Bathroom renovations make up the most popular home improvement projects after kitchen renovations. Homeowners embark on bathroom renovations for different reasons: creating a trendier space, preparing the property for sale later in the year, personal preference or creating a child-friendly space. Whatever the reason, bathroom remodeling projects require a significant amount of money and time. However bathroom renovations have different requirements; for example, a bathroom renovation to improve the value of the house has a different need from an improvement to fulfill a homeowner’s tastes. Thus bathroom renovations range from:
· Minor bathroom renovations: involves applying a fresh coat of paint, new hardware and accessories.
· Major bathroom renovations: involves erecting new walls, vanity, flooring, accessories and fixtures.
A recent report showed that an average bathroom renovation costs $11000 while an upscale remodel would have you spending up to $26000. But given the difficult economic times, splurging $11,000 on bathroom renovations already feels an uphill task thus most homeowners will prefer doing lots of DIYs on their bathroom to reduce the remodeling costs to $3000 or less. However, owners should be realistic about their abilities and their availability for the project since DIY renovations don’t always bring out beautiful bathroom spaces.
Our discussion will deliberate on ways of remodeling your bathroom on a budget without compromising on the most significant features; water-resistant materials, enough ventilation and safety accessories and materials.
1. Maintain the same footprint
We all want to create a stylish bathroom space, but when remodeling on a budget, it may not be possible. Some styles say installing Italian tiles or moving a water based fitting to a wall where plumbing fixtures don’t exist require demolishing the existing bathroom layout and reconstructing it; a cost that escalates the budget. Maintaining the same footprint and installing new plumbing fixtures close to the plumbing pipes significantly reduce the remodeling costs while bringing out a fresh look.
2. Refresh your countertop
Bathrooms require a small investment when it comes to countertops compared to kitchen counters. However, the most attractive colors brown, tan or beige may turn out pricier. When remodeling on a budget, homeowners should consider using countertops with traditional colors. Alternatively, they may use a tiled countertop that is water-resistant and cheaper to install.
Another way to save on countertops is to buy defective stone slabs as they are more economical. DIYers pull off the style by installing the sinks or faucet where the defect is located.
3. Reduce the number of tiles
Tiles make up half or more of the renovation cost. When remodeling your bathroom on a budget, a homeowner can focus on high-impact areas like the countertop and the floor. Alternatively, he may install tiles on a horizontal strip along the wall and paint the rest of the wall. Folks who prefer decorative tiles may use them scantily alongside cheaper tiles.
4. Installing water-resistant wainscot
While reducing the number of tiles used saves lots of money, homeowners should also consider installing water resistant wainscot instead of installing tiles. It is a cheaper option than the standard tile and requires fewer maintenance procedures than wood flooring. Homeowners should consider buying wainscot bead board paneling made from cellular PVC that does not need paint. The eight-inch panels come in white and blue colors with prices ranging from $15 for 3-foot pieces.
5. Matching accessories
Some simple tricks go a long way to creating a new bathroom space different space. Removing worn out fixtures and installing matching ones bring out a designer touch; for example matching a silver-framed cabinet with new water faucets.
6. Install lighting
With a little bit of creativity, homeowners can use lighting to add elegance to a remodeled bathroom. They may use task lighting where bulbs surround vanity mirrors or turn the ceiling to a focal point by hanging a bronze-toned light that has crystal teardrops. Experts’ advice paying attention to the bulb’s brightness when shopping for task lighting bulbs: toilet bulbs: 45 lumens (brightness), the vanity area bulbs 1680 lumens and the sink area bulbs 450 lumens.
7. Reglazing fixtures and fitting
Bathroom remodels require replacing plenty of accessories. To save on costs, homeowners should consider reglazing items like grab bars, water faucets, and sinks instead. A new pair of fixtures costs $2500 or more while reglazing would cost $800. Be sure to find a pro.
8. Adopting a low-cost design
While high-cost designs add style and elegance to a bathroom, renovations on a budget work well with soft schemes. Soft schemes use neutral colors for permanent surfaces while incorporating items that are replaced easily e.g. window treatments, wall colors, rugs and shower curtains. Such low-cost designs add zest to a bathroom without creating sophisticated looks that keep off prospective buyers.
9. Refreshing the caulk
Over time, grout and caulk get dirty and grimy. Cleaning the grout and applying a fresh coat of caulk around the sink and the tub adds sparkle to the bathroom. Grout and caulk are cheap making it an excellent way to refresh your bathroom on a budget.
10. Perform a few DIYs
Plenty of bathroom renovation tasks require professional contractors, but homeowners can save on labor costs by performing some tasks themselves. Some easy DIY tasks include:
· Painting walls and trimming: it saves you $200 per 200 square feet.
· Putting up towel bars and shelves; save $20-$25 dollars each.
· Installing windows, window treatments, and baseboard trim; saves $200.
· Installing a toilet; saves $150.
11. Stick to the budget
Whether you are remodeling on a budget or planning to splurge, planning and budgeting are essential. Experts advise spending six months before beginning the renovation. Note that while the budget gives a rough estimate about the remodeling cost homeowners should create room for unexpected expenses. Bathrooms are prone to hidden water damage like damaged pipes, rotting walls that lead to costly (often unanticipated) repairs.
The points highlighted should help any homeowner remodel a bathroom on a budget. However, if the budget is still high, the owner should consider refining the material selections to save a few bucks. For example using Off-shelf items instead of new accessories or replacing few major pieces like the toilet and countertop and upgrading easy-to-fit items like cabinets at a later date.