The time has come for your bathroom to be renovated and upgraded, but you don’t have as much money as you think you need? You believe that it has to cost an arm and a leg to improve the bathroom? Well, actually it doesn’t have to affect your family budget all that much.
Even with limited resources, you can achieve the desired effect, provided you do some of the work alone and recognise the opportunities for saving some money. Of course, there are some things that are best left to professionals, but some less complex DIY projects can not only help you spend less, but also inspire the sense of achievement. So, what is it that you can do on a budget when it comes to your bathroom?
Number of tiles
The fewer tiles you install, the more you’ll be able to save. Instead of simply tiling the whole bathroom, you could just use tiles to cover the high-impact areas, such as the floor. If you still want to create a unique design, you can opt for tiling just a horizontal strip along the wall and paint the rest.
On the other hand, if you have your heart set on tiling most of the areas, make sure that you don’t overspend, but simply use just a few artistic tiles as an accent. The fact that other, cheaper tiles won’t be so extravagant will only make the more attractive ones stand out more.
A coat of paint goes a long way
One of the most effective, yet not so expensive ways of modernising your bathroom is definitely painting. This is especially true if you decide to paint it yourself, but you still have to know that you should by no means use the cheapest paint available. Namely, the bathroom is a place where mildew and mould develop easily, which means you need to use a special paint that can withstand great humidity and temperature changes.
Even a very small change when it comes to fixtures makes a lot of difference to the overall appeal of the bathroom. So, if replacing your sink faucet for example is noticeable, imagine the effect that having a new, quality bathtub can have? If you’re short of ideas about what you can do with your fixtures, have a look at some ideas posted online and you’re bound to find something to your liking.
Those who are ready to use old, but still functional fixtures can save quite a lot, but you need to be ready to invest some time and effort in restoring or repairing such items before installing them, which means that it’s not always the best option.
Something that can really improve the design of your bathroom is the countertop, despite it usually being rather small. When choosing the one for your bathroom, consider three things: colour, quality and price. The colour affects the price, since neutral colours are usually more expensive because they are quite universal.
On the other hand, you can choose a slab over a granite countertop and if you find one with some imperfections, you’ll need to pay less. The imperfection might not affect you at all, since it might be located where the sink or faucets will be, which means no-one will ever see it.
Reuse what you can
Although you may think that it’s always cheaper and better to restore the existing items, that’s not necessarily true. For example, the sink and shower fixtures are usually more expensive to refinish than replace because not many people require such service and those who provide it are only too happy to charge a lot. So, inquire about the cost of repairing and compare it with the price of a new fixture and make an informed decision.
There are many factors influencing the price of renovating your bathroom, which means you need to analyse all options carefully before choosing the one you want and can afford. The result of your decisions should be an upgraded bathroom that will either improve the quality of living in the house or help you get more money if you put your home up for sale. In either case, you win.
This post is contributed by Diana Smith, she is a full-time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to home design and latest DIY projects. In her free time, she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.