Planning to remodel your bathroom but don't have a ton of money to spend on it? You can still create a drool-worthy new bath even if you can't have everything you want. Here are 5 tips for saving money (and time!) on any bathroom renovation.
Refinish Rather than Replace. Your first instinct when facing an old, worn tub, sink or shower is probably to replace the whole unit. But you can save time, demolition work and money by choosing to refinish or resurface things instead of buying new ones. Although an experienced homeowner might be able to tackle the job of stripping off old finishes, repairing cracks and resurfacing it, it's probably best to hire a company like Number One Tub & Tile Bathtub repair for this part of the project.
Lighten It Up. Never underestimate the difference that can be made by shedding a little light on the subject. Adding or enlarging a window or laying in a skylight can make even the smallest bathroom suddenly feel large and new. If you can't add natural lighting, try upgrading the artificial lighting. Move mirror lights to either side of the mirror, install a beautiful pendant light as a focal point and install a dimmer switch for long soaks in the tub.
Focus on Efficiency. If you can't add space or afford the best new upgrades for your bathroom, focus on adding to the room's efficiency instead. Replace old units that take a lot of space -- such as cabinetry, oversize vanities or a large soaking tub -- and replace them with streamlined versions. If the room is not laid out well, consider moving one or two major obstacles to ease traffic flow or reduce the room's visual footprint.
Add Sweat Equity. You can save a lot of money by doing what you can yourself. If you're handy with tools, this could include things like wall prepping, sanding, tiling or painting. Even if you have little or no construction skills, you should be able to do your own demolition work (at least partially) or skip shipping costs by picking up materials and transporting them.
Go Imitation. Expensive hardwoods or surfaces can really bust a budget. Thanks to modern technology, though, there are alternatives that mimic expensive materials for just a fraction of the cost. Laminates imitate the look of hardwood floors by the use of appliques or a veneer laid on top of the base. And cheaper woods like eucalyptus or bamboo can often be mistaken for more expensive versions like mahogany or oak.
By being a little creative, you can make the most out of your budget bathroom remodel and end up with a bathroom you'll love for years to come.