Having a sleek, fancy, and well-designed bathroom can make your house look fancier and more luxurious. It also adds to your property’s value, increasing its overall appeal. Bathroom and kitchen remodels are notoriously expensive, making homeowners reluctant to take on the task.
The possibilities of what your remodeled bathroom will look like can be endless. However, the exorbitant costs can limit your plans. If you’re looking to upgrade on a budget, here’s a helpful guide to assist you through the process.
- Plan It Out
Before you start remodeling, you need to have a plan. Choose which bathrooms need to be remodeled. Our suggestion; focus on your primary bathroom first.
You need to also choose what to change within the bathroom. With a limited budget, you may not have the option of completely changing your bathroom interiors and plumbing. Simply changing the furnishing could give you a completely new look.
With the internet at your disposal, there is no dearth of ideas to inspire your renovations. From fixtures and fittings to interiors and furniture, you can pick and choose to build your dream bathroom affordably. Finalizing everything beforehand reduces expenditure as you are less likely to keep changing the layout according to your whims.
- Set the Budget
Once you know what you want your bathroom to look like, it is time to carefully consider your budget. Estimate the resources required by researching on the internet. You can then set your budget based on how much it’ll cost, keeping in mind the spending provision that you have.
The budget set depends on the extent of the renovations: are you simply redecorating or are you starting from scratch? It also includes the costs of replacing fixtures, materials used and any interior changes. Equipped with your final model and a budget, you’re all set out for remodeling.
- Don’t Move the Plumbing
When remodeling on a budget, it’s safest to redesign without moving your plumbing. This enables you to easily manage DIY renovations, helping you to stay within budget. Not only will new plumbing require an expert plumber, it will also involve more demolition of floors and walls, which can quickly rack up costs.
- Replace, Repair and Refurbish
When imagining your new space, you’ll be tempted to throw out and replace old fittings. But you can save money here too. Some fittings and installations may only require slight repairs and refurbishing to make them as good as new. For instance, instead of changing your toilet, opt for changing the seat only. This will elevate your bathroom, make it look new, without being as heavy on the pocket.
If you do end up replacing fixtures, it is a good idea to keep them if they can be used for the other bathrooms. This reuse helps your next remodeling operations to be cost-effective too!
- Neutral and Simple
A very cost-effective way to remodel your bathroom is to keep the interiors neutral. Such tones are always in fashion and eliminate the need for frequent remodeling. Opt for colorful accessories that add a pop of color and are easier to play around with. With a neutral theme in place, your next remodel may only need a change of accessories to look recently renovated.
Simplicity is also the key to affordably maintain and renovate bathrooms. Fancy installations may look beautiful and luxurious, but are harder to maintain and even harder to replace, increasing renovation costs.
- Look for Lower-Cost Alternatives
Remodeling can prove to be expensive if you go all out and buy the best the market has to offer. However, reconsidering and looking for low-cost alternatives is your best bet. From materials to fittings and installations, most options have low-cost alternatives that help achieve a similar look.
Opt for quartz instead of granite for the countertop, and swap a ceramic sink for a marble one and you’ll achieve the same outlook for a lesser cost. Similarly, you can choose budget-friendly floor finishes as well to elevate your new look.
- Say No to Custom-Built Installations
While customized showers, cabinets and vanities have their own flair, they can prove to be an expensive hurdle in your redecoration mission. Building everything from scratch and hiring a designer to do it for you, won’t be a feasible option monetarily. Instead, you can go for prefabricated fixtures that only require on-site assembly and installation and require minimal expert labor.
Such fixtures also require minimal changes to your walls and bathroom structure. Hence, they are easier and more convenient, saving money and effort.
- Choose Where to Spend
Your imagination may run wild thinking of renovations, but your wallet cannot. With an array of options for fixtures, and fittings, over a wide price range, it is up to you to choose what to spend on.
Use your new plan as the guide and choose what you need to spend on. A heated floor might sound very fancy and luxurious but is bound to be costly. Do the benefits outweigh the costs? That is all you need to think of when making the purchase.
When you know what you need and how much you will spend, the next task is to find a place to get it. Furniture and shelves prove to be easier purchases if you hit Ikea and local furniture stores. Flea markets and antique stores might prove useful if you’re looking to add a vintage or classic touch.
But fittings are usually where the trouble is. With a limited budget, you want to look for durable options that look stylish and look expensive but aren’t as heavy on the pocket. You may even choose to choose an assortment of luxury and plain fixtures to create an ideal outlook.
Jake Ibarra is a consultant at Sydney Home Centre. Apart from all things renovation, he loves watching and playing soccer and admiring other people’s pets.