days and won’t require you investing a lot of your time. But if you are looking for more economical alternatives, then keep reading!
1. Find Lookalike Materials
Try to find cheaper alternatives whenever possible. Want to give your bathroom that spa look by installing wooden floors? Try faux wood tile instead! They are cheaper, are less likely to get water damaged and are way easier to maintain.
2. Give Your Cabinets A Fresh Look with New Hardware
Instead of replacing bathroom cabinets, overhaul the hardware! You can’t go simpler than stripping out old hardware and replace it with fun new ones.
3. Change the Sink Faucet
Installing a new sink faucet is not expensive nor does it take a lot of time. You can essentially make your sink look better with just one simple change!
4. Prefabricated Shower Is the Way to Go
Building a custom shower from scratch is one of the most expensive parts of a renovation project. A prefabricated shower unit may not look as gorgeous and will most likely not be as unique, but they will at least make your bathroom look brand new at a much more economical price.
5. Get a New Towel and Toilet Paper Holder
Towel and toilet paper toilet can wear out over time and will look out of place in a freshly remodelled bathroom. Not only are they cheap ways to go about changing the look of your bathroom, they are also very easy to install.
6. Paint the Interior by Yourself
Although time-consuming, painting a room doesn’t require a lot of skill. And it’s just one bathroom. It’s not like painting the whole house! Most of the wall space in a bathroom is taken up by mirrors, shelves and cabinets. Instead of hiring a professional painter, do the painting yourself. It will probably only take a day or two.
7. DIY the Plumbing
There are some light plumbing tasks that may need to be done when remodelling a bathroom. With the advent of plastic PEX plumbing pipes and push-in fittings, it’s not even that hard.
8. Avoid Making Any Changes to Major Plumbing
On the other hand, don’t try to move the major plumbing if you are not a licensed plumber. It will cost way too much, and you could even end up causing way more damage. If you REALLY must move the toilet and bathing facilities, then contact a plumber.
9. Install the Toilet Yourself
Not moving major plumbing means you can install the new toilet yourself. Replacing an old toilet is not as hard as it may seem. The hardest part of that project is physically moving the toilet. Otherwise, it is relatively easy and you should be able to DIY it.
10. Find a Preassembled Bathroom Vanity and Top
Nowadays, there are more and more vanity units and tops that come either partially or fully assembled. This means that it will only take you a few hours to have them in place.
11. Choose the Lighting Wisely
Functionality must not be your only criteria when shopping for new lighting fixtures. For a chic look at an affordable price, find exceptional and stylish lighting that you can add to the bathroom.
12. Don’t Be in a Rush to Get Rid of Bathroom Materials
If you have another bathroom that you are not remodelling, move materials such as the shower curtain and picture frames to it. Avoid waste as much as you can.
13. Change the Knob of the Shower
Two-handled showers are old fashioned. Swap it for the trendier single-knob pressure-balancing valve for a seamless look. If you are not sure you can do it, get a plumber to help you.
14. Try to Design the Bathroom Yourself
Don’t get us wrong. Bathroom designers are great and can offer entirely change the mood of a space. Except that this is something you can skip if you are on a budget. Especially for a bathroom since its layout is not as complicated as that of a kitchen.
15. Install Wainscot on the Lower Part of the Walls
One of the easiest ways of covering up walls is by installing prefabricated boards on them. Wainscot is even better for the lower portion of the walls as that part can often be dingy, have scratches and minor holes.