A bathroom remodeling project is a great way to update a boring, outdated room as well as add value to your home. But it’s also one of the most expensive interior renovation jobs, second only to kitchens. So how can you get the marble counter top, dual-flush toilet, and high-end fixtures that you crave without breaking the bank?
Check out these five tips on how to save money during a bathroom renovation.
Stick With The Layout
If you’re gut-renovating an old bathroom, you may also be considering moving around the position of the tub, toilet, shower, and faucet fixtures. But ripping a room down to the studs and laying new pipes to accommodate the new layout isn’t a simple process, and can add a considerable amount to your estimate. Think hard whether you need to rearrange the fixtures or if you’d rather spend that extra 3-to-5-grand on upscale faucets or custom cabinets.
Trim Back The Tile
Tiling will take up a good portion of your budget, especially if you’ve got your eye on stone or marble varieties. Yet maybe you can afford the tiles, the accents, and the artistry you love if you limit the square footage you’re tiling. Consider using bead board or other kinds of wainscoting for the walls so you can focus the tiling on the floor and shower.
Save With Salvage
Check out Craigslist and eBay as well as salvage companies like recyclingthepast.com for leftover tile, vintage vanities, and unique fixtures. You’ll get them for a song, make your bathroom unique, and save the earth all at the same time.
Know What You Need
Do you really need a new toilet, or is your old one working fine? Maybe a new seat and lid can make all the difference. What about a tub? Do you really need a huge whirlpool-type tub with lots of jets, are you just getting one because it seems like a great luxury idea? If you and your family are not loll-in-the-bathtub types, consider the thousands of dollars you’ll save by cutting this high-end item off your list. You may also avoid the water-tank volume upgrade you’ll need to fill that baby up.
Shelve The Cabinetry
Custom cabinetry is also an expensive line item. Consider opting for open shelving to store towels, tissues, and baskets of toiletries. Open shelves give a sense of space that cabinetry cannot match, a plus if you’re remodeling a very small bathroom.
The best way to save money during a bathroom remodel is to know what you want, have solid plans, and your budget set before starting the project. Changing direction during the renovation process adds time, labor, frustration and cost.