From Engineering on July 15, 2011 in Bathroom Remodel
There are a hundred reasons why the bathroom is the most commonly remodeled room.
For many homeowners, it’s to update a nauseating 70’s or 80’s aesthetic. Others suffer plumbing issues, want more moving-about space and cabinets, or need to update to help sell their home.
And in this less-than desirable economy, not every homeowner can afford the lavish $30,000 remodel.
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Budget Bathroom Remodeling: Striking the Perfect Balance
For the bathroom remodel on a budget, you should first determine which aspects are most important to you. Make sure theyll also serve as practical, beneficial upgrades.
Is it updating the plumbing system and fixtures? How about a combination of functional items (the sink and old floor tiles) and more cosmetic ones (new paint and countertops).
Keep the following useful tips in mind:
- Updating items like bathroom tile, paint, wall coverings, and window treatments, while it wont net you any more space or a big new Jacuzzi overlooking the lake, can dramatically alter the mood and atmosphere of the room. Check out some bathroom pictures here.
- Think about investing in smaller, more affordable fixtures and materials like new grout between tiles, a sink faucet, above-the-vanity lighting, modern cabinet pulls, and fresh paint. Even a job consisting of only a new faucet, tub spout, and new shower head can do miracles in terms of your bathroom looking and feeling part of the 21st-century.
- Plan around 50% of your budget around hiring a reasonable contractor, especially for jobs that even the most confident DIYer would think twice about, like installing pipes, a new bathtub, or demolishing a wall.
- In descending order, these are typically where the most costs are incurred: plumbing, sink, vanity and countertop installation, hiring professional help, and old floor removal and new tiling. All else is usually very reasonable cost-wise.
- For cabinets, instead of installing all-new ones, think about refacing your existing ones. Wood veneering is also a growing trend you may want to check out. Additionally, think about updating or adding new pulls to them.
Decide which items you can tackle without help. Then, let a fairly priced professional handle the more labor-intensive work.
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