Five Ways to Cut Your Bathroom Remodeling Cost

Five Ways to Cut Your Bathroom Remodeling Cost | A1 Reglazing

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

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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!

Paint

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!

Everything You Need To Know About Painting A Bathtub

Everything to Know About Painting a Bathtub | A1 Reglazing

Your bathroom is in dire need of an overhaul, but you just don’t want to rip the whole thing out just yet. After all, the bathtub is still in good condition, it’s just a little outdated. More and more homeowners are now looking to repaint their bathtubs instead, prolonging the life of their bathroom. To prolong the life of your tub rather than buying a new one, here is everything you need to know about painting a bathtub.

Why Paint Your Bathtub?

There are a few different reasons why painting a bathtub is a good idea, rather than having a new one installed.

Color

Your bathtub may be the perfect shape and size for you, but the color is just awful. Anyone who’s living with an avocado green or powder pink bathroom suite will tell you, it’s not ideal. It seems wasteful to remove it all though, so instead you could paint it.

There are cracks and chips

This is especially true of anyone who has a cast iron or enamel bathtub. Those bathtubs can last a long time, and look beautiful, but they do get cracked and chipped over time. You can repair those issues, and then repaint the tub for a flawless finish.

To save money

You may feel as though you really could use a new bathroom, but you just don’t have the cash for it. After all, it can be a very expensive remodeling job. If this is the case, painting a bathtub could be the best option for you. You can get the bathroom looking neat and modern, without having to spend a fortune.

Some people may decide that painting their bathtub is a great idea, as it could help them sell their home. However, you shouldn’t rely on it as a method of making your bathroom attractive to new buyers. If cared for properly, a refinished tub can last about 5 years

DIY Bathtub Painting vs. Professional Painting

If you’ve decided to have the tub repainted, you’ll have to decide whether you want to do it yourself, or have the professional come in and do it for you. The DIY Network covers the pros and cons of each. Here’s a rundown of the benefits and drawbacks:

Hiring a professional

  • Colors: There are more choices for the color you can have, so you’ll get the exact shade you were looking for.
  • Safety: Professionals are fully trained, and will come with their own safety gear.
  • Shorter time frame: You’ll have your bathroom back quicker, as the materials used will dry and cure quicker.
  • Cost: You will pay more for this to be done, which may be a problem if you’re looking to save money.

DIY Bathtub Painting

  • Cost: You’ll save money as you’ll be doing the job yourself, so as long as you have the time, you can save a bundle.
  • Materials: You can easily get the right materials for the job, if you ask when you go shopping.
  • Time: It will take longer to do the job, so you might be without that bathroom for a while.
  • Safety: You can be safe if you take the right steps, but you must be careful. The materials used can be dangerous if you’re not.

Steps For Painting a Bathtub Yourself

If you’re looking at painting a bathtub yourself, there are some steps you’ll have to take to ensure the job is done well. Here are some helpful steps to follow when you’re looking to go the DIY bathtub painting route.

  • Gather your materials: Make sure you’re buying the right materials for your bathtub. The paint you use will differ, depending on what kind of tub you have. You’ll also need a mask, and application tools.
  • Cover the area around the tub: You don’t want your whole bathroom to be covered in paint, so make sure everywhere is covered. It’s also a good idea to remove any fittings from the tub before you start.
  • Ventilate the area: This step is incredibly important. If you breathe in the fumes, it could cause you harm. Use a mask, open the windows, and use fans to ventilate the area as best as you can.
  • Painting a bathtub: The way you paint your bathtub will differ, depending on the kind of tub you have. Use the instructions on this page in order to make sure you’re using the right method for you.
  • Let the paint dry: How long you have to wait will depend on the method you used. Look at the instruction on the paint you bought, as it should give you the right drying time for your bathroom. If you can, leave it longer than that, to really let it cure. It’s also best not to have any long, hot baths for a while after the bathroom is back in use.

Benefits of Painting Bathtubs

If you take your time and are careful with the application, you can get amazing results for your bathtub. With repainting your bathtub, it’s important to remember that no matter how good you are, the paint won’t last forever. You’ll need to be willing to paint it again or remove the bathtub, once it begins to chip. If you’re looking for a shorter term solution though, this is the best way to go about it. You can drastically change the look of your bathroom, for less than you’d think.

You can really create a bathroom look that’s all your own. Whether you get a professional to refinish and repaint it, or go for it yourself, you’ll have a bathtub that looks perfect for years to come.

