Bathrooms and kitchens are the two rooms that renovated most often. Why? Well, the kitchen is where we love to go as often as we can due to its attraction being food—the bathroom for personal hygiene. The high level of use wears down the room, and it’s front of wall furniture and components.
On average, bathroom renovations cost anything from $10,000 to $100,000 and more for luxury fit-outs. However, there are still ways you can renovate your bathroom without necessarily going into debt.
In this article, you will find the best ways for remodelling your bathroom on a budget.
Come up with the Design for Your Bathroom Yourself
The whole idea of remodelling your bathroom is to give it a new lease of life. Though designers can be very effective in that regard, they are also a cost you can forgo and still have a great bathroom.
Even if you are not the most creative person, don’t worry. There are tons of websites and magazines with bathroom designs for all budgets.
You can get inspiration from everywhere from magazines, websites, showrooms, and homes of family, friends and neighbours. Take your time to research what you need in your bathroom to make it highly functional, attractive, and hard-wearing, so you’re not needing to do another bathroom renovation for some time.
Have Your Tub Relined Instead of Replacing It
The key to a successful bathroom remodel on a budget is improving without necessarily spending on anything new. Buying a new bathtub can significantly add up the costs and should only be done if there is no alternative.
If the issues with your tub are just some cracks and nicks along with a discoloured surface, have it relined and refinished by a professional which is cheaper than buying new, and you will still have a sparkling tub.
For shower fixtures and sinks, you are better off replacing them as they can transform the space without costing too much.
If your bathroom fixtures are porcelain, fibreglass or cast iron, you can refinish them yourself and save on labour.
All you will need is a basic DIY refinishing kit and some supplies such as a spray gun, sander and paintbrushes. The whole setup may cost you $100 to $150.
Do Not Go over Board with Tiles
Tiles have a certain glow that can truly bring a bathroom to life uniquely and artistically. However, if the bathroom design you are working on is heavily reliant on tiles, your budget will increase significantly.
Rather than use tiles everywhere, focus their usage on high-impact areas such as the floor rather than shower walls. To make even more savings, you can combine the use of tiles on the floor with linoleum or vinyl which are durable.
If you are working with a tight budget, leave the tiles altogether. Try alternatives such as wallpaper accent walls, mildew-resistant paint, and reclaimed wood panels. All these alternatives will come at a fraction of the cost.
Do Not Mess Around with the Plumbing
As you come up with the design for your new bathroom, leave all the major plumbing where it is. Moving your toilet, bathtub, and shower will require a lot of changes with your bathroom’s plumbing.
Reconfiguring your plumbing and drainage to suit a new design will require some breaking into walls and floor which will also add onto your budget as will the additional plumbing work.
Additionally, you can do some of the plumbing instead of hiring a plumber. With modern pipes and push-in fittings, you can do some light plumbing tasks even if you are not a DIY kind of person.
Buy Used Fixtures
You can find plenty of used home necessities such as tubs, sinks, doors and even toilets on sites such as eBay and Craigslist. You will be surprised at how some of these used products are still in excellent condition.
However, new is still better than used. Be on the lookout for great deals.
If you are working with a shoestring budget and want to change the outlook of your bathroom, go for paint.
Repainting is probably the cheapest option that can produce the most significant change. Painting your bathroom will give it a new look and will also make some issues look less significant.
However, only a good paint job will uplift the looks of your bathroom. As such, pick the right color and use only high-quality paints.
Mould and mildew can quickly develop in the shower area due to the moisture. Pick a paint with a satin finish. Do not forget the ceiling as well; a little sprucing up can go a long way.
Freshen Caulk and Grout
Caulk and grout can become grimy and a sight not pleasant to behold. It may not seem much, but changing these little lines might be the touch your bathroom needs.
All you need to do is clean the lines of caulk around the sink and your tub, then apply a little coat on top.
This change might seem minor, but you will be surprised at how your bathroom will sparkle after. However, the best thing is that you will only need a few dollars to do it.
Refresh Cabinets with New Interiors
Cabinets play an essential role in how you perceive the condition of your bathroom. If they are damaged or rusty on the inside, your bathroom will look neglected.
If the exterior is in reasonably good condition, you need to work on the interior, without buying new cabinets. Just replace the doors.
Remodeling Your Bathroom at Little Cost
The bathroom is one place that should be serene and peaceful, especially if you enjoy taking a long bath after a day’s work.
Luckily, remodelling your bathroom does not have to cost an arm and a leg. With a little creativity, you can restore your sanctuary at a fraction of the typical cost.
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