There is no room that ages a house like a bathroom. From paint color to light and sink fixtures to countertops and cabinetry, all aspects of a bathroom can come together to make you wonder whether you were transported back to the 60s. If this sounds like you, then it may be time to consider remodeling your bathroom.
We know the costs of a bathroom remodel can sound intimidating. You don’t have to worry! We have listed here 5 ways to remodel a bathroom on a budget. Check out these suggestions, and then share any others you may have encountered on your own in the comments section below.
- Replace old, dirty grout and caulk. You will be surprised at how you can make your sink or bathtub look brand new by removing old caulk and applying a fresh layer. Same goes for the grout on your floors or around the tiles in your shower. Cleaning the grout with bleach or replacing it will give your room a fresh new look, without the cost of new tile.
- Reuse existing materials when possible. Instead of replacing your existing vanity or cabinetry, work on refurbishing what you already have. Strip your cabinets and add a new stain or coat of paint. Update your fixtures instead of replacing your sink.
- Hit up recycling centers and outlet stores for “new” materials. You can find gently used, recycled and overstock items at greatly reduced prices if you take the time to visit a local outlet store or other discount center. While big box stores may be conveniently located just down the road, their prices are not always competitive. A little bit of research here can go a long way!
- Haul away your own construction debris. Renting a dumpster and having a garbage hauler take that dumpster away for you can cost a thousand dollars or more, depending on the size of your bathroom remodel project. You can avoid these costs by borrowing a pickup truck from a friend or renting U-Haul for a day.
- Take on some of the labor projects yourself. This is by far the best way to cut back on remodeling expenses, as there are many areas of a bathroom remodel that you can tackle yourself. Consider having a demolition party where you and a few friends tear out the old to make room for the new. Look up DIY tips and tricks on choosing and installing tiles and flooring. Replace light fixtures, faucets and other small items on your own. Doing all of this will cut your labor costs significantly. It is important to remember, however, that there are a handful of projects that will require experts, such as electrical or plumbing.
Sometimes we want to remodel a bathroom because we want it to look nicer. And sometimes we need a full bathroom remodel because everything is outdated and inefficient. If you’re looking to make updates on a budget, then the bathroom remodel DIY tips above should help you keep costs low. If, however, you’re ready for a bigger, more exciting change, turn to our team of custom remodelers in Minneapolis. We can help you design, demo, install and finish a bathroom you will be sure to love for years to come.