Bathroom renovations can be pricey. Yet there are tactics you can use to make sure that your money doesn’t go down the drain when it’s time to update your bathroom space. Read on to find out our handy tips on frugal bathroom renovations.
Pick a theme
First of all, to save money on a bathroom renovation it can help to pick a definite theme to use. Indeed, by choosing a theme for your bathroom you are effectively setting the parameters of its design, something that can make the whole process a lot easier because it limits your options, meaning you won’t end up wasting time or money on things you don’t need.
There are plenty of themes to choose from too, including minimalist, modern, nautical, and even (for those that have a flair for the whimsical – steampunk). The great thing about choosing a steampunk or more historical theme is that you can pick up pieces secondhand that with a little TLC can work perfectly in your bathroom while saving you money at the same time.
Take the time to consider your plumbing
One of the best ways to save money on your bathroom renovation is to pay special attention to your plumbing. Indeed, there are two parts to this action. The first is to work with a professional local drain cleaner to eliminate odors in the sink and bath, improve your water pressure, something that will help maintain your plumbing and ensure you will not have to pay out to replace it or disturb your renovation work in the future.
The second part of this action is to keep your plumbing layout the same as you do your renovation. This is because changing the layout of where your plumbed-in items will go can be one of the most expensive parts of doing up bathroom space. However, by making use of the floor plan you already have, you can avoid this cost.
Master the magic of paint
There are many options to choose from when decorating your bathroom walls including tile and wallpaper. However, these can both get very expensive very quickly! With that in mind, one of the best options to get a finish that you love, and save money is to paint the walls.
Indeed, you can change the entire look of your bathroom with a single coat of paint, making small rooms look larger and more spacious and vice versa! You can even get creative with some masking tape and a few different paint colors and make your patterns on the wall, creating a more interesting space at a vastly reduced cost compared to tile and wallpaper. Just be sure to use paint designed especially for bathrooms in the areas where the water hits the wall, like the bath, shower, and behind the sink.
Avoid expensive flooring
Natural floor tiles such as slate or stone can look great in a bathroom space, but they will set you back a pretty penny. Instead, why not opt for one of the more reasonably priced options out there such as linoleum, or laminate? Both of which can look great, and make sure there is enough money in your budget for the rest of your design materials.
DIY don’t buy a new suite
While we are on the subject of sinks and baths it’s also pertinent to note that you may not need to replace them when renovating your bathroom. While many people believe the first step to doing up their bathroom space is to replace their suite, it can be very expensive to do so.
Instead, why not consider refinishing old, worn tubs and sinks, either professionally or by DIY? Some won’t even need full refinishing but instead can be brought back to life with something as simple as replacing the caulking or seal that goes around the sink or bath.
Used reclaimed supplies
Last of all, if you want to save as much money as possible on your bathroom renovation, then it’s best to opt for reclaimed supplies over those that you buy brand new. This is because supplies that have been reclaimed from other projects can save you a fortune!
If the supplies like tiles, paint, or coving come from a previous project of your own you won’t need to find money in your bathroom renovation budget at all.
However, even if you choose to look for reclaimed materials online or at a reclamation yard, you can usually find some great bargains which means you can use many high-quality items in your renovation without breaking the bank.