Bathroom on a Budget?

The average cost of a full-scale bathroom remodel in the U.S is $10,500 for a basic remodel and $26,000 for an upscale remodel according to remodeling magazines cost vs. value report. You want to touch up the bathroom, but you don’t want to drop your life savings on it? How do you do it?

Keep in mind that remodeling your bathroom, and most parts of your home, adds value to your home and you will get the return on the investment later. Determine how much you can afford and keep your expectations realistic from there. If the budget is on the low end, keep most of your changes cosmetic such as new vanity, fixtures, new paint and possibly a small amount of flooring or tile work. If your budget is bigger you can add a bigger shower, change the layout, add more tile or a big window.

1. Limit the Tile: Tile is expensive. Not only the material but it takes time for the contractor to lay it down. Focus tiling the high impact areas like the floor instead of inside the shower. Also, you can tile a small horizontal accent strip around the wall and paint the rest.

2. Save on Countertops: Many laminate countertops have come a long way, or look for a vanity that already has the counter installed. But if you need granite countertops look for a wider array of colors. Colors like tan, brown, and light beige are usually more expensive because they are higher demand. Also, most granite countertop suppliers have remnants or imperfect pieces that can be sold at a reduced price.

Another thrifty and cool idea is using old dressers as sink pedestals. Find an old dresser and ask your contractor to cut the top of the dresser to accommodate the sink. These same vanities sell for thousands of dollars in stores, but your contractor can easily make their own.

3. Paint yourself: Most anyone can do at least a mid-level job of painting with some practice and attention to detail. You can save a lot of money by simply painting the walls yourself.

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