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Create a Dream Bathroom on a Budget

Creating a dream bathroom doesn't have to break the bank. With some creativity and smart choices, you can transform your bathroom into a luxurious space without spending a fortune. Here are some simple renovation tips on creating a dream bathroom on a budget. 

Renovations vs. Remodeling 

Many homeowners are confused about renovations vs. remodeling. These are two very different terms. Remodeling involves significant changes to the bathroom’s size, shape, footprint, or structures, like knocking out walls to add space. A renovation enhances the bathroom’s appearance without changing the size or layout. 

Don’t worry, there are many ways to change your bathroom’s appearance and comfort level without changing its footprint. Think of renovation instead of remodeling as you plan to create your dream bathroom on a budget. It isn’t as hard or expensive as you might think. 

Another consideration is whether you plan to sell your home. Bathrooms are vital spaces buyers consider, so you may want to invest in more remodeling instead of affordable renovations. A real estate professional from Jeff Cook Real Estate can help you determine if the potential ROI is worth remodeling your bathroom. 

Tips for Creating Your Dream Bathroom on a Budget 

Save this article or print it so you can refer back to these tips at will any time during your budget dream bathroom remodeling. Use it as a handy checklist or source of inspiration as you prepare to remake an old, outdated bathroom into a cozy, inviting personal space. 

Start with a Plan

Before you start any work, plan out what you want to achieve and set a budget. Look for inspiration online, in magazines, or on social media. Make a list of your must-haves and prioritize your spending accordingly. 

  • What can you do yourself?
  • What requires a professional? 
  • When is the best time in your life and schedule to carry out this project?
  • How much time should you allot for the project? 
  • Buy sale and closeout items and store them for later. 
  • Use tax refunds, work bonuses, or other side income to collect the materials you need. 
  • Have alternate bathroom facilities available while your project is underway.

A well-planned project will save you time, money, and headaches in the long run. 

Work with What You Have

If your bathroom layout is functional, keep it (renovations, not remodeling, remember?). Update the fixtures and finishes instead. 

  • Remove clutter and outdated personal products. 
  • Paint or refinish your bathroom cabinet(s) instead of installing new ones. 
  • Add a new toilet seat instead of replacing the entire toilet itself. 
  • Refresh shower enclosures or wall tiles by cleaning them thoroughly and regrouting them
  • Add a new shower curtain 
  • Paint the bathroom ceiling (NOT white) to add a completely different look and lighting effect. 
  • Paint your bathroom walls a contrasting light color to the ceiling. 
  • Clean wall tile grouting and paint the tiles a new color.

Shop Smart

Look for sales, closeouts, or clearance items when shopping for materials. You can save a lot of money by buying discontinued or overstocked items. Consider shopping at thrift stores, salvage yards, or online marketplaces for unique finds. Just be sure to inspect items carefully before purchasing. Another great source is online marketplaces. Do your research and be sure to note how the materials are packaged so you get the amount you need. 

  • If you need to replace your bath or shower handles, spout, and showerhead, buying them as a set or as a kit is less costly.  
  • If the handles are still in good shape, it would be less costly to keep them and replace only the showerhead. A good showerhead is more desired than pretty handles.

Choose Affordable Alternatives

You don't have to choose the most expensive materials to achieve a luxurious look. 

  • Use porcelain tiles instead of ceramic or natural stone, which can be costly. 
  • Choose luxury vinyl tiling (LVT) for a great, affordable, low-maintenance, water-resistant bathroom tile. 
  • Vinyl or laminate flooring can mimic the look of hardwood or stone without the price tag.
  • Choose a prefabricated vanity instead of a custom-made one. 
  • Toilets with round bowls are less expensive and can save space. 
  • Two-piece toilets are often more affordable than one-piece models.

 Look for the best fixture, flooring, lighting, paint, and accessories deals. Don’t be afraid of less expensive products of good quality with acceptable warranties. 

DIY Where Possible

YouTube is your best friend for a bathroom renovation. About half of any professional bathroom renovation is labor costs. If you're handy with tools and can search for how-to videos online, you can save considerable money doing some of the work yourself. You may be surprised just how easy many home projects can be. Even if you have to rent a few tools or ask a friend for help, you can still save considerably. Some of the easiest DIY tasks include: 

Add Personal Touches

Adding personal touches can make your bathroom feel like a spa retreat. Soft towels, scented candles, plants, and artwork can add warmth and personality to the space. You can also add a statement piece like a chandelier or a unique mirror to create a focal point. And a large mirror can make the space appear larger. 

Go Big On the Cheap with Your Dream Bathroom Renovation

Creating a dream bathroom on a budget is possible with some planning, smart choices, and a bit of creativity. You can achieve a luxurious look without breaking the bank by prioritizing your spending, shopping smart, and doing some of the work yourself. 

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