How to remodel your bathroom on a budget
Every homeowner deserves the bathroom of his or her dreams. While many individuals don’t have a ton of money to throw around, there are still plenty of remodeling projects you could do to make the area seem more luxurious. Take a look at some of the bathroom redesigns homeowners can do to improve the room without breaking the bank:
“There are a number of bathroom remodeling projects that won’t break your budget.”
Replace old grout
Though grout isn’t a focal point in most bathrooms, people will certainly notice if it’s in bad condition. You can try cleaning it with a solution and brush, but you will usually be better off replacing bad grout entirely. Check around tiled areas and fixtures in your bathroom. If you notice dirty or faulty grout, it’s time to replace it.
Upgrade the lighting
Lighting is a key element of design in the bathroom. The first thing you can do to make sure that you’re getting adequate light is to examine the natural lighting at different points in the day. If you find that the design doesn’t allow for enough sunlight to come through, you might consider adding a new window or two. Next, you should ensure that important areas of the room, such as the shower, tub, toilet and vanity, are all well-lit. If not, have new lighting fixtures installed to brighten up the room.
Re-tile the shower
Drab or outdated tile can certainly put a damper on a bathroom’s atmosphere. If you find yourself stuck with unpleasant tiling in the shower, it’s a good idea to have a professional redo it for you. Not only can the expert inspect for damage, he or she will be able to make sure that the end result is quality work.
Install a new vanity
An upgraded vanity can be a huge asset in the bathroom. Not only does it bring it added aesthetics, it can also make the bathroom more efficient. This project gives homeowners the chance to choose a new sink and faucet style while creating extra space to work from when they’re getting ready.
Put in a new exhaust fan
Exhaust fans may not be on everyone most-noticed list, but they are essential to the bathroom. They keep moisture from building up in the air and add extra ventilation. While the exhaust fan is necessary, it doesn’t have to be an eye sore. Have a professional install a new, sleeker model in the bathroom. Some models may even blend in with the rest of the room, giving you the assurance of ventilation without the displeasing interruption of style.
Fully gut and remodel carefully
If your bathroom really needs a complete overhaul, stick with the basics. Keep the tiling to a minimum by using tile in the tub or shower area and floor only. Seek out inexpensive, but durable tile and leave out decorative or glass tile. White fixtures are typically 30% less expensive than colors and polished chrome faucets, shower heads and accessories are much less than brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze. Don’t get carried away with fancy rain head showers or body sprays if you are on a budget. Not only are you paying a lot of money for the extra fixtures, you can expect a higher plumbing cost as well to install them.
Even if you can’t remodel your entire bathroom, there are still plenty of projects you can have done to make the space all the more inviting and useful. Getting the bathroom you’ve always wanted doesn’t mean you have to throw your budget out the window.
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