How to Remodel a Bathroom on a Budget - dummies

How to Remodel a Bathroom on a Budget

By Gene Hamilton, Katie Hamilton

Remodeling a bathroom on a budget requires creativity and planning. But if you know how to remodel a bathroom on a budget, you can make a big difference in the value of your home without wasting a lot of extra cash that could be spent on something else — like remodeling your bedroom!

Bathrooms are expensive. Remodeling bathrooms can put a big dent in anyone’s budget, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Try these ideas to trim the cost:

  • Plan! Plan! Plan! Don’t rush the process and allow yourself the time to fully work through all aspects of the project.

  • Avoid cutting up your house. Try to be as creative with the space you have and avoid structural changes.

  • Curves are in, but costly. Curved walls and other difficult-to-build features can add up quickly. Simple straightforward designs are the least expensive to build.

  • Concentrate the plumbing in one location. Place new bathroom additions adjacent to or above existing facilities to reduce rough-in plumbing costs.

  • Use professionals. Architects and kitchen and bath planners can actually save you money because their designs are efficient. They’re familiar with working with contractors and giving advice to clients.

  • Stick with standard finishes and items. Bath fixtures in custom colors or high-end finishes cost several times what standard fixtures cost. Check the price of any nonstandard fixture in your plan and compare its price against the standard version. Standard may seem boring, but the savings are sure to get your attention.