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Bathroom Renovation on a Budget

You might be surprised what a little bathroom renovation can do to an otherwise dull bathroom. Surprisingly, you don’t have to drop $25K on an enormous spa-style retreat for your master bathroom for that upgrade. In fact, you can easily transform your bathroom into a tranquil and relaxing spot even if you’re on a budget. The following is a guide to help you redesign and renovate your bathroom without digging too deep into your pocket.

Know your budget for bathroom renovation

In a recent report by Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value, the estimate of a new bathroom remodel is roughly $11,000 while an upscale one is nearly $30K! But take it from us, you can remodel a bathroom for less than $3,000. Moreover, by upgrading with bathroom renovation, you will add value to your home. Before you begin, determine your budget and what you can afford to spend on the bathroom remodel. If you are trying to stick to a small budget, you’ll want to keep all bathroom renovation to cosmetic changes such as painting, and perhaps a few new fixtures. If you have more money to spend than you can consider doing more. If you are doing a serious bathroom remodel, don’t do it yourself. A Fairmarket Contractor can get the job done professionally, quickly, and within your budget. The following are more ways to stick to your bathroom renovation budget.

Inexpensive Bathroom Renovation Ideas Tip #1: Limit Your Tile

Tile can get expensive. As we’ve mentioned before, unless you are an expert, tile can be tricky. Instead, to save money, focus on re-tiling the areas of the floor with the highest impact. For example, do a bathroom remodel on the floors instead of inside of inside the shower. For an inexpensive aesthetic, you could tile one stripe horizontally along the wall and then paint the rest. If you can’t imagine not doing your bathroom renovation without redoing the tile, use an expensive tile alongside a different tile that is less expensive. No one will know the difference as the artistic tiles will stand out. You’ll save money and the bathroom will look like a million bucks!

Inexpensive Bathroom Renovation Ideas Tip #2: Counter Tops Within Your Budget

Although it’s tempting to want to splurge on countertops, you can avoid it by choosing a wider swath of colors. Popular colors such as tan, light beige, and brown are going to be more expensive. If you don’t mind going for a less basic color, you’ll get the same marble at a less expensive price. Consider the overall bathroom color scheme and choose countertops accordingly for your bathroom renovation.

Inexpensive Bathroom Renovation Ideas Tip #3: Painting Tips

The most inexpensive way to remodel a bathroom is with a fresh coat of paint. A dull, drab room can get a facelift even if you are re-painting with the same color. Keep in mind that although your bathroom might be the smallest room in your house, it may not be the easiest to paint. Going around the tub, mirrors, toilet, all switch plates, and any other crevices during a bathroom renovation can be extremely difficult. This takes time, patience, and expertise. Don’t hesitate to call a Fairmarket Contractor to take care of this work at an affordable rate.

Inexpensive Bathroom Renovation Ideas Tip #4: Fixtures

Light fixtures, towel racks, mirrors, drawer pulls, and other details can be updated with a small investment. Although they may seem small or unimportant, these minor details can make a huge difference in the overall look of the bathroom. Even better, many of these are part of a bathroom remodel that you can easily do yourself.  Remember, you don’t have to buy the fixtures at a home improvement store. Get creative and shop at antique stores, garage sales, and other places you might not have tried at first thought. Instead of buying new fixtures, refinish your old ones or refinish the ones you find at thrift stores and yard sales.

Inexpensive Bathroom Renovation Ideas Tip #5: Freshen Caulk and Grout

There’s nothing worse in a bathroom than old caulking. Give your bathroom a fresh look by cleaning the grout and adding clean, straight lines of caulk around the sink and tub. This is a very inexpensive DIY option that can make a difference and update your bathroom. It will look and feel cleaner.

Inexpensive Bathroom Renovation Ideas Tip #6: Go Green

As you do a bathroom remodel, don’t forget to consider the environment. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to save money with low-flow shower heads, sinks, and toilets. These fixtures cost the same or less than traditional ones so you’ll save money at the hardware store and each time you use water. Buying used fixtures, as mentioned above, is another money-saving and planet-saving tip. Similarly, if there are any fixtures or used items that are still in good shape, sell them or give them away to someone else who might be able to use them.

Your bathroom remodel can look like a million bucks – at far less!

With a small budget, a little strategic planning, and a lot of creativity, you can do an entire bathroom remodel or bathroom renovation on a shoestring budget. Yet, no one will ever know you didn’t spend thousands of dollars! If you need help deciding where to start or have big ideas and are wondering if you can keep them within you budget, give us a call. A Fairmarket Contractor will help you with all of your needs while keeping within your budget.