 

How to Care For and Maintain Reglazed Bathroom Tile

How to Care For and Maintain Reglazed Bathroom Tile | A1Reglazing

Your bathroom tile has just been refinished, and you couldn’t be happier with the results. Well done! Under normal use and proper care, your reglazed bathroom tile will give you many years of trouble-free service and beauty.

You have probably been instructed by your installer to refrain from using any parts of the bathroom that have been reglazed for 24 to 48 hours. And even though you can use these surfaces after waiting the prescribed amount of time, you should be aware that the finish will continue to cure for 30 to 90 days. So it is important that you exercise extra caution in those first months and give it proper care in the years ahead.

To maintain its impressive appearance, assure its durability, and protect the warranty on your new reglazed bathroom tile, follow these simple guidelines:

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Spring Projects to Brighten Your Home

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After a long winter, who isn’t excited for Spring? Sunshine, flowers starting to bloom, longer days…the feeling of Spring is so energizing and gets you in the mood to start moving, clearing the dust, and bringing some freshness to your environment.  Starting some spring projects to celebrate the season of renewal gives you a lighter outlook on life—a quick uplift to your spirit.

Where should you start? Anywhere is good—the spirit of Spring is the magic of change. Move things around, clean, and add some color or beauty to different spaces in your home. Here are some ideas for spring projects, and how to get inspired by brightness and lightness. Do one spring project, or do them all, they will give your Winter bones a boost of Spring energy and get your home ready to welcome warmer weather.

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8 Steps for the Perfect DIY Bathtub Refinish

DIY Bathtub Refinish | A1 Reglazing

There are many reasons homeowners decide to keep their old porcelain tubs, even when they are hard to clean and have stains. One reason is that the tubs are often deeper and more solid than a new tub made of cheap steel. Another reason is that they may not want to damage the tile around their tub when they remove, making it necessary to replace that, too, and adding more cost.

Instead of replacing the tub, some homeowners decide to refinish their tub on their own, especially if they are DIY types who are looking to save some money rather than hiring a professional reglazing company.

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Trending Ideas for Your Tile Reglazing Project

Tile Reglazing | A1 ReglazingDo you have an old, outdated bathroom with tile that’s chipped, cracked, and damaged? A clawfoot tub that’s an eyesore and you are considering removing it? Is the tile in your kitchen or bathroom the wrong color for your taste (a pink bathtub that screams 1956)? Or maybe the trough-style sink in your kitchen is looking more ugly than interesting? Continue reading “Trending Ideas for Your Tile Reglazing Project”

How to Make Your Bathroom Spa-Worthy

Tile Reglazing | A1 Reglazing Once you get past the holidays, winter can turn gloomy. One way to counteract this feeling and re-energize yourself is with a visit to a spa. However, after a long day of work and with the energy-sapping effects of cold weather, you would probably rather skip the expense and stay in your warm house. Continue reading “How to Make Your Bathroom Spa-Worthy”

7 Unique Countertop Ideas for Your Remodel

Tile Refinishing | A1 ReglazingThere is probably no room in the house that has as many functions as your kitchen. No longer is it limited to the utilitarian function of preparing meals and washing dishes. The modern kitchen is often the hub of the home—family and guests gather there to share meals, drinks, and conversation. As such, you want your kitchen to reflect your tastes and sense of style while providing the functionality that you need. Continue reading “7 Unique Countertop Ideas for Your Remodel”

Pool Slide Refinishing Among 6 Winter Pool Care Tips

Pool Slide Refinishing Among 6 Winter Pool Care Tips | A1 ReglazingAn in ground pool offers hours of fun, excitement and adds value to your home. No matter if you live in a locale that is sunny year-round or get tons of snow each winter, pool maintenance is very important throughout the entire year. From pool slide refinishing to chemical treatments, taking care of your pool in the winter can make it easier to open come spring time. It can also help prevent damage due to freezing temperatures. Warm or cold climate, here are some things that you can do in the winter to help protect your pool and ways that you can prepare it for next summer. Continue reading “Pool Slide Refinishing Among 6 Winter Pool Care Tips”

4 Reasons Why a Clawfoot Tub Is Worth Keeping

 4 Reasons Clawfoot Tubs are Worth Keeping | A1 ReglazingYou’ve purchased an older home that sports a clawfoot tub in both bathrooms. The only problem is that the tubs have seen better days. That makes you wonder if it would be worth the effort to have them resurfaced or if you should invest in new tubs. Here are some of the reasons that you should not let go of those tubs unless it’s absolutely necessary.

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