When you’re trying to plan an inexpensive bathroom remodel, it can be hard to know where you can cut down on costs. Whether you’re wondering “what is the cheapest way to remodel a bathroom?”, or simply want a few ideas on how to save money, we’re here to help you find a solution that works for you and your wallet.
Trick the eye with cheaper Bathroom alternatives
If your biggest priority is aesthetics then you may be drawn to the idea of using lookalike materials that cost much less than their commonly used counterparts. The cheapest option would be to refurbish what you have but given you’ve got this far, that is likely not the solution you are looking for.
Your best bet would be to swap out materials to inexpensive alternatives such as going for vinyl instead of real wood for the flooring and quartz countertops instead of their more luxurious, and expensive, marble counterparts.
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Recycle instead of replacing
While we’ve already admitted that you may want to get new stuff in to complete your bathroom renovation, you really must consider how much money can be saved when you choose to refurbish what you already have.
Before rushing out to get new vinyl flooring you should assess the condition of your existing wooden flooring and decide whether it would be worth instead painting the planks with a protective enamel and spending the money saved elsewhere. Hardwood is never an optimal material for bathroom flooring due to the risk of rot but if that is what you already have, you would be wise to make the most of it.
Another option would be to reconsider how much you need to replace your bathtub with the average cost of installing a bathtub, according to HomeAdvisor, ranging from $1,142 all the way up to $6,116.
A more cost-effective option would be to explore the possibility of relining or refinishing what you already have. Refinishing is more of a cosmetic choice and can be an effective way of addressing stains, scuffs, and scratches while relining can add an extra few years onto the lifetime of your bathtub. This is a brilliant way of doing an inexpensive bath remodel that will still give you that same ‘new bathroom feel’ as a brand new unit would.
Add extra life to your bathroom with what you have
It can be very expensive to replace bathroom cabinets and while you may want to give the cabinets a refresh, this can be done for a fraction of the price by giving them a fresh layer of pain and accompany that with some new handles and details. This can also be said for the sink with a new faucet costing a fraction of what it would cost to replace the entire unit.
This might seem like a small change but if you are looking for a cheap bathroom remodel, you really must consider how little changes like those above can go a long way in giving you a final product that will both leave you aesthetically satisfied and not scared to look at your bank balance. There are some great budget-friendly bathroom stores (bellabathrooms) out there with options at affordable prices, just shop around.
Get your tools out
It might feel convenient to call the plumber to do much of the work for you but if you are able to then it is definitely worth considering doing the work yourself. Plumbers can cost a small fortune and if the job doesn’t require the expertise of a trained professional, you should dig out those tools and get to work.
Instead of calling the plumber out to replace your toilet for you, you could try and install a new one yourself. Installing a toilet involves very little actual work as long as you don’t mind the actual physical moving of the toilet to the bathroom – maybe ask a friend for a little help with this. Given that there are very few waterline hookups and therefore very little things that you could do incorrectly, you should be able to get that toilet hooked up with ease.
As said before, plumbers aren’t cheap and can drive up the cost of any work and so you should avoid any work that will involve moving the water and draining supply as this will typically be too difficult for your average homeowner and will need the help of a trained professional.
If you do feel compelled to do a little bit of plumbing yourself, fear not and take a breather. PEX pipes and push-in fittings have changed the plumbing game in recent years and should give you the opportunity to do some minor work yourself. Long gone are the days of plumbers doing their work with thick copper pipes and welding torches.