The national average for a bathroom renovation is over $10,000 – luckily with this guide, you’ll learn different techniques for remodeling bathrooms on a budget!
If your bathroom is looking tired and in need of TLC but you are on a tight budget, there are lots of ideas for remodeling bathrooms on a budget that will not cost too much money.
Remodeling Bathrooms on a Budget
Remodeling on a budget can be tricky as there will be changes that you want to make that you just cannot afford to complete. You must keep emotions to one side when deciding on your budget. That’s so you do not overspend and run into money issues. Once you have decided on a budget you should stick to it. Only use money that is allocated to certain features of your remodeling project so that you do not overspend. Get organized and stay organized.
1. Plan Ahead
Looking at all of the jobs that need doing in your bathroom can be overwhelming. So the key to sticking to your budget and making the remodel achievable is to plan ahead. Once you know your budget it is time to make a full list. The list should consist of the things that you would like to change in your bathroom. The list may be long so now is the time to prioritize what needs addressing straight away and what can be left until you have more resources. When prioritizing your needs it is important to think about every aspect of your remodeling project.
2. Be Creative
When you are remodeling bathrooms on a budget you will not be able to change the structure of the room itself. Knocking down walls or installing a stand-alone shower, for example, may not be possible with your budget constraints. This does not mean that you cannot make significant changes to your bathroom, you just need to get creative. Pinterest and Instagram are great for finding inspiration for your remodel, whether it be ideas on color schemes and accessories to add or creative ways to use your space.
Here are just a few examples of how you can get creative:
– Reduce the number of tiles you use
Tiles can be expensive. So you should focus on the areas where the tiles will have the most impact and leave the rest of the walls free. You can tile areas that are most visible. You can also use cheaper tiles in other areas.
– Use low-cost materials
There are lots of look-a-like products on the market for when you cannot afford expensive wood or tiles, for example. You can choose lower quality tiles, laminate flooring, or vinyl that will keep you within budget.
– Invest in good lighting
If you can save money on other areas of your remodeling project you can invest in stylish lighting. Creating good light will lift a room and offers a relaxing atmosphere for then you take a bath.
– Choose a large mirror
If your bathroom is small you should hang a large mirror on the wall which will create an illusion of more space. By choosing a large mirror you will also save on tiles or expensive wallpaper.
– Create good storage
If you are fed up with towels laying around the room and lotions and potions cluttering your worktop, investing in good storage will instantly change your bathroom. Work with your renovator to use most of your bathroom space by creating shelves and cupboards to help organize your bathroom efficiently.
3. Work With What You Have
The first step is to look for ways to improve your existing bathroom. Here are just a few ideas of what you can do to give your bathroom a money-saving makeover:
- Re-grout tiles for a fresher look
- Paint wooden floors
- Touch-up your bathtub with porcelain repair or hire a refinisher to put on a new layer of enamel
- Paint cupboards and add new handles
- Change the shower head rather than the whole shower
- De-clutter the room so that it looks clean and fresh at all times
4. Look For Deals
If you have taken the time to plan you we recommend that you look around for deals that could save you money. For example, you may have your eye on the perfect tiles for your bathroom so you can keep track of the price tag. And then seize the opportunity to buy during sale days. You will find that many tile companies, and other bathroom supplies companies, will often have large discounts on ‘end of the line’ products so it is worth shopping around for deals.
If you do have a specific product in mind do not buy from the first store that you find it in. Instead, shop around as saving even a few dollars on each product can make a big difference in the long run.
Thrift stores are a good place to hunt for accessories and mirrors. You can use vintage items as they are or up-cycle them for a more modern finish for your bathroom.
5. Invest in a Good Renovator
A large part of remodeling bathrooms on a budget is put towards choosing a reliable remodeler. It is tempting to try and cut costs by choosing a renovator who is cheaper than the other quotes that you have been given but this may not be the wisest choice. As the saying goes “buy cheap, buy twice” which could be the case if you spend your hard-earned cash on a contractor that cuts corners to keep to a budget.
In the long run, you will end up spending more money on rectifying the problems that arise by completing tasks on too low of a budget. There will be some jobs that you will need a renovator for but you can cut costs by doing smaller jobs yourself, such as painting walls and building flat-pack cabinets.
With so many creative ideas for remodeling bathrooms on a budget, you are sure to get a brand new bathroom that you will love.