19 Jul 5 SIMPLE TIPS FOR A BUDGET-FRIENDLY BATHROOM REMODEL
The bathroom is a place to decompress and pamper yourself with your favorite skincare. A hot, high-pressure shower or a bath ritual can wash away all the stress from a long workday. It comes as no surprise that some people are willing to pay top dollar for a bathroom. According to HomeAdvisor, the average bath remodel costs $10,365. If it’s a master bath or you want high-end work done, prices can skyrocket to $25,000 or more.
But you don’t have to break the bank to make your bathroom a peaceful oasis. Sometimes, an inexpensive tweak in some key elements can render new life to a bathroom. Doing the work yourself is a great way to keep expenses down, since labor costs can add up to 65% of the total cost of a bathroom upgrade. Keep in mind, however, that plumbing or electrical work will need to meet current building codes and therefore be left to a professional.
New Paint and Tilework
In general, retiling a full bathroom can be very expensive. Alternatively, a new coat of paint will add allure and freshness to it without running up your bill. It’s also a great DYI project you can tackle in a weekend. But if you’ve got your heart set on a tile design and don’t have the budget to do the entire bathtub, you could use your new tilework as an accent to frame your bathroom mirror.
Swapping out your old light fixtures for new sconces or a chandelier is an inexpensive yet effective way to give your bathroom an upgrade. Just be sure the sconces are mounted only slightly above eye level on either side of the mirror.
Recessed lighting on dimmers, especially when positioned over the tub area, is also a great addition for transforming your space into a relaxing retreat. If you are looking to ramp up the ambiance, consider lighting up scented candles for a nice, warm glow.
Updating all the hardware, such as shower head, faucet handles and drawer pulls, can make a significant impact with little money. It’s important to use the same finish across the room to keep things cohesive.
Instead of replacing your bathtub, shower, sink or tile, you can save a small fortune by refinishing your existing items. Not only will you pay just a small fraction of the cost of replacement, but you will also avoid the mess that normally ensues from a large-scale remodel. Go online to find an array of tips and instructions on how to refinish your bathtub or shower.
Adding artwork is a simple and affordable way to give your bath interior a sense of thoughtfulness and elegance. Framed pictures, hanging plates and plaster intaglios are just some examples of the artwork you can utilize. If space isn’t a constraint, consider placing a set of vases on the vanity countertop, floating shelves or small bench.