While a new bathroom will add value to your property, to totally redo an old bathroom can be very expensive. There are several ways that you can update your existing bathroom to give it a fresh new look.
Before you even start your bathroom project you may want to get a notebook ready. It’s a good idea to draw up a budget of what you can afford to spend. Make sure you know how much you can expect to pay for any labour you need, as well as plumbing, fixtures and fittings, and decorating.
A point to remember here is that with every DIY project, there will be hidden expenses, those that you forgot to factor in or things that cost more than you had originally thought. It’s a good idea to have some money put aside for added expenses, normally 10% of what you allow will be a good start.
So, let’s look at some ideas to remodel your bathroom for cheap
If possible, paint instead of tile. It’s a lot cheaper, comes in a multitude of colours and can be blended to any shade you like. Painting is possibly the cheapest way to give your bathroom a makeover.
There are downsides to painting such as the time it takes. You need to tape everything off – and there are dozens of little things like taps and toothbrush holders which all need to be covered.
Because of the moisture which builds up in bathrooms, you should get paint that is high quality and has a satin finish.
Another quick and easy way to freshen up your bathroom is to clean the grout between the tiles. Over time this becomes dull and discoloured. Just getting this back to white will give the impression of a new bathroom.
We seldom think of getting new taps, so the chances are the ones on your basin are many years old. A new set of taps will give that area a whole new lease of life.
Go easy on tiles
Tiles are expensive, especially if you plan to tile from floor to ceiling. To save money limit the tiled area to a smaller section. If you want accent tiles try to limit them as they are very pricey, as are any tiles which have a design on them. Instead of using heaps of them, try to place them individually among plain tiles. Further reading: http://www.thewowdecor.com/three-reasons-why-tile-is-great-for-the-bathroom/
The counter tops
If you buy granite for your counter top, then go for a piece that is damaged as this will be a lot cheaper than a perfect piece. If the imperfection is in the area where the basin goes it will be cut out anyway and you will have saved money.
Plain and neutral coloured tops are always more expensive than those with colours in them so think about one that has a bit of colour in it instead of a neutral top.
Go second hand
There are many online sites where you can look for second hand furniture for every room in the house. Often people just want to get rid of unwanted items and you will be able to pick up things like shower cubicles and bathroom units for a fraction of the price you would pay at a bathroom shop.
To sum up
With a little forethought and planning your bathroom project can look like a million dollars even though you have paid a fraction of the price for it. If you can do most of the work yourself, even better. Not only will you save a lot, but you’ll also have the satisfaction of having done it all yourself!