Home ownership is an exciting, rewarding, and fiscally responsible journey. There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of owning, decorating, and maintaining your own home. Especially when you’ve invested your time, money, and sweat in making it just the way you want it!
But how can you embark on renovations to personalize your home without sinking yourself into debt? Bathroom remodels, especially, can become expensive. This is particularly true if you’re creating an up-scale spa-like bathroom. The average bathroom renovation, in fact, costs over $9,000.
There are ways, however, to conserve your resources and cut your bathroom remodeling cost while still bringing your vision to life. With a dedication to your budget, a willingness to roll up your sleeves, and a little creativity, you can have the bathroom remodel of your dreams while still sticking to a budget – no matter how strict that budget may be. These five ways allow you to cut your bathroom remodeling cost while still creating the bathroom of your dreams.
Do the Demo Yourself
Before you begin a remodel of any room, including bathrooms, you’ll need to demo your current space. In a bathroom, this means tearing out the bath tub and/or shower. It also includes removing the old countertops and cabinets, or taking out any old flooring you may be replacing. The cost of having a contractor complete this demolition runs in the ballpark of $1000. You can cut your total bathroom remodeling cost by doing the demolition yourself. Once the demo is done, you can have the contractor come in and begin his work once everything is stripped.
Demolition on a bathroom won’t take very long (unless, of course, you’re knocking down walls to expand or add a bathroom, in which case you should assuredly consult your contractor). If you have one day, a friend or family member willing to help, and some perseverance, you can demo your bathroom on your own and save yourself a significant amount of money.
Don’t Change the Layout
The biggest cost savings in a bathroom (or, incidentally, kitchen) remodel is in maintaining the original layout of the space. It might be nice to dream of completely gutting and redesigning a space. Unless there is a safety reason for moving the components of the bathroom, it may be better left as is. Moving a single piece of plumbing – for example, the piping for a faucet or tub, or the plumbing for a toilet or bidet – can cost upwards of $5000. This is a huge, and often unnecessary expense. If the layout of the space is functional, you can save up to 50% of your budget by maintaining the layout and simply replacing, retiling, and repainting the components of the bathroom.
Choose Timeless, Economic Finishes
Obviously, you will want your bathroom renovation to be modern and current and reflect your personal style. But there should be a balance between modernity and timelessness in the design choices and finishing touches that you choose for your renovated bathroom.
Choose pieces that will stand the test of time, but are still stylish: subway tile, for example, never goes out of style. Brushed nickel fixtures are both inexpensive and timeless. Granite or marble countertops are worth the investment. This is because they retain their value and won’t look outdated in a year or two’s time. Making these types of design choices will ultimately help you cut your bathroom remodeling cost. It also helps enhance the resale value of your home. You will assuredly spend much more money in the long run replacing trendy design touches when they go out of style.
Shop Sales and Resale Stores
One of the best ways to save big money and cut back on your bathroom remodeling cost is by shopping at sales and resale/reclamation stores. Sales in big box stores and specialty stores will save you money on new pieces. Shopping resale stores can save you up to 80% of the cost of big-ticket pieces, like vanities and decor. You can, for instance, find bathroom and kitchen floor and backsplash tile on sites like Craigslist or Ebay. These are offered at a steep discount by people who bought too much of a product.
Resale stores like Habitat for Humanity ReStore offer a constantly rotating variety of home decor and renovation items that have either been recycled or gently used. The bonus, too, is that you will be contributing to a worthy cause while saving a ton of money on your project!
One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to spruce up any space is by adding a fresh, daring coat of paint. Paint color can change a space from calm and soothing to modern and bold, for less than $30! Painting can also save you money on the cost of labor, since you can complete this stage of work on your own without the assistance of a contractor. It may be time-intensive, but it is a simple, straightforward task that can make a big difference in the feel of a space. It can add an important finishing touch, and help you economize on your reno!
Renovating your dream home is an exciting process. Whether you recently bought a fixer-upper and you’re just starting the process of turning it into the home you always knew it could be, or you’re giving a facelift to a home that you built or have lived in for a long time, preparing for a renovation and redesigning your spaces brings with it thrills, excitement, satisfaction…and a lot of expense.
There are many ways to cut your bathroom remodeling cost. Finding places to save money can help you become more emotionally invested in the renovation, more physically involved in the evolution of your home, and more comfortable with the overall investment. Sweat equity, after all, is just as meaningful as fiscal equity. Contributing your own elbow grease to the renovation project will help you save money on labor costs, and will help put you in touch with the spirit of your home. Plus, you’ll earn yourself some bragging rights for your awesome home reno skills.
With a little creativity and a little extra effort, you can redesign your home to become your dream come true without having to break the bank!